From across the continent we come together as The Song Company – to give voice to stories from far and wide – Principal, Associate, Ensemble, Emeriti, and Guest Artists, together we are Australia’s national vocal ensemble.

PRINCIPAL ARTISTS

Internationally-recognized ensemble artists, established soloists, and/or musical leaders in their own right, The Song Company’s Principal Artists represent the finest singers from across Australia and are ambassadors for the Company’s cultural imperative as the country’s leading vocal ensemble. Principal Artists usually feature in two or more projects in each season, often including a Close-Up recital, and have all featured in the Company’s rich history of national and regional touring.

AMY
MOORE

SOPRANO

Amy Moore moved to Australia from the UK in 2015. An accomplished soloist and ensemble singer, Amy has performed as a soloist with many prominent orchestras, including the Gabrieli Consort, OAE and Hanover Band. With EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble Amy premiered countless new works and appeared with many leading contemporary orchestras. Amy worked with virtually all the leading UK ensembles, including Tenebrae, Gallicantus, Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, Early Opera Company, BBC Singers, The Tallis Scholars, Polyphony, and The English Concert, and was also a member of Norway’s Edvard Grieg Kor. In Australia Amy has performed solo concerts with MSO, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia, St James King Street, Victoria Chorale Melbourne, Trinity College Melbourne, Australian Bach Society, and Willoughby Symphony. Amy recently performed in the Canberra International Music Festival, receiving warm reviews for her performances in Bach’s St John Passion and Andrew Schultz’s chamber opera, The Children’s Bach.

CHANT D’AMOUR ET DE MORT 2020
ARMS OF LOVE 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
BYRD-ROUND-TABLE 2018
LULLY LULLA 2017
MONTEVERDI: VESPERS (1610) 2017
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016

ROBERTA
DIAMOND

SOPRANO

Roberta Diamond, currently studying at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis in Switzerland with Gerd Türk, specialises in the interpretation of medieval, renaissance and baroque music. She has appeared at festivals such as Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik, Laus Polyphoniae Antwerpen, the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, the Goan Festival of Sacred Music in India and the International Festival of Baroque Music in Bolivia, and performed with ensembles including Pinchgut Opera, La Cetra Barockorchester, Voces8, i Profeti della Quinta and the Academy of Ancient Music Roberta also sings regularly with Emma Kirkby’s ensemble for lutes and voices, Dowland Works, and is a founding member of the renaissance mixed consort, Lux Musicae London. She enjoys collaborating with folk musicians from all over the world in cross-cultural projects and especially enjoys singing in Arabic and Spanish, which she studied at university. Roberta first sang on stage with The Song Companyin True-Love-Story in 2018.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
ESPERAR, SENTIR, MORIR 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019
TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018

JESSICA
O'DONOGHUE

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Jessica O'Donoghue is a graduate of The University of Sydney and the Victorian College of the Arts. She was a Young Artist with Opera Queensland where she performed extensively for numerous operas, concerts, and national tours. During this time Jessica also spent four months as a guest Young Artist at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden where she worked with some of the world’s best singers and conductors. Jessica regularly appears at special events, concerts and festivals including guest performances at Carols in the Domain, singing the UK National Anthem at the SCG for the Ashes Cricket Series, and featuring at Sydney’s VIVID Festival with the well known pop group CODA. She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with several festival shows including the new music/dance show AM I, with sell out seasons at the Sydney Festival before featuring in Brisbane, Adelaide Arts Festival, the Malthouse in Melbourne and festivals throughout Europe and Asia. Jessica appears regularly with Sydney Chamber Opera and has also written and recorded her debut solo EP which was released in June 2017.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
LA PASSION DE SIMONE 2019
FORWARD & BACH 2017
STICKS & STONES 2017

MAX
RIEBL

COUNTERTENOR

Max has performed around the world with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Vienna Kammerorchester, the London Handel Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Orchestra Victoria. He has sung in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Recital Centre, and Forum, the Opera Theatre of Basel, Sydney’s Recital Centre, the Vienna Musikverein, Kammeroper, and Konzerthaus, and London’s Royal Albert Hall. He studied classical voice in Vienna and baroque performance at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. In competition, he has received top places in the Herald Sun Aria, IFAC Australian Singing Competition, the London Handel Competition and Chicago’s Classical Singer Competition. He has also made appearances at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Melbourne’s Cabaret Festival and Chapel Off Chapel’s Summer Sessions series. His first appearance with The Song Company was in 2019 as Professor Karl Rime in Mind Over Matter.

BACH TO THE FUTURE 2020
BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
MIND OVER MATTER 2019

DAN
WALKER

TENOR

Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. His music is performed worldwide and includes commissions for Gondwana Voices, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Voyces Youth Choir, the Birralee Blokes, the Nittany Valley Children’s Choir of Pennsylvania, and Halcyon. Recently, his large work, Mass of Deliverance was a finalist of the 2015 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards. Dan is an also active arranger and regularly produces work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and record label ABC Classics. His work for television includes the iconic 2009 I Still Call Australia Home advertising campaign for Qantas. Dan now resides in Canberra where he directs several ensembles. He also performs with Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera, The Consort of Melbourne and is an Principat Artist with The Song Company.

BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018

KOEN
VAN STADE

TENOR

A graduate of both the Amsterdam Conservatorium and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Koen van Stade is a performing scholar with an international career who majored in Voice, Organ and Conducting. Koen is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Neal Peres da Costa, focussing on the vocal performance practice of the 19th-century. This year he received the Peter Davidson Scholarship for outstanding research. Koen had his initial training as a boy soprano in the St Laurence Cathedral Choir in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. He went on to study Singing with Peter Kooij and Max van Egmond; Church Organ with Jos van der Kooy; Conducting with Harold Lenselink and Church Music at both Amsterdam Conservatorium and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. After graduating, Koen continued his vocal studies with Paul Hameleers. He specialised in Gregorian Chant at the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam focussing extensively on the Hartker Manuscript with Prof. Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo who fostered his interest in the Phenomenology of music. During his studies, Koen had already begun working as an ensemble member of the most prestigious Early Music groups in Europe, including Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe) and The Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopman). He sang more than 2,000 concerts in major international cities on every continent with these ensembles, and recorded over 70 CDs and hundreds of radio and television broadcasts. Several of these CDs were awarded international prizes including the Diapason d'Or, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Choc de la Musique. For many years he was a member of the specialised vocal chamber ensemble The Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam (Harry van der Kamp). With this ensemble he participated in the premiere recording of the complete works of Dutch composer Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck. This project resulted in a 20 CD collection which received an Edison Award from the Queen of the Netherlands. After relocating to Australia in 2009, he worked as an Academic Tutor at St John’s College, University of Sydney, a Vocal Tutor at the King’s School and at Sydney Grammar School and as Principal Lay Clerk and the Director of the Cathedral Scholars at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. He is currently working as a casual Lecturer at the Historical Performance Faculty of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Koen van Stade has appeared as soloist with the Australian Piano Duo, and as conductor, soloist and ensemble member of Sydney’s leading groups including the Bach Akademie Australia, The Song Company, and Pinchgut Opera.

BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
DICHTERLIEBE REIMAGINED 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
POWER CHORDS ATTACHED 2019

THOMAS
FLINT

BASS

Thomas Flint moved from his native Adelaide to the UK in 2011 and has been fortunate to sing with some of the UK and Australia’s very best early music specialist orchestras. Recent solo highlights including collaborations with Van Diemen’s Band, The English Concert, Ex Cathedra Choir and Orchestra, and London Mozart Players. A passionate ensemble singer, Tom has appeared regularly with The Tallis Scholars, Alamire, Tenebrae, Vox Luminis (Belgium), La Nuova Musica, Contrapunctus, and Bach Akademie Australia, among others. From 2013 to 2018, Tom amassed 163 concerts in 13 countries as a member of the 12-voice unconducted early music vocal ensemble, Stile Antico, recording exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. Accolades for the group include three GRAMMY Award nominations, and a live performance at the GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden, NYC, in early 2018. In late 2018, Tom returned to Australia with his wife and two young sons to live in Hobart.

ARMS OF LOVE 2020
BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019

ENSEMBLE ARTISTS

Younger and/or emerging singers, The Song Company’s new Ensemble Artists work regularly with the Company over a defined timeframe, singing in multiple programs across the season and take part in a mentored development program with the Company’s Associate Artistic Director, Francis Greep. Ensemble Artists have been identified through the Company’s ongoing push to enable young professional vocal musicians to experience performing and national touring at the highest level; as well as taking part in mainstage tours, the Ensemble Artists feature exclusively in unique touring programs each year.

JANINE
HARRIS

ALTO

Janine Harris has been an avid lover and singer of choral music since the age of 8. She presently divides her time between Sydney and London, where as a freelance mezzo soprano she has sung regularly with numerous choirs including St Margaret’s Westminster and Marylebone Parish Church. In Australia she has performed as a soloist with the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence and the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble. Janine has also performed with the Australian Brandenburg Choir, the choirs of St James’ King Street, and St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Cathedrals in Sydney, and in 2009 was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Melbourne. Janine initially studied viola, then pursued a career in arts management, working in administration for the Sydney Symphony and the Australian World Orchestra, but returned to singing full time and graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in June 2016. In her spare time she is the CEO and founder of goodevening.com.au – a classical concert listings website. Janine first sang on stage with The Song Company in Treble Helix Unlocked in 2019.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
MADRIGALESQUE 2020
DANCES OF PASSION 2020
BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019

BONNIE
DE LA HUNTY

SOPRANO

Bonnie de la Hunty was a Young Artist with The Song Company at the Canberra International Music Festival in 2014 and sang in the 2018 MainStage tour of One-Equal-Music. She recently returned from three years in Europe, with Masters in Vocal Studies from the Royal Academy of Music, London, and an Artist Diploma in Early Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, Netherlands. Prior to this, she trained in Classical Voice at WAAPA in Perth, and she has taken short courses at the Franz Schubert Institut of lieder in Baden, Austria, and at L’Abbaye Royaumont, France. Bonnie has appeared as a soloist with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, WASO Chorus, Adelaide Baroque, Freeze Frame Opera, Lost and Found Opera, and Australian Baroque. She gives song recitals and also performs in Perth with Giovanni Consort and St George’s Cathedral choir, and in London with Polyphony choir.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
MADRIGALESQUE 2020
DANCES OF PASSION 2020
BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018

ETHAN
TAYLOR

TENOR

Ethan Taylor has been singing since he could talk. He has been singing with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir since he began a choral scholarship as a boy treble and is currently employed full time as a tenor. Since graduating from AIM with a BMus (Music Theatre) he has been singing freelance with several companies including St James’ King Street, Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera, and The Song Company. He is also heavily involved in stage performing, having performed in, played for, or been a part of over 20 musical, theatre, and opera productions over the last 6 years. Ethan first sang on stage with The Song Company in Power Chords Attached in 2019 and appeared as “Dr” Phil T. Reezon in Mind Over Matter.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
MADRIGALESQUE 2020
DANCES OF PASSION 2020
BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
BOOK OF TRAVELERS 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
MIND OVER MATTER 2019
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
POWER CHORDS ATTACHED 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
SongCo LAB 2018

HAYDEN
BARRINGTON

BARITONE

Hayden's operatic work includes Colline, La Bohème; Mr Worrall and Major Peter Labelliere, English Eccentrics ; Montague Somers, Gentleman’s Island; Pepik, The Cunning Little Vixen; Cobweb, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream ; and Robert Douglas, The Long Ride Home. He has appeared as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Magnificat ; numerous Bach cantatas; Mass in G by Schubert; Mass in C Minor by Mozart; Miserere Mei by Allegri; Canto General by Theodorakis and Requiems by Fauré, Duruflé, Bomtempo and Mozart. Hayden has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Choir for the past five years, and more recently, The Song Company. Scholarships include the Geoffrey William Rothwell Scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014, the Academy of Music Scholarship at Trinity Grammar and the Patim Fund. In July 2016, Hayden was awarded an ESTIVO Scholarship which gave him the opportunity to work with international musicians in Europe and perform in masterclasses and concerts in Italy in a soloist capacity.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
MADRIGALESQUE 2020
DANCES OF PASSION 2020
BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
BOOK OF TRAVELERS 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS (2019–2020)

The Song Company’s Associate Artists comprise familiar voices from past seasons and student or early career artists who have been part of the Company’s Vocalization or SongCo LAB programs.  Associate Artists take part in at least one mainstage tour in the season.

CHLOE
LANKSHEAR

SOPRANO

Chloe Lankshear is a Canberran Soprano who is currently finishing her Bachelor of Music Performance specialising in Classical Voice at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2016, Chloe was selected as a young artist of the Canberra International Music Festival as part of Luminescence Chamber Singers. Since then, Chloe has been performing with The Song Company in various projects including the world premiere of Alice Chance’s song cycle, FIAT LUX, and the Australian premier of Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival with the State Opera of South Australia. Chloe also regularly performs with Luminescence Chamber Singers and St James’ Choir, King Street. As well as performing, she has directed vocal health and choral workshops and conducted choirs in both Canberra and Sydney. Chloe is currently working towards specialising in Chamber Music and Contemporary Opera.

ARMS OF LOVE 2020
150 PSALMS 2020
CRIES OF JUSTICE 2020
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
FOUR-COLOUR-SEASON 2018
TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018
Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
Katy Abbott: HIDDEN THOUGHTS 2018
Alice Chance: FIAT LUX 2017

ANNA
SANDSTRÖM

SOPRANO

Anna Sandström studied Singing with Christopher Allan at the University of Newcastle, and teaching at the University of New England. She performs as a soloist and ensemble singer with Cantillation, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Muffat Collective, The Marais project, Australian Chamber Choir and Australian Baroque Brass. Living in the UK from 2008-12, Anna sang many roles with the Armonico Consort and was featured as a soloist in festivals including the Early Music Festival Brugge, Henley, Poole Lighthouse & Petworth festivals. Alongside her performance career, Anna is a passionate educator. Now living in Australia, she is a conductor with Sydney Childrens’s Choir and teaches singing and musicianship at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney and Fort Street High School. Recent performance highlights include performing as a soloist and in ensemble with the Pinchgut Phoenix series, Australian Bach Akademie,and Hallelujah Junction. Anna also regularly tours Victoria, and NSW with Camerata Antica, an ensemble she co-founded in 2010 with cornettist, Matthew Manchester.

BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
MIND OVER MATTER 2019
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018

PIP
DRACAKIS

SOPRANO

Pip graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a B.Mus (Voice) in 2013. She has worked as an actor and musician for various theatrical and musical productions, including several tours with The Song Company. Pip was a core member of the Choir of St James’ during 2015-2018, with whom she performed in concerts at The City Recital Hall; interstate festivals such as The Coriole Festival (SA); international tours to Europe/UK (2016) and ANZAC Dawn Services in Gallipoli (2017, 2018). In May this year, Pip performed the role of Jessica in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ with Sport for Jove (Dir: Damien Ryan). In 2016, Pip co-developed and performed in ‘Bicycle’ (Lies, Lies and Propaganda), which toured sold-out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe and Old Fitz. She recently featured as a recording artist for STC’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ (Dir. Kip Williams). Pip’s actor training includes courses at L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris), NIDA, Bell Shakespeare and The Hub Studio. Other credits: ‘Small and Loud’ (Bondi Feast); Sport for Jove; ATYP; Kings X Theatre and NIDA.

CIRCLE OF VIRTUE 2020
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
MIND OVER MATTER 2019
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
FOUR-COLOUR-SEASON 2018
TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018

STEPHANIE
DILLON

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Stephanie Dillon is a Sydney-based mezzo soprano. Born and raised in country NSW, she studied at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts. Stephanie is a full-time chorister and regular soloist with the Choir of St James’ King Street, Sydney. She also performs as a soloist and ensemble member with other professional ensembles, including Pinchgut Opera, The Song Company, Cantillation, Bach Band @ St James, Collegium Musicum Choir at UNSW, Sydney Antiphony and Luminescence Chamber Singers. Recent highlights and upcoming engagements include singing in the evangelist quartet in Arvo Pärt’s Passio at the Tapestry of Sacred Music Festival in Singapore, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation Mass (soloist), and Handel’s Messiah with Canberra Choral Society (soloist). In addition to her work as a performer, Stephanie has works in arts administration.

150 PSALMS 2020
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018
FOUR-COLOUR-SEASON 2018

DAVID
HIDDEN

BARITONE

David is equally happy singing in the opera house or on the concert platform; on an airfield or in a subterranean cellar; in a circus tent or in the pub. David performs regularly with Opera Australia Chorus. Recent highlights include Barry Kosky’s vivacious production of The Nose by Shostakovic and OA’s first ‘digital’ production, Aida. David has a long and fruitful relationship with Pinchgut Opera, appearing in various roles as soloist and ensemble member since 2012, most notably the titular role in Salieri’s delightful singspiel The Chimneysweep (2014) and in the ensemble for sumptuous Handel oratorio Theodora (2016). David is passionate about new operatic works and taking established works to new audiences and new places. He has been involved in the development and premiere of many new Australian works, including George Palmer’s Cloudstreet (workshop performance), Daniel Manera’s operetta X meets Y and Berio’s Laborintus II with Mike Patton for The Song Company (Sydney Festival). More recently David workshopped Ian Whitney’s chamber opera David Davis, which he is looking forward to bringing to the stage early next year. David spent 2011-2016 taking Baroque opera around primary schools in NSW and beyond with the Musica Viva in Schools programme. In 2015 he toured the country as GUGLIEMO in Cosi fan Tutte (Co-Opera). On the concert platform David has sung with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, with Bryn Terfel and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and with the Sydney University Graduate Choir, Canberra Symphony, Penrith Symphony, Willoughby Symphony, and the Australia Ensemble.

BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019

LUCIEN
FISCHER

BARITONE

Lucien Fischer graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours) in Classical Voice from the University of Western Australia in 2013, and for many years was a member of the professional choirs of St George’s Cathedral, and a core member of The Giovanni Consort. He was later appointed Artistic Director of The Giovanni Consort, and Musical Director of the Churchlands Choral Society. Since relocating to Melbourne in 2015, Lucien has sung regularly with Polyphonic Voices, the Australian Chamber Choir, and the Consort of Melbourne. He is also engaged by interstate ensembles including the Adelaide Chamber Singers, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Luminescence Chamber Singers, and the Choir of St James’. His singing has taken him on multiple tours of Europe and Asia and has seen him collaborate with groups such as I Fagiolini, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Sistine Chapel Choir.

150 PSALMS 2020
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2019

EDWARD
ELIAS

BASS

BURDEN OF TRUTH 2020
GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019 (Jesus autem transiens)
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018

LINCOLN
LAW

BASS
VOCALIZATION SCHOLAR

Lincoln Law is a Vocalization Scholar with The Song Company and first sang in a series of SongCo LAB METRO workshops on original notation from the Eton Choirbook in 2018. Lincoln’s passion for singing has been developed over the years, singing with the Choir Of St James’ King Street, and more recently, Christ Church St Laurence. He sang with St James’ at the Dawn Service in Gallipoli in both 2017 and 2019, and has also sung with St Andrew’s, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Cantillation (at Sydney Opera House). An avid traveller and food-lover, he supplements his work as a health care professional with artistic pursuits, including wheel-thrown pottery.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019 (Spem in alium)
AT FIRST LIGHT 2019
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018

OSCAR
SMITH

COUNTERTENOR
VOCALIZATION SCHOLAR

TALLIS, HOPE AND CROWN 2019
SONGCO LAB 2019

GUEST, EMERITI, & OCCASIONAL ARTISTS (2016–2020)

HANNAH
FRASER

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Hannah Fraser graduated from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music (Performance). Hannah has performed alongside professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera & Cantillation in Iphigénie en Tauride, Ironwood in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and the New Zealand String Quartet performing pieces by Brahms & Bach at the Adam Chamber Music Festival New Zealand. Since 2013 Hannah has been involved in establishing and developing ‘Voci Stupende’, an organisation which supports young opera singers through providing operatic performance opportunities around Australia. In 2017 Hannah took to the stage in Europe, and has returned to work with The Song Company every year since.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHRISTMAS RECEPTION 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
SONGCO LAB 2018
LULLY LULLA 2017
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS 2016
STRANGE FRUIT 2016
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016
I WISH I COULD FLY... 2016
A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY 2016
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016
IN TEMPORE PASCHALI 2016
BACH & FORWARD 2016

NATHAN
LAY

BARITONE

Nathan completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in 2008. He has won the National Liederfest, Australian Music Events’ Opera Scholar of the Year, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria, and placed 3rd in the Herald Sun Aria. Nathan also won the 2016 Australian International Opera Award, allowing him the opportunity to study with highly-acclaimed international tenor Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice whilst undertaking a Master of Arts in Advanced Vocal Studies. In 2017, Nathan was involved in the inaugural release on the Australian Sony Masterworks label. The album, titled Remembrance, features songs and poems in memory of the soldiers that fought in WW1, with Nathan featuring on ten tracks. Nathan has performed with Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Ten Tenors, and extensively with Victorian Opera including completing their Developing Artist Program/Master of Music (Opera Performance) in conjunction with The University of Melbourne.

MIND OVER MATTER 2019

OWEN
ELSLEY

TENOR

Owen Elsley was born in Newcastle and moved to Sydney in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Science at Sydney University. As a vocalist, Owen’s credits include The Song Company (since joining the Young Artist Program in 2014), the Choir of St James’ Church, King St, Sydney Antiphony (as a founding member and co-director), Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Choir, Cantillation and the Canberra Bach Society. Owen’s work as a composer has been commissioned and performed by Gondwana Choirs (including a 2017 commission that was premiered in the Sydney Opera House by Gondwana Choirs and the Vienna Boys’ Choir), The Choir of St James’ Church King St, The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, The Hunter Singers, Moorambilla Voices and the Combined RSCM Children’s Choir. In 2016, he was the winner of the Liturgical Division of the Australian Catholic University’s Isabel Menton Composition Award and in 2018 was awarded the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize.

Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019
LA PASSION DE SIMONE 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018
FOUR-COLOUR-SEASON 2018
TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018
Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
BYRD-ROUND-TABLE 2018
SONGCO LAB 2018
FORWARD & BACH 2017
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016

ROBERT
MACFARLANE

TENOR

ARMS OF LOVE 2020
Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
Katy Abbott: HIDDEN THOUGHTS 2018
BYRD-ROUND-TABLE 2018
SONGCO LAB 2018
DREAMERS OF THE DAY 2017

SIMON
LOBELSON

BARITONE

ROUND ROBIN 2017

TOBIAS
COLE

COUNTERTENOR

FORWARD & BACH 2017
ROUND ROBIN 2017
BACH & FORWARD 2016

LOTTE
BETTS-DEAN

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
Alice Chance: FIAT LUX 2017

RICHARD
BUTLER

TENOR

A 2013 Gramophone Award-winning artist as principal soloist for the Gabrieli Consort’s A New Venetian Coronation, 1595, English tenor Richard Butler now lives in Sydney. He made his debut with WASO, MSO, and ASO in 2014 singing Handel’s Messiah; recent engagements as a soloist include the ABO’s 25th anniversary series, CIMF, Bach’s St John Passion (Australian Haydn Ensemble, TSO, WASO), Bach’s St Matthew Passion (TSO), Britten’s War Requiem, Pärt’s Passio (Adelaide Chamber Singers), Messiah (Trinity College, Melbourne at MRC), Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus (St George’s Cathedral, Perth), and Venetian Coronation in the Lincoln Centre, USA. Future engagements include Bach’s St John Passion (Angel Place in April and Colombia in 2018), St Matthew Passion and Britten St Nicholas (Sydney Chamber Choir), and in June 2017, The Song Company’s Forward & Bach tour. In 2017 Richard was appointed Principal Lay Clerk at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Monteverdi: VESPERS (1610) 2017
FORWARD & BACH 2017
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2017

BERNIE
VAN TIEL

BEATBOXER

THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016

BETHANY
HILL

SOPRANO

TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019

ODAY
AL-KHATIB

SINGER

STICKS & STONES 2017

CARMEL
DE JAGER

MEZZO-SOPRANO

TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018

JENNY
DUCK-CHONG

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018

ANDREW
GOODWIN

TENOR

BACH & FORWARD 2016

SALLY-ANNE
RUSSELL

MEZZO-SOPRANO

ARMS OF LOVE 2020

FORMER CORE ARTISTS

ANDREW
O’CONNOR

BASS

As a performer and educator Perth-born Andrew O’Connor is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. From 2015 – 2019 he was a core member of The Song Company. Andrew is a Lay Clerk with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera. He sings regularly with virtually all of Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music organisations. He balances these commitments with an emerging career as a soloist. His 2020 schedule include projects with Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia, Bach Akademie Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and more.

SONGS BEFORE SLEEP 2019
SONGCO LAB 2019
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018
FOUR-COLOUR-SEASON 2018
TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018
Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
Katy Abbott: HIDDEN THOUGHTS 2018
BYRD-ROUND-TABLE 2018
SONGCO LAB 2018
LULLY LULLA 2017
Alice Chance: FIAT LUX 2017
DREAMERS OF THE DAY 2017
Monteverdi: VESPERS (1610) 2017
FORWARD & BACH 2017
ROUND ROBIN 2017
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2017
STICKS & STONES 2017
ACCIDENTAL PLANS 2017
SONGCO LAB 2017
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS 2016
STRANGE FRUIT 2016
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016
I WISH I COULD FLY... 2016
A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY 2016
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016
IN TEMPORE PASCHALI 2016
BACH & FORWARD 2016

ANNA
FRASER

SOPRANO

Anna Fraser has gained an enviable reputation as a versatile soprano specialising in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire, and sang as a permanent member of The Song Company from 2007-2019. She also performs extensively with Sydney’s professional ensembles, most recently with Sydney Chamber Opera at the 2017 Sydney Festival, Pinchgut Opera with notable roles in L’Orfeo, Dardanus, L’Ormindo, and Castor et Pollux, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cantillation, Ironwood, Halcyon, Salut! Baroque, and Sydney Consort.

POWER CHORDS ATTACHED 2019
SONGCO LAB 2019
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019
LA PASSION DE SIMONE 2019
BYRD-ROUND-TABLE 2018
SONGCO LAB 2018
LULLY LULLA 2017
Alice Chance: FIAT LUX 2017
DREAMERS OF THE DAY 2017
Monteverdi: VESPERS (1610) 2017
FORWARD & BACH 2017
ROUND ROBIN 2017
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2017
STICKS & STONES 2017
ACCIDENTAL PLANS 2017
SONGCO LAB 2017
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS 2016
STRANGE FRUIT 2016
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016
I WISH I COULD FLY... 2016
A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY 2016
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016
IN TEMPORE PASCHALI 2016
BACH & FORWARD 2016

MARK
DONNELLY

BARITONE

An exceptionally versatile vocalist, Mark Donnelly joined The Song Company in 1997 and since that time has performed music spanning eleven centuries for national and international audiences. Mark has sung with many organisations including Pinchgut Opera, Opera Queensland, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Cantillation, Halcyon, Australian String Quartet, Ironwood, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Thoroughbass, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney University Musical Society, and the Newcastle University Choir.

POWER CHORDS ATTACHED 2019
SONGCO LAB 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED 2019
LA PASSION DE SIMONE 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
SONGCO LAB METRO 2018
FOUR-COLOUR-SEASON 2018
TRUE-LOVE-STORY 2018
Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
Katy Abbott: HIDDEN THOUGHTS 2018
BYRD-ROUND-TABLE 2018
SONGCO LAB 2018
LULLY LULLA 2017
Alice Chance: FIAT LUX 2017
Monteverdi: VESPERS (1610) 2017
FORWARD & BACH 2017
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2017
STICKS & STONES 2017
ACCIDENTAL PLANS 2017
SONGCO LAB 2017
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS 2016
STRANGE FRUIT 2016
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016
I WISH I COULD FLY... 2016
A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY 2016
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016
IN TEMPORE PASCHALI 2016
BACH & FORWARD 2016

RICHARD
BLACK

TENOR

Richard Black began his vocal studies while a science student at Adelaide University, later becoming a member of the Adelaide Chamber Singers under Carl Crossin OAM. Since moving to Sydney in 1994 to join The Song Company, Richard has been a member of the choir of St James’ Church, King Street and a founding member of both ACO Voices and Cantillation. He has performed with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Salut! Baroque, Pinchgut Opera, and The Sydney Consort. He has also formed, directed and sung in two vocal ensembles: Renaissance Men and Chroma. Richard retired from The Song Company at the end of 2017.

LULLY LULLA 2017
Alice Chance: FIAT LUX 2017
Monteverdi: VESPERS (1610) 2017
FORWARD & BACH 2017
ROUND ROBIN 2017
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2017
STICKS & STONES 2017
ACCIDENTAL PLANS 2017
SONGCO LAB 2017
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS 2016
STRANGE FRUIT 2016
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016
I WISH I COULD FLY... 2016
A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY 2016
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016
IN TEMPORE PASCHALI 2016
BACH & FORWARD 2016

SUSANNAH
LAWERGREN

SOPRANO

Susannah Lawergren holds an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a BA (Politics and International Relations) with Distinction from the University of NSW. After performing a season with Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Company, coming second in the National Aria Award in Canberra and competing as a finalist for the Opera Foundation’s German Award, she joined The Song Company in 2011. She has sung with Cantillation, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St James Church, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.

WINTERREISE 2019
Power Chords Attached 2019
SONGCO LAB 2019
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2019
BACH, SORROW AND JOY 2019
LA PASSION DE SIMONE 2019
ONE-EQUAL-MUSIC 2018
Brett Dean: HAMLET 2018
Katy Abbott: HIDDEN THOUGHTS 2018
FORWARD & BACH 2017
ROUND ROBIN 2017
Arvo Pärt: PASSIO 2017
STICKS & STONES 2017
ACCIDENTAL PLANS 2017
SONGCO LAB 2017
AN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS 2016
STRANGE FRUIT 2016
THE CONCORD OF STRANGERS 2016
I WISH I COULD FLY... 2016
A STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY 2016
THE CRIES OF LONDON 2016
IN TEMPORE PASCHALI 2016
BACH & FORWARD 2016

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

ANTONY
PITTS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (from 2016)

FRANCIS
GREEP

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (from 2019)

ROLAND
PEELMAN

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (1990–2015)

CHARLES
COLEMAN

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (1984–1988)

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