About Intervarsity Choral Festivals

IV - A History

Intervarsity Choral Festivals have been taking place in Australian capital cities since 1950, inviting singers from university choirs around the country to come together for. These festivals include at least a week of intensive rehearsals, plenty of time for socialising, and a grand concert to show off all the hard work done in rehearsals. The most recent previous Melbourne IV was held in July of 2012 where nearly 200 singers joined by the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, performed the massive Berlioz Requiem to a huge audience at Melbourne's Town Hall.

In 2018 it’s Melbourne’s turn to host once again, and MIV has decided to change things up a bit. This year will see an open invitation to community choir members from around Victoria to join us on stage for this extraordinary musical event, to be bigger and better than ever.

MIV 2012 concert at Melbourne Town Hall

More than just the music

While music and performance is a big focus of IV, it’s certainly not everything! The festival schedule includes a variety of social events, with the jewel in the crown being a formal dinner held at Melbourne’s gorgeous Sea Life Aquarium. The festival provides participants with a valuable opportunity to network with singers from around the state and across the country, form new friendships and maybe even find a second (or third!) choir to sing with.

An amazing once-in-a-lifetime concert!

The MIV concert will take place in Melbourne Town Hall, and will feature the stunning Grand Organ. Supported by the Melbourne Opera orchestra, and featuring soloists Liane Keegan and Anna Louise Cole, this is a musical event not to miss!

The concert includes Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Parry’s I Was Glad and the jewel in the crown, Elgar’s Light of Life. This concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime sing, and we hope that you’ll join us for what is set to be an incredible concert.

Amazing fun for all

IV festivals are a place for choristers from all walks of life to form lifelong friendships with likeminded people from all over Australia and around the world. We’re proud of the sense of community and belonging we foster at our festivals and in our host choirs. There’s nothing that feels quite as good as standing on stage with a hundred other singers, performing music that many people never get the chance to sing. We’re incredibly excited for what MIV has to offer, and we hope that you’ll join us for what looks to be an incredibly exciting 10 days!