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Christmas 2011 Concert

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Rachelle Elliot wrote “This is the final concert in our 2011 Sesquicentenary Concert Series.  For the Hunters Hill community, 2011 has been a year of celebrations, reflections and the creation of history for a future generation.  Activities have showcased the beauty of the landscape and buildings, the heritage of the area and the talents of past and present citizens.  Joubert Singers have attempted to contribute to the festivities by sharing our love for choral music and expressing the feelings about the community in which we perform.”
 
“Our Christmas Concert, ‘Mary, a reflection’ presents a very small glimpse into the wealth of music that honours the Virgin Mary, a focus of the Marist Order.  We have had long ties with the Villa Maria Parish in Hunters Hill and St Joseph’s College and more recently Marists Sisters College Woolwich.”
St Joseph's College
The French Marist Order has a fascinating history in Hunters Hill and the early Fathers made an enormous contribution to the development of the municipality in tandem with the Joubert brothers. … the Marist Brothers joined the Fathers in the 1870’s and established St Joseph’s College, today a magnificent example of sandstone architecture in the suburb.”

“It is a joy to present this concert at Villa Maria Church” (on Tuesday 13 December 2011) “and also St Peter Chanel Church” (on Sunday 18 December 2011) “where a new organ was installed in November this year.  We thought it fitting to showcase the new organ with ‘the Great Organ Mass’ and the extraordinary talents of Peter Ellis.”

Both events were well supported by our loyal followers, although there was a bigger audience on the Sunday – maybe the wine and cheese enticed them.
Lyn BakerLizi McGeorge Rachelle Worried

The program was introduced by Lyn Baker and Lizi McGeorge gave some background to the first number, ‘Where the Waters Meet’, by Lizi McGeorge and Matthew Orlovich.

Then followed three of the ‘Quatre Motets sure des themes grégoriens’ by Maurice Duruflé.
Choir
The first was ‘Ubi Caritas et amor’, setting a mood of serene contemplation that the next three motets built upon.  ‘Tota pulchra es’ is a work for five female parts and needed some quick rearrangement on the Sunday when seven members were unable to attend.
Mezzo Soprano Celeste Haworth, resplendent in a beautiful red gown, presented a her rendition of ‘Ave Maria’.
Audience sing-along
The choir then wandered out and stood amongst the audience and together sang the Christmas favourites ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. ‘It came upon a midnight clear’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Joy to the World’.  Everyone sang with great gusto and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Men sing in corner

The men then hid themselves away from the audience and, led by Ralph Fitzgerald, sang ‘Salve Regina’, a Gregorian Chant from around the 11th century and popular amongst the Marist Fathers in Hunters Hill.  This was the last of the motets.

Last, but not least, was Franz Jose Haydn’s ‘the Great Organ Mass’.  Peter Ellis really gave the new organ at St Peter Chanel a workout and the violinists, led by Emlyn Lewis Jones, added great atmosphere to this marvellous work.  The solo parts were sung beautifully by Emilie Lemasson (soprano), Celeste Haworth (mezzo soprano), Daniel Tambasco (tenor) and Javier Vilarino (baritone).
Full Choir
Altos Tenors
Violinists Organist

Pictures by Kent R Fry, text edited by Kent R Fry