Classical Choral Workshop
29 June - 3 July 2022 | 5-day workshop | $355 / $320 concession*
Graham Abbott – Handel: Four Coronation Anthems
– includes headline concert performance with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra
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Join us as we sing the four Coronation Anthems composed by classical music’s favourite Anglophile, George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759). These majestic works are a true celebration of the baroque era, in all its glorious pomp and opulence. The four Coronation Anthems, originally composed for the coronation of George II in October 1727 include ‘Let thy Hand be strengthened’; ‘The King shall rejoice’; ‘My Heart is inditing’; and – the most famous of them all – ‘Zadok the Priest’.
Graham Abbott is one of Australia’s leading Handel specialists and we are delighted to welcome his return to Festival of Voices. In this rousing five-day workshop, participants will experience the complete joy of singing together in preparation for a special headline concert performance.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, Graham Abbott has been Conductor-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Musical Director of Adelaide Chorus, Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Musical Director of Melbourne Chorale, Music Advisor to Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne and Guest Chorus Master for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In a career spanning more than thirty years, Graham has conducted all the major Australian orchestras, opera companies, choral societies and many early music and contemporary music ensembles.
In 2021, Graham’s engagements have included returns to the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Bendigo Chamber Music Festival, 4 Winds Festival Bermagui, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Unwrap the Music series).
An enthusiast for the music of Handel, he has conducted Messiah with all the major Australian orchestras, in the UK and New Zealand, and given the first Australian performances of works including Athalia, Ariodante, Agrippina and La resurrezione.
Highlights in recent years include conducting The Pearl Fishers (State Opera and Opera Queensland), Israel in Egypt and Rachmaninov Vespers (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs), Handel’s Water Music (Tasmanian Symphony), semi-staged performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for Opera Queensland, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Camerata (Brisbane).
Also a respected music educator, Graham was for many years the presenter of the hugely successful Keys to Music program on ABC radio and has most recently been engaged to create a series of Podcasts for the Melbourne Recital Centre and for Universal Music.
“I’m thrilled to have been invited to return to Festival of Voices in 2022. After so much disruption to all our lives since I conducted the Cherubini Requiem in 2019, the thought of making great choral music again with so many dedicated singers is very exciting. Handel’s four Coronation Anthems, among them the famous Zadok the Priest, will be the perfect tonic for those of us who love the sound of a massed choir and orchestra in full flight. – Graham Abbott
VENUE: HOBART TOWN HALL & FEDERATION CONCERT HALL
This fee will cover the cost of your full souvenir score (valued at $40 – non-refundable), festival accreditation, light refreshments, opportunities to network with like-minded choristers and specially negotiated accommodation rates. This is a unique opportunity to work with Australia’s leading Handel specialist and perform with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and guest musicians.
*A Booking Fee of $2.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out.
This workshop will be popular with many individuals and small groups, choral society members church choirs and anyone who enjoys a welcoming inclusive environment. Bring a choral friend and come along to the rousing, joyous, feel-good rehearsals. Enjoyment will be enhanced if you can read music.
FACE MASKS in 2022:
Festival of Voices will continue to monitor the use of face masks and will seek advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health with updates provided to our participants and ticket holders.