In 2024, the Australian Chamber Choir travels the world – musically and literally.
Reviving its biennial tradition for the first time post-COVID, ACC will sweep through Europe on a 16-day international tour in July. Audiences are invited to join the trip across Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy for tours, talks, visits and meals as the choir performs at venues including the Fortuny Museum in Venice, Berlin Cathedral, and St Mark’s Basilica.
Spotlighting Australian works alongside international masterpieces, the program will also be performed in Australia – on 8 June in Dunkeld, 16 June at Middle Park and 17 August at Macedon – when the choir returns. Performances in Geelong, Melbourne and Terang are also scheduled.
Transports of Delight, ACC’s first program of the year, collates works written in the cities the choir has performed in. London is represented by Byrd and Purcell, for example; Paris by Frank.
In its 2022 season, the choir premiered a reconstructed cantata written by Agatha, an Italian woman born without the fingers of her left hand. Abandoned, she grew up in Venice’s Ospedale della Pietà – where a young Vivaldi worked as a teacher. In 2024 in Agatha in Vivaldi’s Venice, ACC will again perform the work in April and May in Hamilton, Geelong, Melbourne and Macedon, with a special performance at the Palazzo Pisani in Venice.
Encores captures the post-concert buzz with a cappella arrangements, Afro-American spirituals and song, and favourite selections from ACC’s curtain call canon.
Closing with a classic, ACC offers Baroque Christmas from 7–14 December for a sixth year of hit seasonal songs drawing on centuries of choral history.
Transports of Delight, Encores and the Macedon performance of its international tour program will be made available on the choir’s digital platform ACCess via livestream and on-demand viewing.
More about the Australian Chamber Choir can be found here.