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C o n c e r t s  2 0 1 8

2018 Concert 1

Charpentier was one of the most outstanding musicians in late 17th century France.  His great love of writing Christmas music led to his wonderful midnight mass for Christmas.  He set sections of the mass to popular Christmas carols or ‘noels’ and incorporated popular dance rhythms, crafting a delightful work of music.


Written in 1690, this beautiful work was only first performed in 1962.  Around the world it has now become a popular holiday favourite.  Victoria Chorale is pleased to perform this marvellous music together with other beautiful carols for the Christmas season.

Jessica Heard - Soprano


Jessica has performed solos in well-known oratorio and sacred works, including Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass and Mozart’s Requiem.  A keen G&S lover, she has sung solo roles in HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado. In 2018, Jessica sang in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Cordelia’s Potted Operas, and in the Gold and Silver Operetta soiree presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria.

Hamish Gould - Counter Tenor


Hamish has performed as a soloist for Box Hill Chorale, Victoria Chorale, Camberwell Chorale and the Ballarat Goldfields Festival. He won the Monash University Aria and Concerto Competition and was reserve finalist in the RMP Aria Competition. Hamish premiered Ian McQueen’s new concert aria, Achior’s Confession, with the Monash Academy Orchestra. Hamish is undertaking his Masters at Monash University, under the tutelage of Merlyn Quaife.

Mario Dobernig - Conductor


Mario is the Artistic Director and Conductor for Victoria Chorale and the Art of Sound Orchestra.


Engagements for the 2017/2018 season include performances with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha for the Qatar Festival, Hobart’s MONA FOMA, Brahms’s Requiem and Alto Rhapsody, Schubert’s Masses No. 5 and 6, Mozart Vespers K. 339, Mozart’ Piano Concerto K. 449, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Eroica, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, festival appearances with Electronic Dance Music Producers,  cultural exchange programs between Austria and Australia and returns to Europe in 2017 and 2018.

Christopher Roache - Tenor


Christopher was the tenor soloist in the MSO’s Ben Folds concert, and in the 2018 Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival performance of Biber's Missa Salisburgensis. Other performances include Haydn's Creation for the Gisborne Singers and Andrew Schultz's Southern Cantata, presented at St John's Southgate. Prior to this, Christopher spent two years in the UK as a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral, also singing with renowned choirs in London and Oxford.

Oliver Mann - Baritone


Bass baritone Oliver Mann is highly regarded for singing early music and Baroque works, especially J.S. Bach. He has performed the Coffee Cantata with the MSO, and The Dispute between Phoebus and Pan with Victorian Opera.  He has sung over 20 cantatas in the St Johns Southgate Bach Program to great acclaim, as well as bass solos in the Magnificat, St John Passion  and St Matthew Passion bass solos in the Organs of Ballarat Goldfields Festival.

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