Concerts

Sunday Concert Program 2017

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We hope you enjoy this free concert program.

Registration is essential and opens a month prior to the concert. A link to registration is on the Court’s website available below.
Registration guarantees entry but does not guarantee seating.
Please arrive at least half an hour early to secure seating.

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The Court would like to thank the ANU School of Music for their generous loan of the concert grand piano, and Peter Hislop for providing, free of charge, professional photographs for the artists and the Court to use.


 

Sunday 5 February 1:30pm
Members of the Canberra Youth Orchestra
  Peter and the Wolf
Join members from the Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO) for Prokofiev's iconic Peter and the Wolf narrated by acclaimed young actor Charles Hudson and conducted by Leonard Weiss, 2016 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia.  A classic hit for families in particular, this timeless story explores animals through different instruments of the orchestra. Presented for the first time in the High Court of Australia, concert-goers and music-lovers of all ages will love Peter and the Wolf told through the eye of Canberra's top young musicians.

CYO is the premier youth symphony orchestra within the ACT and wider region, bringing together the finest young musicians. Celebrating their 50th year in 2017, CYO is performing four major orchestral concerts in the Llewellyn Hall featuring Australia's top soloists including The Idea of North (8 April) and James Morrison AM (11 November).

For more information on CYO's future concerts visit http://musicforcanberra.org.au/event/canberra-youth-orchestra-2017-celebrating-50-years/

Duration 45 minutes.
Registration closed.

Peter and the Wolf

Photograph courtesy William Hall


Sunday 26 February 1:30pm Canberra Opera
  Operatic Appeal

Canberra Opera presents an excerpt from Strauss' Die Fledermaus in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia ahead of their May 2017 production.  They will also perform well known arias, duets and a trio from Mozart, Bellini, Puccini and Gounod.

Canberra Opera is a dynamic company performing full operas, community concerts and opera for corporate events. Canberra Opera offers specialised training and experience for classically trained singers and musicians and aims to provide affordable and entertaining opera productions to the Canberra region. Singers include those who have trained at tertiary institutions and those who have studied privately.   Recently Canberra Opera has produced and performed two full scale operas, Suor Angelica and La Bohème both by Giacomo Puccini. Canberra Opera’s next production is Die Fledermaus by Johann Stauss II in May 2017.

For more information about Canberra Opera visit http://www.canberraopera.org.au/

Duration 90 minutes.  Click to register

Operatic Appeal

Photograph courtesy of Es Fotofraphi


Sunday 26 March 1:30pm
Luminescence Chamber Singers
  In Concert

Luminescence Chamber Singers and the Luminescence Children’s Choir have designed an exciting program of works to exploit the remarkable acoustics of the High Court’s Great Hall.  A virtuosic chamber music ensemble Luminescence Chamber Singers is comprised of eight young vocalists. The singers share collaborative musical direction of the ensemble and perform un-conducted. The Luminescence Children’s Choir - Luminescence’s newest ensemble - is a treble choir for singers aged 10 – 17, conducted and directed by AJ America. The Children’s Choir provides young musicians with holistic and high quality musical experiences and training, and showcases the unique artistic capacities of young voices. Both ensembles perform a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and frequently premiere new music by young Australian composers. 

For more information about Luminescence visit http://luminescence.org.au/

Duration 1 hour. 

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Luminescence Chamber Choir

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop


Sunday 2 April 1:30pm Duo Blockstix
   

Duo Blockstix is a unique ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill. Formed in 2014 the duo perform repertoire spanning 800 years with an emphasis on promoting new and innovative compositions. In this concert the duo will perform traditional works, such as Two-part Fantasias by Thomas Morley and Orlando Gibbons, and contemporary works, such as Tristan Coelho’s As the Dust Settles and Tim Hansen's Pencils.

For more information about Duo Blockstix visit http://www.aliciacrossley.com.au

Duration 1 hour. 

Registration opens a month prior.

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Duo Blockstix

Photographs courtesy of Kurt Sneddon


Sunday 30 April at 1:30pm
I Progetti
  M - Mysticism, Mortality and Monteverdi

I Progetti (Italian: 'The Projects’) was formed by founder and Artistic Director Charis Messalina de Valence in early 2016 as a small chamber choir dedicated to fine singing, both a cappella and in collaboration with other musicians. I Progetti is dedicated to exploring new, unfamiliar, and infrequently-performed choral repertoire.   

This concert was conceived as a tribute to Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, featuring a lesser-known work, his 1641 Messa da cappella for four voices, basso continuo, and other instruments, from his collection of sacred music published in 1640 and 1641, Selva morale e spirituale ('Moral and spiritual forest'). 

Monteverdi was a pivotal figure in the transition from the Renaissance era to the Baroque style, and in the early development of opera. Through his work, he explored the great mysteries of life: faith, love, renunciation, tragedy, and the progression of life from birth to death. The liturgy of the Mass celebrates all of these mysteries.  To complement this work, I Progetti will also present works themed upon mortality, encompassing the mysticism associated with the human experience of creation and the ultimate fragility of life, redeemed through the joys of love both human and divine. The programme arc stretches from a modern envisaging of a mediaeval Icelandic hymn to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and culminates with the works of two contemporary Australian composers: Dr Calvin Bowman (Melbourne), and Mark Chapman (Canberra).                

For more information about I Progetti please visit https://www.facebook.com/I-Progetti-509790702527297/info?ref=page_internal 

Duration 75 minutes.

Registration now open: Click to Register

I Progetti

Photograph courtesy of Eva Schroeder


Sunday 28 May 1:30pm Australian Piano Duo
 

Folkloric Enchantment

Australian Piano Duo will take their audience around the world in 60 minutes, all on a Sunday afternoon.  Join the Duo as they blend musical elements from both the East and West, through exotic Chinese melodies to imaginative Russian harmonies, including works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and transcriptions crafted by the Australian Piano Duo. 
Hailed as dazzlingly breathtaking and flamboyantly electrified, this dynamic team has been performing globally in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vienna.

Dr. Vicky Yang and Dr. Candidate Maggie Chen began their collaboration in 2003, focused on a shared passion of folk-influenced music repertoire. In the recent years the duo have been premiering works for Australian and European composers.  In addition they are also collaborating with artists internationally including Choreographer Eric Lin (Taiwan), singer Koen van Stade (Netherlands), videographer/film maker Lewis Yu (Hong Kong) and photographer Jasper Tu (Shanghai).
 
Duration 75 minutes.

Registration now open: Click to Register

Australian Piano Duo Photograph courtesy of Jasper Tu

 Photograph courtesy of Jasper Tu


Sunday 11 June at 1:30pm
Capital of Australia Mandolin Ensemble
   

COZMO - Capital of Australia Mandolinata - presents a concert of beautiful and engaging music written especially for the mandolin orchestra and perfectly matched to the ethereal acoustics of the High Court's Great Hall.  Our program will feature music from some superlative Australian composers for mandolin including Stephen Lalor, Rob Kay and Robert Schulz, and also from both traditional and modern European composers for mandolin.  You'll be treated to music ranging from the Baroque through to light classical, traditional and contemporary – something for everyone to really enjoy and delight in!

COZMO is a small community-based mandolin ensemble, in which we all play for the joy and fun of being involved in making music together.  Its founding members have also played with mandolin orchestras in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA and have also performed in Germany’s BDZ Eurofestival, in the 25-member Australis Ensemble

For more information or to enquire about Ensemble membership please visit https://cozmo.org.au or Phone 0421 043 082.  

Duration 60 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

Capital of Australia Mandolin Ensemble

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 18 June at 1:30pm Jack Chenoweth and Kylie Loveland
 

Violin and Piano Duo

Join Jack Chenoweth (Violin) and Kylie Loveland (Piano) as they delight audiences with works from Jean Sibelius, Arvo Pärt, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Robert Schumann. 

Jack and Kylie are both graduates of the ANU School of Music.  Jack studied the violin with Gillian Bailey-Graham and went on to study as a National Undergraduate Scholar and Wesley Scholar, winning prizes for violin and chamber music.  Jack continued his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music learning from Monica Curro and Paul Wright. Jack has performed in various Melbourne ensembles and currently plays in various local ensembles, including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. 

Kylie graduated with a Bachelor of Music (first class honours) from the ANU School of Music studying piano under Susanne Powell and fortepiano under Dr Geoffrey Lancaster. Kylie has performed Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the National Capital Orchestra, participated in the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel and travelled to Germany to study with the Silver Garburg Piano Duo. Awarded the Dennis Griffin National Piano Graduate Scholarship, Kylie completed her Master of Music specialising in piano accompaniment. Throughout 2014-2015 Kylie studied with Dr Barbara Lister-Sink (USA).

Duration 75 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

Jack Chenoweth and Kylie Loveland

 


Sunday 6 August at 1:30pm Igitur Nos Chamber Choir
   

Igitur Nos presents a concert of swoon-worthy choral music both familiar and new. It will feature Joseph Twist's Hymn of Ancient Lands, commissioned by Mary and Paul Pollard last year for the Australian tour of the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as Norwegian composer ?riks Ešenvalds, Brahms, Parry and Tavener.

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir is a group of highly experienced singers dedicated to excellent blend, production and presentation. Formed in 2003 by its director, Matthew Stuckings, the choir has sung in many beautiful sacred spaces and cultural institutions in Canberra and beyond, as well as live on the ABC. The choir meets weekly and presents numerous public and liturgical performances throughout the year. 

For more information or to enquire about membership please visit https://www.facebook.com/igiturnos

Duration 75 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

Igitur Nos Chamber Choir

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop


Sunday 13 August at 1:30pm Australian National University Choral Society
   

The Australian National University Choral Society (SCUNA), has an established reputation for high quality performances and is one of Canberra’s premier choirs. For this concert SCUNA brings the delights and memories of spring to remind us it is only a month away. Highlighting a springtime group of choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan together with a selection of English madrigals with a springtime theme audiences will be encouraged to join the shepherds and shepherdesses, bridesmaids, sailors and pirates, peers and peris and possibly even a daffodil or two for an hour of song and merriment!

Founded in 1963, the choir has performed both lesser known and more familiar masterpieces of the choral repertoire. Concerts in recent years have included Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor, Fauré's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's Mass in B Minor, Rossini's Petite Messe Solemnelle, Rachmaninoff's Vespers, Requiems by Brahms, Duruflé and Mozart, and pieces by Bernstein, Britten, Byrd, Dvorák, Haydn, Pergolesi, Sculthorpe and Victoria.

For more information please visit http://www.scuna.aicsa.org.au/choir.html

Duration 1 hour. 

Registration now open: Register

Australian National University Choral Society

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop


Sunday 3 September at 1:30pm The Australian Youth Orchestra
  Three Places

Momentum Ensemble, an initiative of the Australian Youth Orchestra, brings together the boundless imagination and talent of Australia’s best young instrumentalists. Fuelled by ambition, passion and creativity, the ensemble takes young artists on a journey through a broad range of repertoire and performance opportunities that challenge them to become masters of their art.

In their final concert of the year, Momentum Ensemble is excited to present a musical work by young Australian composer Cyrus Meurant. Performed under the skilful directorship of renowned flautist and Artistic Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Ariel Zuckermann, this innovative new composition is juxtaposed beside music from Haydn and Charles Ives in an exceptional concert not to be missed.

Duration 1 hour.

Registration now open: Register

The Australian Youth Orchestra


Sunday 10 September at 1:30pm Strange Weather Gospel Choir and aChoired Voices
   

Canberra’s Strange Weather Gospel Choir and Sydney’s aChoired Voices present a selection of uplifting and joyous songs selected for the High Court of Australia.  Added to the Choirs’ repertoire of gospel and spiritual songs are African, Indigenous, folk and contemporary pieces.

Strange Weather Gospel Choir, under the guidance of Musical Director Dan Bennett, is a non-auditioned Canberra community choir consisting of around 35 singers. The Members of the choir are united by the love of singing together in a supportive environment.

aChoired Voices, directed by Ansa Fourie, is an auditioned community choir of around 20 singers, based in Castle Hill, Sydney. The choir believes that making music enriches our lives and it celebrates the joy of song with a wide range of musical styles, from traditional and contemporary Western European choral music to contemporary Australian works and gospel, folk and world music.

For more information please visit Strange Weather Gospel Choir and aChoired Voices.

Duration 90 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

Strange Weather Gospel Choir

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 17 September 2017 at 1:30pm Kompactus Youth Choir

The Kompactus Youth Choir is a university-age choir formed in 2009 by countertenor David Yardley to develop the skills of young choristers. In this special concert at the High Court Kompactus will present a selection of luscious music from their most recent programme depicting the mysterious world of Sleep.  Evoking both the wonderous and the troublesome moods of slumber Kompactus will present works such as 'Sleep' from choral favourite Eric Whitacre and 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal' by Paul Mealor, as well as a new piece by Canberra composer and Kompactus director Olivia Swift.  This unique programme is set to inspire and delight.

Kompactus has performed to acclaim regularly around Canberra including several appearances at CIMF and the High Court, in addition to sharing the stage with other choirs such as the Canberra Choral Society and the Oriana Chorale.

For more information please visit http://kompactus.wixsite.com/kompactusyouthchoir

Duration 1 hour.

Registration now open: Register

Kompactus Youth Choir

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 8 October at 1:30pm Music of the Baroque and Limestone Consort
   

Musical Director, Greg Stenning, has selected a range of Canberra based brass, string, percussion and vocal musicians to perform Baroque Music (circa 1600 to 1750) in the stunning acoustics of the High Court’s Great Hall.  They are joined by the talented Limestone Consort taking audiences on a journey through the historical development of Baroque music with compositions by Montiverdi, Gabrielli, Locke, Vivaldi, Leopold Mozart, Handel and Bach. Handel and Bach compositions will feature the blending of the Natural Trumpet and Voice. The Court would like to thank Brian O’Neill who worked with Greg Stenning over many months to breathe life into this significant event.  

Duration 90 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

Canberra Baroque and Limestone Consort

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Tuesday 10 October at 7:00pm

2017 Flowers of War Series

 

The Healers: A Pocket Opera about the Role of Nurses in WW1

The gorgeous soprano Simone Riksman, who stole people’s hearts in the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival, returns to Australia to sing the role of the Belgian Nurse. Fabulous tenor Andrew Goodwin, who performed in last year’s Somme concert, sings as the Wounded Soldier. Other performers are: Maurice Jaspart, Tom Azoury clarinet, the One-armed Clarinettist; Catherine McCorkill, clarinet, the Australian Nurse; David Pereira, cello, a Patient; Caroline Almonte, piano, Red Cross Volunteer; Christopher Latham, violin and artistic director, performs as Joseph Boulnos, a French orderly.
Composers include Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Jean Sibelius, Ivor Gurney, Renaldo Hahn and FS Kelly.

 

Tickets available at theflowersofwar.org

 The Flowers of War

 


Sunday 15 October at 1:30pm

ANU Open School of Music

  OSoM Top Acts

Staff and students of the Australian National University’s Open School of Music (OSoM) present an eclectic recital of chamber, vocal and solo repertoire, in the last month before their end of year recitals at the ANU.

Today’s young musicians undergo a rigorous audition process to be a part of the Open School of Music. The OSoM offers two streams of study in Classical Music tutored by ANU staff: the Music Development Programme, providing students from year seven to twelve with specialist tuition in chamber and choral music; and the Music for Colleges Programme, which allows year eleven and twelve students to gain credits towards a Bachelor Degree while completing their high school studies. Full program details will be available in early September 2017.

Join us in supporting Canberra’s elite young classical musicians in an inspiring top Sunday afternoon concert.

For more information on the OSoM visit https://music.anu.edu.au/open-school/colleges

Duration 90 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

ANU Open School of Music

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 29 October at 1:30pm

ACT Churchill Fellows’ Association presents the Canberra Recorder Orchestra

  Excellence and Passion

Join the Canberra Recorder Orchestra (CRO), the Wayfarers’ Choir and other ACT Churchill Fellow musicians as they exploit the acoustic beauty of the High Court of Australia.

This unique concert will feature Margaret Wright OAM and the Canberra Recorder Orchestra performing music from the 17th century through the centuries to contemporary; all demonstrating the range and beautiful tone of recorders in large ensemble. Guests will be moved by Judith Clingan’s (AM) ‘Wayfarers’ Choir presenting pieces from Judy’s  latest composition for music theatre, ‘Harmonia Mundi’, recently toured around Asia and Europe. Alice Giles AM will present pieces from her latest recording: Christmas carols including Australian carols and Christopher Pidcock will conclude the concert with Bach’s Cello Suite No 5.

Participating Fellows are Alice Giles AM (harp), Margaret Wright OAM (CRO conductor), Judith Clingan AM (composer and choral conductor) and Christopher Pidcock (cello). Churchill Fellows have extraordinary abilities and aspirations. A Churchill Fellowship provides a remarkable opportunity for talented Australian citizens to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence. The wide variety of projects demonstrates the importance of these awards. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was set up in 1965 to honour the memory of the great world leader, Sir Winston Churchill.

Duration 90 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

ACT Churchill Fellows Association


Sunday 5 November at 1:30pm

The Llewellyn Choir

   
The Llewellyn Choir is one of Canberra’s leading and longest-running choral groups.  In this concert audiences will enjoy select excerpts from Verdi’s Requiem and Will Todd's Mass In Blue, resounding in the magnificent space of the Court’s Great Hall.  Few choral works have captured the public imagination in the way that Verdi’s Requiem has. The uncomplicated directness of his style, his soaring, lyrical melodies which lie perfectly for the human voice, the scintillating orchestration and, most significantly, the work’s extraordinary dramatic and emotional intensity, all contribute to the Requiem’s status as one of the great icons of Western music.  Will Todd's Mass in Blue, also known as the Jazz Mass, will provide a complete contrast to the Requiem and demonstrates the Choir's diverse repertoire.

The Llewellyn Choir’s repertoire is based on the classical choral tradition with orchestral accompaniment. It also includes lightly accompanied smaller pieces drawn from a wide range of sources.

For more information on The Llewellyn Choir visit http://www.llewellynchoir.org.au/

Duration 1 hour.

Registration now open: Register

The Llewellyn Choir

Photograph courtesy of Dr Douglas Robertson


Sunday 12 November at 1:30pm

Polifemy

  Something Borrowed, all is New with Walking the Dog and friends
Poet Ezra Pound exhorted artists in the modern age to make it new!  The director of Canberra’s female vocal ensemble Polifemy, Robyn Mellor, has her roots in the world of old music (from the medieval to the baroque), but for this concert she takes her lead from Pound’s rallying cry to show how new music can be generated from old.

The program will feature original songs and instrumental works paired with the beautiful, wild and woolly results of their musical appropriation. Renaissance solo songs become virtuosic Italianate divisions; a single-voiced scrap of plainchant morphs into an elaborate four-part motet; a simple folk song is rendered all but unrecognisable in a complex arrangement for recorders; a fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach sparkles anew when swung suavely in Swingle style.
 
Robyn has been presenting varied, and very popular, concerts in the High Court’s Sunday afternoon series since 2014. For the 2017 series, Robyn will direct Polifemy and recorder ensemble Walking the Dog and invite assorted musical friends to join the fun. These groups will perform music for women’s and mixed ensembles, interspersed with recorder works featuring Robyn and others as soloists.

Join us for an exciting romp through music history, where new creations emerge from the old; where something is borrowed, and all is new.

Duration 90 minutes.

Registration now open: Register

Polifemy

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 3 December at 1:30pm Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society
  The Recorder Sings

Experience the rich and varied sound of the recorder brought to life by Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society (CREMS) within the unique acoustic environment of the High Court of Australia. The recorder is one of the very few instruments that can claim a repertoire extending from the eleventh century to the present day. Sacred and secular music, dance tunes and opera compositions, folk, jazz, contemporary and avant garde works, even romantic music written for Csakan (pretty much a recorder in disguise) as well as various recorder ensemble arrangements of classical orchestra compositions form the enormous content of this instrument’s repertoire. CREMS is delighted to showcase the renaissance sound in contrast to the contemporary style, the romantic repertoire for orchestra in comparison with the jazzy ensemble, and more.  If you have ever considered the recorder to be limited this concert will change your mind.

The Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society (CREMS) was founded in 1974 and is a friendly, non-auditioned group of recorder players of different ages from Canberra and the surrounding region.  Enjoying playing early and modern music in ensembles and recorder orchestra, CREMS holds monthly playing sessions and other workshops in Canberra plus twice yearly weekend-long workshops in Bundanoon in association with the Sydney Society of Recorder Players.
   
Led by Barbara Jerjen CREMS invites you on a journey to experience the versatility of the recorder throughout history.

For more information visit www.canberrarecorders.com

Duration 1 hour. 

Registration opens a month prior at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

 

Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 10 December at 1:30pm

Special Christmas Concert created by Helen Moore and Louise Page

   
Helen Moore joins with Soprano Louise Page in creating a very special Christmas event for the Canberra region. Experience the High Court’s Great Hall filled with the splendid sounds of community carol singing, as well as solo, choral and brass performances of well-known and lesser-known seasonal music.  This concert is one of Canberra’s top music events for the Christmas season.  It will delight you and your family and bring the Court’s 2017 concert program to a glorious conclusion.

This concert is so popular that admission is strictly by ticket only.No tickets at the door.

Duration 90 minutes.  

Registration opens a month prior at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/about/concerts

Special Christmas Concert

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop