Welcome to our 2019 concert season where alongside Musical Director Anthony Pasquill, we present concerts where words and tones meet in a variety of compelling musical stories.
Celebrating Anthony Pasquill’s 10th year as Artistic and Musical Director, Bel a cappella present James MacMillan’s five movement work, Sun-Dogs which abounds in striking effects: rapid chanting doubling the held notes of a simple four-part choral progression, deep breathing, whistling, free-floating heterophony and ‘stagewhispered’ toneless rhythmic chanting.
Concerto for Choir
Alfred Schnittke's Choir Concerto is unquestionably one of the choral masterpieces of the 20th century. A setting of devotional poetry by the 10th-century Armenian monk Gregory of Narek, the Choir Concerto is music of staggering depth and range. Bel has a rich tradition of singing music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and will present a couple of his works that are not well known here in Australia.
Our final concert of 2019 sees us perform a concert of choral music that reflects and celebrates the mystery of Advent and Christmas. Imogen Holst’s unaccompanied Mass in A minor will feature alongside Benjamin Britten’s composition for unaccompanied voices – A Boy Was Born.
“The singers of Sydney-based choir Bel a cappella are sterling representatives of the great tradition of amateur music making in this country and their season opener demonstrated outstanding ambition and commitment to composers old and new, international and home-grown.” — Clive Paget - Limelight Magazine