Melbourne Bach Choir Concert Archive

2021 Concerts

21 March 2021, 5 pm

No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle

Composer: Luke Styles; Librettist: Behrouz Boochani

MBC will return to the stage again in 2021 when we join the Zelman Symphony Orchestra in the World Premiere performance of this exciting new work. Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend but the Mountains, chronicles his incarceration on Manus Island along with his fellow asylum seekers. Written secretly in Farsi in hundreds of text messages, the book shines a light on the brutal system of asylum seeker detention, and has won numbers numerous awards.

Zelman Symphony, Melbourne Bach Choir & bass-baritone Adrian Tamburini will be conducted by Rick Prakhoff

Location: Sidney Myer Music Bowl

2019 Concerts

23 November 2019, All Saints’ Anglican Church, St Kilda East

Immortal Fire

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff and Rachel Amos

Calvin Bowman, organ, and vocal soloists  Emilia Bertolini, Emma-Mae Schmidt, Rachel Amos, Stephen Carpenter, Jeff McCracken-Hewson, Tiffany St Mart, Nelson Ruffat.

J S Bach: Meine Seele erhebet den Herren BWV 733; Bridge: Music when soft voices die; Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia; Britten: Prelude & Fugue on a theme of Vittoria; Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb; Schubert: An die Musik; Vaughan Williams: Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’; Kodály: Laudes organi.

8 September 2019, Melbourne Town Hall.

Verdi Requiem (Joint presentation with Zelman Symphony)

Melbourne Bach Choir and Zelman Symphony conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists: Helena Dix, Jacqueline Dark, Paul O’Neill, Adrian Tamburini

6 July 2019, All Saints’ Anglican Church, St Kilda East

Fauré Requiem & other masterpieces of French choral music.

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff and Rachel Amos
Yuko Tomonaga, harp, and vocal soloists Emilia Bertolini, and Jeremy Kleeman,
Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans; Fauré: Madrigal Op 35; Saint-Saëns, Deux Choers Op 68; Debussy: Beau soir; Fauré: Automne; Messaien: O Sacrum Convivium;:Ravel, Nicolette, Trois beaux oiseaux du paradi; Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine; Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane; Fauré: Requiem.

30 June 2019, Ballarat Central Uniting Church

Fauré Requiem and other masterpieces of French choral music

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff and Rachel Amos
Calvin Bowman, organ, and vocal soloists Emilia Bertolini and James Emerson
Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans; Fauré: Madrigal; Saint-Saëns: Deux choeurs, op. 68; Messiaen O sacrum convivium; Ravel: Nicolette, Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis; J. Alain: Aria, Litanies; Franck: Panis Angelicus; Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine; Fauré: Requiem.

19 April 2019, Melbourne Recital Centre

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir, VOYCE, Melbourne Bach Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists: Andrew Goodwin, Jud Arthur, Jacqueline Porter, Jacqueline Dark, Michael Smallwood, Jeremy Kleeman, James Emerson.

2018 Concerts

2 December 2018, Meat Market, North Melbourne.

“Breath”

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir & wind and brass ensemble, conducted by Rick Prakhoff and Joseph Hie

Stravinsky: Mass
Bruckner: Mass in e minor
J S Bach: O Jesu Christ meins Lebens Licht BWV 118

8 September 2018, Melbourne Recital Centre.

“In Memoriam”

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists: Jacqueline Porter, Sally-Anne Russell, Andrew Goodwin and Andrew Jones

Mozart Requiem; J S Bach Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 12; Mozart: Kommet her, ihr frechen Sünder, K146; Stravinsky: In memoriam Dylan Thomas; Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

30 June 2018, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

“Now touch the air softly”

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff and Joseph Hie
With Calvin Bowman, organ & piano and vocal soloists Frederica Cunningham, Thomas Harvey and James Emerson

J S Bach: Jesu meine Freude BWV 227; Lobet den Herrn BWV 230; Pièce d’orgue BWV 572; Calvin Bowman: Fresh Fields; Words by the water; Now touch the air softly; The last swallow; The home for the appalled; To Daffadills; Crossing the Bar; An Elizabethan Songbook; Brahms: Geistliches Lied; Finzi: Come away Death; Fear no more the heat o’ the sun; Bridge: Autumn; Barber: The Coolin’

23 June, 2018, Ballarat Central Uniting Church

“Now touch the air softly”

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff and Joseph Hie
With Calvin Bowman, organ & piano and vocal soloists Frederica Cunningham & Thomas Harvey

J S Bach: Jesu meine Freude BWV 227; Lobet den Herrn BWV 230; Pièce d’orgue BWV 572; Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Her BWV 663; Wachet auf BWV 645; Calvin Bowman: Fresh Fields; Words by the water; Now touch the air softly; The last swallow; The home for the appalled; To Daffadills; Crossing the Bar; An Elizabethan Songbook; Brahms: Geistliches Lied; Bridge: Autumn; Music when soft voices die; Barber: Reincarnations; Mendelssohn: Richte mich, Gott

30 March 2018, Melbourne Recital Centre

Szymanowski: Stabat Mater; Brahms: German Requiem

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists Lorina Gore, Belinda Paterson & Warwick Fyfe

18 March 2018, Melbourne Recital Centre – in 3MBS Bach Marathon

CPE Bach: St Matthew Passion (1777) – Australian premiere

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists: Andrew Goodwin, Michael Leighton-Jones, Nicholas Dinopoulos, Timothy Reynolds, Jeremy Kleeman, Suzanne Shakespeare, Shakira Tsindos

2017 Concerts

17 December, 2017, St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne

“Gloria: Festive music for choir, organ and brass”

Melbourne Bach Choir, Calvin Bowman, organ and brass ensemble. Conducted by Rick Prakhoff.
Soloists: Cassandra Ford, Jessica Wynne, Caitlyn Bosch, Christelise de Graaf, Brede Davis, Jordan Janssen, Andre Sasalu.

Ruth Gillespie, arr CalvinBowman: The Bells; Praetorius: Psallite, unigenito Christo; Puer natus in Bethlehem; Anon: Gli angeli nelle campagne; Veni, Emmanuel; J S Bach: Vom Himmel hoch BWV 243a, Quia respexit & Omnes generations BWV 243; Canon per augmentationem BWV 769a; Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est; G. Gabrieli: O magnum mysterium; Scheidt: In dulci jubilo: Rheinberger: Advent motets op. 176, nos. 8 & 9; Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noēl; J S Bach: In dulci jubilo BWV 729; Rutter: Gloria.

8 September, 2017, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

“Requiem” – pre-tour concert.

Melbourne Bach Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff.
Soloists: Belinda Paterson, Jeremy Kleeman with Calvin Bowman, organ & Molly Kadarauch, cello.

Duruflé: Requiem; Bruckner: Locus iste; Os justi; Christus factus est; Ave Maria; J S Bach: O Jesu Christ meins Lebens Licht; Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden; Rossini: O Salutaris Hostia; Bowman: To Daffadils; Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine.

14 April, 2017, Melbourne Recital Centre

J S Bach: St John Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists: Andrew Goodwin, Warwick Fyfe, Lorina Gore, Dominica Matthews, Henry Choo, Jeremy Kleeman

19 March, 2017, Mica Grange garden, Sutton Grange

Handel: Saul, produced & directed by Michael Smith

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir and Victorian Chamber Ensemble with soloists Jerzy Kozlowski, Michael Petrucelli, Elisabeth Denk, Brenda McDougall, Christopher Roache, Matt Thomas & Michael Smith. Conducted by Rick Prakhoff.

2016 Concerts

20 November, 2016, Sacred Heart Church, Carlton.

American Connections

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir, Kathryn Pisani, piano, conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Soloists Carolina Biasoli, Brede Davis, Alexandra Matthew, April Foster

Randall Thompson: Choose something like a star; Barber: Sure on this shining night; Menotti:Lullaby; Britten: Corpus Christi; Be kind and courteous; Hymn to St Cecilia; Barber: Incarnations; Sure on this shining night; Agnus Dei; Rachmaninov: Five excerpts from All-night Vigil.

18 September, 2016, Melbourne Town Hall

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra with soloists Miriam Gordon-Stewart, Deborah Humble, Andrew Goodwin & James Clayton, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

Elgar: The Kingdom

4 June, 2016, St Mary’s Anglican Church, North Melbourne

“Choral Masterpieces”

Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir, Calvin Bowman , organ and trombone ensemble conducted by Rick Prakhoff

Bruckner: Locus iste; Os justi; Christus factus est; J S Bach 2 chorales; Orlando di Lasso, Trio; Brahms: Ach, arme Welt; Ich aber bin elend; Bruckner: Prelude & Fugue in D minor; Elgar: As torrents in summer; Love’s tempest; Serenade; The shower; Bruckner: Aequale No. 1 in C; Afferentur Regi; Brahms: 2 chorale preludes Op 122; Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele; O Welt, ich muss dich lassen; Rachmaninov: Priiditye poklonimsa; Blazhen muzh; Bogoroditse Dyevo, raduisya; Bruckner: Auequale No 2 in C; Ecce sacerdos

25 March 2016, Melbourne Recital Centre

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra, St Michael’s Grammar School Choir.
Soloists: Andrew Goodwin, Warwick Fyfe, Lorina Gore, Sally-Anne Russell, Henry Choo, Andrew Collis, Jacqueline Porter, Belinda Paterson, Michael Petrucelli, Jeremy Kleeman. Conducted by Rick Prakhoff

2015 Concerts

20 September, 2015, All Saints’ Anglican Church, St Kilda East

“Requiem”

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra with soloists Antoinette Halloran, Belinda Prakhoff, James Egglestone, Adrian Tamburini, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

Mozart: Solemn Vespers of the Confessor; Michael Haydn: Requiem in c minor; John Tavener: Song for Athene

9 April 2015, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

“Easter Oratorio”

J S Bach: Easter Oratorio BWV 249; Ascension Oratorio BWV 11; Schubert: Mass in G, D 167

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra with Jacqueline Porter, Sarah Court, Henry Choo & Jeremy Kleeman, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

2014 Concerts

13 September, 2014, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

“Opera Plus” – pre-tour concert

Melbourne Bach Choir with Pam Christie, piano, and Kerry Gill, Belinda Paterson Prakhoff, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

Popular opera excerpts and choral works by operatic composers

Spring, 2013, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

“Fauré, Bach, Britten”

Melbournce Bach Choir & Orchestra with Jacqueline Porter, Henry Choo & Pelham Andrews, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

5 & 6 April, 2014, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra, Choir of the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School with soloists Andrew Goodwin, Michael Lewis, Jacqueline Porter, Sally-Anne Russell, Henry Choo, Andrew Collis, Nathan Lay & Matthew Tng, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

2013 Concerts

Spring, 2013, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

“Fauré, Bach, Britten”

Melbournce Bach Choir & Orchestra with Jacqueline Porter, Henry Choo & Pelham Andrews, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

4 March, 2013, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

“Mozart and Bach”

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra with soloists Suzanne Shakespeare, Danielle Calder, Timothy Reynolds, James Egglestone & Pelham Andrews, conducted by Rick Prakhoff
Mozart: Mass in c minor K 427; J S Bach: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern BWV 1

2012 Concerts

10 November, 2012, Collins St Baptist Church

“Bach, Bruckner, Kodály”

Melbourne Bach Choir with Madeleine Jevons, violin, Laura Moore viola da gamba/ cello, Donald Nicolson, organ, and vocal soloists Michelle McCarthy, Bridget Davies, Tania Ferris, Jason Wasley & Gary Rowley conducted by Rick Prakhoff

J S Bach Fugue in g minor BWV 1026, Jesu meine Freude BWV 227; Bruckner: Locus Iste; Christus factus est; Kodály: Missa Brevis

10 March & 1 April 2012, St Mary Star of the Sea, North Melbourne

J S Bach: St John Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra with Paul McMahon, Shane Lowrencev, Lorina Gore, Belinda Paterson, Henry Choo, Joshua Bloom, conducted by Rick Prakhoff.

2011 Concerts

8 April, 2011, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Mozart: Requiem & J S Bach: Magnificat

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra with Lorina Gore, Melanie Adams, Belinda Paterson, Edmond Choo & Shane Lowrencev, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

2010 Concerts

19 March, 2010, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra and Choir of St Michael’s Grammar School with Paul McMahon, Joshua Bloom, Jacqueline Porter, Belinda Paterson, Edmond Choo, Christopher Tonkin, Matthew Thomas, Frederica Cunningham, Cecilia Bjorkegren, & Jason Geeves, conducted by Rick Prakhoff

2006 Concerts

7 April, 2006, All Saints’ Church, St Kilda East

J S Bach: St Matthew Passion

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra and Australian Children’s Choir with David Hamilton, Warwick Fyfe, Rosamund Illing, Belinda Paterson, Stephen Smith, Derek Walton, Nicholas Dinopoulos, Lauren Oldham, Jason Geeves, Lynda Watkins & David Lawson-Smith, conducted by Rick Prakhoff