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Vale Jacqui DarkWe are desperately saddened to hear of the loss of one of our favourite soloists and humans, Jacqueline ...
04/10/2023

Vale Jacqui Dark
We are desperately saddened to hear of the loss of one of our favourite soloists and humans, Jacqueline Dark. Jacqui was always totally professional and wickedly fun to work with.
She was loved by so many and will be missed by us all.
Deepest sympathy and love to K***n and Xander.
Rick Prakhoff,

🎵 Sing In Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony! 🎶Melbourne Bach Choir invites experienced choristers to join them in Zelman Sy...
31/07/2023

🎵 Sing In Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony! 🎶

Melbourne Bach Choir invites experienced choristers to join them in Zelman Symphony’s concert of Mahler's extraordinary Symphony No. 2. Recently performed for the reopening of the Sydney Opera House by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Simone Young, this musical account of struggle, death and resurrection includes the transcendent “Aufersteh’n” (Rise again) chorus - surely one of the greatest moments in all choral music.

Rehearsals from 3 August at MLC Kew
Performance Sunday 10 September in Melbourne Town Hall
More details of the concert at www.zelman.au

Interested singers should contact [email protected] for more information. 🌟

We Welcome New Members We look forward to welcoming new members to audition for a place in our choir Under the direction of Rick Prakhoff, the Melbourne Bach Choir is committed to a high standard of performance. Regular rehearsal attendance is necessary, and members are encouraged to familiarise the...

✨Oh, what a night!!!✨  | 🔄 Repost Mbc Scholars Fuelled by crispy waffles, bubble tea, sausage rolls, ube mochi and 7-Ele...
07/07/2023

✨Oh, what a night!!!✨ | 🔄 Repost Mbc Scholars

Fuelled by crispy waffles, bubble tea, sausage rolls, ube mochi and 7-Eleven coffee - what better way to start a concert?

Set in the beautiful (and heated) Scots’ Church, the Melbourne Bach Choir performed the Melbourne edition of SERENITY last Saturday night to a rousing success!!! Featuring guest artists John O’Donnel (organ), Chris Howlett (cello), Christopher Hillier (Baritone), and fellow scholar, Saskia Mascitti (Mezzo-Soprano).

🎶The scholars once again presented excerpts from Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude, with former Bass scholar (and first ever conducting scholar) Joseph Hie. But that’s not all! The conducting scholars led their respective motet movements expertly and expressively; their individual styles shining through. They have learned much over the past two months and their hard work has certainly paid off.🎶

We are so proud of this gorgeous choir’s magnificent achievement!!! An incredible musical display of beauty and power both. Our greatest thanks and celebration to the brilliant Rick Prakhoff, our most esteemed conductor and captain💕

🎉Bravissimo tutti🎉

🎶✨ "When Expertise Meets Serenity." ✨🎶 We're thrilled to share the glowing review from the Ballarat Courier for our Ball...
29/06/2023

🎶✨ "When Expertise Meets Serenity." ✨🎶

We're thrilled to share the glowing review from the Ballarat Courier for our Ballarat Serenity concert! 🌟 Don't miss your chance to experience the magic in Melbourne this Saturday. 🎵 Secure your tickets now and be part of this extraordinary musical journey.

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&

🎶 Experience an evening of captivating choral music this Saturday at our Serenity Melbourne concert! 🌙 Join the Melbourn...
28/06/2023

🎶 Experience an evening of captivating choral music this Saturday at our Serenity Melbourne concert! 🌙

Join the Melbourne Bach Choir as we perform enchanting works by Duruflé, Bach, Brahms, Fauré, Messiaen, and Rheinberger.

🎵Secure your tickets now for a musical journey you won't want to miss.

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&

🎵Introducing Chris Howlett🎵We are thrilled to be working once more with one of our favourite cellists, Chris Howlett, wh...
23/06/2023

🎵Introducing Chris Howlett🎵

We are thrilled to be working once more with one of our favourite cellists, Chris Howlett, who will be a soloist in our Serenity concerts. We were treated to his superb playing at rehearsal last night, and our audiences are in for a treat!

✨Concert Details ✨

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&

23/06/2023

✨Journey into a world of serene beauty with these captivating pieces✨

🎵"O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht" by Johann Sebastian Bach, and
🎵"Geistliches Lied" and "Ach, arme Welt" by Johannes Brahms.

Bach's "O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht", hovering between a motet and a cantata, embodies religious faith enveloped in mourning. This piece uses intricate counterpoint to initiate an intriguing dialogue between the choir and the instrumental accompaniment, showcasing Bach's innovative prowess.

On the other hand, Johannes Brahms' "Geistliches Lied" is hailed by The New York Times as "a beautiful and moving expression of faith and hope". It is a beacon of simplicity, directness, and transparent, inspiring text. Accompanied by "Ach, arme Welt", these pieces underscore Brahms' skill to intricately weave together emotional depth and musical complexity, profoundly exploring the human condition.

Join us in our upcoming concert to relish these captivating works that brilliantly spotlight the genius of these iconic composers.

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&

19/06/2023

Duruflé’s beautiful Requiem is known for its chant-based melodies, impressionistic harmonies and elastic approach to rhythm - but also for the virtuosic requirements of its organ part. Luckily we have the services of the redoubtable John O’Donnell at the organ for our two 'Serenity' concerts.

✨Concert Details ✨

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&

17/06/2023

🎵 Serenity Highlights: Duruflé's Requiem 🎵

An epitome of tranquillity and contemplative spirituality, Maurice Duruflé's Requiem stands as a timeless monument in choral music.

Duruflé's Requiem, composed in 1947, is considered one of his most significant works. The composition beautifully captures the composer's deep reverence for the Gregorian tradition, deriving its thematic material primarily from the Gregorian "Mass for the Dead". Duruflé, however, brings a distinctly personal touch to the work, elegantly blending the traditional chants with his unique harmonic language.

Duruflé's Requiem is notable for its gentle, serene, and introspective nature, starkly contrasting the dramatic and fiery Requiems that some of his predecessors had composed. It's less a mass for the dead and more a meditation on human mortality and the promise of eternal peace.

The Requiem has nine movements, with texts taken from the Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin. The movements are scored for various forces, including choir, soloists, orchestra, and organ, offering an immersive, emotional journey for both performers and audience alike.

In our upcoming 'Serenity' concert, we are privileged to bring you Duruflé's masterwork under the direction of our conductor Rick Prakhoff. The beauty and intensity of this piece promise to create an unforgettable experience for all present. Join us and let the enchanting melodies of Duruflé's Requiem transport you to a realm of serenity.

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&


🎼 Don’t miss this unforgettable musical journey! 🎵The Melbourne Bach Choir, conducted by Rick Prakhoff, proudly presents...
15/06/2023

🎼 Don’t miss this unforgettable musical journey! 🎵

The Melbourne Bach Choir, conducted by Rick Prakhoff, proudly presents "Serenity". This concert features the transcendent Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, along with captivating shorter works from J.S. Bach, Brahms, Fauré, Messiaen, and Rheinberger.

Join us in Ballarat at the Central Uniting Church on 24th June or in Melbourne at Scots' Church on 1st July for an evening of serenity and enchantment.

✨ Discover the timeless beauty of choral music, and let us take you on a remarkable musical journey. 🎶

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&


🎵Soloist Spotlight: Saskia Mascitti, Mezzo-Soprano🎵Meet the brilliant Saskia Mascitti, a dedicated Melbourne Bach Choir ...
10/06/2023

🎵Soloist Spotlight: Saskia Mascitti, Mezzo-Soprano🎵

Meet the brilliant Saskia Mascitti, a dedicated Melbourne Bach Choir scholar and notable presence in Victorian Opera Youth Productions. Saskia is an artist of many talents with a passion for performance that extends from the opera stage to the adventurous realms of Dungeons & Dragons. Stay tuned for their upcoming performance at our 'Serenity' concert.

🌟More About Saskia 🌟

Saskia Mascitti has been an MBC scholar since 2020, having previously sung in the ripieno choir for St Matthew’s Passion in 2019.

They began their musical journey in 2008, studying under Angela Wasley, and have performed in almost every Victorian Opera Youth Production in the last ten years. Over the past two decades, they have been involved with the Young Voices of Melbourne (2012-15), VOYCE (2016-21), Opera Scholars Australia (2016-18, 19-20), and St John’s Finch Street (Dec 2022-). Saskia is also a first year student in the Master of Music (Opera Performance) course at the University of Melbourne under the tutelage of Roxane Hislop (2019-).

They are currently reprising the role of Mum in VO’s The Grumpiest Boy in the World, undertaking the production for a third time.

Prepare to be captivated by their performance in the Melbourne performance of 'Serenity.

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🎼 Get ready for an unforgettable musical journey! 🎵The Melbourne Bach Choir, conducted by Rick Prakhoff, proudly present...
07/06/2023

🎼 Get ready for an unforgettable musical journey! 🎵

The Melbourne Bach Choir, conducted by Rick Prakhoff, proudly presents "Serenity". This concert features the transcendent Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, along with captivating shorter works from J.S. Bach, Brahms, Fauré, Messiaen, and Rheinberger.

Join us in Ballarat at the Central Uniting Church on 24th June or in Melbourne at Scots' Church on 1st July for an evening of serenity and enchantment.

✨ Discover the timeless beauty of choral music, and let us take you on a remarkable musical journey. 🎶

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&


🎶 Introducing MBC’s Artistic Director Rick Prakhoff 🎶Starting his professional career as a classical guitarist in London...
05/06/2023

🎶 Introducing MBC’s Artistic Director Rick Prakhoff 🎶

Starting his professional career as a classical guitarist in London, Rick’s passion for the orchestral, operatic and choral repertoire led him to a career change to conducting.

After graduating from Perth’s WAPA, he was selected for Symphony Australia’s Young Conductor programme of five years of intensive workshops with renowned conductors and some of Australia’s best professional orchestras.

Since then, he has conducted orchestras, choirs and opera companies throughout Australia, and has been the guiding force behind Melbourne Bach Choir as its founding Artistic Director since 2005. In 2018 he was appointed Artistic Director of Zelman Symphony, and has facilitated several successful collaborations between the two organisations. Since 2014 Rick has also lectured in conducting at the University of Melbourne.

Rick’s repertoire covers an enormous range of genres and styles, which is reflected in the expanding repertoire of MBC and its Chamber Choir. Our upcoming ‘Serenity’ concerts feature varied choral works from across two centuries, highlighting the organ and cello, and guaranteed to bring a couple of hours of calm and beauty to your busy life.

✨Concert Details ✨

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&

🎵Soloist Spotlight: Christopher Hillier, Baritone 🎵Renowned for his powerful baritone and magnetic stage presence, Chris...
02/06/2023

🎵Soloist Spotlight: Christopher Hillier, Baritone 🎵

Renowned for his powerful baritone and magnetic stage presence, Christopher Hillier will dazzle audiences again at our upcoming 'Serenity' concert.

Acclaimed for his dynamic portrayals in roles across the operatic spectrum, Christopher has graced stages with Opera Australia and Melbourne Opera and made his international debut in Tokyo. His concert repertoire is wide and varied, spanning Handel's Messiah to Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, not forgetting the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé.

His moving performance as Jesus in our recent Easter concert of 'St John Passion' left audiences spellbound. Christopher is ready to deliver another memorable performance with Melbourne Bach Choir.

Don't miss out on experiencing the richness of Christopher's baritone in Duruflé's moving Requiem at 'Serenity'. Secure your tickets today!

🎶Serenity Ballarat

📅 Date: 24 June 2023
🕖 Time: 2 pm
📍 Location: Ballarat Central Uniting Church
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1052157?eid=1052157&

🎶Serenity Melbourne

📅 Date: 1 July 2023
🕖 Time: 7.30 pm
📍 Location: Scots’ Church Melbourne
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1051329?eid=1051329&



🎶 Sneak Peek - Melbourne Bach Choir Rehearses The Messiah for Easter Sunday🎶The countdown is on! Melbourne Bach Choir's ...
06/04/2023

🎶 Sneak Peek - Melbourne Bach Choir Rehearses The Messiah for Easter Sunday🎶

The countdown is on! Melbourne Bach Choir's majestic performance of Handel's Messiah is just around the corner. Experience the power and beauty of this timeless masterpiece as we fill the air with glorious harmonies. Tickets are still available, so don't miss your chance to participate in this memorable event.

Secure your seat now and join us for a truly uplifting experience! 🎶🌟✨

✨Melbourne Bach Choir | Handel’s Messiah ✨

📅 Date: Easter Sunday, 9 April 2023
🕖 Time: 7 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-messiah/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q-WQJC0Hic&t=4s

The Melbourne Bach Choir in rehearsal preparing for an exciting performance of Messiah by GF Handel on Easter Day 9 April in the Melbourne Recital Centre at ...

🎶 Tomorrow is the day! Melbourne Bach Choir's much-awaited performance of Bach's St John Passion is at 2:30 pm. Immerse ...
06/04/2023

🎶 Tomorrow is the day! Melbourne Bach Choir's much-awaited performance of Bach's St John Passion is at 2:30 pm.

Immerse yourself in this sublime musical masterpiece as we bring the story to life.

Last-minute tickets are still available, so don't miss out! Book now and join us for an unforgettable afternoon. 🎻🎼✨

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/

🎼 Did you know? George Frideric Handel, the brilliant composer behind the masterpiece "Messiah," not only wrote this inc...
05/04/2023

🎼 Did you know? George Frideric Handel, the brilliant composer behind the masterpiece "Messiah," not only wrote this incredible oratorio in 24 days, but also conducted its premiere performance in Dublin on April 13, 1742. 🎵

Taking the stage as both composer and conductor, Handel led the ensemble from the harpsichord, showcasing his remarkable talent and dedication to his work. This memorable event began a legacy that continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide. 🌍

Join us this Easter as we celebrate Handel's "Messiah" and experience the magic of this timeless classic, conducted by our talented maestro and performed by our amazing soloists and choir. 🎶🙌

✨Melbourne Bach Choir | Handel’s Messiah ✨

📅 Date: Easter Sunday, 9 April 2023
🕖 Time: 7 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-messiah/

04/04/2023

🎼 Did you know that Bach composed more than just one Passion setting? 🎶

Johann Sebastian Bach is believed to have composed up to five different Passion settings during his lifetime. However, only two of these incredible works have survived in their entirety: the St. John Passion (Johannes-Passion) and the more famous St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion). 📜

While both masterpieces showcase Bach's exceptional ability to convey deep emotions through his music, they each possess unique qualities and character.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the powerful St. John Passion performed live by the Melbourne Bach Choir this Easter! 🎵🐣

Get your tickets now!

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/


Just one week to go until our spectacular Easter programme begins! Don't miss out on this unforgettable musical experien...
31/03/2023

Just one week to go until our spectacular Easter programme begins! Don't miss out on this unforgettable musical experience - secure your tickets today and celebrate Easter with the Melbourne Bach Choir. 🎼🐣✨

📅 7-9 April 2023
Three exciting concerts over the Easter weekend

Melbourne Bach Choir presents: Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah
Rachael Beesley performs a solo violin recital.

📌Good Friday 7 April at 2.30pm
St John Passion (JS Bach)

📌Easter Saturday 8 April at 5pm
Solo Violin Recital by Racheal Beesley

📌Easter Sunday 9 April at 7pm
Messiah (Handel)

Conducted by Rick Prakhoff

🎟️Book Now: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/series/melbourne-bach-choir-2023/


🌟 Melbourne Bach Choir Scholars Shine in Victorian Opera's "Cheremushki" 🌟We're thrilled to see two of our talented Melb...
30/03/2023

🌟 Melbourne Bach Choir Scholars Shine in Victorian Opera's "Cheremushki" 🌟

We're thrilled to see two of our talented Melbourne Bach Choir scholars, Anushka Tiwari and YuTien (Denny) Lin, deliver outstanding performances in Victorian Opera's production of "Cheremushki"! Their exceptional talent truly adds to the vibrant and talented young cast.🎭🎶

Experience Anushka and Denny's remarkable talents firsthand at our upcoming Easter concerts, where they'll showcase their vocal prowess in both Bach's St. John Passion and Handel's Messiah at the Recital Centre! 🐣🎼

Get your tickets now and support these promising young artists as they continue to shine in the world of classical music. 🎟️

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/

✨Melbourne Bach Choir | Handel’s Messiah ✨

📅 Date: Easter Sunday, 9 April 2023
🕖 Time: 7 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-messiah/


🌟 We're excited to share this lovely review for the Melbourne Bach Choir. We're incredibly proud of our performances and...
28/03/2023

🌟 We're excited to share this lovely review for the Melbourne Bach Choir. We're incredibly proud of our performances and grateful for the support from our audience.

Have you attended one of our concerts recently? Share your experience in the comments below! 👇 And don't forget to grab your tickets for our upcoming Easter performance. 🎶

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/

✨Melbourne Bach Choir | Handel’s Messiah ✨

📅 Date: Easter Sunday, 9 April 2023
🕖 Time: 7 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-messiah/


✨🎶Soloist Jeremy Kleeman, Bass-Baritone. 🎶✨Introducing the remarkably talented Jeremy Kleeman! 🌟With a string of impress...
27/03/2023

✨🎶Soloist Jeremy Kleeman, Bass-Baritone. 🎶✨

Introducing the remarkably talented Jeremy Kleeman! 🌟

With a string of impressive performances under his belt, bass-baritone Jeremy Kleeman has been captivating audiences both in Australia and abroad. Recently, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Queensland and West Australian Opera. His UK debut saw him as a bass soloist for Bach Cantatas with the London Handel Players, and he's been featured in various online performances during the lockdown.

As the 2019 Australian International Opera Award recipient, Jeremy's undeniable talent and dedication to his craft have propelled him to the forefront of the opera world. Get to know more about Jeremy and his incredible journey below:

Don't miss Jeremy Kleeman performing with the Melbourne Bach Choir this Easter.

✨🎶Celebrate Easter with Melbourne Bach Choir 🎶✨

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/


✨🎶 Introducing the phenomenal Sally-Anne Russell! 🌟 As a world-renowned mezzo-soprano, she has graced stages across the ...
24/03/2023

✨🎶 Introducing the phenomenal Sally-Anne Russell! 🌟 As a world-renowned mezzo-soprano, she has graced stages across the globe with her captivating voice and mesmerizing performances. Get to know more about her incredible journey below. 👇

Messiah, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Sally-Anne Russell....whose musical communication is exemplary. Her superb combination of vocal technique and emotional range was on display thoughout, reaching its climax in a heartrending account of 'He was despised'."

Tony Way, The Age, December 2021

Sally-Anne Russell has performed concerts and operas in twenty-five countries. She has recorded over 40 CDs and DVDs, including her solo aria disc “Enchanting” with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Sally-Anne’s awards include an ARIA for Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Sara Macliver and nominations for Young Australian of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

She has over 80 operatic roles in her repertoire and regularly works with all the major opera companies and symphony orchestras in Australia. International highlights include the Spoleto Festival, Italy, Washington National Opera (DC) and Carmel Bach Festival.

Don’t miss Sally-Anne Russell performing with the Melbourne Bach Choir this Easter.

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/

🎵 Attention music lovers! 🎶The 3MBS Choral Masterworks interview with the Melbourne Bach Choir's Artistic Director, Rick...
22/03/2023

🎵 Attention music lovers! 🎶

The 3MBS Choral Masterworks interview with the Melbourne Bach Choir's Artistic Director, Rick Prakhoff, is now available! 🐰🎼

Listen to Rick talk about the Melbourne Bach Choir's upcoming Easter program and glimpse the incredible musical experience that awaits you. 🙌🏼

Click the link below to access the recording and join us in celebrating the beauty of classical music this Easter season. The interview starts at 8.40 mins. 🎧👇🏼

https://omny.fm/shows/choral-masterworks/choral-masterworks-19-march-2023

🎼🐣🎻🌟 Unveiling the historical connection between Easter and Handel's MessiahDid you know Handel's Messiah was originally...
21/03/2023

🎼🐣🎻🌟 Unveiling the historical connection between Easter and Handel's Messiah

Did you know Handel's Messiah was originally conceived as a work for Easter? 🐣

Discover the historical connection between Easter and Handel's Messiah, the fascinating story behind the Hallelujah Chorus and why audience members stand during its performance. 🌟

https://www.mbc.asn.au/rediscovering-handels-messiah-an-easter-tradition/

✨Celebrate Easter with Melbourne Bach Choir✨

Join us on Easter Sunday, 9th April at 7pm, as we bring back the tradition with a joyous performance of this masterpiece.

🎫 Book your tickets now and experience the magic of Messiah this Easter:
https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-messiah/

📍 Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre

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🎶🎵Don't miss 3MBS's interview with Melbourne Bach Choir's Artistic Director, Rick Prakhoff, on the Choral Masterworks pr...
18/03/2023

🎶🎵Don't miss 3MBS's interview with Melbourne Bach Choir's Artistic Director, Rick Prakhoff, on the Choral Masterworks programme, Sunday 19 March.

🎤🎧Tune in to 103.5 fm at 8pm to hear some great choral music and listen to Rick talk about MBC’s fabulous Easter Festival.

Missed the radio interview? Don't worry; you can still listen to it! Check out the recording by clicking on this link: https://3mbs.org.au/programs/choral-masterworks/"




🌟Rachael Beesley Solo Violin Recital🌟Sonata, Partita & PassacagliaViolinist Rachael Beesley performs heavenly works by 1...
14/03/2023

🌟Rachael Beesley Solo Violin Recital🌟
Sonata, Partita & Passacaglia

Violinist Rachael Beesley performs heavenly works by 18th Century musicians.

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin alone are a true exploration of what possibilities are available for this instrument. Completed by 1720 but not published until 1802, the French style dance movements of the D minor Partita Allemanda – Corrente – Sarabanda – Giga, all consist of two parts repeated to offer more chance for the listener (and dancer) to explore the intricacies of Bach’s exquisite writing while the G minor Sonata explores the Italian style of writing Adagio – Fuga – Siciliana – Presto, in the pattern of the sonata da Chiesa (church sonata).

Bracketed by these well-known works by Bach is the soulful Passacaglia by Biber, which tells the story of the Guardian Angel as the final moment of the Mystery of the Rosary Sonatas. Biber explores the rich sonorities and varied instrumental colours through a series of variations, bringing Baroque affects to life in this elevated composition.

✨Rachael Beesley Solo Violin Recital – Sonata, Partita & Passacaglia ✨

📅 Date: Saturday, 8 April 2023
🕖 Time: 5 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-rachael-beesley/

Beesley


✨Celebrate Easter with Melbourne Bach Choir ✨📅 7-9 April 2023Three exciting concerts over the Easter weekendMelbourne Ba...
13/03/2023

✨Celebrate Easter with Melbourne Bach Choir ✨

📅 7-9 April 2023
Three exciting concerts over the Easter weekend

Melbourne Bach Choir presents: Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah
Rachael Beesley performs a solo violin recital.

📌Good Friday 7 April at 2.30pm
St John Passion (JS Bach)

📌Easter Saturday 8 April at 5pm
Solo Violin Recital by Racheal Beesley

📌Easter Sunday 9 April at 7pm
Messiah (Handel)

Conducted by Rick Prakhoff

🎟️Book Now: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/series/melbourne-bach-choir-2023/


✨Soloist: Henry Choo - Tenor✨ Henry is regarded as one of Australia’s most versatile lyric tenors. He began his professi...
12/03/2023

✨Soloist: Henry Choo - Tenor✨

Henry is regarded as one of Australia’s most versatile lyric tenors. He began his professional operatic solo career in 2001 when he premiered the role of Russell in Busking Hugs (Taran Carter) for Opera Australia.

Since graduating from ANAM and the Young Artist training programs of Opera Australia and Opera Queensland, Henry has subsequently appeared regularly for Opera Australia and opera Qld, SOSA and Melbourne opera and at the Edinburgh Festival and Macau International Music Festival. He has gone on to perform over thirty operatic roles in Australia and abroad. Most notable are his world premieres of Aldo/Clunes in Bliss (Brett Dean) for Opera Australia, and Ben in The Bone Feeder (Gareth Farr) for New Zealand Opera, performed respectively at Edinburgh and Auckland International Arts Festivals.

Henry has received multiple Green Room Award nominations, including Best Male Operatic Lead for his portrayal of Martin in The Tender Land (Aaron Copland). He also has the rare distinction of having performed the principal tenor role in all three of Donizetti's Tudor operas — Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux.

The Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir are delighted to welcome Henry back to sing with them this Easter. Don’t miss Henry’s performance with the Melbourne Bach Choir this Easter.

✨Melbourne Bach Chamber Choir | Bach’s St John Passion ✨

📅 Date: Good Friday, 7 April 2023
🕖 Time: 2.30 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-st-john-passion/

✨Melbourne Bach Choir | Handel’s Messiah ✨

📅 Date: Easter Sunday, 9 April 2023
🕖 Time: 7 pm
📍 Location: Melbourne Recital Centre
🎟️ Tickets: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2023/mbc-messiah/


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Coming up tomorrow on Music in Melbourne - 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne Pat Burns from Lyric Opera of Melbourne will join Tim Hannah in the studio at 11am to talk about 'Unlucky Love: The Music of Peggy Glanville-Hicks'.

Rick Prakhoff from Melbourne Bach Choir Inc will be popping in around 11.30am to chat about their Easter concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre.

And at 11.45am, Artistic Director, Katie Yap will be discussing the upcoming Music, She Wrote festival, which opens next week.
On Saturday 22 May at 8pm, Rick Prakhoff conducts the Melbourne Bach Choir Inc in the premiere performances of Calvin Bowman’s "Pater Noster" and two "Marian Motets," with favourite works by Bach, Beethoven, Bruckner and Brahms. Supported by a trombone ensemble and Calvin Bowman on organ, in the sublime acoustic of St Andrew’s Brighton. Live audience and live-streamed on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. Bookings at www.mbc.asn.au
Adrian Tamburini, Zelman Symphony and the Melbourne Bach Choir Inc premiere Luke Styles’ No Friend but the Mountains, A Symphonic Song Cycle at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this Sunday.

The composer wrote about his work, which draws on Behrouz Boochani’s award-winning book, in our January–February magazine.
Luke Styles writes about working with Behrouz Boochani's words from the award-winning autobiographical book 'No Friend But the Mountains'. The premiere of the new song cycle will take place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on 21 March, featuring the Zelman Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Bach Choir, bass baritone soloist Adrian Tamburini and conductor Rick Prakhoff.
https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/no-friend-but-the-mountains-a-symphonic-song-cycle Zelman Symphony Melbourne Bach Choir Inc
“A dramatic song cycle… that underpins the juxtaposition of his incarceration with the freedom of the natural world that he can view from the compound..”

In the March issue of On Air magazine, we explore Zelman Symphony’s upcoming premiere of a new symphonic work by Luke Styles, based on Behrouz Boochani’s book "No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison"—and hear Rick Prakhoff, Conductor's perspective on presenting a musical depiction of this harrowing and hopeful story.

**Special Offer: See the world premiere of this work at 5pm on Sunday 21 March, ‘Live at the Bowl’ from your own private Lawn Deck - pay for 4 tickets and take up to 6 people. Tickets: https://liveatthebowl.com.au/no-friend-but-the-mountains/

In addition to great stories from around the music community, each month On Air magazine brings you all the regular features you’ve come to love: try your hand at music trivia, preview fabulous upcoming programs and use our monthly list of major works to plan your own listening highlights.

Subscribe to 3MBS now at www.3mbs.org.au to receive your copy of On Air magazine and enjoy a month of wonderful reading from the station you love to listen to.

Photo: Author Behrouz Boochani, composer Luke Styles and conductor Rick Prakhoff; Zelman Symphony with Guest Concertmaster Wilma Smith and Bass-Baritone Soloist Adrian Tamburini (photos supplied)

Zelman Symphony Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne Bach Choir Inc Behrouz Boochani Adrian Tamburini
Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Arts Centre Melbourne and The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas cordially invite you to experience

No Friend but the Mountains, A Symphonic Song Cycle
DATE: Sunday 21 March 2021, 5.00pm
VENUE: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000
Presented by Zelman Symphony, Arts Centre Melbourne and The Wheeler Centre

World Premiere of No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle
By Australian Composer Luke Styles, Text by Behrouz Boochani

Thumbed on a phone, smuggled out in thousands of text messages. The near impossibility of its existence. On Nauru and Manus Island, they live in a zoo of cruelty. No Friend but the Mountains, Behrouz Boochani's multi-award winning book which chronicles the perilous journeys of asylum seekers and their forced detention on Manus Island, is the inspiration for this Symphonic Song Cycle by prolific Australian composer, Luke Styles.

Boochani, a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer and film-maker, penned his book in secret in Farsi on a mobile phone as a series of hundreds of text messages. He opened up the hidden world of detention, shone a light on the conditions endured by detainees on Manus and exposed a brutal system ostensibly designed to deter other asylum seekers while breaking those caught in it. To open the event, Behrouz Boochani will appear in conversation via video reflecting on this new adaptation of his story.

Artists
Rick Prakhoff, Conductor
Adrian Tamburini – bass-baritone
Melbourne Bach Choir Inc
Wilma Smith – guest concertmaster
Susan Pierotti – concertmaster
Creative Team
Luke Styles – composer
Behrouz Boochani – librettist
Omid Tofighian – translator and collaborator
Program
Behrouz Boochani – Video Interview with Rafael Epstein
Luke Styles – No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle
Tickets: https://liveatthebowl.com.au/no-friend-but-the-mountains/
Lawn decks seating up to 6 people are now generously discounted. Group bookings only.
Buy online or call Ticketek Australia 132849

Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine is proudly covering the concert (media Rachel Sandey and Sylvester Kroyherr) Please stay tuned for more details

special thanks:
Ever wondered what a socially distanced choir rehearsal looks like? Melbourne Bach Choir is rehearsing for No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle, featuring the Choir with Zelman Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on 21 March. Join us!
https://liveatthebowl.com.au/no-friend-but-the-mountains Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne Bach Choir Inc
ARTISTS OF WILLS: Belinda Prakoff and Rick Prakhoff, Conductor are an extremely talented husband and wife duo based in Brunswick East.

Belinda is an operatic mezzo-soprano, who has sung with Opera Australia in Melbourne as a professional chorus member for the past 20 years as well as with Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera.

By day, Belinda works in the tertiary education sector in the Research and Innovation portfolio at RMIT University, and holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

Rick is a professional conductor and music teacher with an extensive symphonic, operatic, musical theatre and choral repertoire, having worked with many professional and amateur companies throughout Australia. Rick is the current Artistic Director of the Zelman Symphony and the Melbourne Bach Choir Inc, and before turning to conducting, trained as a classical guitarist and operatic baritone.

Like Belinda, Rick also works in tertiary education as a sessional Lecturer in Conducting at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and directs the Conservatorium Choir, while also employed as administrative staff in curriculum development at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Zelman Symphony concert n association with
Melbourne Bach Choir Inc took place on SUNDAY, September 8 at 2.30pm at the Melbourne City Town Hall http://zelmansymphony.org.au/Concerts/8September2019

please read the review Natasha Lukin is sharing to day with all our readers: http://bohemianrhapsodyclub.weebly.com/travelling.html

Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine expresses its special thanks to the managers and organisers of this grand event and personally to George Deutsch and Holly Hayes for the invite and opportunity to cover the concert as well as to Natasha for her coverage.
Surviving my very first Verdi Requiem in the middle of Norma tech week ... life goal achieved!
I absolutely ADORE singing this piece, and could not have wished for a warmer, more generous or talented group of colleagues to take my maiden voyage with.

Zelman Symphony Melbourne Bach Choir Inc Helena Dix Soprano Adrian Tamburini Rick Prakhoff, Conductor
This Sunday, don't miss Verdi Requiem with the Melbourne Bach Choir Inc and Zelman Symphony! There are still a few tickets left for what will undoubtedly be a spectacular concert.

http://www.mbc.asn.au/8-september-2019-verdi-requiem-melbourne/
What a joy to be singing both Norma AND the Verdi Requiem with this glorious woman!
Helena Dix Soprano has a voice of utter glory ... and a personality of utter hilarity.

Limited tickets still available for Sunday afternoon’s performance at Melbourne Town Hall.
The piece is extraordinary - I want to sing it forever!

Zelman Symphony Melbourne Bach Choir Inc

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