2013 Concerts

19th April 2013


Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

Mira Calix

Mira Calix: Fables & other works

Mira Calix is not afraid to challenge musical convention or cross genre boundaries. She creates music of unconventional beauty, working with found sound, electronics, voice and classical instrumentation. Her prolific and innovative approach to composition has led to a critically-acclaimed catalogue of work. She has been commissioned to set both the words of one of Britain's most acclaimed and award winning contemporary poets, Alice Oswald and that of its most established; William Shakespeare, to music. She has released music alongside avant-garde classical composers like Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Jonathan Harvey and collaborated with indie innovators such as Malcolm Middleton (Arab Strap) and Brian McComber (Dirty Projectors). She has supported Radiohead on a leg of their Kid A tour and composed Nunu for the London Sinfonietta and a chorus of insects. She has released five albums on Warp Records.

This concert surveys Mira Calix’s works for ensemble and electronics, including the wonderfully strange Nunu for musicians and a choir of insects, and works by Ades, Ligeti and Saariaho. Mira also premieres her Made of Music commission inspired by, and incorporating the music of, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.


16th June 2013


St Georges, Travancore

The Crowd

Music for a Sunday Afternoon

2013 Winter Music in the Valley, Moonee Valley City Council

The Consort of Melbourne showcase their versatility in this free community concert, performing a capella repertoire spanning ten centuries from exquisite plainchant, sacred polyphony and passionate madrigals to arrangements of Cole Porter and The Beatles.

11th October 2013


The Palais Theatre

The Crowd

The Australian Chamber Orchestra -"The Crowd"

Directed by Richard Tognetti

Programme includes works by: Chopin, Crumb, Dean, Debussy, Feldman, Leifs, Schubert, Schostakovich & Tognetti

Richard Tognetti writes:
What is it we feel when part of a crowd? Is it fear or empowerment? Do we lose ourselves, or find our real selves? Is a crowd a mob, an ignorant mass of unthinking beings? Or is it an intelligent body, capable of thought processes and invention of which individuals alone would not be capable? We spend much of our life in crowds: when we go to the football or attend a concert, when we cross the street at peak hour, when we worship, mourn, protest or feast, we often do so as part of a crowd. The Crowd examines the nature of the crowd, in its many manifestations, both human and in the natural world.” With more than a hundred people on stage, two thousand in the audience and countless thousands from all walks of life projected onto the big screen, it's time for you to join the crowd.


30th November 2013


Newman College Chapel, Parkville

The Crowd

Charpentier: Missa Assumpta est Maria

2013 Advent Festival, Newman College

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Missa Assumpta est Maria evokes the charm, elegance and passion of Louis XIV’s Paris in 1702. The Consort of Melbourne joins the Festival Baroque Orchestra to perform this Mass for six-part choir, strings and organ, played on period instruments.


15th December 2013


St Johns Church, Southgate

Brett Dean

'The Annunciation' by Brett Dean

Choir of Trinity College, Consort of Melbourne, St Johns Orchestra

As part of the Cantata series of services of St John's, Southgate.

This work will be performed in its liturgical context, directed by the composer.


Australian premiere of the 4th 2012 Thomanerchor Festmusik. Presented with support of the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Vizard Foundation



The 2012 Concert Series

23rd February 2012


The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Henry VIII

Percy Grainger


Directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones

Programme includes works by: Henry VIII, Pierre Attaingnan, Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Morley, Mozart, Percy Grainger, Flanders and Swan and The Beatles

Long before there were night clubs and bands there were courts and madrigal singers. Ensemble singing as sophisticated evening entertainment has a long and substantial history. Both composers and arrangers have delighted in the possibilities presented by close-voice harmony and CoM-motion! offers a madrigal history tour from Henry VIII to the great vocal arrangers and tunesmiths of our own age.


3rd May 2012


The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Eric Whitacre

Golden Light - Contemporary American Choral Music

Directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones

Programme includes works by: Morten Lauridsen, Steven Stucky, Edwin Fissinger and Eric Whitacre

The title ‘Golden Light’ comes from Whitacre’s work Lux aurumque, which means ‘light, warm and heavy as pure gold’. American choral music has developed a distinctive, luminous quality and genuine appeal that radiates warmth, owing as much to the great Renaissance composers of Europe as it does to mid-twentieth century American composers such as Copland and Barber. Golden Light is part of the Metropolis Festival of American Music being held at the Melbourne Recital Centre during May 2012.


20th September 2012


The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Joseph Twist

'To Whomever Finds this Note' - Australian Choral Music

Directed by Jonathan Grieves-Smith

This concert showcases the composers Samuel Barber, Andrew Anderson, Benjamin Britten, Calvin Bowman, Megan Nelson, CHH Parry and Ugis Praulinš.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus Master Jonathan Grieves-Smith will direct the Consort of Melbourne in outstanding music from home and abroad, as well as the first Australian performance of the contemporary Latvian choral masterpiece, Ugis Praulinš’ ‘Missa Rigensis’. The concert will also showcase three new Australian works by Andrew Anderson, Calvin Bowman and Megan Nelson; with Anderson’s and Nelson’s works making their world premiere. These works are commissioned especially for this concert by The Consort of Melbourne with the assistance of the City of Melbourne.


15th December 2012


Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

J.S. Bach

Sing Joyfully! - Christmas with the Consort

Directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones

Programme includes: Cantata BWV 140 ‘Wachet Auf’ – J.S. Bach, Panis Angelicus – César Franck, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach and popular carols and songs including: Once in Royal David’s City, Good King Wenceslas, While Shepherd’s Watched, The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and O Come, All ye Faithful

The festival of Christmas represents one of the few remaining public occasions when the Australian public breaks out in song. In Sing Joyfully! the Consort will lead the audience through a programme that mixes masterworks written for this time of year with opportunities for the audience to join in!


The 2011 Concert Series

1st September 2011


Melbourne Recital Centre

Tomas Luis de Victoria

Joseph Twist

Salon Series: Victoria with a Twist

Directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones

Joseph Twist - 'Requiem Aeternam'
Tomas Luis de Victoria - Missa pro defunctis
Joseph Twist - 'Versa est in luctum'

The year 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548–1611), the most significant composer of the Counter-Reformation in Spain. Victoria’s music is noted for its almost mystical intensity and direct emotional appeal, and his genius ranks equally with Palestrina and Lassus.

The Consort of Melbourne’s three ‘tribute’ concerts highlight in turn three of Victoria’s greatest works, but with a modern ‘Twist’. The Consort has commissioned emerging Australian composer Joseph Twist (b. 1982) to write new works – directly inspired by the great master – that will frame each concert.

3rd December 2011


Melbourne Recital Centre

Heinrich Schutz

In Dulci Jubilo - A Baroque Christmas

With period instrument ensemble, Directed by Peter Tregear

Heinrich Schütz - Christmas Oratorio
Plus works by Palestrina, Gabrieli, Praetorius & Schein.

Join us for a Christmas celebration with a difference as we present Heinrich Schütz’s extraordinary ‘Christmas Oratorio’ (1664) and joyful seasonal works by German and Italian composers of the High Renaissance and early Baroque, including Palestrina, Giovanni Gabrieli, Michael Praetorius and Johann Hermann Schein.

The 2010 Concert Series

18th February 2010


Melbourne Recital Centre

Claudio Monteverdi

Monteverdi's Vespers (1610)

With La Compania, Julian Podger & Robert MacFarlane (Tenors)

Claudio Monteverdi - Vespers of 1610

This concert was recorded and broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

24th April 2010


Trinity College Chapel, University of Melbourne

Claudio Monteverdi

The Light of the World

Featuring Durufle's Requiem

Maurice Durfule - Requiem
Plus works by Copland, Dubois, Leighton Jones, Lauridsen, Bowman & Dove

With Sally-Anne Russell

3rd June 2010


Melbourne Recital Centre

Percy Grainger

To Rend the Heart with Chords

The Choral Music of Percy Grainger, with Timothy Young & Anna Carson (Pianos)

Londonderry Air
Tribute to Foster and many other favourites.

8th September 2010


St John's Southgate

Johann Sebastian Bach

Deutsche Motteten

Motets by Bach, Schutz & Brahams

J. S. Bach - Lobet den Herrn
Schutz - Die Himmel erzählen die ehre Gottes
J.S. Bach - Komm, Jesu, Komm
Schutz - Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock
Brahms - Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
Brahms - Schaffe in mir, Gott, ien rein Herz
Schutz - Selig sind die Toten
J.S. Bach - Singet dem Herrn

8th September 2010


Hawthorn Town Hall

Benjamin Britten

In Praise of Harmony

A Programme of Music to mark St Cecilia's Day

Peter Philips - Cecilia Virgo
Carissimi - Jephte
G.F. Handel - What passion cannot music raise or Quell?
G.F.Handel - Praise of Harmony
Benjamin Britten - Hymn to St Cecilia

9th December 2010


Melbourne Recital Centre

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

A Renaissance Christmas

With La Compañia

Palestrina - Missa Hodie Christus natus est
Plus works by Victoria, Frescobaldi and Gabrieli