The Consort of Melbourne will perform Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Missa Assumpta est Maria at 11am mass as part of the 2013 Advent Festival at Newman College. Experience this charming and elegant work in its liturgical context, sung in French Latin with baroque chamber orchestra.
The Consort of Melbourne is a professional vocal ensemble that champions both historic and contemporary chamber vocal repertoire. It comprises a core membership of 8 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 Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Song Company, La Compania and in 2011 made its debut at the Melbourne Festival with the Kronos Quartet giving the Australian premiere of Terry Riley's Sun Rings to critical acclaim. The following year the Consort opened the musical programme of the Festival with a series of performances of Dieterich Buxtehude's cantata cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, accompanied by specially commissioned photographic projections in St Pauls Cathedral. Last year, with the Orchestra Project it also gave the world premiere performance of a new completion of Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor.
Since it's establishment in 2008, The Consort of Melbourne has continued to engage the concert-going public with fresh and exciting performances. It has featured on ABC Classic FM on frequent occasions, including a broadcast of works by Percy Grainger and also Claudio Monteverdi's famous Vespers of 1610.