C19 Choral Opposites

  • May 7, 2022


  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston ACT 2604

  • General Admission $80.00,

    Concession $72.00

  • In Association with

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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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  • May 7, 2022


  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston ACT 2604

  • General Admission $80.00,

    Concession $72.00

Buy Tickets Now

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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.

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 Clo...

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 Competit...

Artist Luminescence Chamber Singers

Luminescence gives voice to human experiences of all kinds. Luminescence Chamber Singers is a vocal ensemble based on Ngunnawal country [Canberra, Australia], and the umbrella organisation for the Luminescence Children’s Choir. Performing music from all times and places, Luminescence champions the unbound expressive potential of our original instrument - the human voice. Both ensembles deliver artistic and educational programs that ignite the imagination of audiences, and give voice to human experiences of all kinds. Luminescence ...

Artist Oriana Chorale

The Oriana Chorale is a group of professional and amateur musicians dedicated to quality performance of diverse choral repertoire. Together with Music Director Dan Walker, the choir is working on innovative and exciting projects, building on the strength, variety, and inspiration that flows from collaboration with a plethora of local and Indigenous composers, poets, and artists.