A special choral treat for the South Coast music fraternity, we present Handel’s ‘Messiah’ performed by The Oriana Chorale.
The Oriana Chorale is one of Canberra’s leading a cappella choirs founded in 1977 by Roger Wellman. Described by the Canberra Times as a “disciplined, courageous and joyful” group, the choir has won particular acclaim for its innovative programming, recognised by a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award. It has given the Australian première performances of several works and has been invited to perform on the ABC Classic FM Sunday Live program on a number of occasions, most recently on Easter Sunday 2012 in a broadcast featuring highlights of a new English translation of Bach’s St John Passion.
The Chorale normally presents three major concerts each year in and around the Canberra region, often with associate artists. It also has worked with a number of guest conductors, notably Roland Peelman and Brett Weymark. The choir regularly participates in the Canberra International Music Festival and is often invited to be the featured choir at major events including the annual Voices in the Forest program.