Chorus OZ, run by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, provides an annual opportunity for choristers to sing a major work in the Sydney Opera House, with rehearsals and a performance over the course of one weekend.
Orff Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
Handel Zadok the Priest
Mozart Requiem: Introitus, Dies Irae, Recordae, Confutatis, Lacrimosa
Rachmaninoff All Night Vigil Bogoroditse Devo
Haydn The Creation: In Splendour bright, The Heavens are telling
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Mendelssohn Elijah: O Lord, thou hast overthrown, Thanks be to God
Sculthorpe Requiem: Canticle
Verdi Missa da Requiem: Libera Me
Beethoven Symphony no. 9: Finale
Encore: Handel Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
Now that has to be the ultimate huge sing! We had almost 1000 choristers, who overflowed from the choir seats behind the orchestra into all the boxes around the side of the concert hall!
Conductor Brett Weymark did an amazing job of pulling it all together over two days for rehearsals, without for a second losing his great sense of humour, enthusiasm and energy.
After the Saturday rehearsal, we sang O Fortuna and the Hallelujah Chorus on the steps of the opera house, and drew quite a crowd of passers-by!
Thanks to Danielle Bellas for putting it on YouTube…
The main performance on Sunday night was a fantastic experience, playing to a packed concert hall. I’ve always thought it would be amazing to sing in the chorus of Beethoven 9 at the Sydney Opera House, so that was a dream fulfilled!