The 70th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival (70AIV) is the latest in a long line of choral festivals. University choristers from all over Australia will gather in Adelaide in January 2019 to rehearse for a magical concert. We’ll be presenting beautiful modern works by Scandinavian composers like Arvo Pärt, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Jan Sandström, and Ola Gjeilo. We’re particularly excited about performing Magnificat by the Norwegian composer Kim Arnesen as the centrepiece of our concert.
Arnesen originally wrote his Magnificat with a string ensemble to accompany the choir, and we’d love to do this work as the composer envisioned it. Orchestral musicians should be compensated fairly for their skill and musicianship, but unfortunately the registration fees for our festival only cover the basics – sheet music, fees for our musical staff, rehearsal camp, and social events. This is to ensure as many students as possible can attend our festival, but it does mean that we need some additional support to make an orchestra feasible.
70AIV is going to be a big year for the intervarsity festival movement – an event that looks to the future while staying grounded in our tradition of beautiful music-making. We want our attendees, particularly our student attendees, to be surrounded by the best musicians and the best atmosphere that our festival can provide. IVs help students form lifelong friendships, fosters a love of music and choral singing, and are annual events that many students look forward to over the course of their university lives and beyond.
Arts funding is limited at the best of times, and our students are all doing it hard to get to the festival in the first place – airfares, accommodation and sheet music aren’t cheap. That’s why we’d love your contribution towards getting us an orchestra for our concert. There’s nothing like the sound of a full string ensemble with a choir, and in the atmosphere of St Peter’s Cathedral, it will be truly spine-tingling.
We need at least $5000 to help us pay for our musicians – violinists, violists, cellists, a double bassist, an organist, and a pianist.
Supporting our cause would give you the knowledge that you’re supporting the future of the intervarsity movement – a tradition 70 years in the making, a fundamental part of many university students’ lives, and a movement that deserves to be around for a long time to come.
For more information, check out our website www.aiv.org.au.