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Melbourne Intervaristy Choir: Light the Dark

20 January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm AEDT

Tickets: $41.94 – $73.44

MIV 2018 is proud to present Light the Dark, a moving musical programme offering hope in a time of global turmoil and upheaval.

The concert features Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Parry’s I Was Glad and the jewel in the crown, Elgar’s Light of Life. Conducted by Patrick Burns, featuring renowned soloists Liane Keegan, Andrew Goodwin, Anna-Louise Cole, Raphael Wong and accompanied by the Melbourne Opera Orchestra, this concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime performance, and we hope that you will join us as we make history in the glorious Melbourne Town Hall.

The Choir

Choristers from university choirs across Australia and around the world will come together in January 2018 to rehearse intensively in preparation for what is set to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime performance event.

The Conductor

Patrick Burns was born in Sydney, Australia and studied French Horn and Conducting at the Melbourne and Queensland Conservatorium. In Australia, he is the chief conductor and music director of the Ipswich City Orchestra and XL Arts Inc. He is also the 2017/18 Hephzibah Tintner Fellow with the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Internationally he has made guest appearances with the National Theater of Serbia (Otello), State Opera of Bulgaria Ruse (Rigoletto, Nabucco, Turandot), and the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria. In 2017, he was the assistant conductor with British Youth Opera and conducted the covers performance with the Southbank Sinfonia. He won the Jury’s Prize at the 2015 Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Bulgaria and the Orchestra’s Prize in 2016 Black Sea Opera Conducting Competition in Romania.

The Soloists

Liane Keegan. Born in Australia, Liane received scholarships from the Opera Foundation Australia, Shell Royal Covent Garden Scholarship which enabled her to study at the National Opera Studio London. She attended the AIMS summer School in Graz Austria on the Opera Australia Foundation Scholarship and in 1997, she won a Bayreuth Bursary from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.

Since returning to Australia permanently in 2012, Liane has appeared with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, conducted by Andrew Wailes, appearing in The Music Makers and Sea Pictures by Elgar. Alto solo in Alexander Nevsky by Prokoviev and Erda in the RMP Wagner Spectacular. Alto soloist in Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Zelman Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Shiells. Liane appeared as Siegrune Die Walküre Act 3 in the reopening of Hamer Hall Gala Concert. Guest artist with Victorian Opera in the White Night’s Gala. Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Victorian Opera. Guest artist with Lodovico’s Band, singing Monteverdi arias and duets. Liane appears regularly as the alto soloist with Heidelburg Chorale in such works as The Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and, most recently, in Elijah.



Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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