Canticum Chamber Choir


Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Canticum Chamber Choir and Brisbane Chorale are excited to co-present Handel’s Israel in Egypt at 3:00pm on Sunday 17 November at Brisbane City Hall, marking the work’s first Brisbane performance in over 2 decades.

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Handel’s epic choral oratorio hasn’t been performed in Brisbane for over 20 years, and it’s our privilege to bring this fantastic music to a local audience after such a long gap.

We’re thrilled to have secured the services of not only Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, but also renowned music personality Graham Abbott, who will conduct and give a pre-concert talk In the Brisbane City Hall Auditorium at 2:15pm.

Our soloists include Sarah Crane (soprano), Emily Turner (soprano), Jessica Low (mezzo soprano), and Nick Kirkup (tenor), Shaun Brown (baritone) and Daniel Smerdon (baritone). In addition, renowned organist Christopher Wrench will open the concert with movements from Handel’s sparkling Organ Concerto No 13.

A huge endeavour such as this comes at considerable financial cost, and ticket sales alone will not cover every aspect of production. Your contribution, which for sums of $50 or higher will be acknowledged in our printed programme, will go towards these key items:

Professional Orchestra fees (total): $25,000
Soloists (total): $8,000

This is beyond the usual financial scope of either of the partner choirs, but we believe in the project and are certain it’s worth the risk to present such a remarkable work, especially with the finesse of Camerata and the flair of Graham Abbott.

Both choirs have considerable experience at singing Handel, having separately performed the “Messiah” with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra multiple times in the past. The passion, drive and skill of our renowned choir director, Emily Cox, will prepare us for a once-per-generation musical experience, and your support will allow us to successfully realise the project with reduced financial risk.

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Devoted to presenting high-quality repertoire in a diverse range of styles, Canticum Chamber Choir enjoys a reputation as one of Brisbane’s finest choral ensembles. Under the leadership of founding Music Director Emily Cox since its inception in 1995, the choir has been honoured to collaborate with professional groups such as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The group appeared in both seasons of “Brisbane Baroque”, has sung under the baton of renowned conductors Richard Gill, Benjamin Northey, Geoffrey Lancaster, Ottavio Dantone and Erin Helyard, and from October 2017 until February 2018 took part at regular intervals in GOMA’s “Gerhard Richter: The life of images” exhibition. Other highlights include its invitation to perform in Japan at the World Symposium on Choral Music in 2005, being part of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music’s Mahler 8th Symphony project in 2018, and performing in the Coff’s Harbour Music Society concert series in 2019. With an ever-expanding world of music to explore, Canticum strives to offer top-quality choral performances in Brisbane and further afield, providing audiences with inspiring and memorable musical experiences


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