I remember my mother waking me and tugging me up off the floor to stand with 5600 other people at the Sydney Opera House. Bedtime had come and gone, but I shuffled to my feet. Wow! The sound of the choir and the orchestra struck me. “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” Messiah composer George Frideric Handel said of writing the “Hallelujah” chorus, “I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God himself.” But not everyone agreed. What happened after controversial and wealthy theologian Charles Jennens commissioned the story of Jesus in the new oratorio style?
Two Avondale academics, a lecturer and an alumna are finalists in an annual Gosford Regional Gallery exhibition offering $24,000 in prize money to winning artists.
Why The Promise artistic director feels new album is vocal ensemble’s best.
A first commissioning and six original compositions mark the musical maturity of an Avondale vocal ensemble as it celebrates the launch of a fifth album.
In listening to the latest release from Avondale College of Higher Education vocal ensemble The Promise, one feels granted an opening into the true heart of its mission: a pursuit of musical excellence and a deep commitment to share the message of Jesus.