North Shore Times

"An odd program coupling, but an unfailingly interesting and rewarding one, came with a well attended concert by the Sydney University Graduate Choir of 70 voices and its orchestra under the keen and musically decisive conducting of Christopher Bowen in the university's Great Hall."

North Shore Times

Sydney Morning Herald

"My own 33rd complete Messiah came from the 84 singers and orchestra of the Sydney University Graduate Choir conducted by Christopher Bowen. It was a deeply probing reading which had the inestimable asset of a fine soloist team in soprano, Leslie Martin, mezzo-sopranos, Catherine Hassard and Nicole Smeulders, tenor Robert Boyd, baritone Tim Collins and treble David Thomson. The audience was large and the continually riveting performance diverted attention from the stuffiness of the Great Hall."

Sydney Morning Herald

Fred Blanks

"Trilogy a triumph in risk taking."

Fred Blanks

North Shore Times

"Last week the Sydney University Graduate Choir of some 85 voices performed a concert version of Catulli Carmina, the Songs of Catullus. The musical content, not without rhythmic and oratorical complexities, was handled remarkably well under the vividly detailed conductorship of Christopher Bowen. The various choral sections had been well rehearsed. Before this Orff offering came the popular Misa Criolla by Argentinean composer Ariel Ramirez. It all added up to an unusually enterprising concert which attracted a large audience."

North Shore Times

"We felt very priviledged to be involved in the first ever hearing of "Songs of the Heart". The spell-binding orchestration was almost overwhelming in its power and its plumbing of the heights and depths of emotion. A truly memorable day"

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Sing On Review

"This positive response was evident throughout the evening as the audience enjoyed a rich musical program. The SUGC Chamber Choir delivered a haunting calmness in an earlier work of Christopher's, Sweet Silence After Bells and the orchestra moved through an exquisitely luscious performance of Danses Sacrée at Profane and Prélude à l'Aprè Midi d'un Faune by Debussy. In the second half of the program the choir perfromed a stirring rendition of Stanford's seafaring choral work Songs of the Fleet. A rousing Jerusalem was the finale and prompted calls for an encore, in which the audience enthusiastically joined in.

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"We felt very privileged to have been involved in the first ever hearing of "Songs of the Heart". The spell-binding orchestration was almost overwhelming in its power and its plumbing of the heights and depths of emotion. A truly memorable day"

The positive response  was evident throughout the evening as the audience enjoyed a rich musical program. The SUGC Chamber Choir delivered a haunting calmness in an earlier work ofChristopher Bowen's, "Sweet Silence After Bells", and the orchestra moved through an exquisitely luscious performance of "Danses Sacrèe et Profane" and  "Prelude à l"Apr
ès Midi d'un Faune" by Debussy.