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Music From Heaven

The Choir of Ormond College directed by Douglas Lawrence. This highly acclaimed CD features superb pieces by Gregorio Allegri, Byrd, Poulenc, Britten, Barber and J.S. Bach.

1997 Soundscapes' Awards – Australian Vocal category finalist. This release features 'Miserere' by Gregorio Allegri, three pieces by William Byrd, four motets for Christmas by Poulenc, Britten's 'Hymn to St. Cecilia', an arrangement of Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' and three settings by J.S. Bach.


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.

Press quotes

“it certainly confirms claims that Melbourne's Choir of Ormond College is on of the best in this country and a serious candidate for international recognition. Bach, Byrd, Poulenc and Britten would no doubt agree. Superb.”

— Lesly Sly, Panorama

“The singing is excellent ... as we have come to expect.”

ABC 24 Hours

“youthful vigor ... freshness of tone and a determination to overcome the technical difficulties an adventurous repertory presents.”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“Something, I would think, to please everyone”

— Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher Magazine

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. Miserere Gregorio Allegri
  2. Sing Joyfully unto God William Byrd
  3. Beata viscera William Byrd
  4. Hæc dies William Byrd
  5. O magnum mysterium Francis Poulenc
  6. Quem vidistis pastores Francis Poulenc
  7. Videntes stellam Francis Poulenc
  8. Hodie Christus natus est Francis Poulenc
  9. Hymn to Saint Cecilia Benjamin Britten
  10. Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings) Samuel Barber
  11. Singet dem Herren ein neues Lied Johann Sebastian Bach
  12. Chorale: Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet Johann Sebastian Bach
  13. Lobet den Herrn in seinen Thaten Johann Sebastian Bach



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.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Where to buy

Music From Heaven is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Music From Heaven 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
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Vaughan McAlley
Vaughan McAlley
Basilica of Valère (tracks 1—4)
Release date
© 1996 Move Records
℗ 1996 Move Records
Choral, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3181
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574318128