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Australian Chamber Choir presents Bach's St John Passion

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Prepare for a sublime concert celebrating St John Passion

In celebration of Easter, the Australian Chamber Choir raise their voices once again. Directed by founder and director Douglas Lawrence. He brings together some fabulous singing talent who have toured the world. They are here this week in Melbourne to present:

Bach's St John Passion

They will be accompanied by the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra on rare period instruments not even conceived of in Bach's time. This is a masterful piece of interwoven music, voice, choral and the world famous orchestra that will leave you with chills tingling down your spine.

And they are touring Australia right now with this unbelievable piece of theatre. So far they have been to Hamilton, St Andrews, and Macedon.

They are in rehearsal right now for a one-off performance in our culture centre of Melbourne on:

Sunday 28 April at 3 PM at The SCOTs' Church, Corner of Collins & Russell Streets, CBD.

See further details at

This show has gained huge acclaim with reports such as:

"one of the finest concerts in Sydney this year…The Australian Chamber Choir sings complex music fearlessly

and it thrills" ClassikON 25 September 2018

"The many listeners were totally captivated by the marvellous sound conjured by the Australian Chamber Choir … At the end … several minutes of standing ovation …" Schwäbische Zeitung, Ravensburg, 17 July 2017

"the choir's performance is magical, confident, dancing as one entity" Weekend Notes 29 August 2017

This is Johann Sebastian Bach's celebration of Easter, which he wrote and is an incredible musical experience. A lifetime experience.

Director Douglas Lawrence (OAM) is renowned across Australia and Europe for the concerts he conducts and sculptures.

Not only with there be 18 superior choristers but they will be joined in the joy of raised voices by the highly acclaimed voices of:
Timothy Reynolds (Evangelist),
Oliver Mann (Pilate), Jerzy Kozlowski (Jesus),
Elspeth Bawden and
Elizabeth Anderson

"The St John Passion was the first major work composed by Bach as Cantor at the Church of St Thomas', Leipzig. Written for his first Easter there, it's designed to impress. It's mesmerising, texturally fascinating, highly dramatic and I think that Bach's excitement at this important stage in his life is palpable", explains the ACC's founding director, Douglas Lawrence.

"Many of the instruments chosen for this work were rarely heard even in Bach's time. He supplemented the usual orchestra with oboes d'amore, oboes da caccia and a viola da gamba, lending a distinctive and contrasting sound to the solo arias. When such a work is performed using modern instruments, much of its unique character is lost. We are fortunate to have fantastic specialist instrumentalists to inspire us with an exciting and authentic sound", concludes Lawrence.

I am not sure how much I can add to this brilliance; you must now just experience this thrilling musical spectacular.

This choir has been travelling around Australia and the world. So it is a wonderful chance to catch them here at home. It is the perfect end to a perfect Eastern Celebration to be able to regaled here in Melbourne at SCOT's Church.

There is a wonderful range of seating from as little as $20 to $90 to suit all budgets.

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Why? You love classical music and Australian Choir
When: 3 pm
Phone: via website for tickets
Where: SCOTs' Church
Cost: $20 to $90 per ticket
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