Hymns for End Times
Rachael Dease with West Australian Symphony Orchestra
'Dease's voice is gorgeous and haunting, and to hear it makes you feel suddenly warm and surrounded by beauty. It is nothing short of mesmerising.'
A Perth Festival Commission
Presented in association with Tura New Music
With soaring vocals that evoke PJ Harvey and intoxicating, sprawling soundscapes that can be compared to Sufjan Stevens, Rachael Dease is a musical force to be reckoned with. She has long lived between the worlds of music and theatre, but this epic concert event uncovers an intimate and personal performance.
Begun during the 2019 – 20 Australian bushfires, Hymns for End Times is a response to man-made disaster and helplessness. To sit and watch catastrophe while quietly feeding a baby. To feel the shame and panic of a human being, participating in a planet's destruction, and also feel the intense all-consuming love towards another small being. A dark work filled with love, it asks us to imagine what we would do in our final moments, as individuals and as a collective. What would be important? What would you say? Who would you hold?
Hymns For End Times is a series of musical vignettes imagining apocalyptic scenarios juxtaposed with the hope and protective love found within a new mother. A deeply personal work full of fragility and fortitude it is both a powerful protest against a bleak future and a poetic lullaby to help sooth our fears. With the support of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by Voyces, Rachael’s spellbinding voice and magnetic stage presence will take you through intimate lullabies to orchestral shouts in a captivating music event.
Written byRachael DeaseArranged byAlice Humphries, Kathy Potter & Mia BrineMusical DirectorMia BrineFeaturingWest Australian Symphony Orchestra & Voyces
Rachael Dease’s artistic practice encompasses art music, film and theatre scoring, installation and songwriting. Graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts she won the inaugural Martin Sims Award at Fringe World, the Melbourne Fringe Music Award and received critical acclaim at New York Fringe Festival for her contemporary song cycle City of Shadows. Her composition and sound design for theatre include the Helpmann Award-nominated It’s Dark Outside (The Last Great Hunt) and Sunset (Strut Dance/Maxine Doyle). Installation work includes Black Mass (PICA), Winter Feast 2018 and 2019 (Dark Mofo), Museum of Water (Perth Festival) and Like Embracing Ice (Fremantle Arts Centre). Rachael was awarded the 2017 Department of Culture and The Arts Performing Arts Fellowship, won the Performing Arts WA award for Best Music for Let The Right One In (Black Swan State Theatre Company) and has been a Besen Fellow at Malthouse Theatre. Her residencies include PICA, Proximity Festival, Lumen Studios Italy and The Arctic Circle. In 2020 she was a Prelude composer-in-residence at Gallop House, Western Australia.
Katherine Potter is a freelance violist and composer with an interesting musical background, having completed Bachelors of Music in both jazz performance (WA Academy of Performing Arts) and classical performance (with first-class honours; University of Western Australia). Katherine was a 2006 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist, has performed as a casual violist with the WA Symphony Orchestra since 2007, and plays as Principal Violist with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. Katherine has composed concert, film and dance music which has been performed in Australia, the US and Canada, and has a predilection for writing new soundtracks for 1920s silent films for the ensemble Viola Dana. Katherine has been a recipient of two DLGSC Development Grants and an Australia Council Artstart grant, and is currently a sessional staff member at WAAPA
Alice Humphries is a highly versatile composer working across and in-between the contemporary classical, jazz and experimental worlds. Her music has been described as “bursting with life and fun, as well as great, great beauty” and “deeply thought-provoking…offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.” Her output includes electro-acoustic, chamber and orchestral music, as well as music for dance, documentary and film. She seeks to create evocative and engaging sound worlds that take inspiration from natural phenomena, and intersections between humanity and nature. Alice’s music has been performed across Australia and internationally by artists including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble, and the Letter String Quartet. She also works extensively as an arranger and has collaborated with some of Australia’s finest orchestras and pop artists including Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan and Missy Higgins.
Mia Brine is an award-winning pianist, vocalist, composer and clarinet/saxophonist. She graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in classical clarinet and piano in 2005.
She has performed as Keyboard II – "Book of Mormon”, "The Nutcracker" with the W.A Philharmonic Orchestra and toured as the arranger and pianist with Opera Australia's "Brand Nue Dae".
Mia has worked with the New College Choir in Oxford, UK and had her choral composition 'Silent Weeping' recorded by jazz composer Ed Partyka on his album ‘Overcast’. In 2007 she wrote/performed the score for “The Good Thief” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Some of Mia's recent credits include the Perth season of the Australian Touring productions of "Grease", "Wicked", "Georgy Girl”, “Mamma Mia!”, “Jersey Boys” and delivering musical theatre workshops in Shanghai.
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Thu 18 Feb 8pm
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- Supported by the Minderoo Foundation and the Australia Council For The Arts, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
- Tura New Music's annual program is supported by the Sate Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government trough the Australia Council, it's arts funding advisory body.