C19 Choral Opposites

  • Saturday, 7 May 2022

  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston ACT 2604

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The world’s richest singing traditions somehow emerged around the outer edges of our planet. Between the vocal wonders of Northern Lights and the ancient sounds of the Southern continent, mysterious pathways can be drawn and redrawn.  Some of Canberra’s most prominent vocal groups join forces in a choral event reaching across the globe in song.




Karin Rehnqvist,  I himmelen – In Heaven’s Hall (Sweden 1998)

Based on a Swedish folk chorale from Skattungbyn

Text: L. Laurinus 1622


Veljo Tormis, Sügismaastikud – Autumn Landscapes (Estonia 1964)

Text: Viivi Luik


Ross Edwards, Waabin  (Australia 2019) AP

Text: Whadjuk Noongar words


Matthew Doyle plays didgeridoo


Ēriks Ešenvalds   Stars (Latvia/US  2011)

Text: Sara Teasdale


Gordon Hamilton, from Antarctica  (Australia/Antarctica 2018/19 )

Aurora Australis

Reeve Hill


Sven-David Sandström, To See a World  (Sweden 2008)

Text: William Blake




Matthew Doyle plays didgeridoo


Brenda Gifford,  Yangga – Sing   (Australia 2022) WP

Text: Yuin words


Anna Þorvaldsdóttir,  Heyr þú oss himnum á – Hear us in Heaven (Iceland 2005)

Text: after ancient Icelandic Psalm by  Olafur á Söndum ca 1600


Eva Lestander,    Nu är det synd om de döda – Now it’s a pity about the dead (Sweden 2010)

Text: Verner von Heidenstam  – Arr Lisa Lestander 


Ross Edwards, Ulpirra  (Australia 1993)


Ella Macens,  While Winter is Here  (Latvia-Australia 2021/22) WP

Text: Ella Macens

Commissioned by CIMF with the generous support of Sharon Green and Marcel Skjald


Sarah Hopkins, Past Life Melodies  (Australia 1992)




Matthew Doyle, didgeridoo

Sally Walker, flute

Kompactus Youth Choir directed by Olivia Swift

Luminescence Chamber Singers directed by AJ America

Oriana Chorale directed by Dan Walker

Combined choirs directed by Roland Peelman

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Artist Luminescence Chamber Singers


The unbound expressive potential of our original instrument: the human voice

Comprised of six professional singers, Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic vocal ensemble based on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country (Canberra, Australia). Performing music that spans Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony as well as folk song, pop, and contemporary art music, Luminescence has rapidly emerged as one of Australia’s leading ensembles.

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Artist Sally Walker


Sally Walker is Lecturer in Classical Woodwind at the Australian National University, regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble.  She performs on modern flutes and piccolo as well as historical flutes and recorders and has appeared in the London Proms, Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood and Edinburgh Festivals.

She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange for postgraduate study in Germany), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust.

She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, was a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Sally devotes herself to both Early and Contemporary Music, having performed with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum and the Leipziger Kammerorchester as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon.  She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with colleagues across various art forms and styles, including Tamara Anna-Cislowska, Aiko Goto, David Greco, Steven Isserlis, Afro Moses, Ian Munro, Simon Tedeschi, Dénes Várjon, Shanghai and Acacia string quartets.  She has recorded three CDs with Pianist Philip Mayers, was featured on Sally Whitwell’s Aria-nominated CD, “I was Flying”, Cyrus Meurant’s CD “Monday to Friday” and on recordings with Halycon, Australian Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras.

Artist Matthew Doyle


Matthew Doyle was born and raised in Sydney; he is a Descendant of the Muruwari People from Northwest NSW. Studied at NAISDA College 1985-88 and then became a founding member of AIDT the Company.

Matthew is a Dancer, Musician, Songman, Didgeridoo player, Cultural Consultant and Educator with over 35 years’ experience in the Performing Arts across all genres.

He has toured extensively in Australia and Abroad performing in many Countries as both a soloist and a Collaborator.

He has Performed in Major events such as 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as well as the Sydney 2000 Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the ABC Millennium Broadcast on top of the Sydney Opera House.

He Opened the Indigenous Gallery Musee Du Quay Branly in Paris, World Expo Japan, I am Eora Sydney Festival Production, World Youth Day and welcomed the Pope and has Members of the Royal Family to Sydney. Matthew also opened the New Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, With Djakapura Munyarryun and William Barton.

He has recorded several CDs of his own music and has co composed and has been Cultural Consultant for Bangarra Dance Theatre on 2 Productions. Has also worked with Grandmaster Shakuhachi Player Riley Lee, James Morrison, Colin Offord, TAIKOZ, Legs on the Wall, Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Matthew Doyle currently works with Jannawi Dance Clan, The Gamay Dancers and appeared on the Voice this year with Jessica Mauboy. Matthew has also been working in the Indigenous Arts in Education for the last 20 years and is a panel member of the Indigenous Advisory Panel for the City of Sydney Council.

Artist Oriana Chorale


Founded in 1977, the Oriana Chorale is an auditioned group of professional and amateur musicians who are dedicated to quality performance of a diverse selection of choral music. Oriana’s mission is enriching the cultural life of Canberra with choral music projects of the highest standard, both a capella and with instrumental accompaniment, when it is called for. The Chorale repertoire ranges from Schütz, Tallis and Byrd, to Rachmaninov, Pärt, Whitacre, and contemporary Australian composers. Directed by Dan Walker, the Chorale presents three major concerts each year, often with associate artists, and is a regular participant in the Canberra International Music Festival as well as a collaborator of prominent vocal ensembles such as The Song Company and The Tallis Scholars. Members of the community have the opportunity to join the Chorale for its annual choral workshops.

Artist Kompactus Youth Choir


Kompactus is a youth chamber choir, aimed at developing the skills of talented singers between the ages of eighteen and thirty. Their diverse and versatile repertoire is drawn from many time periods and styles stretching as far back as the late medieval through to modern contemporary music.