70th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival, Adelaide 2019


Choristers from all over Australia are taking part on stage and in other festival events.


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About Adelaide IV

Adelaide IV 2019

2019 sees the 70th IV, hosted in Adelaide by Adelaide University Choral Society (AUCS). Choristers from all over Adelaide and wider Australia will be in Adelaide for the 70th anniversary festival, a brilliant opportunity for amateurs and professionals. Daily routine includes a mixture of rehearsals and sectionals as well as social activities culminating with a grand concert for the Adelaide audience.

AIVCF Adelaide acknowledges that Adelaide IV is being held on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people; we pay respect to the elders of the community and extend our recognition to their descendants.


Intervarsity choral festivals (IVs) have been an annual event since 1950 when the Melbourne University Choral Society travelled to Sydney to present a combined concert with the Sydney University Musical Society. IVs quickly expanded to include other university choirs and are now hosted in many cities across Australia with participation drawing from the wider choral community in Australia and occasionally overseas.

Recent IVs and previous Adelaide IVs

The 2018 festival, held in Melbourne, presented ‘Light the dark’, conducted by Patrick Burns, a programme including Toward the unknown region (Vaughan Williams), Alto rhapsody (Brahms), I was glad (Parry) and Light of life (Elgar). This was in association with Melbourne Opera and supported by the Elgar Society.

Christie Anderson conducted the 2013 festival concert in Adelaide, featuring Rachmaninoff’s All-night vigil and other works by contemporary Australian and international composers exploring the theme of light: ‘Morning fanfare’ from The true samaritan (Butterley), Lux aurumque (Whitacre), We beheld once again the stars (Stroope), O nata lux (Lauridsen).

Adelaide IV in 2006 held two concerts with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. The first conducted by Timothy Sexton: Missa criolla (Ramírez), Missa luba (Haazen) and African sanctus (Fanshawe). The second conducted by Graham Abbott: Israel in Egypt (Handel).