Voices of Remembrance
Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
Directed by Steven Hodgson
Commemorative works by Japanese, Australian, New Zealand and European composers
On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, the Consort of Melbourne presents 'Voices of Remembrance', a programme of memorial works for vocal ensemble.
Themes of the fragility of human life as well as its capacity to endure and recover will be explored through a carefully selected programme of works by Japanese composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Toru Takemitsu and Ko Matsushita. These will be heard alongside New Zealand composer Douglas Mews' arresting 'Ghosts, fire, water' and a selection of Australian and European works that examine aspects of remembrance, commemoration and lamentation.
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.