An up-to-the-moment a cappella conversation without words

A tapestry of nineteen compact commissions from Australian composers playlisted against fragmented miniatures from each of the last 12 centuries.

In a bold attempt to paint the state of the current Australian compositional landscape, nineteen composers have been asked to fill a segment of time with sounds that draw on the rich heritage of The Song Company’s first 35 years and look forward to the countless possibilities of the human voice – using the 163 symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet and beyond. These nineteen commissions are set against fragments of art music from the last thousand years, and together form a dialogue about the nature of vocal music and the deepest form of musical expression.

New works by Alice Chance, Aristea Mellos, Bernie Van Tiel & Rex Le, Chris Williams, Colin Black, Dan Walker, Elizabeth Sheppard, Felicity Wilcox, Gordon Hamilton, Josephine Gibson, Lyle Chan, Matthew Hindson, Naomi Crellin, Natalie Maschmeyer, Owen Elsley, Sally Whitwell, Sarah Elise Thompson, Sonya Holowell, and Stephen Adams. Western music from the last 12 centuries is represented by Kassiani, Anonymous, Guido d'Arezzo, Hildegard of Bingen, Adam de la Halle, Guillaume de Machaut, John Dunstaple, William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, and Igor Stravinsky.

Tue 22 Oct 7.30pm | Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
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Thu 24 Oct 2pm | Berry School of Arts
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Fri 25 Oct 7.30pm | Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra
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Sat 26 Oct 3pm | Wollongong Art Gallery
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Thu 31 Oct 7.30pm | Ballarat Art Gallery
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Fri 1 Nov 7pm | Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon
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Thu 7 Nov 7pm | Newcastle Conservatorium
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Sat 9 Nov 3pm | The Independent Theatre, North Sydney
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Anna Sandström | Amy Moore | Stephanie Dillon | Jessica O'Donoghue
Dan Walker | Koen van Stade | Hayden Barrington | Thomas Flint
Antony Pitts


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