Past events

10 December 2016, 5pm–6.30pm
at St Paul's Cathedral, with the Melbourne Chamber Choir, Orchestra and solo voices, conducted by Dr Kram

Tickets: $40 (regular), $30 (concession), $10 (children under the age of 10)

Venue details

St Paul's Cathedral, Cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne


Melbourne Chamber Choir and Orchestra conducted by Dr David Kram
Solo voices:
Robert Macfarlane (tenor, Leipzig)
Lisa-Anne Robinson (soprano)
Selena Pettifer (alto)
Oliver Mann (bass)

The essential Christmas story sung in German by the Melbourne Chamber Choir, with orchestra and outstanding soloists, in the splendid St. Paul’s Cathedral. Now in its third year the Australian Bach Society once again partnering the choir, performing the popular Melbourne version of this favourite Christmas music – a version which keeps the traditional story centre stage, framed by every chorus, singalong chorales and the most popular arias.

Wish to listen in? Here is a youtube link to a brilliant performance from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (December 2009, approx 8 minutes, © ORF2)

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About the 'Weihnachtsoratorium' (Christmas Oratorio)

The ‘Weihnachtsoratorium’ (Christmas Oratorio) was written by J.S. Bach for the Christmas season of 1734/35 and performed at St. Nicholas in Leipzig. The next performance was not until 17 December 1857 in Berlin. Today it is one of the essentials on the Christmas Concert calendar in Germany. The oratorio is in six parts telling the Nativity story through texts of the apostles Matthew and Luke, as well as through traditional or newly written texts. Bach is credited with shaping the text and selecting the Biblical passage in such a way that the work unfolds logically. This gives the piece a musically dramatic and compelling text unity that ensures its timeless appeal.

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