Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A little history

City of Dunedin Choir performing J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion

5 August 1961, Knox Church
Conductor Prof. Peter Platt
Soloists Dora Drake, Valda McCracken, Ninian Walder, Alistair Stokes, Ed Bohan and Anson Austin
Dunedin Concert Orchestra

17 April 1962, Dunedin Town Hall
Conductor Prof. Peter Platt
Soloists Heather Taylor, Valda McCracken, John Fisher, Arthur Bownie, Noel Signal, Alistair Stokes, Roy Coats
With the University Music Union Choir and the boys of St Paul's Cathedral Choir
Dunedin Concert Orchestra

8 April 1963, Dunedin Town Hall
Conductor Prof. Peter Platt
Soloists Anita Ritchie, Valda McCracken, Walter Robinson, Ed Bohan, Lucas Bunt
With the University Music Union Choir
Dunedin Concert Orchestra (augmented)

24 April 1979, Dunedin Town Hall
Conductor Peter Warwick
Soloists Robert Oliver, Roger Wilson, Ruth Hawkey, Sally Banks, Peter Williams, Haward Harvey
Dunedin Civic Orchestra

2 April 1980, Dunedin Town Hall
Conductor Peter Warwick
Soloists Anthony Benfell, Roger Wilson, Pam Blanchard, Judith Borick, Harvey Brown
With the trebles of ST Paul's Cathedral and Knox Church Choirs
Dunedin Civic Orchestra

The above five performances were sung from the Choir's own scores of the Elgar/Atkins edition in English.

20 March 2005, Dunedin Town Hall
Conductor David Burchell
Soloists David Hamilton, Pepe Becker, David Hansen, David Griffiths, Grant Dixon, Shaun Dixon
Southern Sinfonia.

This performance was in German.

All performances were organised by the Dunedin Choral Society, later called Scola Cantorum and then City of Dunedin Choir, with members of the University Music Union and Cathedral Choirs joining in some performances.

Thanks to Hugh Montgomery for researching the archives.

2 comments:

Rosi Crane said...

Leaving Messiah aside, is this the work that "we" have sung most often? I say "we" because, of course, only a very few members could possibly have sung in them all!

Leta said...

No, I'd say Messiah has been sung most often - must be more that 120 performances by now! The St Matthew Passion research was done following a request from an Auckland-based Musicology student.