Mats Nilsson and Choir, 2002

100 Minutes of New Australian Music

For our Centenary season we have commissioned 100 minutes of new Australian music – proudly promoting and energising choral music in Australia and overseas. The commissions draw on many different cultural experiences of music and performance and they showcase the uniquely Australian contribution to this art form.

The composers selected represent the diversity of the Australian population. In particular, the works by Indigenous Australian composers will demonstrate innovative and unusual choral music compositions and unique performance experiences as well as exposing audiences to music from Australia’s First Nations people.

Significantly, one of the major works we have commissioned will be composed by Brett Dean, the pre-eminent Australian composer of his generation, and has the backing of major arts companies across Europe, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the UK and the Orchestre National de Lyon.

ST JOHN PASSION RE-IMAGINED
Brooke Shelley
Joseph Twist

A CENTENARY CELEBRATION
Deborah Cheetham
James Henry
Elena Kats-Chernin
Nardi Simpson

TRANSCENDENCE
Andrew Anderson
Maria Lopes

CENTENARY TOUR (UK AND GERMANY)
Daniel Brinsmead
Brett Dean
Matthew Orlovich
Will Yaxley

The world premiere of Brett Dean’s work will be performed in Birmingham on 1st October 2020 in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

We will also celebrate with a range of Centenary Events- click here to read more.