Hamer Singers is 40-singer choir established in 2017 as a vehicle for British/Australian choral director Jonathan Grieves-Smith’s inspiring direction, and for singers who have previously worked with him and found it rewarding.
Three concerts are planned in the second half of 2018: a pair in Macedon and the Abbotsford Convent in Winter, and one to commemorate the Armistice centenary in November in the exceptional acoustics of St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. These will feature thrilling repertoire from five continents over 500 years – works by Gibbons, Bruckner, Fauré, Tavener, Pärt, MacMillan, Ešenvalds and others
For nearly a decade, concerts by the Melbourne Chorale Ensemble under Jonathan’s artistic direction attracted capacity audiences to St Patrick’s Cathedral. The Hamer Singers is aimed at these audiences, who after a 10-year hiatus, are looking forward once again to the beauty and refinement of high-standard ‘a cappella’ and accompanied choral singing.
Melbourne is blessed with many amateur and semi-professional choirs, but an artistic director with Jonathan’s pedigree is rare. Trained and steeped in the English choral tradition that has spawned directors such as Stephen Layton (Trinity College, Cambridge), Harry Christophers (The Sixteen) and Stephen Cleobury (Choir of King’s College, Cambridge), Jonathan has generously shared his gifts with many singers around Australia. Under his direction, Hamer Singers can achieve extremely high artistic standards, and will make a significant and unique contribution to Melbourne’s cultural life.
Hamer Singers Inc. is managed by a volunteer committee, who collectively represent 80 years’ experience in music/arts management. While our human capital is substantial, as an embryonic not-for-profit organisation, our aspirations exceed our modest financial resources.
We are seeking donations to ensure the success of these three concerts, which will continue to build our reputation and audience
Hamer Singers aspires to high artistic standards, so the entire concert presentation must meet the same standard. For example, the choice of St Patrick’s Cathedral as a concert venue reflects its reputation as a Melbourne icon of choral performance: the acoustics are second to none. Naturally there are material expenses associated with such aspirations. The ensemble members and committee have all personally contributed start-up funds. This has ensured a successful debut and the opportunity to demonstrate the capability of Melbourne’s newest choral ensemble.
To help ensure Hamer Singers can sustain this momentum, donations will be used to meet the shortfall between ticket sales and the costs to mount three performances in 2018. Hamer Singers maintains modest ticket prices (Full $35; Students $25) to ensure access to the widest possible audience.
Information is available through our website, or by contacting our secretary, Jillian Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)