The Australian Chamber Choir is busily rehearsing all six Bach Motets for its recitals in November at the German Church in East Melbourne. We offer you a glimpse behind the scenes courtesy of Elizabeth Anderson, the renowned harpsichordist, alto and choir manager.
Elizabeth, tell us a bit about your background. What brought you to music?
When I was two, my parents immigrated to Australia as “ten pound Poms”. I attended primary school in Launceston and for some reason a lot of the kids there went to Sunday school. I wanted to join in, so my parents took me to the Congregational Church in Launceston. I sang in the church choir from the age of six and started learning piano soon after that. My family wasn’t particularly musical but I always had a feeling for it. On the advice of my wonderful piano teacher, I moved to Melbourne for university and picked up harpsichord as a second instrument. I’ve never looked back.