About Musica Antiqua Collegii

Musica Antiqua Collegii (Inc.), - MAC as it is affectionately known - is an unauditioned community choir of between 45 and 55 choristers of all ages.

The choir prepares four programes a year, two of which are major choral works with guest soloists and The Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra led by Spiros Rantos.

Please come along on a Wednesday evening to the Chermside/Kedron Uniting Church, Chermside (corner of Gympie and RodeRoads) at 7.30 pm, or contact Michael or Wendy for further information (see Contact page).

History
The choir had its origin in the Early Music programme which existed on Kedron Campus of B.C. A.E. in the early eighties. Students in music courses were asked to be involved in banquets of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth etc.   The music was Renaissance, instrumental and madrigals.

The madrigal group grew in size when new courses were introduced. Music majors were required to sing major choral works as part of an assessment programme. Some of these works were Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Carmina Burana.

When Spencer Faulkner, the musical director until last year, retired, many choristers joined MAC. Since then, the choir has performed the Bach Magnificat, the Arvo Part Berlin Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, the masses of Franz Joseph Haydn, masses of Mozart including the Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C, the Gounod Saint Cecilia Mass, the Requiems of Faure, Durufie, John Rutter, Charpentier Midnight Mass, the Vespers of Mozart, the Dixit Dominus of Handel and the exciting Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, performed three times in the Church of the Little Flower, Kedron.

Lighter music performed includes Trial by Jury and Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan., Sacred music, secular music, folk songs, popular show music is also in the repertoire.

Venues in which the choir has performed include The City Hall, where the Australian Premiere of John Rutter's Magnificat was successfully held; St John's Cathedral, St. Stephen's Cathedral, St. Patricks in the Valley, Albert Street Uniting Church, St. Gerard Majella ,West Chermside, Church of the Little Flower, Kedron, Deagon Uniting Church, and St. Laurence's Caboolture.

The choir has also raised money for various charities.

New conductor, Anton Kalisch-Smith, was appointed in 2016.