SUMS is excited to announce that we will be performing three unmissable concerts in the coming months!
Firstly, on August 23 we will be performing a combined concert with our friends the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney University Wind Orchestra in the Great Hall at the University of Sydney. The diversity of the repertoire, which features everything from John Rutter classics to traditional South African Zulu songs, is sure to cater for all musical tastes.
Secondly, on October 11 we will be performing Karl Jenkins' Stella Natalis at the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Annandale. Stella Natalis (Birth Star), composed in 2009, is twelve-movement work celebrating different aspects of Christmastide, such as winter, the sleeping child peace and thanksgiving. Over the jittery, uneven rhythms, the chorus sings in languages that include English, Latin, Sanskrit, and Zulu. The trance-like repeats in the orchestra and the sweeping lines in the chorus give the piece a primal feel, with big blocks of harmony and broad strokes rather than frequently changing harmony of conventional Western choir music.
For this concert SUMS will be joined by two exceptional soloists. Joanna Cole of the Melbourne Opera will be our Soprano soloists whilst the notoriously challenging trumpet solo will be performed by Opera Australia's Brian Evans.
Finally, on December 13 SUMS will be performing our 56th annual Carolfest concert, again in Sydney University's Great Hall. Carolfest is SUMS' annual festival of carols and lessons where old favourites and new endeavours combine to create a night of beautiful Christmas music. For this concert only, former conductor Ben Macpherson will be returning to conduct SUMS for the first time since 2006.