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The Australian Chamber Choir performs works by eight Australian composers. Douglas Lawrence directs a program of pure gold.

Australian composer Gordon Kerry sets these lines, in which Shakespeare describes how the morning light performs a ‘heavenly alchemy’ on the landscape. In the sonnet, Shakespeare refers to the branch of metaphysics dealing with the transformation of base metals into gold.

Following Kerry’s work are compositions by seven other Australian composers, each of them conjuring their own alchemy. The voices of individual singers are like base metals, which, given the right circumstances, undergo a seemingly magical transformation into a choral sound of pure gold.


Australian Chamber Choir

The Australian Chamber Choir was founded by Douglas Lawrence in July 2007.

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. Alchemy Gordon Kerry
  2. Kondalilla Stephen Leek
  3. Power in Stillness Christine McCombe
  4. A Lexicon of Dreams Christine McCombe
  5. Fern Hill Luke Speedy-Hutton

  6. Part One
  7. Part Two
  8. Gagudju Man Tom Henry

  9. i. This Earth
  10. ii. Sacred
  11. iii. Return to Earth
  12. I Had a Dream Brenton Broadstock
  13. Unspoken Luke Speedy-Hutton
  14. Time Passages Alan Holley
  15. English Eccentrics Malcolm Williamson

  16. i. A Traveller
  17. ii. The Quacks



Gordon Kerry

Gordon Kerry's music ranges from the symphonic through chamber music to choral music and opera. He is frequently commissioned by Australian orchestras, chamber ensembles, festivals and soloists, as well as ensembles in the USA and Europe.

Christine McCombe

Christine McCombe initially studied composition in Australia before moving to the UK in 1997 to complete an MMus at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she studied with James MacMillan. Many of Christine's compositions have been performed by leading ensembles and soloists in both Australia and the Europe.

Tom Henry

Tom Henry is an Australian composer who has written works for solo piano, organ, voice, choir, chamber ensemble and orchestra. His works have been performed in Australia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Canada.

Brenton Broadstock

Brenton Broadstock is now one of Australia's most well established, respected and successful mid-generation composers.

Where to buy

Gold is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
June 2024
© 2024 Australian Chamber Choir
℗ 2024 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 660
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574066029