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Songs of Faith

NGV International
Great Hall
Ground Level

Free entry

Celebrate faith and diversity with a harmonic recital performed by community groups from across Melbourne under the stained glass ceiling of the iconic Great Hall.

Fri 22 Dec, 11am
Pasefika Vitoria Choir

Pasefika Vitoria Choir
In April 2016, Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia (PICAA) made a call-out for interested singers wanting to promote Pasefika music in Melbourne. The call was answered by 17 Pasefika singers, and thus Pasefika Vitoria Choir was born. The choir performs a mix of Pasefika songs and medleys that embody Samoan, Tongan, Rarotongan, Māori and Tokelauan languages—with many other Pasefika language songs to come in future performances.

Sat 23 Dec, 11am
South of the River, Melbourne Fo Guang Choir & Baha’i Choir: Perfect Chord

South of the River
South of the River is a Melbourne based community choir celebrating diversity and harmony through a shared passion for singing. Under the direction of Annemarie Sharry for 15 years, the choir explores the music and rhythms of Africa, traditional African American gospel and original Australian compositions. Since forming in 2002 the 25 voice a cappella ensemble has firmly established itself in the Melbourne Music scene, as regular festival performers and finalists in the 2006 ABC CLASSIC FM “Choir Of The Year” Awards.

Melbourne Fo Guang Choir
Melbourne Fo Guang Choir is a Buddhist music choir inspired by the vision of Venerable Master Hsing Yun to spread Buddhist music to every corner of the globe. Its members are drawn from Melbourne’s active Fo Guang Shan community, and their performances help the world better understand Buddhism and the Dharma.

Bahá’í Choir: Perfect Chord
“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”
This Bahá’í quote inspired Perfect Chord, the Melbourne Bahá’í choir, founded in 2013. Perfect Chord members love to spread harmony through singing.

Sat 17 Feb, 11am
David the Psalmist Greek Orthodox Choir, South of the River & Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir

David the Psalmist Greek Orthodox Choir
David the Psalmist Greek Orthodox Choir is the choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Second Archdiocesan District, Victoria and Tasmania. The Choir began as a social group of young chanters brought together by their shared love of Byzantine hymnology. However due to increasing interest and a developing commitment to Byzantine chant, its tradition, maintenance and promotion led the group to form a choir in 2003, with David the Psalmist as its patron. Since its inauguration, the choir has performed many times, both in Greek events and in broader community events in Melbourne Australia. The choir is made up of both students and experienced chanters and currently has upwards of 25 members.

South of the River
South of the River is a Melbourne based community choir celebrating diversity and harmony through a shared passion for singing. Under the direction of Annemarie Sharry for 15 years, the choir explores the music and rhythms of Africa, traditional African American gospel and original Australian compositions. Since forming in 2002 the 25 voice a cappella ensemble has firmly established itself in the Melbourne Music scene, as regular festival performers and finalists in the 2006 ABC CLASSIC FM “Choir Of  The Year” Awards.

Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir
The Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir is a choir with soul! They sing a wide range of gospel and soul music, from early spirituals like Steal Away, the golden era of the gospel quartets, and the soul gospel sounds of the 60s and 70s, to Aretha Franklin’s classic songs, Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, and contemporary gospel giants such as Kirk Franklin.

Sat 24 Feb, 11am
David the Psalmist Greek Orthodox Choir & Nasheed (chant) by Youth

David the Psalmist Greek Orthodox Choir
David the Psalmist Greek Orthodox Choir is the choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Second Archdiocesan District, Victoria and Tasmania. The Choir began as a social group of young chanters brought together by their shared love of Byzantine hymnology. However due to increasing interest and a developing commitment to Byzantine chant, its tradition, maintenance and promotion led the group to form a choir in 2003, with David the Psalmist as its patron. Since its inauguration, the choir has performed many times, both in Greek events and in broader community events in Melbourne. The choir is made up of both students and experienced chanters and currently has upwards of 25 members.

Nasheed (chant) by Youth
A group of Shia Muslim community’s Youth will recite Nasheed (chant). Nasheed are popular throughout the Islamic world and lyrics of a nasheed usually make reference to Islamic beliefs, history, and religion, as well as current events.

Supported by program patrons Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO.

Booking is not required.
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9am–5pm, daily