VOICES: Vox Caldera performing at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Lismore.
VOICES: Vox Caldera performing at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Lismore. contributed

Gloria heralded by Vox Caldera

VOX CALDERA Chamber Choir will present Gloria, a music show featuring choral music by Poulenc, Brahms, Verdi and Mozart. 

Vox Caldera is an a cappella ensemble, resident at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. It is directed by conductor Nicholas Routley.

The troupe will be joined by soprano Gaynor Morgan and organist Hamsa Arnold.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, soprano Gaynor Morgan studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she gained an AGSM in Singing.

She then went on to complete the Guildhall post-graduate Opera Course under Johanna Peters.


GUEST: Welsh Soprano Gaynor Morgan.
GUEST: Welsh Soprano Gaynor Morgan. Contributed

Ms Morgan also studied at the European Opera Centre in Belgium with the aid of scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust.

She made her debut in France in 1997 with Jean-Claude Malgloire and the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing singing Despina in Cosi fan Tutte in Massy, Brest and San Brieuc.

In 2005, Gaynor made her Australian operatic debut with Opera Queensland in the role of the Governess in Britten's Turn of the Screw.

She has also performed for Opera Queensland's Sunset Opera.

Recent performances include Ein Deutsches Requiem Brahms with the Noosa Chorale, as a soloist.

The music

  • Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (from Ein deutsches Requiem) by Johannes Brahms: The fourth movement from Brahms' German Requiem, is a setting of the biblical text, "How lovely are thy dwelling-places, O Lord of hosts".
  • Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One of Mozart's best-loved tunes, for soprano, organ and choir.
  • Pater Noster (volgarizzato da Dante) by Giuseppe Verdi: This surprisingly little-known motet was written at the same time as the composer's famous Requiem, and is a meditation on the Lord's Prayer.
  • Transports de joie d'une âme (from L'ascension) by Olivier Messiaen: This organ solo is an ecstatic outpouring of joy by the devout Catholic organist and composer, Olivier Messiaen.
  • Vidit suum (from Stabat Mater) by Francis Poulenc: The moment of Christ's death on the cross. At first reflective of the sorrow of Mary, it finishes with a stabbing representation of the pain of death, which makes the listener realise that Poulenc had seen people die in great pain.
  • Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (from Ein deutsches Requiem) by Johannes Brahms: The fifth movement from the German Requiem, for soprano solo and chorus, is the most intimate section of the work.
  • Gloria by Francis Poulenc: The main work in this program is one of three pieces for choir and orchestra Poulenc wrote at the end of his life .

It is highly unconventional in its treatment of the Gloria text from the Mass.

It opens with a statement of the somewhat formidable majesty of Christ, but the six movements alternate between expressions of disbelief in the possibility of God's doing anything about the horrors of this world, and a cheerful cafe-music style that seems to be more in the street than in the church.

  • At St Andrew's Anglican Church, Zadoc St, Lismore, this Sunday from 3pm. Tickets: $25 and $20.

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