The Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies’ Association (AICSA) and its member choirs have been hosting annual festivals (IVs) since 1950. These attract over a hundred university choristers from across Australia, striving to produce a large concert of a high standard. The IV format is unique, steeped in tradition, and places emphasis on social activities, intensive rehearsals, and a quality performance.
The most recent IV, held in Melbourne in January 2018, concluded with a performance of Elgar’s Light of Life conducted by Patrick Burns in Melbourne Town Hall. The most recent Adelaide IV was held in 2013, co-hosted by the Adelaide and Flinders University Choral Societies, and culminated in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil conducted by Christie Anderson in St Peter’s Cathedral.
The IV to be held in 2019 will celebrate two milestones – it will be the 70th festival overall, and the 10th to be held in Adelaide. Our concert ‘Northern Lights’, conducted by Peter Kelsall in St Peter’s Cathedral, will feature modern choral repertoire from renowned Scandinavian and Baltic composers such as Pärt, Ešenvalds, Sandström and Gjeilo, and the Australian première of Kim André Arnesen’s Grammy-nominated Magnificat.