A Choral Soirée at Government House
5 July 2023 | 6:00PM | Government House
A Choral Soirée at Government House
Join esteemed guests in the beautiful acoustic of the Government House Ballroom to enjoy this special Choral Soirée.
The Junior Performing Choir from the acclaimed Sydney Children’s Choir will present repertoire by contemporary composers Bob Chilcott and Sally Whitwell, and an excerpt from a set of works by Nico Muhly.
Sharing the stage will be Hobart’s award-winning Cocktail Hour Quartet, performing some of their vibrant and versatile repertoire. A special mystery guest ensemble will also delight audiences with a stunning and memorable performance.
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General Admission – $45
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VENUE: GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Getting to the venue:
Government House is located at 7 Lower Domain Road at Queens Domain.
Vehicles are able to enter the grounds via the main gates.
Ramp access for wheelchair users can be provided upon request.
- Government House is wheelchair accessible, however the terrain to the entrance is uneven.
Guide Dog Symbol / Registered Assistance Animals welcome
- Government House asks that patrons accompanied by Guide Dogs or Assistance Animals contact them beforehand on 6234 2611.
The Sydney Children’s Choir’s Junior Performing Choir brings together specially selected singers aged 9 – 14 who show strong musical aptitude, enabling them to extend their choral and musical skills in an intensive way. The choir is one of 16 ensembles adding up to over 400 young people that form the Sydney Children’s Choir’s renowned choral training program, founded by Lyn Williams AM in 1989. The choir have formed part of the children’s choruses for performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, including for the premiere of Colin Matthew’s The Pied Piper of Hamlin in 2016, and for Opera Australia productions including Turandot, King Roger and Tosca. The Junior Performing Choir has embarked on regional tours in NSW regularly over its history, giving performances and workshops with local singers: Bathurst (2017), Albury (2018) and Wagga Wagga (2019). In 2023, the choir are conducted by Elizabeth Scott and Lachlan Massey.
Image credit: Lyn Williams
CONDUCTOR: LACHLAN MASSEY
Lachlan Massey is a young Australian conductor and composer. He conducts for the Sydney Children’s Choir, working under Lyn Williams AM and Sam Allchurch to prepare the choirs for concerts, recordings and major national events. Most recently he conducted the choir at The Sydney Energy Forum for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, acted as assistant conductor for dramatic work Hypnopompia with director Alexander Berlage, and assisted in preparing the choirs for the reopening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall under Simone Young. Lachlan founded Musgrove Opera in 2018 to present contemporary opera for children and families. He composed & directed Pinocchio! (2018), which had its premiere at the Zenith Theatre, prior to a regional tour. His second children’s opera, an adaptation of Hansel & Gretel (2021), premiered at The Concourse. In 2022, Lachlan directed Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing and Heroes in the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room. Most recently, he worked with composer Aija Draguns, directing the premiere of her children’s opera, Max and Moritz. Recently, Lachlan appeared as a guest conductor for the RSCM Junior Schools’ Choral Festival. Lachlan is an alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a former Young Ambassador for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Cocktail Hour Quartet are a women's a cappella quartet who specialise in singing four-part jazz and barbershop arrangements. The group formed in July 2020, and went on to win third place in the Sweet Adelines Australia national quartet contest in May 2022 and first place in the women's section of Barbershop Harmony Australia's national quartet contest in November the same year.
Image credit: Paul Redding Photographer
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