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Saturday 15 June, 7:00pm
Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank VIC 3004
Deborah Cheetham AO soprano (Yorta Yorta) | Linda Barcan mezzo soprano | Don Bemrose baritone (Gungarri) | The Consort of Melbourne | MSO Chorus | Dhungala Children’s Choir
Eumeralla: a war requiem
About the performance
“One day I hope to walk on that country and feel no restless spirit – just the strength of two thousand generations of lives lived and culture sustained.”
Southwest of Melbourne lies a battleground, haunted with the memory of war and loss. The scars of the Eumeralla Resistance War (1840 – 1863) lie heavily upon the country.
“I first walked on this battlefield in 2013. The voices of those lost were so loud that it woke something in me and my immediate response was music. A song. A Requiem. A War Requiem, named in honour of one of the most brutal resistance wars fought on this continent.”
Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace brings into focus a period of Australia’s history that is yet to be fully understood. Written and composed by acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, this requiem for peace, will be sung entirely in the ancient dialects of the Gunditjmara people.
“It is my hope that this requiem will help the spirits of those who fell to find a lasting peace and that we, their descendants, might find our way to deeper understanding of the legacy of these battles.”
Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace will break the silence of so many decades and serve to amplify the importance of our nation’s shared history.” – Deborah Cheetham AO
In 2019 we celebrate the United Nation’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, and the 10th birthday of the Dhungala Children’s Choir.
This is where you can check out what we've been up to. Feel free to get in touch via the Contact page if there's something you'd like to hear more of, or if you've attended one of these events and you'd like to give us some feedback!
Sunday 24 March, 3:00pm
Sacred Heart Church - Rathdowne St & Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053
Arvo Pärt: Passio
The Australian Boys Choral Institute is proud to present the magnificent Passion setting by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in the lead-up to Easter. Music by one of the most important composers of our time, and an event not to be missed.
The Australian Boys Choir | The Vocal Consort
Soloists of The Consort of Melbourne | Directed by Nicholas Dinopoulos
Friday 31 January - Sunday 2 February, 7:30pm
La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton
Homophonic! is back for it’s 8th fabulous year. The Consort of Melbourne joins 3 Shades Black at La Mama Courthouse for an evening of new classical music by queer composers. Celebrating Sapphic symphonists, homosexual harmonies, and the long and proud tradition of composers being as gay as the day is long.
Classical music has a rich heritage of LGBT musicians and composers, and this concert is celebrating the legacy of artists such as Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Copland and Cage, by performing the work of 20th and 21st century queer composers, in an exciting program featuring famously gay composers alongside new Australian music that is sure to entertain and enlighten even the most experienced concert goer.
We’re bringing the disco ball to the concert hall! Come along to hear some of Melbourne’s most in demand classical musicians play some outlandishly fabulous music, and experience the sound world of the LGBT composers of today.
Performed by 3 Shades Black, and compered by artistic director Miranda Hill. Homophonic! brings together Melbourne’s most in demand professional musicians, to perform some outlandishly amazing music.
Friday 16 November, 7:30pm
Toorak Uniting Church - 603 Toorak Road, Toorak, Victoria 3142
Bach’s Four Lutheran Masses
Beloved musical personality Graham Abbott conducts an all too rare performance of all four of Bach's Lutheran Masses. Featuring the Consort of Melbourne with soloists Amy Moore (Soprano), Max Riebl (Countertenor), Christopher Roache (Tenor), Oliver Mann (Bass) and an orchestra of some of Australia's finest early music practitioners led by Dr. David Irving.
Sunday 14 October, 3:30pm
Southcombe Park Stadium, Port Fairy
Eumeralla: a war requiem for peace
As a final chapter for the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, we are thrilled to present (in collaboration with Short Black Opera) the world première of a major new work from indigenous composer Deborah Cheetham. She writes: “The name Eumeralla is unlikely to be among the theatres of war that you could name. I first walked on this battlefield on Gunditjmara country in 2013 – it woke something in me and my immediate response was music. A song, A Requiem. A War Requiem. It will be called Eumeralla and named in honour of one of the most brutal resistance wars fought on this continent. Sung entirely in the language of the Gunditjmara people, it is designed for non-Indigenous Australians to sing along-side Indigenous brothers and sisters. It is my hope that this song will help the spirits of those who fell – those who resisted and their aggressors, to find a lasting peace and that we their descendants might find our way to deeper understanding of the legacy of these battles.
Deborah Cheetham AO - Soprano (Yorta Yorta), Linda Barcan - Mezzo Soprano, Don Bemrose - Baritone (Gungarri), Dhungala Children’s Choir (Gunditjmara, Wadawurrung, Yorta Yorta), The Consort of Melbourne, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Community Choir, David Kram - Conductor, PLEXUS Collective +, Jennifer Williams - Dancer (Githabul – Ngarakbul), Peter Barker Lovett - Dancer (Gunditjmara), Gary Lang - Choreographer (Larrakia)
Friday 5 October, 7:30pm
Xavier College Memorial Chapel - 135 Barkers Rd, Kew VIC 3101
Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir
The Consort of Melbourne is joining forces with Canberra's Luminescence Chamber Choir to perform Frank Martin's sublime mass for double choir as well as BRAND NEW commissions from Elliott Gyger, Anastasia Pahos, Kim Cunio and Brad Gill, each drawing on a diverse range of spiritual and cultural traditions and texts to respond to Martin's deeply personal mass.
This very special programme will be conducted by Roland Peelman, with performances in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra:
Presented by Luminescence Chamber Choir
Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5:30pm
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne Festival Headline
Taylor Mac's 24-decade History of Popular Music
From murder ballads to speakeasy jazz, Women’s Liberation anthems to Walt Whitman, this is a show 240 years in the making and 24 hours in the telling.
Taylor Mac’s mission is nothing short of extraordinary: to chart a complete social history of a nation through the music that scored its rebellions and revolutions, triumphs and tragedies.
Across four six-hour epics of staggering scale, Mac enlists the aid of over one hundred local and international performers—from acrobats and burlesque artists to choirs and marching bands—to join this fearless quest.
Hailed as a Ring Cycle for the 21st century, this once-in-a-lifetime experience has never been seen outside the US and is co-commissioned by and exclusive to Melbourne Festival. Part celebration and part exorcism, it’s a no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, history, performance and art that will take its place as one of the most spectacular stage events Melbourne has ever witnessed.
The Consort of Melbourne appeared as the Temperance Choir in Part 1 of this event.
Sunday 20 August 2017, 7:30pm
Hamer hall, SUPERSENSE festival headline
with the Australian Art Orchestra
and the Consort of Melbourne
You never know where a Spiritualized album will take you, but you know it's somewhere you'll want to be led. From lavishly synthesised epics to down and dirty blues, soaring gospel melodies to all-out garage rock, the only sure thread to run through the outfit's 27-year existence comes in the form of the enigmatic figure at its centre, Jason Pierce aka J Spaceman.
Beneath the sublime harmonies and gossamer fragility there's always been the kind of timeless songwriting know-how that distinguishes the greats. How else to explain the enduring appeal of an album such as the iconic Ladies and Gentlemen... We Are Floating in Space, hailed as one of the defining works of 90s Britpop yet existing on a plane apart from its peers? Or the crushingly intimate Songs in A&E, composed in the wake of a double pneumonia that almost took its creator's life? By turns symphonic and unadorned, Spaceman's work is marked by a perfectionism that will not be denied.
Experience this one-of-a-kind musical dynamo as Spiritualized takes a tour of its back catalogue, with intriguing hints of what its future will hold.
"All the drama, heartache, torment and redemption you could ever want is right there in the music itself." - NME
Thursday 17 August 2017, 6:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Local Heroes Series
Join Melbourne's elite vocal ensemble at the Melbourne Recital Centre for a programme of vivid musical landscapes painted in rich vocal harmony. The final concert in our 'Elements' series, Earth Songs travels from sleepy gardens to terrifying woods at night, and from the red centre of the Australian continent to green meadows in England. The Consort of Melbourne brings to life the pictures that composers have painted of earthly settings, real and imagined.