Previous Concerts

  • The Lydians, under the baton of our new Musical Director Katharina Raffelsberger, will be delighted to present a variety of beautiful music on the theme of New Beginnings. 


    Highlights on the program will be: 

    Gloria in D, RV589, by Antonio Vivaldi and  

    German Magnificat, SWV426 by Heinrich Schütz.


    The Lydians will also present two songs from Ola Gjeilo, whose Sunrise Mass inspired us at Christmas, and two from Karl Jenkins – the Ave Verum from his Stabat Mater, and his Cantate Domino. Some shorter works of Mozart, Handel and Bach will also feature in the program. This is a program not to be missed! Our audience should look forward to new challenges, new surprises, and new delights from The Lydians in 2019.

  • Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) is a Norwegian composer who exploded on the choral scene in 2007. His masterwork for double SATB chorus and string orchestra, the Sunrise Mass was commissioned in 2007 by Tore Erik Mohn for performance by two combined choruses, Majorstua Kammerkor and Kammerkoret Nova, and was premiered on November 2, 2008. Since then, the Mass has been presented in concerts across the world to grand acclamation.

  • The “Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare (ca. 1564–1616), has made arguably the greatest contribution to English literature of any single person in history. It is no surprise then that many composers have set his texts to music: from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” to Verdi’s opera “Otello” to Duke Ellington’s song cycle “Such Sweet Thunder.”

    For this concert, the Shoalhaven Lydian Singers have made a selection of choral works from various composers who have used the words of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets for the text of their compositions. The program will include pieces such as You Spotted Snakes by Felix Mendelssohn, Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind by John Rutter, If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell, Double, Double Toil and Trouble by Jaako Mantyjarvi, plus a jazz setting by George Shearing of Six Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare.

  • The Shoalhaven Lydian Singers presented a weekend of Handel’s Messiah in Berry and Nowra before Christmas 2017, then in Ulladulla and Kiama just before Easter 2018.

    With some 50 choir members, seven instrumentalists, four soloists and musical director Lesley Challender delighting the audience with powerful, emotional and uplifting singing, all 4 concerts were well attended, with Berry and Nowra being sold out completely. It was wonderful to also offer this much-loved work in the southern and northern churches, in part to celebrate The Lydians 40th anniversary.

    The choir was formed in 1977, by the late Don Dudgeon. Only one of the founding members, Noni Rogan, still sings with the choir.

    For all performances except in Berry, an organ from All Organs Australia was brought in for the day, creating a breathtaking sound.

    Praise from our audience:
    We must congratulate you on the wonderful performance of The Messiah!  It was an excellent production and absolutely to your credit, Lesley. I realise how much work and how much stress would have gone into it but it certainly gave many folk a boost of Christmas spirit, judging by the comments I’m still hearing. Helen T.
    What a splendid job you all did yesterday. It was a thrill to be able to hear it from the front for once. The soloists were excellent and the choir was in very fine form, particularly the altos, and of course Denis (on Trumpet) was outstanding. 
    Well done for all your hard and detailed work. Peter B.
    It was an absolute pleasure to sing the Messiah with you all. 
    Thank you for the amazing opportunity to not only perform my very FIRST Messiah but also the opportunity to sing the beautiful contralto solos. 
    I am very much looking forward to singing it again come March and am telling everyone I know that missed it, that it was a fantastic concert and they MUST come next year. 
    The choir sounded amazing! Testament to everyone’s hard work and your professional and enthusiastic conducting Lesley. Well Done!      Nicole S.
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