The 3rd Intervarsity Choral Festival: BRISBANE, ? May-6 June 1952

Camp Venue: Tallebudgera National Fitness Camp, Gold Coast
Participating Choirs: SUMS, MUCS, QUMS, singers from Adelaide and UNE


QUMS Committee


8pm, 5 June, Brisbane City Hall Conductors: Hugh Brandon; Percy Jones; David Barkla; Hugh Brandon; David Barkla; Hugh Brandon
Soloists: Anne Harris, Leslie Hollow, Anthony Helm
Program: 'God Save the Queen', 'Gaudeamus Igitur'; Ingigneri Vinea Mea, Bach There is Nought of Soundness (MUCS); Bartlett Of all the Birds that I do Know, Ward Hope of my Heart, Weelkes Lady the Birds Right Fairly (SUMS); Dvorak Stabat Mater (choruses, QUMS); Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest (SUMS); Armstrong Gibbs The Highwayman (QUMS); Parry Blessed Pair of Sirens (combined).
Notes: Piano: Ruth Ockenden, Margaret Delves, Alison Bradfield; Org: Noel Clark. 'Combined Universities Choral Festival concert'.
Review: E.B. 'Three Universities' Choral Festival', Canon, July 1952: 597-98. 'The fresh young voices of the choristers were delightful, and the general co-ordination, so strongly apparent in the opening item … was thoughtfully sustained throughout this concert of enthusiastic and artistic response … The Sydney ensemble was conducted by David Barkla and gave a superb performance of madrigals, blending a limpid soprano line with clean inner parts and a firm and evenly moving bass line … The Massed choir … was outstanding for the surprisingly good diction and ensemble work, together with nicely shaded and rhythmical phrases.'
Robert Dalley-Scarlett, 'Choral concert was enjoyable', Courier-Mail, 6 June 1951: 5. "As a finale the massed choirs sang Hubert Parry’s 'Blest Pair of Sirens'. Here were most of the essential points of choral training except perhaps imagination … Taking it all in all, this was a good and enjoyable programme, which should be repeated and developed in the future."


Newspaper photograph , n.p., n.d., "First time festival held in Brisbane, at the town hall last night".

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