SATURDAY 24 JULY, 2021 (3PM)
MMXX – A meditation on Auld Lang Syne
Performers: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.
Program: Sing On! A Choral Celebration.
URL / Tickets: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
MMXX: A meditation on Auld Lang Syne for mixed voices (SATB) a cappella was commissioned in 2020 by Dr Carolyn Lowry OAM as a gift to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs upon the occasion of their centenary.
In composing the work, I have taken the liberty of borrowing one of the world’s most famous tunes — Auld Lang Syne — arranging its connotative strains for the unique sound world of the humming chorus (as per the COVID-aware commission brief). A short introduction sets the scene (Con tenerezza, crotchet = c. 88) and annunciates material that forms the basis of two subsequent interludes and a coda.
At times, I have gently teased out the melodic material to create moments of repose. In such instances, some of the choristers’ voices arise through the 8-part texture to reveal delicate intervallic oscillations that, as if suspended in time, coalesce in ever-diminishing echoes.
I extend my thanks to Dr Lowry for commissioning the work. I also warmly congratulate Sydney Philharmonia Choirs upon the occasion of their centenary.