Choral Weekend

The Armidale Music Foundation's Annual Choral and Orchestral Weekend provides opportunities for musicians from NSW and further afield to rehearse and perform another large scale masterpiece, under the guideance of one of Australia’s foremost choral tutors.

Commencing in 1998 with Orff’s Carmina Brurana, highlights of the weekend have included Verdi’s Requiem (1999), Poulenc’s Gloria (2006), and A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams (2000). More recently, participants have enjoyed Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass (2016) and Dvorák’s Mass in D Major (2017), which marked the AMF Choral and Orchestral Weekend’s 20th anniversary.

The 2006 Choral Workshop was held on the weekend of the 10-12th March with Francis Poulenc's delicious Gloria as the chosen work. Written in the style of Vivaldi, but set for a very large orchestra, the Gloria is divided into six sections, each with its own distinct flavour: At times jubilant and at others solemn, lyricism and purity of line characterise the music. This work demonstrates the sincerity, simplicity, and humility that have made Francis Poulenc one of the great religious composers of the last century.

Once again Richard McIntyre conducted and rehearsed both the orchestra and the choir. We were delighted that Paul Holley returned as our Chorus Master. Richard tutored woodwind in the orchestral sectional rehearsals, while John Kellaway (Head of Brass Studies at Newcastle Conservatorium) tutored Brass and Errol Russell, Strings. Samantha Cobcroft was our Soprano Soloist.