20 YEARS OF MUSIC
From its formation in 1998, Concordis has grown into a group of more than 40 young men and women auditioned from all corners of Melbourne. With the guidance and support of Artistic Director Andrew Hunter and Assistant Artistic Director Nicholas Buc, the choir has since established itself as one of Australia’s finest and most accomplished choral ensembles.
Concordis has embraced a variety of musical styles, forming an eclectic and ever-expanding repertoire. With its deliberate emphasis on Australian choral music, Concordis is proud to regularly commission and premiere new works by Australian composers and to further its reputation in this field. Until 2014, the choir was particularly fortunate to have its own composer-in-residence, Nicholas Buc, and has premiered many works by this rising star in the Australian composition scene.
Particular highlights for Concordis over the years have included winning the State Final and taking second place in the National Final of the ABC Choir of the Year competition, making appearances on ABC TV’s Spicks & Specks and Sunday Arts, broadcasting numerous performances on ABC Classic and 3MBS FM, and recording two albums. In addition, Concordis has an outstanding performance record at choral festivals and competitions, and has won first place at the Australian National Eisteddfod Open-Age Choral Championships on multiple occasions.
Whether tertiary students or professionals from a wide variety of fields, Concordis’ singers are united by a passion for choral music and a dedication to achieving a high quality of sound. The choir aims to harness solo voices in the choral context while offering young adult singers the opportunity to further extend their vocal skills. Concordis is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in choral singing, with an emphasis on the high quality performance of accessible and enjoyable choral music.
Over the past few years, Concordis has taken advantage of several exciting opportunities to collaborate with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Together, Concordis and the MSO have performed Carmina Burana, the Dr Who Spectacular and Symphony of Legends at sold-out concerts. Most recently, the men of Concordis delighted fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise by singing the film score live with the MSO at Hamer Hall in a series of Pirates Live performances.