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David Yardley
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David Yardley
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www.davidyardleymusic.com Immersed in medieval and Renaissance music since his teenage years, David Yardley is an acclaimed countertenor, harpist and composer, specialising in early music. THE SONG COMPANY ON NEW ALBUM, "THE LOST CODEX OF AVALON": Album available to pre-order at davidyardleymusic.com David is working with the Song Company on an exciting new album of his compositions, titled "The Lost Codex of Avalon". The album is a unique medieval and fantasy collaboration between Yardley and some of Australia’s finest musicians from The Song Company, the Sydney Chamber Choir and Pastance, also featuring a guest contribution by renowned medieval organist, Cristina Alís Raurich. Inspired by his lifelong immersion in authentic medieval sound, Yardley’s compositions conjure lost music of the mythic isle of Avalon. The album journeys through long-forgotten medieval sacred and secular texts, whose music from their own time has not survived. It also includes musical settings of evocative fantasy poetry and contemporary Australian works, including by award-winning poet Anne Casey. PERFORMANCE: David has recently performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, New York, as well as with outstanding ensembles including the choirs of St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York; Southwark Cathedral, London; and Jesus College, Cambridge. He regularly performed with his own New York-based ensemble, Talisman Medieval and with the UN Chamber Music Society. He studied voice with Jacqui Horner-Kwiatek (Anonymous 4), and with Patrick Craig (The Tallis Scholars). COMPOSITION: With critically-acclaimed and prize-winning compositions that “transport our ears back to the medieval world” (Vincent Plush, The Weekend Australian), his debut album, New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims, featured his “beautiful and masterful choral music”. These original works have been performed and broadcast in the US, the UK and Australia. Following diplomatic postings in Afghanistan and as head of the political team at the Australian Mission to the United Nations, David is temporarily based in Canberra. Visit his music website to learn more, find free samples, download sheet music, and more: www.davidyardleymusic.com.