The 50th Intervarsity Choral Festival: HOBART, 3 June-18 July 1999

Patron: Sir Guy Green (Governor)
Chorusmaster: Kynan Johns
Accompanist: Jodie Lockyer
Camp Venue: University of Tasmania, Launceston campus
Participants: SCUNA, AUCS, FUCS, MUS, MUCS, MonUCS, MuscUTS, PUCS, QUMS, SUMS, TUMS, Tasmania Conservatorium Chorale
FIBS: SEQUINS (Sensual, Exotic and Quintessential Useful IV Notes)


Convenor: Antony Logan
Treasurer: Susan Williams
Camp Officer: Kieran Lennard
ConMan: Rachel Larkins
Librarian: Darren West
Publicity: Caro Field
Social Secretary: Michael Kregor
Transport Kieran Lennard
Billeting: Katrina Wickham
IT Consultant: Simon Beswick
AICSA Liaison: Caro Field
General Assistant: Jeremy O’Reilly


8pm, 10 July, St David’s Cathedral, Hobart
Conductor: Kynan Johns
Program: Barber Agnus Dei, Tavener Love Bade Me Welcome, Elgar Lux Aeterna, Pärt Seven Magnificat Antiphons, Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir, Tavener Song for Athene
Notes: “A Choral Swoon”
Review: John Stafford, “Special Delights in First Concert”, Mercury, 13 July 1999. “Perhaps the most fascinating work in the concert was Frank Martin’s innovative setting of the Mass which resisted the temptation to blindly follow in the footsteps of older composers to produces a very personal and moving document. There is something very special in the sound of a large unaccompanied choir, in this case numbering about 150.”


8pm, 17 July, Hobart City Hall
Conductor: David Porcelijn
Soloists: Joanna Cole
Program: Cherubini Requiem, Andrew Schultz Southern Ocean [commission], Poulenc Gloria
Notes: With the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Schultz comissioned with assistance from the Australia Council. Words for commissioned work by Margaret Scott.
Review: John Stafford, “Festival’s Choral Crescendo”, Mercury, 19 July 1999: 12. “It is great that university choirs have been able to come togther each year … Through their enthusiasm they may have had a tendency to sing too lustily at times on Saturday evening. This was evident in Chreubini’s Requiem Mass in C Minor … This work appeared to be particularly original, though a greater dynamic range in the singing could have given it more light and shade. Poulenc’s Gloria, where the choir was joined by soprano Joanna Cole was a most attractive piece and had an appropriately joyous performance.”


Festival billed as “50 IV” and including a display of memorabilia, the launch of a book by Peter Campbell, entitled "Laudate": The First 50 Years of the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival Movement, detailing the history of the movement, and a “Golden Girls (and Boys) Festival” for ex-IV choristers and other interested persons wishing to remember their years at IV.

Several people served on the committe in its early stages, but could not continue until the festival itself: Rebecca French (Secretary), Stuart Watson (Fundraising/Sponsorship Officer) and Ellen Bennett (Transport & Billeting Officer).

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