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Category: Excellence in Music Programming

8pm – 10pm SUNDAY NIGHTS


Major works, sacred and secular, of the choral repertoire from Early Music to Contemporary works, performed by pre-eminent choral ensembles and choirs from around the world. 

Choral Masterworks Theme Music:

J.S. Bach, Motet: Singet dem Herrn BWV225, Vocalconsort Berlin/Marcus Creed

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols –

The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne

8pm Sunday December 24th

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Join us on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the coming of Christmas with the wonderful tradition of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne and Director of Music, Christopher Watson.

“The internationally acclaimed Choir of Trinity College is the flagship of Trinity’s musical life.”

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Choral Masterworks is proudly supported by St Paul’s Cathedral Music Foundation. Enabling gifted singers - boys, girls, women and men - to perform choral masterworks five days a week. St Paul’s Cathedral: a home for great music.

19th May

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  • Anonymous: Alleluia - O pimenon ton israhil prochese. Ensemble Organum/Marcel Peres.
  • Zelenka: Dixit Dominus, ZWV66, with antiphon - Psalm 110. Schola Cantorum of Melbourne, Schola Cantorum Baroque Players/Gary Ekkel.
  • Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71. Fiona Campbell, contr., Lisa Harper-Brown, sop., Aldo di Toro, ten., Harry Peeters, bass, Prague CO, Intervarsity Festival Chorus/Graham Abbott.
  • Lauridsen: Six fire songs. Arsis Chamber Choir/Aivar Mae.

  • 12th May

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  • Charpentier: Laudate Dominum for the Port-Royal. Benoit Mernier, org., Capella Ricercar.
  • Paisiello: Missa Defunctorum. Giorgio Tadeo, bass, Daniela Dessi, sop., Carmen Gonzales, contr., Paolo Barbacini, ten., Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Festival Orch of Mattina Franca/Alberto Zedda.
  • Berlioz: Te Deum, Op.22. Nicolas Kynaston, org., Franco Tagliavini, ten., London SO, London Symphony Chorus, Wandsworth Boys' Choir/Sir Colin Davis.

  • 5th May

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  • Perotin: Alleluia nativitas. Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier.
  • Ockeghem: Antiphon, Salve Regina. Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier.
  • Allegri: Miserere. Alastair Hussain, treb., Edward Gardner, cantor, King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.
  • Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - from Cantata BWV147. St John's College Choir, Cambridge/George Guest.
  • Handel: Messiah, excerpts. Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629: excerpts. Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Haydn: The Creation, Hob.XXI:2 - The Heavens are Telling. Atlanta SO, Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus/Robert Shaw.
  • Bruckner: Motet: Christus factus est. Collegium Vocale Cologne, La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Borodin: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances. Atlanta SO, Atlanta Symphony Chorus/Robert Shaw.
  • Brahms: A German Requiem, Op.45: For Here we have no Lasting Home. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bar., Melbourne SO, Melbourne SO Chorus/Johannes Fritzsch.
  • Tormis: Men's Songs, excerpts. Svanholm Singers/Sofia Soderberg Eberhard.
  • Bowman: Child in Nature. Robyn Cochrane, pno., National Boys' Choir of Australia.

  • 28th April

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  • Byrd: Mass for three voices. Winchester Cathedral Choir/David Hill.
  • Cherubini: Requiem Mass in C minor. Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman.
  • Haydn: Mass in C, " In Time of War", Hob.XXII:9. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Nancy Argenta, sop., Mark Padmore, ten., Catherine Denley, m-sop., Collegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox.
  • Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw, Op.46. Gunther Reich, spkr., BBC SO, BBC Chorus/Pierre Boulez.
  • Part: Da pacem Domine. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn CO/Tonu Kaljuste.

  • 21st April

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  • Crecquillon: Congratulamini mihi. Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice.
  • Schutz: St. Matthew Passion, SWV479. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Johannes Richter, bass, Horst Schafertons, ten., Hans-Dieter Rodewald, ten., Helga Ruth, contr., Hugo Distler Choir, Berlin/Klaus Fischer-Dieskau.
  • Brahms: Nanie, Op.82. San Francisco SO, San Francisco Symphony Chorus/Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Finzi: Lo, the full, final sacrifice, Op. 26. Harry Bicket, org., Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer.
  • Hadley: My beloved spake. Timothy Byram-Wigfield, org., Bournemouth SO, Winchester Cathedral Choir, Waynflete Singers/David Hill.
  • Ives: Easter Carol. Christopher Hughes, org., BBC Singers, New London Orch (members of)/Stephen Cleobury.

  • 14th April

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  • Anonymous: Byzantine Chants of Easter Matins. Sister Marie Keyrouz, sop., Choir of St Julian the Poor.
  • Gesualdo: Responses to the Office of Tenebrae of Holy Saturday. Royal Chapel European Vocal Ensemble/Philippe Herreweghe.

  • 7th April

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  • Palestrina: Adoramus te, Christe. Sistine Chapel Choir/Massimo Palombella.
  • Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232. Gerd Turk, ten., Carolyn Sampson, sop., Robin Blaze, alto., Peter Kooij, bass, Rachel Nicholls, sop., Bach Collegium, Japan/Masaaki Suzuki.

  • 31st March

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  • Bach: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV637. Kevin Bowyer, org., Fionian Chamber Choir/Alice Joensen.
  • Haydn: The Creation, Hob.XXI:2 (1st. disc). Emma Kirkby, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Michael George, bass, AAM, New College Choir, Oxford/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Haydn: The Creation, Hob.XXI:2 (1st. disc). Emma Kirkby, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Michael George, bass, AAM, New College Choir, Oxford/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Hildegard von Bingen: The fire of creation. Anonymous 4.