The Giovanni Consort: Concert Season 2017
On behalf of all of our singers, artists and Patrons it is an honour and a privilege to present The Giovanni Consort’s 2017 Season.
The coming year will see us continue to focus on its artistic goals; to contribute to the growing library of choral works performed in Western Australia, and to give our performers opportunities to display their considerable skills to a wide and varied audience.
A new development for 2017 sees Freya Swarbrick take on the role of Conducting Scholar. Freya will rehearse and conduct one piece in each of our four concerts, as well has having the opportunity to work with and alongside some of the finest choral experts in Perth.
For our first performance, we welcome Adrian Maydwell to conduct a program of Baroque music from Mexico & South America. Modelled on the performing style of Ex Cathedra, this concert will feature many works seldom heard in Australia, including the earliest work of vocal polyphony printed in the New World.
Marilyn Phillips conducts a program of French works from the Romantic Period and Twentieth Century in our second concert; The Giovanni Consort will work hard with this supremely experienced musician to explore the significant contributions made to the choral world by such celebrated composers as Faure, Ravel, Debussy & Poulenc.
Our third performance will focus on the beauty of music written for upper voices only. Conducted by Hugh Lydon, the focus of this concert is to introduce listeners to music that they may not have heard before, as well as presenting our own interpretations of masterworks such as Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, performed by the many talented female voices that Perth boasts.
Our final performance of the year sees Dr Robert Braham take to the podium to direct a program of modern British masterpieces, including works written in the Twenty First Century. The highlights of this concert will include Rubbra’s Missa in Honorem Sancti Dominici and Stabat Mater by Paul Mealor.
We cannot achieve any of our artistic goals without the help and support of all our Patrons and Subscribers and we thank you for coming on this musical journey with us. As the new Artistic Director, I am excited about the coming year, and would like to acknowledge the hard work of Cian Elliott to prepare The Giovanni Consort for 2017.
Hugh Lydon, Artistic Director