From across the continent we come together as The Song Company – to give voice to stories from far and wide – together we are Australia’s national vocal ensemble.
From a baby’s first cry, the human family sings – to celebrate, to mourn, to love, to communicate our deepest thoughts and feelings to each other – above self, beyond words. The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples have always used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from generation to generation. As vocal adventurers and cultural ambassadors our unique voices and personalities engage in the telling of new stories and the re-telling of ancient stories through vocalization as old as the human voice itself. Our repertoire spans more than a thousand years – from antique manuscripts to scores fresh from the printer today, and is breathtaking in its stylistic diversity and often virtuosic in its demands. We are ambassadors for Australian artistic vibrancy, championing new Australian music and collaborating across artistic genres and disciplines. We present original and authentic programs that open doors into lost or long-forgotten as well as completely new musical worlds. We are nurturing the next generation of vocal talent across Australia by providing unique opportunites and mentoring to early career artists.
Since the dawn of history, the human voice and the act of singing have been intrinsically linked with storytelling and the acquisition of culture. The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from generation to generation, and is proud to continue that tradition, in a unique way, sharing music from across western and non-western art traditions. From its beginnings in 1984 the ensemble’s schedule has grown to include a mix of national and international touring, a subscription series in cities across Australia, recording and broadcast projects, education activities, and special collaborative projects.
The Song Company’s repertoire covers vocal music from the 10th century to contemporary works, and is unique in its stylistic diversity. The Company remains at the forefront of contemporary vocal music through an extensive commissioning program and collaborations with artists and composers of the highest calibre from around the world. A longstanding commitment to education sees the ensemble perform regularly in schools throughout the country, including bringing music workshops to children in regional and remote areas.
From 2016 the ensemble has been led by the British composer, conductor, producer, and lecturer Antony Pitts, whose award-winning career has taken him from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace and New College, Oxford, via the BBC, the Royal Academy of Music, and performances in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie, to the forefront of the Australian music scene as Artistic Director of The Song Company.