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Journal issue #5

Something to Sing About: the good health of Australian choral music

Edited by Anni Heino — 18.12.09

This issue of Resonate Journal is all about the latest in Australian choral music. What are the current developments in commissioning, workshops and community choral music? What are the new works? How did they come to exist? Who commissioned, rehearsed and performed them?

We have given composers and conductors the opportunity to talk about works that they have composed or performed. They were forced to make some tough choices: in 2009 alone, an impressive number of premieres took place all over the country. As conductor Carl Crossin says in our interview, 'The situation has improved dramatically in the last fifteen to twenty years and there is certainly less fear of "new" music in our choirs than there used to be.'

Also included are features, interviews and articles about interesting initiatives, events and people, from Stephen Leek to Tony Backhouse: 15 articles by composers, conductors, academics and educators.

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In this Issue

by Anni Heino
2009: a year of choral music
'Embrace anything and everything that can be thrown at you', by Anni Heino
Unbearable beauty!
Two Australian choral classics: a conductor’s reflections, by Carl Crossin
Threads of past and present in two choral works: Misera, Ancor do Loco and Vive in Deo
by Clare Maclean
Grandage's Wheatbelt, Abbott's Bundle of Joy and Jarman's Pemulwuy
a conductor's perspective, by Robert Braham
On song: a discussion of selected recent works for a cappella choir by Matthew Orlovich
by Matthew Orlovich
Martin Wesley-Smith's Who Killed Cock Robin?
a reflection by the composer, by Martin Wesley-Smith
Katy Abbott's Crime Scene Investigation and Aspects of Dreaming
by Katy Abbott
Paul Jarman's Known Unto God and Pemulwuy
by Paul Jarman
It can't get any better than this!
Stephen Leek and a new culture of choral music, by Helen Lancaster
New Australian compositions for chamber choir
by Paul Stanhope
On the road with Tony Backhouse
by Anni Heino
A new direction for Gondwana Choirs
by Lyn Williams
Moorambilla Festival - this is what it’s all about!
by Dan Walker
One man’s dream continues in song
the Myall Park community music initiative by The Australian Voices and Clocked Out Duo, by Jocelyn Wolfe
Young Voices of Melbourne - twenty years on
by Mark O'Leary