Songs of the Home Front
Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
Directed by Steven Hodgson
A selection of wartime music from those left behind
The final concert in the Consort of Melbourne's 2015 'Legacy' series.
Two performances: 2pm and 6pm
In times of war, composers the world over have used their talents to raise spirits, provide consolation and somehow try to make sense of the upheaval around them. Sacred or secular, for the concert hall or to be shared with friends, the pieces composed during these times are a powerful response to humanity's most extreme experiences.
Featuring pieces by Elgar and Holst written during the First World War, including stunning part songs, sacred settings and folksong arrangements; Poulenc's sublime chamber cantata Un soir de neige (Night of Snow), written over three days at the very end of the Second World War; and moving sacred works by Schutz, written during the Thirty Years' War. We will also perform beautiful choral arrangements of popular music sung at home and in the trenches during the two world wars, including It's a long way to Tipperary, Good-bye-ee!, Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, The white cliffs of Dover and more.
The Consort of Melbourne is a professional vocal ensemble that champions both historic and contemporary chamber vocal repertoire. It comprises a core membership of eight singers, which expands or shrinks as the repertoire demands.
The Consort has presented a regular concert series in the Melbourne Recital Centre for many years, and has also been invited to collaborate with groups such as the Rolling Stones, Kronos Quartet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Song Company and La Compania.