ARMS OF LOVE

MAINSTAGE: Buxtehude’s monumental meditation on suffering and the human body set with contemporary Indigenous dance, and a major new Australian work from Chris Williams. The Song Company and choreographer-dancer Thomas E.S. Kelly – from contemporary Indigenous dance company Karul Projects – reunite in a pageant of light and movement to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude and I pray the sea by Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. Williams’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography by Thomas E.S. Kelly, against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.

INTO THE HEART – our 2021 Season

As the times become more uncertain, Australia's national vocal ensemble sings with more certainty than ever – from and into the heart! With COVID continuing to have an impact on our lives in different ways, but particularly affecting gathering together in one place, and moving inter-state, we have created a 2021 season that is as nimble and transformative in a positive way as the virus is negatively.

BURDEN OF TRUTH

MAINSTAGE & IN CAMERA: Transience and homelessness in the world première of a new 32-part setting of Gavin Bryars' classic Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet and a remake of a legendary canon from the Eton Choirbook. MAINSTAGE TOUR

SONGS FROM THE HEART

MAINSTAGE: Songs from the heart created by Indigenous composers Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell for The Song Company In 2021 our season culminates in October/November with a special MAINSTAGE project for seven singers working together with Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell, Indigenous composers who are both also singers. The program is directly inspired by the principles underlying the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Hayden Barrington
Baritone
Antony Pitts
Artistic Director
Janine Harris
Mezzo-soprano
Pedro
Ethan Taylor
Tenor
Koen van Stade
Tenor
Roberta Diamond
Soprano
Francis Greep
Associate Artistic Director & General Manager