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Sing Nowell! 2022 Concert Program

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

Tudor Choristers' beloved annual Christmas celebration this year features A CEREMONY OF CAROLS by Benjamin Britten, plus Christmas and other seasonal music. As always, the audience will be invited to join in the singing of traditional carols.

Program details are below on this webpage, or you can download the program via this link:

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Timpani: Declan Acton

Harp: Sarah Frances

Treble: Ben Fullarton

Conductor: Dr Kathleen McGuire, Music Director

Organ: Janette Patton

And introducing the first recipient of the David Carolane OAM Choralship:

Hannah Thiele



Wednesday 14 December, 7:30PM Basilica of Our Lady of Victories 548 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124

Friday 16 December, 7:30PM St George's Anglican Church 47-51 Warncliffe Rd, Ivanhoe East VIC 3079


Click here: words for Christmas carols - audience participation


A Ceremony of Carols opus 28 (1942) by Benjamin Britten (80th anniversary, composed on board a ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to the UK during World War II)

Soloists: Ben Fullarton (treble); Hannah Thiele (soprano). Harp: Sarah Frances.

1. Procession (Gregorian antiphon to the Magnificat at Second Vespers of Christmas)

2. Wolcum Yole! (Anon. 14th century)

3. There is no Rose (Anon. 14th century)

4a. That younge child (Anon. 14th century)

4b. Balulalow (James, John and Robert Wedderburn (1548), 1561

5. As dew in Aprille (Anon. c. 1400)

6. This little Babe (Robert Southwell, 1561?-1595)

7. Interlude

8. In freezing winter night (Robert Southwell, 1561?-1595)

9. Spring Carol (William Cornish, 14? - 1523)

10. Deo Gracias (Anon. 15th century)

11. Recession (Gregorian antiphon to the Magnificat at Second Vespers of Christmas)

Do you hear what I hear (1962) by Gloria Shayne and Noël Regny, arranged for men's voices by David Maddux (60th anniversary of the piece, originally composed in response to the Cuban missile crisis; Australian premiere of this arrangement)

Silent Night - Stille Nacht. Music by Franz Xaver Gruber. Words by Joseph Mohr. English

words adapted from the translation by John F. Young. Arranged by Kathleen McGuire (2022).

A tribute to the World War I Christmas truce of 1914. (Learn more HERE).

(audience words)

A Ukrainian Prayer by John Rutter (2022). Composed in response to the Russia-Ukraine, which commenced in 2014 and escalated on 24 February 2022.

Soloist: John Campbell (tenor)


O clap your hands (1662) by Orlando Gibbons (400th anniversary)

Hark! The herald angels sing Music by Felix Mendelssohn, adapted by W.H. Cummings (1831-1915). Descant and organ arranged by David Willcocks. Words by Charles Wesley et al.

In the bleak midwinter arranged by Gustav Holst

Deck the hall - Word by Thomas Oliphant (1862). Traditional 16th century Welsh melody (160th anniversary of the words)

Movement III: Vivace e ritmico from Gloria (1974) by John Rutter

O come, all ye faithful by John Francis Wade, arranged by David Willcox

A merry Christmas arranged by Arthur Warrell



The Tudor Choristers was founded in Melbourne in 1962 by David Carolane OAM and has been directed by Dr Kathleen McGuire since 2017. Specialising in unaccompanied music, The choir has performed for many of Australia's leading concert organisations, including the ABC, Musica Viva, the Victorian Arts Centre, and the Victorian Arts Council. In its 60-year history, the Tudor Choristers has been heard on radio broadcasts and appeared on national television and in feature film. Performances under such notable guest conductors as Sir David Willcocks and Philip Ledger, and tours of New Zealand and North America, have confirmed the Tudor Choristers' ranking as one of Australia's pre-eminent choral ensembles. ​ Recent achievements include winning the A Cappella Choirs section of the Boroondara Eisteddfod (2020), producing a Christmas CD: Sing Nowell! (2021) and several videos, launching regular livestream performances, and touring to New South Wales in 2022 in celebration of the choir's 60th (Diamond) anniversary.

Are you interested in joining the choir? Open rehearsals are usually held three or four times during the year, followed by auditions. Choristers aged 18 to 30 are eligible to apply for a Choralship. More information about becoming a Tudor Chorister is available here: Interested in joining the choir?

The Tudor Choristers Inc is an incorporated asssociation under the Victorian Associations Incorporations Act 1981 and is governed by a committee according to its Rules. The choir is also a member of the Australian National Choral Association.




Sarah Frances, Harpist

SARAH FRANCES is a passionate and accomplished harpist, having obtained a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne. She has performed as principal harpist in several orchestras, and toured internationally. She is also an enthusiastic educator, teaching privately and on staff at various primary and secondary schools.

Sarah also pushes the boundaries of harp playing with her creative arrangements and innovative use of sound and electronics, taking inspiration from a range of different styles of music including jazz, classical, contemporary, Celtic and pop-rock. Through all this, and by regularly sharing her music with the local community, she aims to make harp music more accessible to people of all different walks of life.

Ben Fullarton, Treble

BEN FULLARTON - Treble - started his singing career as a treble in the Wangaratta Cathedral Choir where he was a soloist and eager chorister. Upon returning to Melbourne in 2019, he joined the All Saint’s Anglican Church treble line. As a cherished chorister, he has been awarded the Len Eddy Scholarship and is a frequent soloist during services. He had his debut as a concert soloist performing with mezzo-soprano Alexandra Mathew in 2022. He also starred on stage in Roberts McCubbin Primary School’s 2022 production of ‘Moana’, singing as part of feature ensembles. He is delighted to sing with the Tudor Choristers, continuing a family tradition and association with the choir. Ben's grandmother is a current Tudor Chorister, his mother was formerly a Tudor Chorister, and Ben's father was a frequent organist for the choir in the 1990s and again in 2022 at the 60th anniversary performances, as well as serving as music director 2004 to 2006. With a very bright future ahead, Ben has been accepted into the Voices of Melbourne, commencing in 2023.

Hannah Thiele, Choralship Recipient

HANNAH THIELE - Inaugural awardee, David Carolane OAM Choralship - was born in Berlin, and moved to Australia at an early age. She began learning the piano at the age of 4, and added the cello soon after. She completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music while singing with the Choir of Christ Church Saint Laurence. She then found a home with the Rostock Motet Choir in Germany, with whom she went on to tour northern Germany and Denmark and perform with the King’s Singers. Hannah also enjoys performing with various ensembles on the cello.

Hannah is a qualified teacher, and has taught Music and Languages in various capacities since 2011. She has a passion for helping people and sharing her love of learning. In addition to English, Hannah speaks German and French, and she is working on her Mandarin skills. She loves bushwalking and enjoys going bouldering. She’d like to thank the Tudor Choristers for their warm welcome and is excited for the upcoming concert!

Janette Patton, Organist and Pianist

JANETTE PATTON is a pianist, organist and flutist. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music degree and works as a piano teacher and accompanist in several Melbourne schools. Her vast experience includes serving as the organist at Trinity Uniting Church and as guest artist (and occasional rehearsal conductor and accompanist) for the Tudor Choristers and Star Chorale. Janette accompanies students for University, VCE and AMEB examinations and is the regular accompanist of Victoria Chorale.

Dr Kathleen McGuire, Conductor

Dr KATHLEEN McGUIRE, Music Director of the Tudor Choristers, has conducted the choir since 2017. A non-indigenous Australian, born on the land of the Boon Warrung people of the Kulin Nation, Kathleen has enjoyed a stellar career of four decades in seven countries, conducting orchestras and choirs on international stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Sydney Opera House. She earned her doctorate in conducting at the University of Colorado, Boulder (USA), Master of Music with Distinction at University of Surrey (UK) as a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow, Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash University, Graduate Diploma in conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts and BMus in composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She studied conducting with Robert Rosen, Nicholas Braithwaite, Theodore Kuchar, Dr Joan Catoni Conlon, Dr Owen Rees, Nicholas Conran and Robert Spillman, and received mentoring from Simone Young AO, Marin Alsop, Christopher Martin, Sian Edwards and David Carolane OAM. Kathleen lived in the USA for eighteen years, including a decade as Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and eight years as the Principal Conductor of the Community Women's Orchestra. In San Francisco, “Kathleen McGuire Day” was designated on two occasions by mayors of San Francisco. She was named “Local Hero” by ABC-TV, and The American Prize awarded her work several times in the Professional Composer Division. Her compositions and arrangements are published by Wirripang, Shawnee Press and Hal Leonard Music. She is a Board Director of the international Women's Philharmonic Advocacy, a member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia (MAGA) and the Music Honors Society of Pi Kappa Lamba (US). Kathleen returned to Australia in 2013. In 2022 she was a guest conductor at the Festival of Voices (Tasmania); in 2023 she will be a guest conductor at the inaugural Flinders Fringe Festival and the Out and Loud and Proud Choral Festival at Sydney WorldPride. In additional to freelance conducting and composing, she is a full-time L