Brisbane Chorale, a symphonic choir of over 100 voices, has been under the leadership of Emily Cox since 2003.
It is an independent performing organisation, enjoying a close relationship with the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, as it has since its formation in 1983 by Dr Roy Wales, then Director of the Conservatorium. The Chorale’s history was written in 2017 by Professor Peter Roennfeldt, a publication made possible by a Brisbane City Council History Grant.
The Chorale has a reputation for outstanding choral performance and collaborates frequently with major orchestras such as Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, as well as choirs and other performance organisations. Its extensive repertoire spans music from the baroque to the present day, with Australian and world premières, including Kats-Chernin’s Symphonia Eluvium, a reflection on the 2011 Queensland floods.
For over two decades the Chorale has performed in QPAC’s ‘Spirit of Christmas’ concerts. It participates regularly in the 4MBS Festival of Classics, with recent memorable performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. The highlight for the Chorale in November 2018 was Mahler’s monumental 8th Symphony, the pinnacle of the Conservatorium’s 60th Anniversary season. Conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, the performance involved the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, choristers from 11 choirs, and local and international soloists.
For information see the website: www.brisbanechorale.org.au