The 16th Annual
|From 06 - 21 November 2004|
Glebe Music Festival
In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc
NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR ONE OF SYDNEY'S LEADING CHAMBER CHOIRS
Marcus Hodgson's musical foundations were built on the grand English traditions of church and varsity choral repertoire. He sang in choirs as a boy treble and later read Music at the University of North Wales, Bangor under William Matthias. Basing himself in London for a career in Arts Administration he soon become involved in the London choral scene, performing with the Thames Singers, the Abbeyville Singers and the church choirs of St John the Divine, Kennington and St Peter's Kensington.
Since his arrival in Australia in 1991 he has sung with the Choir of
Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney Philharmonia Motet choir, Sydney Chamber
Choir, and Coro Innominata. His arts management career has included working
for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera Australia and Musica Viva, bringing
great discipline to the ongoing administration of Coro Innominata. This
rich tapestry of his own musical development and experience will be a
great asset to the choir's preparation for their final 2005 performance
and its future seasons.
Whilst Marcus Hodgson has appeared as guest conductor with the choir on several occasions, Coro Innominata will formally perform under their new Musical Director on Sunday 4 December at 3pm at St Scholastica's Chapel at Glebe. In keeping with the choir's 2005 theme, which has explored the traditions of English music, the December 4 concert will explore some of the great masters of 20th century English vocal composition, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells and Gustav Holst.
Coro Innominata has been part of the Sydney classical music scene since 1992. The choir, whose ironic title translates as "choir without a name", was initially drawn from like-minded choristers from various Sydney-based singing groups who were looking for greater focus on the music which most appealed to them, that is, the chamber choir repertoire, particularly that drawn from the renaissance and baroque periods.