The Australian Boys Choir.

The Australian Boys Choir is performing this weekend at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Earlier this year, the boys of the choir prepared their first performance of JS Bach’s motet, Jesu, meine Freude in just less than one month.

Artistic director Noel Ancell said their enthusiasm and determination to get this piece right took them to new heights.

“It stamped the live-broadcast performance with energy and excitement that thrilled their audience, both in the hall and by radio,” he said.

“A similar effect has been taking place as the boys, and the men of The Vocal Consort, work on the short Mass setting written by Mozart in Salzburg in 1773.

“This piece sparkles when performed by young singers.”

Mr Ancell said the singers are accompanied by David MacFarlane on Chamber Organ and Laura Vaughan on Violone, and all are looking forward to when they will be performing these pieces in the cities which inspired them – Leipzig and Salzburg – later this year.

“The Vocal Consort will present Tallis’ five-part a cappella setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, a piece all too rarely heard in this country,” he said.

Sacred Masterworks, The Australian Boys Choir and The Vocal Consort, Conducted by Noel Ancell OAM, Sunday, April 29, 2.30pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, 8 Myers Street.