For more than half a century, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been the unstinting voice of the Orchestra’s choral repertoire, at the same time developing a reputation – under Chorus Master Warren Trevelyan-Jones – as one of Australia’s premier symphony choruses.
The MSO Chorus is committed to developing and performing new Australian and international choral repertoire. Commissions include Brett Dean’s Katz und Spatz (commissioned with the Swedish Radio Choir), Ross Edwards’ Mountain Chant (commissioned with Cantillation), Paul Stanhope’s Exile Lamentations (commissioned with Sydney Chamber Choir and London’s Elysian Singers), and Gabriel Jackson’s To the Field of Stars (commissioned with the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Stockholm’s St Jacob’s Chamber Choir). The Chorus has also premiered works by many composers including James MacMillan, Arvo Pärt, Hans Werner Henze, Alfred Schnittke, Gavin Bryars, Valentyn Silvestrov, Arturs Maskats, Thierry Machuel and Pēteris Vasks, and others.
Recordings by the MSO Chorus for Chandos and ABC Classics have received critical acclaim. It has performed across Brazil and at the Cultura Inglese Festival in Sao Paolo, in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, with The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Barbra Streisand, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the AFL Grand Final, and the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival. The Chorus also performs each year as part of the official ANZAC Day commemorative ceremonies at the Shrine of Remembrance, continuing its strong association with the Victorian RSL.