The 52nd Intervarsity Choral Festival: ADELAIDE, Friday 26 January–Sunday 11 February 2001

Patrons: Eric Neal, Sr Deidre Jordan (VC Flinders University), the late Bruce Webb (Chancellor University of Adelaide)
Chorusmasters: Christopher Kiver, Timothy Sexton
Accompanists: Nerissa Pearce, Michael Winikof, Jodie Lockyer
Camp Venue: Tatachilla LutheranCamp, McLaren Vale
FIBS: URANUS (Umpteen Randon Adelaide Notes and Useful Snippets)


Convenor: Sarah O’Brien
Secretary: Prue Hompas
Treasurer: Tim Dunstone
Camp Officer: Louise Tunbridge
ConMan: Emma Rosenzweig
Fundraising: Lisa Catinari
Librarian: Fiona Nicholson
Publicity: Angela Randell
Social Secretary: Nic Smelt
Transport & Billeting: Emma Clutterham
General Assistant(s): Jonathon Webb
IT: Alasdair McLellan
Treasurer’s Assistant: Guy Lipman
Corporate Sponsorship: Kerryn Hennessy
Ombudsman: Barbara Sheppard


8pm, Saturday 3 February 2001, Bonython Hall, Adelaide University
Conductor: Christopher Kiver
Soloists: Mark Chapman (reciter)
Programme: Brahms Warum ist das licht gegeben?, David Hamilton The Moon is Silently Singing, Matthew Orlovich The Listening Land, Bruce Stewart Kepler’s Dream (world premiére of commissioned work), Holst Ave Maria, Chesnokov Spaseniye sodelal, Lauridsen "O nata lux" (from Lux Æterna), Trad. arr. Wild My Lord, what a morning, Trad. arr. Bermel Kpanlongo
Notes: French horn: Nigel Davies, Mark Lawrence (in the work by David Hamilton)
Review: Elizabeth Silsbury, “Raising Voices and Lifting Hearts”, Advertiser, 5 Feb. 2001: 75. “They take their singing very seriously, these students from universities around Australia … On Saturday they looked and sounded as though there is nothing more joyful, more exciting, more satisfying than lifting up their voices and singing their hearts out … they gave notice of their ability to deliver not only the biggest thrills of massed choirs but also the accuracy and subtlety of highly trained vocal chamber ensemble … I cannot recall a single occasion in Adelaide when a large choir has given such a splendid account of itself, or when a choral conductor has elicited such an exuberant and intelligent response.”


8pm, Saturday 10 February 2001, Thebarton Theatre
Conductor: Timothy Sexton
Soloists: Andrew Brunsdon (Celebrant), Johanna Allen
Programme: Leonard Bernstein, Mass
Notes: with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and rock band
Review: Graham Strahle, “Aquarian Confusion: Bernstein, Mass”, Advertiser, 13 Feb. 2001. "Preaching ‘power to people’ and laden with anti-war messages, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass is either a wildly grandiose example of American social commentary turned art or, more likely, one of the most under-performed and seminal works of the last three decades … A fully staged performance throws in everything from a 200 piece choir, full orchestra and ballet company to a marching team, rock band and quadraphonic sound system … What an ideal work it turned out to be for a national choral meet. Adelaide played host to the most recent national Intervarsity Choral Festival, and scored a major achievement in getting this long, complex and rarely heard work to concert standard in just two weeks. All 160 singers, drawn from around the country, clearly revelled in the work’s unbridled power and spirit of communality, with all its hand-clapping, foot-stamping and finger-clicking jive … here we had a performance that in every respect met one’s expectations. With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a rock band, keyboards and other assorted extras cramming every inch of the Thebby’s stage area … Timothy Sexton directed the whole thing without raising so much as a drop of perspiration … The standard of singing was generally very high, and the level of support from the orchestra players outstanding.”

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