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5 Jul - 24 Jul 2020

2020 International Concert Season

It's almost unbelievable that in 2020 Chanticleer will embark on their first full Australian tour. Having made previous guest appearances in Sydney and Brisbane in 1997, this is the first time the iconic vocal group will embark on a tour across the nation. Founded in 1978, the group is America’s leading fulltime professional vocal ensemble, with an enviable record of awards, recordings, Grammys, and nearly 100 commissions under their belts. This is an unaccompanied singing of a rare and beautiful kind, as 12 male voices blend seamlessly in enchanting music that ranges across centuries and styles. 

The program, called Trade Winds, is an intriguing musical journey inspired by seafarers and explorers. Europe and the Americas are represented in both ancient and modern pieces, but more unusually, so are the Pacific nations of Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand, as well as newly composed music from China – and a world premiere from Australia's own Clare Maclean.

William Fred Scott Music Director


A program of diverse works, traditional, folkloric and modern, presenting music of the spheres and of the sea by composers including Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Victoria, Chen Yi, Zhou Tian and Clare Maclean*, among many others. 

Program Timings

119 minutes

*Commissioned by the WA Commissioning Circle. World premiere performances.

Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society.

Join us at every concert for exclusive experiences including pre-concert talks to enhance your concert experience, as well as the chance to meet your favourite artists.


Prior to the concert, join fellow music lovers in this fascinating pre-concert talk and discover some of the intricate moments within the concert program.

Perth 05 Jul – 5.45pm, Corner Stage Riverside, Terrace level 2
Adelaide 07 Jul – 6.45pm, Prince Alfred Room
Brisbane 09 Jul – 6.30pm, Boardroom
Melbourne 11 Jul – 6.15pm, Boardroom, Level 2
Melbourne 14 Jul – 6.15pm, Boardroom, Level 2
Sydney 18 Jul – 1.15pm, Function Room Level 1
Sydney 20 Jul – 6.15pm, Function Room Level 1
Canberra 22 Jul – 6.15pm, Athenaeum (Foyer)
Newcastle 24 Jul – 6.45pm, Conservatorium Room 102 (follow the signs)


Immediately following the performance, CDs will be available for purchase, which the group will be happy to sign.

Adelaide 07 Jul - Post concert, Foyer
Brisbane 09 Jul - Post concert, Foyer
Melbourne 14 Jul - Post concert, Foyer
Sydney 18 Jul - Post concert, Foyer
Canberra 22 Jul - Post concert, Foyer
Newcastle 24 Jul - Post concert, Foyer


Immediately following the performance, join the group for an entertaining and light-hearted Meet the Artist session. Come with any questions you may have! 

Perth 05 Jul - Post concert. Corner Stage Riverside, Terrace level 2
Melbourne 11 Jul - Post concert, Foyer
Sydney 20 Jul - Post concert, Function Room Level 1

Chanticleer performs Biebl's 'Ave Maria' at the Cathedral of St. Paul

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