As the times become more uncertain, Australia's national vocal ensemble sings with more certainty than ever – from and into the heart! With COVID continuing to have an impact on our lives in different ways, but particularly affecting gathering together in one place, and moving inter-state, we have created a 2021 season that is as nimble and transformative in a positive way as the virus is negatively.
SALON: The rich treasures of English Renaissance partbooks featuring golden polyphony by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, Robert White, and William Byrd. The Song Company returns to the Crypt of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, and to the source of so much golden Renaissance polyphony, for a single performance direct from the manuscript partbook facsimiles of music by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, Robert White, and William Byrd.
MAINSTAGE & IN CAMERA: Transience and homelessness in the world première of a new 32-part setting of Gavin Bryars' classic Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet and a remake of a legendary canon from the Eton Choirbook. MAINSTAGE TOUR
BURDEN OF TRUTH
CLOSE-UP: Koen van Stade – Dichterliebe as Schumann might have imagined it
MAINSTAGE: Buxtehude’s monumental meditation on suffering and the human body set with contemporary Indigenous dance, and a major new Australian work from Chris Williams. The Song Company and choreographer-dancer Thomas E.S. Kelly – from contemporary Indigenous dance company Karul Projects – reunite in a pageant of light and movement to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude and I pray the sea by Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. Williams’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography by Thomas E.S. Kelly, against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.
ARMS OF LOVE
MAINSTAGE: Songs from the heart created by Indigenous composers Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell for The Song Company In 2021 our season culminates in October/November with a special MAINSTAGE project for seven singers working together with Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell, Indigenous composers who are both also singers. The program is directly inspired by the principles underlying the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
SONGS FROM THE HEART
CLOSE-UP: Amy Moore in Messiaen’s grandest song cycle of love and death. Olivier Messiaen: Harawi
CHANT D'AMOUR ET DE MORT
SALON: The rich treasures of English Renaissance partbooks featuring golden polyphony by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd. The Song Company returns to the authentic practice of partbook-singing around a table to bring you the rich treasures of English Renaissance partbooks, featuring more golden polyphony by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd.
TURNING THE TABLE
SALON: Beautiful voices and exquisite harmonies in sublime song!