Information: Melbourne Bach Choir – Easter Competition


Melbourne Bach Choir, soloists & orchestra’s beautiful April festive feast!

The Melbourne Bach Choir presents an Easter ‘feast’ over 15-16 April when it performs three beautiful, stirring live shows – each choral and instrumental, epic and intimate – on the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Easter Competition marks a welcome return to the live performance stage for the favored and much-loved choir and orchestra, following the delays, postponements and frustrations of two COVID-interrupted years. And the delectable program is nothing in need of spectacular!

First on the musical menu is the long-lasting, towering St Matthew Ardour at 2.30pm on Good Friday within the spectacular Elisabeth Murdoch Corridor. Then, within the intimate chamber of the Primrose Potter Salon on Saturday from 5.30pm, Loss & Renewal – a tasting plate of Bach’s most interesting chamber music. Each these live shows will even livestream on the Australian Digital Live performance Corridor platform.

Lastly, on Saturday night 8pm in Elisabeth Murdoch Corridor, Mozart Vespers, Bach Treasures – a scrumptious, candy and completely filling remaining ‘dish’, that includes two of the world’s best composers’ best works!

The opening live performance, underneath the baton of Melbourne Bach Choir (MBC) founding creative director Rick Prakhoff, options the MBC Choir & Orchestra led by Australia’s personal worldwide Bach doyen and violin virtuoso Madeleine Easton. Featured soloists are Robert Macfarlane, tenor, because the Evangelist; Adrian Tamburini, bass-baritone, as Jesus; and soprano Jacqueline Porter, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell, tenor Henry Choo, bass-baritones Jeremy Kleeman and James Emerson.

Saturday’s afternoon recital options Madeleine Easton with Rosanne Hunt, cello and Donald Nicholson, harpsichord, taking part in Bach’s Sonata for violin & harpsichord no.1 in b minor BWV 1014; his Suite for solo cello no.2 in D minor, BWV 1008; and his Sonata for violin & harpsichord no3 in E main, BWV 1006.

The grand finale of this luxurious Easter feast options Bach’s Suite no.3 in D, his Cantata BWV 66 Efreut Euch Ihr Seelen and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of the Confessor. Soloists are soprano Lorina Gore, mezzo Shakira Dugan, tenor Timothy Reynolds and baritone Chris Tonkin with the Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir.

The MBC debuted nearly 15 years in the past with a single efficiency of the St Matthew Ardour. Its beautiful success led to the expansion of the choir, an expanded repertoire, creation of a chamber choir and an intensive scholarship program (for singers and conductors). It carried out annual live shows not simply in Melbourne but in addition in regional centres and toured internationally to China, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Now, after the impolite interruption of a COVID-enforced break, the Choir and its star-studded soloists and instrumentalists return! A festive event to not be missed!

Melbourne Bach Choir – Rick Prakhoff conductor – presents Easter at Melbourne Recital Centre

  • JS Bach – St Matthew Ardour: Good Friday 15 April 2.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Corridor
  • Loss & Renewal – Chamber Music of JS Bach: Saturday 16 April 5.30pm, Primrose Potter Salon
  • Mozart Vespers, Bach Treasures: Easter Saturday 16 April 8pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Corridor

Info & Bookings (concessions and mixture reductions apply):

The Melbourne Bach Choir, shaped in 2005 underneath the baton of creative director Rick Prakhoff, attracts on singers from Melbourne’s in depth choral neighborhood. The choir works to realize fantastic choral performances and is dedicated to donating to neighborhood assist and charity organizations.


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