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Concert Season 2007 - Our Musical Journey

You can buy concert tickets directly from the RMP

- see details of our next concert
- see us & other choirs on the WhiteHat list of choral events in Melbourne
- download our Season 2007 Flyer (pdf file,1 Mbyte) listing all dates, times and soloists

First RMP Subscription Concert
Haydn - The Creation

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Jane Edwards (soprano), Richard Greager (tenor), Stephen Bennet (bass),
conducted by Andrew Wailes.

Saturday 26 May 8.00 pm, Melbourne Town Hall

The Creation, "Die Schöpfung" in the original German, was written between 1796 and 1798 and is Josef Haydn's greatest work. In its composition Haydn was significantly influenced by Handel's great oratorios which he had heard during his visits to London in 1791-1792 and 1794-1795. The Creation was first performed at a private subscription concert in Vienna on April 30 1798. It was recognized immediately as a work of genius and in Vienna alone was performed almost 40 times in the remaining 10 years of Haydn's life. It has continued much loved and often performed to this day as one of the glories of the Western choral tradition.

You can download the flyer for this concert (jpg file, 200Kbyte).

Second RMP Subscription Concert

Bernstein - Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis;
O'Regan - Dorchester Canticles

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Dean Sky Lucas (counter tenor),
conducted by Andrew Wailes

Friday 20 July 8.30 pm, St Patrick's Cathedral

Choral Miniatures

(works TBC)

Sunday 12 Aug 2:00 p.m., St Aidans, North Balwyn.

Third RMP Subscription Concert

(with Cantor Productions)

Irish Songs of Pride

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, The Australian Children's Choir, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra,
Damien Leith (Australian Idol winner, vocalist), Roy Best (Operatunity runner up, tenor), Jessica O'Bryan (soprano), Anthony Halliday (organist), Charles "Bud" Tingwell (narrator), conducted by Andrew Wailes.

Murray Stapleton (Co producer and Director), Original orchestrations by Sean O'Boyle and Anthony Halliday

Saturday 25 Aug, two performances, 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Melbourne Town Hall.

You can download the flyer for this concert.

Fourth RMP Subscription Concert
All Beethoven Special Concert

Piano Concerto no. 4 in G
Concert aria "Ah Perfido"
Choral Fantasia
Mass in C major

Jonathan Bradley, piano
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
Patricia Wright (soprano), Suzanne Johnstone (mezzo), Stephen Smith (tenor), Richard Alexander (bass)
Conducted by Andrew Wailes

Performed with the Melbourne University Choral Society

Saturday 13 Oct 8:00 p.m., Melbourne Town Hall

You can download the flyer (jpeg file, 99Kbytes) and/or order tickets on line for this concert.

Beethoven stands as a giant in the history of music, and brought to the art of music depths of expressiveness and dramatic impact it had not known before. In this all Beethoven program, we hear four major compositions. Brilliant Australian pianist Jonathan Bradley brings his virtuosic talents to the emotionally charged Piano Concerto No. 4. Written as Beethoven was becoming aware of his impending deafness, in this work it is as if Fate had dictated to the composer what was now in store for him, as if he were answering it with the peace of the man who has resolved his inner struggles into harmony. The often celebrated Choral Fantasia, an earlier work, is generally regarded as the precurser to the great Choral Symphony, whilst the rarely heard Mass in C Major provides us with a powerful example of the great composer's writing for the Church.

Leading New Zealand soprano, Patricia Wright will perform the magnificent and rarely heard concert aria Ah! Perfido, accompanied by over fifty players of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra. Over 250 choristers will join the orchestra and soloists to present this powerful homage to the great Austrian composer under the dynamic baton of RMP Chief Conductor Andrew Wailes

Messiah in Bendigo

Handel's masterpiece in the huge acoustic of Bendigo Cathedral

Soloists and orchestra - as per below
Conducted by Andrew Wailes

Saturday 8 December 7 p.m., Bendigo Cathedral

Coming Next
Fifth RMP Subscription Concert
Handel - Messiah

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Natalie Jones (soprano), Sally Anne Russell (mezzo), David Hobson (tenor), Joshua Bloom (bass)
Jonathan Bradley (continuo)
Conducted by Andrew Wailes.

Sunday 16 December 5:00 p.m., Melbourne Town Hall

Experience the 130 voices of Australia's oldest and finest symphonic chorus, with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra under their award-winning conductor Andrew Wailes, as well as four of Australia's finest soloists in a much anticipated annual performance of this truly great work.

Handel's great oratorio Messiah has a particular significance for the RMP. It is the work that first launched the choir, and has subsequently been performed at least once every year since 1853. This unbroken sequence of more than 226 performances is considered to be a world record.

Messiah is an annual Melbourne tradition. Join us at the splendid Melbourne Town Hall to celebrate Christmas in style with Handel's immortal masterpiece.

Sixth RMP Subscription Concert
A Philharmonic Christmas - Carols in the Cathedral

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir The Australian Children's Choir, RMP Brass and Percussion, Siegfried Franke (organ), guest conductor Michael Leighton-Jones

Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 8:00 p.m., St Paul's Cathedral

A glorious concert of traditional carols and readings performed by the acclaimed Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir presented in the magnificent ambience and acoustics of St Paul's Cathedral.

Featuring all your favourite carols, such as O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, Silent Night and Joy to the World!, as well as beautiful music by composers from Australia and Europe.

So popular is this concert that in previous years tickets have sold out and many members of the public have been turned away disappointed. This year therefore RMP presents two performances of its much loved Christmas celebration.

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