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The Australian Boys Choir and The Vocal Consort proudly present Requiem for an Empress at 2.30 pm on Saturday 15th May at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat.
The performance comprises a single 65-minute work, namely the Officium Defunctorum of 1605 by celebrated Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luís de Victoria. The work is perfectly suited to the voices of the Choir’s Performing Squad and The Vocal Consort.
Artistic Director Nicholas Dinopoulos has prepared a new edition of Victoria’s six-voice Requiem, incorporating the ancient chant into modern notation to make it easier for singers to read and understand. This program will be accompanied by the unique sound of the dulcian, or Renaissance bassoon by guest dulzian player Simon Rickard.
‘We hope audience members will be able to close their eyes and imagine, for a second, they are attending the event as it may have been presented some 400 years ago,’ says Dinopoulos.