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.
Puccini's glorious Messa (di Gloria) was the chosen work for the March 2005 workshop. It is a beautiful early work by the famous Italian opera composer contains all the hallmarks of his later masterpieces: sweeping romantic melodies and lush masterfully orchestrated scoring.
Once again Maestro Richard McIntyre and Choral Director Paul Holley, ably assisted by our distinguished instrumental tutors, and soloists Tom Moran, Laurie Pulley ensured the weekend was a resounding success.