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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

3MBS 103.5FM

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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.

16th September

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9th September

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2nd September

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  • Gabrieli: Buccinate in Neomenia Tuba. Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale/Roland Wilson.
  • Grandi: Cantemus Domino (Let us sing unto the Lord). David Cordier, alto., Gerd Turk, ten., Wilfried Jochens, ten.
  • Vanhal: Missa Pastoralis in G, Weinmann XIX:G4. Colin Ainsworth, ten., Mary Haines, sop., Nina Scott Stoddart, m-sop., Steven Pitkanen, bar., Aradia Ensemble, TOWER Voices New Zealand/Uwe Grodd.
  • Ryba: Bohemian Shepherds' Mass. Georg Munzel, treb., Oliver Pegelow, alto, Heinz Kruse, ten., Franz Grundheber, bass, Jurgen Henschen, org., St Nikolai CO, Hamburg Children's Choir/Ekkehard Richter.
  • Widor: Messe Solonelle. Robin Batterham, org., Rhys Book, org., Choir of Scots' Church, Melbourne/Douglas Lawrence.
  • Bax: Fatherland. Martyn Hill, ten., Royal PO, Brighton Festival Chorus/Vernon Handley.
  • James: Land of My Fathers. Dame Gwyneth Jones, sop., Tom Jones, voc., Dennis O'Neill, ten., Oliver Sammons, The World Choir, Massed Guards Bands/Owain Arwel Hughes.
  • Bock: Sunrise, Sunset. Cor y Rhos.
  • Lawes: Gather your rosebuds while you may. Hilliard Ensemble.

  • 26th August

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  • Tallis: Spem in alium. Cantillation/Antony Walker.
  • Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus?. ORA/Suzi Digby.
  • Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor. Julien Robinson, bass, Kristy Biber, sop., Timothy Reynolds, ten., Peter Campbell, alto, Trinity College Choir, Melbourne/Michael Leighton Jones.
  • Holst: Seven partsongs, Op. 44 (H 162). Patricia Rozario, sop., City of London Sinfonia, Joyful Company of Singers/Richard Hickox.
  • Vaughan Williams: Magnificat. Catherine Wyn-Rogers, contr., City of London Sinfonia, Corydon Singers/Matthew Best.
  • Holst: Six choruses for male voices H186, Op.53. The Holst Singers, The Holst Orch/Hilary Davan Wetton.
  • Parry (arr. Humphreys): Myfanwy. Morriston Orpheus Choir/Sian Pearce.
  • Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea. New College Choir, Oxford/Edward Higginbottom.
  • Vaughan Williams: O Mistress Mine. Ormond College Choir/Douglas Lawrence.

  • 19th August

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  • Isaac: Virgo Prudentissima. Tommie Andersson, lute, The Song Company/Roland Peelman.
  • Gabrieli: Dulcis Jesu patris imago (Sweet Jesus Image of the Father). Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale/Roland Wilson.
  • Elgar: Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27. Cambridge University Chamber Choir/Christopher Robinson. Iain Farrington, pno.
  • Delius: Sea Drift. Thomas Hampson, bar., Bach Choir, BBC NO of Wales, BBC National Chorus of Wales/Richard Hickox.
  • Vaughan Williams: A Vision of Aeroplanes. James McVinnie, org., Raphaela Papadakis, sop., Clare College Choir/Timothy Brown.
  • Boyd: A Vision. The Song Company/Roland Peelman.
  • Ancell: The Long View. The Vocal Consort/Noel Ancell.
  • Heim: Visions of Zechariah. Sydney Chamber Choir, Sprung Percussion/Nicholas Routley.
  • Sibelius: To Sea, Op.84/5. YL Male Voice Choir/Matti Hyokki.
  • Traditional (arr. Rutter): Be Thou my Vision. Sioned Williams, harp, King's College Choir Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury.

  • 12th August

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  • Senfl: Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein mein. Collegium Vocale Cologne/Wolfgang Fromme.
  • Schutz: A sower went out to sow his seed. Musica Fiata, Stuttgart Chamber Choir/Frieder Bernius.
  • Beethoven: Mass in C, Op.86. Catherine Robbin, m-sop., William Kendall, ten., Alastair Miles, bass, Charlotte Margiono, sop., Monteverdi Choir, ORR/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Suk: Under the Apple Tree. Czech Philharmonic Chorus, Janacek PO/Otakar Trhlik.
  • Strauss R: To the Tree Daphne. Marianne Lund, sop., Christian Lisdorf, treb., Copenhagen Boys' Choir/Stefan Parkman.
  • Whitacre: Little Tree. Leslie De' Ath, pno., Elora Festival Singers/Noel Edison.
  • Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree. Peter Kneeshaw, org., Paul Goodchild, tpt., St Mary's Cathedral Choir/David Russell.
  • Holst: Light Leaves Whisper. The Holst Singers/Stephen Layton.

  • 5th August

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  • Sheppard: Reges Tharsis. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Charpentier: Beatus Vir. Philippe Huttenlocher, bass, Evelyne Brunner, sop., Helena Vieira, sop., Alain Zepffel, alto., Alejandro Ramirez, ten., Gulbenkian Foundation Orch., Lisbon Gulbenkian Choir/Michel Corboz.
  • Preisner: Requiem for my friend. Elzbieta Towarnicka, sop., Varsov Chamber Choir/Jacek Kaspszyk.
  • Boulanger: Vieille priere bouddhique. Julian Podger, ten., London SO, Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Welch: Yandani Yajula (Welcome friend). Choir of Hope & Inspiration/Jonathon Welch.
  • Folds: The Luckiest. Voces 8.

  • 29th July

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  • Anonymous: Mass for Saint Martha. Schola Hungarica/Laszlo Dobszay.
  • Tye: Omnes gentes. Hilliard Ensemble.
  • Monteverdi: Oh, Ho Sweet You Are. Delitiae Musicae/Marco Longhini.
  • Schubert: Mass No.6 in E flat, D950. Ruth Ziesak, sop., Jard van Nes, contr., Herbert Lippert, ten., Wolfgang Bunten, ten., Bavarian RSO, Bavarian Radio Chorus/Carlo Maria Giulini.
  • Bruckner: Helgoland. Symphonica of London, Ambrosian Male Voice Chorus/Wyn Morris.

  • 22nd July

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  • Guerrero: Motet, Maria Magdalene. Adelaide Chamber Singers/Carl Crossin.
  • Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene. Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips.
  • Charpentier: Transfige, dulcissime Jesu, H.251. Le Concert Spirituel/Herve Niquet.
  • Schutz: O Seet Jesus Christ. Musica Fiata, Stuttgart Chamber Choir/Frieder Bernius.
  • Bach: Motet: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV229. The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
  • Holst: Hymn of Jesus, Op.37. London PO, London Symphony Chorus, St Paul's Cathedral Choir, London/Sir Charles Groves.
  • Lloyd Webber WS: Missa Sanctae Mariae Magdalenae. Richard Hickox Singers.
  • Marcellino: Companion of my Heart. The Song Company.