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Sara Macliver & St George’s Cathedral Consort

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23 Nov 2020

Praised by ABC Classic for possessing a ‘pure, pitch perfect, silvery soprano’ that’s ‘instantly recognisable’, acclaimed soprano Sara Macliver will return to the Perth stage for Musica Viva. Alongside her in this Baroque spectacle is renowned organist and director Joseph Nolan, the St George’s Cathedral Consort, and trumpeter Jenny Coleman.

British-Australian organist and choral conductor Nolan opens the programme with Bach’s virtuosic organ showpiece ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565’. Praised by Gramophone magazine for his ‘towering technique, vivid virtuosity and inspired interpretive insight’, he’s built a formidable reputation as a recording artist, producing over ten solo discs for Signum Records. Acclaimed Soprano Sara Mcliver will then join the stage for a range of vocal showpieces, demonstrating why she’s earned a reputation as one of the leading exponents of Baroque performance. Both will be supported by the St George’s Cathedral Consort, recognised as Western Australia’s premier mixed-voice choir.

Since Handel’s music was embraced by the upper echelons of British society in the eighteenth century, his music has scored the grandest celebrations, unifying audiences in its power to elevate and inspire. Among a rich catalogue of masterpieces, his ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ is regarded as one of his most inspired works, with its pristine vocal melody, accompanying sustained chords, and glistening trumpet obbligato creating a moment of ravishing beauty. Paired with the power of Bach, and serene selections from Renaissance masters, we welcome you to reconnect with our Musica Viva community, in a programme of music that will inspire and uplift.

Download the concert guide here.

For those who miss out on tickets or would prefer to enjoy live Baroque music performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians from the comfort of their own home, we will be offering a live streamed version of our Sydney 16 November concert. ARIA-nominated harpsichordist Erin Helyard and Baritone David Greco unite on stage to perform a stunning program of Baroque gems. Joined by a line-up of leading period instrument musicians, be uplifted and inspired by a program of Bach, Handel, Biber and more, live streamed straight to your living room. Find out more here.


Sara Macliver soprano
Joseph Nolan organ
St George’s Cathedral Consort
Jennifer Coleman
Shaun Lee-Chen violin
Zak Rowntree violin
Noeleen Wright cello


JS BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565
HANDEL Eternal Source of Light Divine
BYRD Sing Joyfully
LOBO Versa est in Luctum
HANDEL O praise the Lord with one consent, ‘Chandos Anthem no 9’ (Excerpts)
HANDEL ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ from Samson


65 minutes
Please note that there will not be an interval

To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff, we will be implementing a number of COVID-19 related safety measures throughout the venue. We ask that you please adhere to our procedures and guidelines to help make everyone’s experience as safe as possible. You can learn more about our safety measures here.

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Event Dates

  • Perth 23 Nov 2020 7:30 PM

Due to the implementation of socially distanced seating, tickets will be strictly limited. Ticketholders to Les Talens Lyriques and Siobhan Stagg transferring their tickets will have priority access and need to contact Box Office. In addition to those reserved for our subscribers only a small ticket allocation will be made available on a first come first served basis.

Tickets will be sent to ticketholders a week prior to the event.

If the event is sold out, please join our wait list here.

Please contact our Box Office team at [email protected] or on 1800 688 482 if you require assistance.

Perth Concert Hall
5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Phone (08) 9231 9900
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