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The Choir of Ormond College Melbourne

Directed by Douglas Lawrence who held the post at Ormond College, Melbourne, for over 20 years.

Founded in 1982 by choirmaster, Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College consisted of 22 auditioned members, drawn mostly from the student body of the college.

As well as this, the group had an important function in the religious life of the college, providing appropriate liturgical music for the services held in the chapel each week during term. In this context, the choir specialised in music composed during two great periods of English church music: the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.


Choir of Ormond College

Since its inception in 1982 under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College has become the first Australian choir to receive ongoing international recognition.

Douglas Lawrence

Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.

Track Listing

  1. Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Anonymous)
  2. Nolo Mortem Peccatoris Thomas Morley
  3. Exsultate Justi Ludovico Grossi da Viadana
  4. Deliver us, O Lord our God Adrian Batten
  5. O Sing joyfully Adrian Batten
  6. Magnificat William Byrd
  7. Nunc Dimittis William Byrd
  8. Adam Lay Ybounden Boris Ord
  9. Let all mortal flesh keep silence Edward Bairstow
  10. A Hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten
  11. Let all mortal flesh keep silence Gustav Holst
  12. Lord, Thou has been our Refuge Ralph Vaughan Williams



Edward Bairstow

A British composer and organist, Bairstow was appointed Organist of York Minster in 1913, a post he held until his death in 1946.

Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. Britten's operas are firmly established in the international repertoire. He has more operas played worldwide than any other composer born in the 20th century.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name of Welsh origin), was vicar.

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Product details

List price
$20.00 AUD
Release date
© 1983 Move Records
℗ 1983 Move Records
Choral, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3054
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574305425