"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."

"Far greater emotional impact came from the premiere of Christopher Bowen's "Liberdade" Requiem, commemorating the 1999 East Timor elections in a work of tension, almost relentless punch, tonal in idiom but rhythmically unpredictable and imaginatively scored. This is a Requiem to make you sit up and take notice".