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Motets In The Gaol


Sat 24 Oct 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $40.00
  • Cell Experience (no seat, no vision of performance - aural only): $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

After three hugely-successful concerts, Polyphonic Voices closes its 2015 Poles Apart season in style with Motets in the Gaol. This year has seen the group celebrate works of the antipodes, Scandinavia, and the great American Songbook. It seems fitting that they should finish off the season back in the choral singer’s home – that is, the sacred motet.

Polyphonic Voices will be performing this stunning program only once in Melbourne.

The Melbourne concert takes place within the aged, blue-stone walls of the Old Melbourne Gaol. This sombre interior, which used to hold Australia’s most notable criminals, provides a chilling and resonant chamber for the singers to perform such works as Allegri’s anguished Miserere, and Whitacre’s sublime Sainte Chapelle.

The concert has a limited number of seated tickets due to the size of the venue’s interior. However, the group is also releasing tickets for the ‘Cell Experience’ – literally a spot in one of the old cells. It’s bring-your-own cushion and there’s no view of the choir, but it’s perfect for a group of students or just anyone wanting something different!

Notably, the program features two of Bach’s six great motets – Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (BWV 226) and Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied (BWV 225). Polyphonic Voices artistic director, Michael Fulcher, will accompany the choir on chamber organ.

Polyphonic Voices is one of Australia’s leading chamber choirs. They formed in December 2013 under the artistic direction of Michael Fulcher and are based in Melbourne. Their vision is to create vibrant and engaging concerts of the finest choral repertoire, performed to the highest standard.