The 30th Intervarsity Choral Festival: BRISBANE, 18 August-31 August 1979

Patron: Sir Zelman Cowen
Chorusmaster: Rodney Eichenberger, John Nickson
Camp Venue: Tallebudgera National Fitness Camp, Gold Coast
Participants: from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Los Angeles


Convenor: Gary Price
Secretary: Owen Pearson
Treasurer: Bill Abrahams
ConMan: Kerry Geddes
Publicity: Andrea Charlton
Librarian: Gavin Lamont
Camp Officer: Russell Price
Transport/Billeting: Sue O’Connell
Transport/Billeting: Bill Daniel
Minutes Sec: Michelle Robinson


8pm, 25 August, Miami Great Hall, Gold Coast
Conductor: Rodney Eichenberger
Soloists: Organ: Lesley de Voil
Program: Praetorius Canticum Trium Puerorum (Song of the Three Young Men).
Notes: Queensland Youth Orchestra, University of Southern California Singers


8pm, 31 August, Brisbane City Hall
Conductor: Rodney Eichenberger; John Nickson
Soloists: Patricia Brown, Adele Nisbet, Gloria Eiser, Gregory Massingham, Bruce Brazier
Program: Handel Dixit Dominus, Colin Brumby Three Baroque Angels (commission), Mozart Requiem
Notes: Queensland Youth Orchestra, University of Southern California Singers, Harpsichord: Lesley de Voil; Organ: Graeme Morton
Reviews: John Villaume, “US choir adds lustre”, n.p. 2 Sept. 1979. “… 120-odd committed students from six Australian states … proved … to be a well-integrated body with remarkably pure soprano tone … As the Mozart ‘Requiem’ … did not begin until nearly 9.30, I was unable to hear much of it. What I did hear indicated a performance of great breadth and distinction – a fitting finale to the festival”.


Brumby was commissioned in 1978 and supported by grants from the Music and Literature (for the Thomas Shapcott libretto) Boards of the Australia Council. Also performed Praetorius at an evening service at St John’s Cathedral, 5.30pm, 29 August.

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