UNDERGROUND: Fullness of Joy | Parramatta

1 Marist Pl Parramatta

Friday, November 18 2022 from 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Fullness of Joy

Thomas Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis

João Lourenço Rebelo: Panis angelicus

Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium*

David Yardley: Psalm 33 – Ye just men, have fullie joye in the Lord

Brooke Shelley: Tanquam sydus matutinum

Fri 18 November 2022 7pm
St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta


Thomas Tallis: Missa Puer natus est nobis
João Lourenço Rebelo: Panis angelicus
Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium*
David Yardley: Psalm 33 – Ye just men, have fullie joye in the Lord
Brooke Shelley: Tanquam sydus matutinum


Stephanie Dillon Principal Artist – Mezzo-soprano
Jessica O’Donoghue Principal Artist – Mezzo-soprano
Janine Harris Associate Artist – Mezzo-soprano
Dan Walker Principal Artist – Tenor
Ethan Taylor Associate Artist – Tenor
Hayden Barrington Associate Artist – Baritone
Thomas Flint Principal Artist – Bass

2022 Ensemble Artists
The SongCo Apprentices
The SongCo Chorale

Antony Pitts Artistic Director – Director

We end our European tour with the marriage of Spanish and English soundworlds in Tallis’s sumptuous seven-part Christmas Mass, Missa Puer natus est nobis, alongside music born from both ends of the Iberian peninsula, and Tallis’s own 40-part motet, Spem in alium.

Our 2022 Underground series returns to the joyful harmonies of English composer Thomas Tallis, culminating in his 40-part motet, Spem in alium.  The Song Company’s 2022 Ensemble Artists join our Principal and Associate Artists, educational partner the Conservatorium High School, and The SongCo Chorale in the spectacular multi-choir work.  Peter McCallum in his five-star review in The Sydney Morning Herald said that “one could have listened to it 40 more times” – across our three concerts in Parramatta (St Patrick’s Cathedral) and Sydney’s CBD (Lower Town Hall) he and you will have six more chances to hear it!  Apart from two renditions of this mighty motet in each concert, we get our celebrations in early with Tallis’s full-on seven-part Christmas Mass, Missa Puer natus est nobis, which appears to have been written with Spanish singers and a royal audience in mind.  Australian composer Brooke Shelley alludes to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela near the North-Western tip of the Iberian peninsula in her motet, Tanquam sydus matutinum, while Tallis’s contemporary, the Portuguese composer Rebelo enchants with a motet full of so-called “English” cadences.  And to take us back to the cusp of the Middle Ages, we sing out an uplifting injunction from David Yardley (currently Australia’s High Commissioner to Kiribati) in his neo-mediaeval setting of Psalm 33.