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Astra Choir

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Random Audio Sample: Choral scenes : a work for speakers, chorus and instruments by Helen Gifford, from the CD Choral scenes

Works commissioned by Astra Choir

Remember by Richard Vella

Catharsis by Helen Gifford

Stars by Eve Christina Duncan

World premieres given by Astra Choir

Angustam Amice : for a capella choir (SSAATTBB) by Andri├ín Pertout— 3 Dec 17 (Church of All Nations, VIC)

The Othersiders : New Australians in Paraguay by Andrew Byrne— 10 Jun 17 (Eleventh Hour Theatre, VIC)

Matko Boska (satb choir with solo voice(s)) by Paul Kopetz— 30 Apr 17 (Carmelite Church, Middle Park, VIC)

Stars : for choir and wind quintet by Eve Christina Duncan— 4 Dec 16 (Church of All Nations, VIC)

It Was : for double SATB choir and soprano saxophone by Kym Alexandra Dillon— 4 Dec 16 (Church of All Nations, VIC)

Notes from the Borigove : 3 pieces for mixed choir, a cappella by John Arthur Grant— 2016 (Church Of All Nations, Carlton VIC)

Time and tide : for violin, cello, piano and choral ensemble by Barry Conyngham— 31 Aug 15 (Church of All Nations, Carlton, VIC)

Fort VII : Stabat Mater for the victims of Fort VII by Paul Kopetz— 21 Jun 15 (Carmelite Church, Middle Park, VIC)

Underworld Songs in Six Scenes by Martin Friedel— 21 Sep 13 (Abbottsford Convent, VIC)

60 cycles : the breath of empty space : SATB choir with chamber ensemble by Neil Kelly— 3 Dec 11 (Northcote Town Hall, VIC)

Whispers and cries : for choir, percussion quartet, and keyboards by Andrew Byrne— 24 Sep 11 (Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank, Melbourne)

Cities of the mind : Cantata for soloists, choir, string quartet, double bass, percussion and keyboards by Martin Friedel— 10 Oct 10 (Fitzroy Town Hall, Victoria)

Revolutionary fugue : SATB choir with organ by Lawrence Whiffin— 1 Jun 08 (Lithuanian House North Melbourne)

Street songs : four choruses for Walter Benjamin's centenary by Martin Friedel— 1 Jun 08 (Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne)

Mass : for SATB choir, SATB soloists, organ and violoncello by Michael Bertram— 30 Oct 05 (St Mark's Church, Fitzroy, Melbourne)

Electric songs : cantata for soloists, choir, theremin, bells and instrumental ensemble by Martin Friedel— 2 Oct 05 (Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, as part of the Astra 2005 Concert Series)

Catharsis : three poems for unaccompanied chorus by Helen Gifford— 16 Dec 01

Force : for amplified choir & electric ensemble by Andrew Byrne— May 99 (Gasworks Arts Complex, Melbourne)

Murchitt : a daydream by Lawrence Whiffin— 1 Sep 98 (The Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Melbourne)

Nocturnes : for choir & piano: III by Keith Humble— 27 Jun 97 (Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne)

The third planet : Cantata for solo voices, speaker, SATB choir and instrumental ensemble by Martin Friedel— 16 Dec 95 (Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne)

Remember (satb choir with solo soprano) by Richard Vella— Dec 95 (St Kilda Town Hall, Victoria.)

Reclaimed prefu II : for two pianos & choir by Julian Yu— 25 May 90 (Old Custom House, Melbourne )

The Piano tuner : SATB choir with piano by Lawrence Whiffin— 1980 (Assembly Hall, Collins Street Melbourne)

Analysis & Media

- Article: New Music Comes Into Its Own