The Armidale Music Foundation's Annual Choral and Orchestral Weekend provides opportunities for musicians from NSW and further afield to rehearse and perform another large scale masterpiece, under the guideance of one of Australia’s foremost choral tutors.
Commencing in 1998 with Orff’s Carmina Brurana, highlights of the weekend have included Verdi’s Requiem (1999), Poulenc’s Gloria (2006), and A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams (2000). More recently, participants have enjoyed Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass (2016) and Dvorák’s Mass in D Major (2017), which marked the AMF Choral and Orchestral Weekend’s 20th anniversary.
Stanford's Songs of the Fleet, though new to most singers and players proved a smash hit with the 150 or so musicians who attended Armidale for the 2007 10th AMF Choral Weekend. Providing enough challenges, but eminently "do-able", the songs thrilled us all with a combination of their patriotic fervour and deeply felt emotion. Leon Warnock sung the baritone solo magnificently.
The program also included Parry's glorious Blest Pair of Sirens, and the first performance of Richard Peter Maddox' enchanting Overture Sam Beasley, composed as a fund raising item for the Armidale Music Foundation.