The Astra Choir Between Mall & Chapel

a whitsunday moveable feast

Sunday 19 May, 4:30 pm

Metro West Mall, 47 Paisley Street & Baptist Church, 60 Paisley Street Footscray


$35, concession $20

Concert Support: 

A mobile concert in two locations

Beginning: 4.30 – 5.30 pm
Metro West Mall, 47 Paisley Street Footscray (corner of Albert Street)

Continuing: 5.45 – 6.30 pm
Baptist Church, 60 Paisley Street Footscray 
Presented as part of Sleepless Festival 2024

The Astra Choir and soloists conducted by John McCaughey
Yo-yo Su,
baritone saxophone
Linda Kent, Kim Bastin,

The Astra Choir joins the Sleepless Footscray Festival with a concert in motion on Sunday 19 May. This date is known as Pentecost or Whitsunday, the 50th day after Easter. It marks a legendary event when people from different parts of the earth broke into many tongues, yet understood each other. The Astra Choir is also multi-lingual in this mobile concert, travelling between secular and sacred domains. The music spans nine centuries, from the mediaeval celebrity Hildegard of Bingen to new works from composers in Footscray, Geelong, and Parkville..

Starting in Footscray's spectacular and deserted mall of Metro West, mediaeval pilgrim songs mix with chants, meditations and modern choruses through the afternoon. For the second half, the concert moves down Paisley Street to the Baptist Church, where music combines the choir with pipe organ and electronics. 

 Composers in the Mall:
Hildegard, anonymous PiIgrim Songs from 14th-century Spain, Josquin des Prez, Friedrich Delius, Edward Elgar, Pauline Oliveros, Riccardo Vaglini, Gianandrea Pauletta, 
and world premiere by Allan Walker.

Composers in the Baptist Church:
Giovanni Gabrieli, Johannes Brahms, Elliott Carter,
and world premieres by Kym Alexandra Dillon and Troy Rainbow