Past Performances

December 2012, "Christmas Harmony"

 

Christmas Harmony 2012

Wednesday 19th December 8pm at Elder Hall

Conductor: Rosemary Nairn OAM

Accompanist: Margaret Lambert - Organist: Andrew Georg - Al Kidney Brass Quintet

The Adelaide Harmony Choir voices are measuring up for their Annual Christmas Harmony Concert. The concert will be conducted by esteemed musical director Rosemary Nairn and will include Carols and Christmas songs that will delight and nourish minds and souls at the end of a busy year. Margaret Lambert, Andrew Georg and Al Kidney with his Brass Quintet will join with the choir to present a delightful musical evening which will put the audience into the Christmas spirit.

 

Some new music and some new settings of traditional Christmas songs will be presented this year.

Walking in the air, Howard Blakes song, was written for the animated film of Raymond Briggs’ 1978 childrens book The Snowman where a young boy and a snowmen share many adventures. In the film the song was performed by St Pauls Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty. The subsequent single release reached the top 5 in the UK pop charts then sung by popular celebrity welsh chorister Aled Jones.

 

Fantasy on five carols, by Mark Hayes is an extended Christmas medley featuring traditional tunes including Personant Hodie, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Still, Still, Still, and Sussex Carol. Our new features will be enmeshed in the traditional and much loved Christmas music performed by the choir over many years.

 

Rosemary Nairns wide and varied career as a choral director throughout the communities of Adelaide and South Australia led to her award of the OAM in 2003 for her work with choral music education throughout South Australia.

 

Margaret Lamberts musical career as musical performer and educator spans many years in Australia and in the USA where she worked extensively as a solo pianist, choral conductor and many other roles. In Adelaide Margaret teaches, accompanies choirs, conducts and mentors her many students.

 

Al Kidney has held the position of Bandmaster with the Band of the South Australia Police for the last 3 years. He is sought after as a guest conductor with various community ensembles, an adjudicator, is an accomplished arranger and musician.

 

Andrew Georg is a versatile pianist and organist, with special interests in opera and church music. He works as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South Australia and Co-Opera, and has recently been appointed the Organist/Choir Director at Christ Church, North Adelaide.

 

Adelaide Harmony Choir is a SATB choir of 80 singers, with a repertoire including major oratorios as well as popular music from opera, operetta and musicals.

Date: Wednesday 19th December 2012 8pm.

Venue: Elder Hall North Terrace Adelaide

Bookings: Ticket Secretary Margaret – 8352 8348 or 0408 528 349

Prices: Adults $28 – Concession $24 – Group 10+ $22 – Child $10

 

September 2012, "A Spring Encounter"

 

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Norwood Symphony Orchestra & Adelaide Harmony Choir

A Spring Encounter

Sunday 23rd September 2.30 pm at Norwood Concert Hall

Join two Adelaide musical icons, Norwood Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Harmony Choir to welcome in the spring season with an afternoon of favourite English overtures, dances, anthems and medleys reminding us of the Queens Jubilee Year Commemorations. The orchestra will play William Waltons Crown Imperialan Orchestral March first performed for the coronation of King George V1 in 1937 and The Wasps Overture by Vaughan Williams. The choir will perform a bracket of numbers, accompanied by Margaret Lambert, including HandelsLet their Celestial Concerts all Unite”, a Medley from Andrew Lloyd WebbersPhantom of the Operaalong with two traditional American compositionsLil Liza Jane andDown by the Riversidewhich have a long history in the American South. The orchestra and choir will join in performing two exciting and challenging pieces; Elgar'sThree Bavarian Dances which are a selection from his six choruses, "From the Bavarian HighlandsandHiawatha's Wedding Feasta cantata by Coleridge-Taylor taken from an epic poem by H W Longfellow.

 

David Reid has been conductor of the Norwood Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He has worked with many choral and orchestral groups and participated in theatre productions.

David Reid says, I will enjoy working with a choir again, especially a large one like Adelaide Harmony Choir. It is a familiar role for me, and AHC will be the 8th choir to perform with Norwood Symphony Orchestra in the 20 plus years that I've been their conductor.”

 

Rosemary Nairn OAM, Director of Music of Adelaide Harmony Choir, has had a wide and varied career as a choral conductor throughout Adelaide and rural communities of South Australia. She is looking forward to working with the Norwood Symphony Orchestra. “Hiawathas Wedding Feastwas written in 1898”, says Rosemary. “Its the first cantata of three works together comprisingThe Song of Hiawatha”. The music illustrates the people, food and the entertainment at this special occasion, in a very descriptive context. Edward Elgar and wife Alice often visited Bavaria and collaboratively created the poetry and music score of the suiteFrom the Bavarian Highlands”. They reflect the descriptive nature and activities of the local folk set in beautiful European mountainous Scenery.”

 

Adelaide Harmony Choirs Accompanist, Margaret Lamberts musical career has been a blend of music performer and educator in Australia and in the USA where she worked extensively as solo pianist, operatic repetiteur, choral conductor, piano lecturer and classroom music teacher. In Adelaide Margaret teaches, accompanies choirs, conducts and mentors her many students.

 

The Norwood Symphony Orchestra comprises both amateur and professional musicians of all ages who play in the Norwood Concert Hall and participate in other concerts within the community.

The Adelaide Harmony Choir: is a SATB choir of 80 singers, with a repertoire which includes many of the major oratorios as well as popular music from opera, operetta and musicals.

 

Date: Sunday 23rd September 2.30pm at Norwood Concert Hall

Tickets/Bookings: Margaret - Ticket Secretary -- 8352 8348 or 0408 528 349

Prices: Adult $20 Concession $15

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June 2012, "A Heart-Warming Winter Concert"

 

A Heart-Warming Winter Concert of old and new favourites


For this concert of loved classical songs, anthems, spirituals and medleys please join us at Payneham Uniting Church on 30th June at 7.30pm.

Our Director of Music, Rosemary Nairn will conduct the choir, ensembles and vocal duets. Our accompanist Margaret Lambert will be accompanying and performing piano solos.

Swing with us as we perform exiting versions of Down by the Riverside and Li’ll Liza Jane. Sing with us some beautiful words and music including Jerusalem and Blaenwern. Our men will perform the Riff Song from The Desert Song Operetta, music written by Sigmund Romberg with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, wonderfully sung by Gordon McRae in 1953, followed by the rousing Stout Hearted Men. A favourite medley of the choir Phantom of The Opera is also included in the program.

The proceeds of the concert will benefit the restoration of the Payneham Road Church Organ.

Rosemary Nairn has had a wide and varied career as a choral director throughout the communities of Adelaide and rural South Australia. Rosemary was awarded an OAM in 2003 for her work with choral music education around South Australia.

Margaret Lambert’s musical career has been a blend of music performer and educator in Australia and in the USA where she worked extensively as solo pianist, operatic repetiteur, choral conductor, piano lecturer and classroom music teacher. In Adelaide Margaret teaches, accompanies choirs, conducts and mentors her many students.

The Adelaide Harmony Choir is a SATB choir of 80 singers, with a repertoire which includes many of the major oratorios as well as popular music from opera, operetta and musicals.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting our Ticket Secretary Margaret on 8352 8348 or 0408528349 or through the Church on 8333 2640.

Date: Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm

Venue: Payneham Uniting Church, 343 Payneham Road Marden - Parking off Broad Street

Bookings: Ticket Secretary - Margaret – 8352 8348 or 0408 528 349. Through the church - 8333 2640

Prices: $25 Adults - $20 Concession - $10 Child

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April 2012, Palm Sunday - Joseph Haydn’s "Stabat Mater" and "Salve Regina"

 

JOSEPH HAYDNs

STABAT MATER and SALVE REGINA

Palm Sunday - April 1 2012 - 2:30 pm at Elder Hall

 

Adelaide Harmony Choir invites you to celebrate Palm Sunday with an afternoon of most profoundly enjoyable works by beloved master Joseph Haydn. Directed by Guest Conductor Alan McKie, the choir will perform with orchestra, and soloists Louisa Perfect (Soprano), Matthew Rutty (Counter Tenor), Adam Goodburn (Tenor), and Keith Hempton (Bass).

 

Stabat Mater is beautifully proportioned and richly scored, overflowing with some of Haydns finest and most heartfelt music. Lyrical melodies, strong harmonies, and powerful rhythms all set with an emotional sensitivity make for a superbly crafted and profoundly satisfying whole.

 

Salve Regina is a work of thanksgiving to the Virgin Mary for Haydns recovery from a prolonged attack of life-threatening fever, suffered in 1770. The tender intimacy of the final address to the Virgin is heart-achingly beautiful and the entrancing pianissimo conclusion must be one of Haydns loveliest creations.

 

Alan McKies contribution as soloist, chorister and conductor to Adelaides musical life has spanned many years and a variety of scenarios. He conducted 2 very successful performances of Handels Messiah in 2011 with Adelaide Harmony Choir, and we welcome him back to direct this Palm Sunday Concert.

 

Louisa Perfect trained in the UK and Europe with leading early music specialists. She has worked or performed with the Tallis Scholars, Harry Christophers and Emma Kirkby and appeared on BBC Radio Three and the proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Since arriving in Australia five years ago, Louisa has performed regularly with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, Adelaide Baroque and other choral and instrumental groups, both as soloist and ensemble member.

 

Matthew Rutty sang as a boy treble in England with theLondon Boy Singersand later as a bass with theEnglish Baroque Choir”. In more recent years, he has sung frequently as a soloist withGraduate SingersandAdelaide Chamber Singersand other choirs. He is a founding member ofSyntony”.

 

Adam Goodburn completed his Bachelor of Music degree at The Elder Conservatorium and studied in London with vocal coaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2005 he received a grant from The Robert Helpmann Academy to study voice with renowned tenor Thomas Edmonds. He has performed various principal roles with the State Opera of SA and is a co-founder of SINGular Productions.

 

Keith Hempton has sung principal roles with opera companies in Europe and Australia, including Opera Australia and the State opera companies in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. Keith has taken early retirement from Head of Voice at the Elder Conservatorium with the intention of returning to performing both as a singer and a presenter.

 

Adelaide Harmony Choir, established in 1947 by Lewis Dawe, is a mixed choir of 80 singers, with a repertoire which includes many of the major oratorios as well as popular music from opera and musicals.

 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting our Ticket Secretary Margaret on 8352 8348 or 0408 528 349.

 

Date: Sunday 1 April at 2.30 pm

Venue: Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide

Bookings: Ticket SecretaryMargaret – 8352 8348 or 0408 528 349

Prices: Adults $30 - Concession $28 – Child under 12 $14

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HARMONY SINGS HANDEL’S MESSIAH ON PALM SUNDAY

April 17 2011 at 2pm in Elder Hall

 

What better way to prepare for an Easter celebration than to attend Adelaide Harmony Choir’s performance of Messiah on Palm Sunday in Elder Hall. This performance promises to be an uplifting and joyous experience for everyone in attendance.


With a choir of 80 singers and an orchestra, the performance will be conducted by well-known Adelaide conductor and singer Alan McKie. Rosemary Nairn OAM, also a well-known musician and conductor will assist with training the choir for Handel’s inspiring work. Soloists for Messiah are Rosalind Martin (Soprano), Matthew Rutty (Counter Tenor), Bernard Hull (Tenor) and Thomas Flint (Baritone).

 

Messiah encompasses specific events in the life of Christ, his birth, death and resurrection, and we would encourage you to bring your family and friends to this thrilling performance.

 

The Adelaide Harmony Choir, established in 1947 by Lewis Dawe, is an SATB choir of 80 singers, with a repertoire which includes all of the major oratorio as well as choral works such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Faure’s Requiem and the Mozart Requiem. The choir also performs popular music from opera and musicals.

 

Bookings can be made through BASS or through the choir. See below for the relevant information.

 

Adelaide Harmony Choir will also be performing Messiah at the Brenton Langbein Theatre, Tanunda for the Vintage Festival on Saturday 30 April at 8 pm.

 

If you need more information please feel free to contact Brian on 8398 0787 or David on 8261 1283.

 

Looking forward to seeing you at one of these performances.

 

 

Dates: Sunday 17 April at 2 pm at Elder Hall at 2 pm

Saturday 30 April at 8 pm at the Brenton Langbein Theatre, Tanunda

Venue: Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide

Brenton Langbein Theatre, Tanunda

 

Bookings: Adelaide Harmony Choir: 8353 1658

BASS: www.bass.net.au - Phone: 131 246 – Service Fee Applies

Prices: Adults $32, Concession $30, Groups of 10 or over $25, Children 3-10 $10

   

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