Under the artistic leadership of Jonathan Grieves-Smith, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus has built an international reputation for its high standards and bold artistic planning.
The Chorus sings with the finest conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, Mark Wigglesworth, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner, Stephen Layton, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Masaaki Suzuki and Manfred Honeck. Recent highlights include Britten’s War Requiem, Kancheli’s Styx, Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
The Chorus is committed to performing new Australian and international choral repertoire. Recent commissions include Gabriel Jackson’s To the Field of Stars (commissioned with the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Stockholm’s St Jacob’s Chamber Choir), Brett Dean’s Katz und Spatz (with the Swedish Radio Choir), Ross Edwards’ Mountain Chant (with Cantillation) and Paul Stanhope’s Exile Lamentations (with Sydney Chamber Choir and London’s Elysian Singers) as well as works by Calvin Bowman and Andrew Ford. The Chorus has also premiered works by MacMillan, Pärt, Henze, Schnittke, Bryars, Silvestrov, Maskats, Machuel, Vasks, and many more.
The Chorus has made critically acclaimed recordings for Chandos and ABC Classics, has toured Brazil, and has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and with Barbra Streisand. It has featured at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with Eddie Perfect and Tripod, the 2014 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Melbourne, the 2011 AFL Grand Final, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival.