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    Magnificat—conductor’s note

    “… in those few hours before sundown a sort of quiet battle went on within me between the after-sound of the prayers, the peace of the day, the dull noiseless ease of things,…

  • A Poet's Christmas

    A Poet’s Christmas—conductor’s note

    This concert takes its inspiration from a broadcast on the BBC Home Service on Christmas Eve in December 1944. Titled “A Poet’s Christmas”, it brought together British poets…

  • Offertorium

    Offertorium—conductor’s note

    ‘My harp is turned to mourning, and my music into the voice of those who weep. Spare me, Lord, for my days are nothing.’ Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611) was ordained a…

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    One Foot in Eden—conductor’s note

    “Of one thing we can be certain; what Hanslick called ‘the morganatic marriage of words and music’ is the least destructible of all musical elements. The marriages may be…

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    Messiah—conductor’s note

    Consider for a moment the situation in which Handel found himself in 1740. His penultimate opera, Imeneo, had lasted only two days at Lincoln’s Inn Fields; and his final…

    Canberra critic’s choice

    From Jennifer Gall’s Five Favourite Concerts for 2013: My two favourite new compositions performed in 2013 were Canberra composer David Mackay’s vocal works Weathering and Aedh Wishes for the…

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    Chinese Whispers

    Coro: The Yellow River Project Reviewer: Jennifer Gall, Canberra Times, 24 September 2013 Coro is a relatively new Canberra vocal ensemble, dedicated to presenting unusual and…

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    Voices of Promise

    Coro: Ab Initio Reviewer: Clinton White, City News, 2 April 2012 Oriana Chorale’s conductor, composer David Mackay was a finalist in the “CityNews” Canberra Critics Circle…