‘The Consort… wove a gorgeous melodic tapestry, notable for the complex vocal lines’ cohesion, sensitive dynamics,… and some lovely ringing soprano.’ Classic Melbourne
Katherine Norman soprano
Kristy Biber soprano
Hannah Pietsch alto
Jenny George alto
Dan Walker tenor
Christopher Roache tenor
Lucien Fischer bass
Steven Hodgson bass, artistic director
Typically performing a cappella (unaccompanied) with one singer per part, The Consort of Melbourne champions both historic and contemporary repertoire, bringing 1,000 years of vocal music to life with an intimacy and verve that leaves audiences spellbound. The group’s programs include celebrated masterpieces alongside lesser-known gems, exploring the full expressive potential of human voices combined.
Under the artistic direction of Steven Hodgson, the Consort has presented regular concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre since 2008 and has been invited to collaborate with groups such as the Rolling Stones, Spiritualized, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra. In 2017, The Consort of Melbourne appeared alongside British ‘space-rock’ band Spiritualized for Arts Centre Melbourne’s Supersense festival, and with drag legend Taylor Mac for 'A 24-decade history of popular music', the headline act for the Melbourne Festival.
One thousand years of music!
The Consort of Melbourne’s 2019 program takes audiences on a whirlwind tour of the last 1,000 years of Western music! In this fast-paced and engaging concert, the Consort will present a brief history of music, featuring the best composers since the year 1019AD, from the earliest notated music, including Gregorian chant, all the way through to compositions written in the last decade.
VON BINGEN O ignee spiritus
PEROTIN Alleluia Nativitas (excerpt)
DUFAY Nuper rosarum flores
PREZ Ave Maria
PALESTRINA Sicut cervus/Sitivit anima mea
LASSUS Timor et tremor
MONTEVERDI Cantate domino and Si ch’io vorrei morire
JS BACH Lobet, den Herrn
MOZART Ave verum corpus (a capella arrangement)
CARTER Heart not so heavy as mine
Performance length: 60 mins (no interval)
February and September
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