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For our next concert on Saturday 14 September at 5 pm Victoria Chorale will perform Rossini’s delightful Petite Messe Solennelle. 


Written in the composer’s last years, the work was first performed in March 1864 in France. Whilst adhering to the traditional mass structure, Rossini’s operatic genius shines through the work, with four soloists sharing beautiful melodies with the choristers. The Victoria Chorale’s Music Director, Mario Dobernig, will conduct the Victoria Chorale in this performance, along with two pianists (and either a harmonium or accordion) at the James Tatoulis Auditorium at MLC, 207 Barkers Road, Kew.


Rossini wrote on the final page of the manuscript: “Dear Lord, here it is finished, this poor little mass. Have I just written sacred music, or rather, sacrilegious music? I was born for opera buffa, as you know well. Not much technique, a little bit of heart, that’s all.”  The work has been performed regularly around the world for more than 150 years!

Donations Fund


Victoria Chorale is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing excellent choral music for audiences and choristers alike.  Your donation will help us to continue offering concerts which engage, delight and inspire.  We will be most grateful for any donation you can make.


Donations over $2 are tax-deductible and you will be emailed a receipt.

Alternatively, you may use a bank transfer to:

Victoria Chorale Donations Fund

BSB: 633 000

Acct: 162 507 255

Please provide your name in the transfer details, and then send an email to with the same name to obtain a tax deductible receipt.

Sing with Victoria Chorale

Victoria Chorale is a friendly choir which welcomes all experienced singers.  Rehearsals are 7.30 – 9.30pm, Tuesday nights at St Columbs church hall in Hawthorn.

For information about joining, email

or ring Helen on  0438 071 001.

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We were very excited to perform The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer, Sir Karl Jenkins.  Victoria Chorale’s renowned Musical Director, Mario Dobernig, conducted the Art of Sound Orchestra, along with acclaimed Mezzo Soprano, Sally-Anne Russell, in this powerful ode to peace:

Saturday May 18, 2024 at 5 p.m., St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

Sir Karl Jenkins is among the most performed living composers.  The Armed Man was commissioned to mark the end of one of mankind’s most destructive millennia, and first performed in the Year 2000, with hopes for a new era of peace.  After a decade of Balkans warfare, Jenkins dedicated this thrilling Mass to the victims of the Kosovo violence.  Now Victoria Chorale performs The Armed Man in this time of new and dangerous conflict.  Exciting, brilliant, varied and passionate, the work is a great kaleidoscope of musical styles.  With its rich harmonies and exciting percussive sections, it ends in a rousing song "Better is Peace". There is a poignant reflection in the memorable Benedictus.

One of our members recently contacted Sir Karl to wish him happy 80th birthday, and received this short video from him as acknowledgement!

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