Chamber Music Weekend
The Gesualdo Six with The Giovanni Consort, Voyces & William Barton
'At times you felt like there were a hundred voices; at others, only one.'
A Perth Festival Commission
The UK’s finest consort singers The Gesualdo Six perform a very special Perth Festival concert.
One of the most striking features of this Cambridge-based vocal group is the illusion they produce when performing of being one voice. Add to this the international reputation for their broad-ranging repertoire, moving with ease from Renaissance to contemporary music and you’ll see why this is a must-have ticket for choral music lovers.
In an exciting collaboration, The Gesualdo Six are joined by local choirs The Giovanni Consort and Voyces to perform choral masterpieces including Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium on the 450th anniversary of its composition.
The acoustic of Winthrop Hall will be transformed into a reverberant cathedral space as works from ancient masses are sung alongside compositions from virtuoso didgeridoo player William Barton and a new commission based on Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from local composer Cara Fesjian.
The Gesualdo Six
The Gesualdo Six is a vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Formed in March 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, the group went on to give over 60 performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first three years. Over this time, The Gesualdo Six further developed a passion for ensemble singing that for many of them stemmed from formative years as choristers in churches and cathedrals around the country.
Whilst initially focusing on early music, concert programmes began to reflect a desire to include more modern repertoire and now renaissance polyphony is often juxtaposed with works by composers including György Ligeti and Joanna Marsh amongst others. In 2016 The Gesualdo Six successfully curated its first Composition Competition, supported by St John’s Smith Square and the Music Sales group of companies, attracting 174 entries from around the world. In 2019 over three hundred composers entered the second edition of the Composition Competition, with the winning works by Alison Willis and Jacob Beranek receiving their world premieres at Cadogan Hall in London.
Born in Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist William Barton has been playing the didgeridoo for over 25 years. He has forged an international profile in the classical musical world as a performer and composer, performing with the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin. Barton’s unique talent has been featured at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2018 opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games and the Invictus Games in Australia, and recently at Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty, The Queen of England for Commonwealth Day 2019. Barton holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities of Griffith and Sydney and has released five albums on the ABC Classics label. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo — and the culture and landscape that it represents.
|Time & Location||
Fri 14 Feb
2hrs including interval
Eligible for package discount
- Cara Fesjian's work commissioned by an anonymous donor for Perth Festival 2020
- Julia Holland