In 2004 we chose Hector Berlioz's monumental Te Deum. This colossal work uses extraordinary musical ideas to convey both the majesty of God & the littleness of man. The Te Deum calls for two choirs and children's voices. We were delighted that the Armidale Sing NSW children's choir under their conductor Cathy Welsford joined us for what was a memorable musical event.
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.