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, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Song Company and La Compañia.
In 2011 Consort made its debut at the Melbourne Festival with the Kronos Quartet giving the Australian premiere of Terry Riley's Sun Rings to critical acclaim. In 2012 the Consort opened the musical programme of the Festival with a series of performances of Dietrich Buxtehude's cantata cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, accompanied by specially commissioned photographic projections in St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2013 Consort performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in The Crowd: a collaboration between the ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti and cinematographer Jon Frank. Most recently, Consort performed with the Rolling Stones at Rod Laver Arena in the classic hit You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
Since its 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.
Warren Trevelyan-Jones began his singing career as a Choral Scholar and Lay Clerk in Exeter Cathedral Choir, graduating in music in 1988. In 1993, he qualified as a music therapist at Bristol University and became a Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral Choir, combining freelance singing with work in music therapy. In 1999 he was appointed Lay Vicar in the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London.
In 2001 he co-founded the ensemble group Ensemble Plus Ultra with Michael Noone and has been fully involved with the administration and direction of the group in addition to contributing as a singer. In 2008, Warren was appointed Head of Music at St Jamesí Church, King Street, Sydney and co-founded The Consort of Melbourne. Warren is also director of Sydney based ensemble The Parsons Affayre.
Warren is a regular member of many of the leading early music ensembles both in Britain and in Europe; including Vocalconsort Berlin, The Gabrieli Consort, Taverner Consort, Orchestra of the Renaissance, Dunedin Consort, Collegium Vocale of Ghent and La Chapelle Royale of Paris. He has also performed with The Sixteen and the Tallis Scholars. He has travelled extensively and appeared on over 60 CD recordings, and on many television and radio broadcasts, and in many of the worlds' leading music festivals and concert halls and in more than 30 countries. Warren has recently appeared as soloist with Melbourne Symphony Chorus in concerts in Melbourne and in Angel Place, Sydney. He is also a qualified music therapist and an experienced singing teacher, and has held posts at Winchester College and was the vocal coach to the Choristers and Choral Scholars of Portsmouth Cathedral in the UK.
Peter Tregear has a diverse musical career that encompasses work as a conductor, singer and academic. He studied at the University of Melbourne and subsequently undertook doctoral studies at King’s College, University of Cambridge. In 2000 he was appointed a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge where he was a Lecturer and Director of Music. There he was a regular performer in opera and oratorio, and directed a number of historic revivals and premieres, including a critically acclaimed UK stage premiere of Max Brand’s Maschinist Hopkins in 2001.
Peter was invited to return to Australia in 2006 to take up the position of Dean of Trinity College, University of Melbourne. He has subsequently taught at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music, worked with both Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera, and performed with the Tallis Scholars as part of their Australian tour in 2007. In that same year, with Gert Reifarth, he established the innovative chamber opera company IOpera and he regularly appears with the Consort of Melbourne and the Choir of London. In 2007 he was invited to lecture and perform in Jerusalem as part of the Palestine Mozart Festival, returning there in 2009 as producer of a touring production of La Boheme. He has also recently conducted a season of the eighteenth-century opera Erwin und Elmire for the Ekhof-Festival in Gotha, Germany, worked with the Kronos Quartet in the premiere performances of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings for the Melbourne Festival in 2011, and has collaborated with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on several recent projects. In November 2010 Peter was appointed Executive Director of the Academy of Performing Arts, Monash University, and in August 2012 he left that position to take up the post of Professor and Head of the School of Music of the Australian National University.
Tregear's academic work is concerned with understanding music in its broad historical and cultural context, and how we can exploit the links between music as an object of intellectual inquiry and music as creative practice. He has particular interests in the musical culture of the Weimar republic, and the generation of musicians whose careers and lives were ruined by the rise of Fascism in Europe. He has also written on the role of musical culture in America after 9/11 and the politics underscoring Hollywood film scores. He has published widely in academic journals, as well as being a frequent contributor of public lectures and programme essays for the ABC, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also a regular music correspondent for The Melbourne Review. His second book, Ernst Krenek and the Politics of Musical Style, was recently published by Scarecrow Press (USA).