Choir of Newman College Concert Series 2019

The Choir’s 2019 Concert Series comprises three concerts held in the magnificent acoustics of the College’s Chapel, Dining Hall and Oratory. Highlights of past concert series have included ‘Christmas at Versailles’, a dinner-concert in collaboration with Maggie Beer, a reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s lost St Mark Passion, three productions of Medieval plays, ‘Music from the Silver Screen’ and a number of projects in combination with exponents of Early Music and World Music.


Concert 1 - The Newman College Centenary Concert

Sunday, March 24, 3:00pm

George Frederick Handel The Messiah

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Newman College

887 Swanston St, Parkville

The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ was performed on the day of Newman College’s opening one hundred years ago.  To close the College’s Centenary Year the Choir of Newman College performs Handel’s monumental Messiah in its entirety.  The Choir of Newman College will be accompanied by the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, an orchestra drawn from Australia’s finest period instrument performers.


Concert 2

Sunday, September 22, 2:30pm

Spem in alium – The Triumph of Judith

The Newman College Dining Hall


Thomas Tallis Spem in alium for forty voices

Using some of the most sumptuous scoring of the Renaissance and Baroque, this concert celebrates the triumph of Judith, an Old Testament heroine who saves Israel by beguiling and then beheading Holofernes, the general of the besieging armies.  The Choir retells the story of Judith drawing on oratorios by Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Mozart sung from the galleries of the Burley-Griffin designed Dining Hall.  Interspersed are a series of toccatas by Frescobaldi played by the College Organist, David Macfarlane.


Concert 3

Saturday, November 30, 5:00pm

The Newman College Oratory

The Play of Herod

Originating from a monastery in Medieval France, the sung Play of Herod depicts the stories relating to the Wise Men and the slaughter of the innocents following Christ’s birth.  The tale is told in haunting chant and adventurous Medieval polyphony.  Superimposed are the exotic sounds and scents of the continents from which the Wise Men originate.  The play is performed by actors and singers from the Choir of Newman College.

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