WINDFIRE CHOIR GEELONG
Music at the Basilica formed an exciting choral group, the Windfire Choir, to present sacred choral music. The choir consists of experienced singers and vocal scholars from the City of Greater Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, Surfcoast Shire and Lara. We present two concerts a year, most often at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Geelong.
The choir gave its inaugural performance, conducted by Rick Prakhoff on Wednesday 27 March, 2013. The work we performed on that occasion was Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis (Way of the Cross). Other performances include Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and John Rutter’s Requiem.
RICK PRAKHOFF - Conductor
RICK PRAKHOFF is a freelance conductor with a repertoire of over 20 operas, operattas and musical theatre works and an extensive orchestral and choral repertoire. He has conducted major works, including Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir and the Geelong Chorale. Rick was appointed lecturer in conducting at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne where he also conducts the Faculty Choir comprising 160-240 students. He has conducted extensively with Melbourne Opera, was Chorus Master and back stage conductor for Opera Australia in Perth and has conducted Gertrude Opera (The Opera Studio Melbourne), Stopera (Canberra), the Street Theatre (Canberra) in conjunction with the Australian National University, and OperaLive (Melbourne). Rick is the founding Musical Director of the Melbourne Bach Choir. In 2014 he was appointed as sessional lecturer in conducting at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, lecturing to Honors and Masters students. He also conducts the Faculty Choir comprising over 200 students, and Windfire Choir in Geelong. He has recently been appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Zelman Symphony.
OUR NEXT CONCERT
Our first concert for 2021 will be on Friday 17 September, 7.30pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, Geelong. We will perform a sacred cantata, "The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Theodore Dubois. The soloists, choir and orchestra will be conducted by Joseph Hie.
Our second concert will be on Friday 17 December 2021, 7.30pm at Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, Geelong. On this occasion we will be joined by the Geelong Youth Choir, and tenor, Robert Macfarlane. This performance will be conducted by Rick Prakhoff.
Would you like to sing with Windfire?
The Windfire Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings for 8 weeks prior to each of our concerts. If you would like to sing with us, please contact Jane on 0447 238 432.
If you are a keen singer and aged between 16 and 27 you might consider applying for a Windfire Choral Scholarship