Passion: Membra Jesu Nostri
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Passion: Membra Jesu Nostri

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Christophe Karas

St George’s Early Music Ensemble, led by Professor Paul Wright

In the first concert of their 2018 Season, The Giovanni Consort present Buxtehude’s masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri. We are delighted to be joined by conductor Christophe Karas who will direct both The Giovanni Consort and the Early Music Ensemble of St George’s College, who will be led by Paul Wright. Together, they will present the seven cantatas that contemplate parts of Christ’s body on the cross.

For Passion in 1680 Dieterich Buxtehude composed his largest work in the style of an oratorio, dedicating it to his friend, the Swedish Court Music Director, Gustav Düben.

In each of the seven separate cantatas the feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart and face of the crucified Christ are interpreted allegorically. The cantatas follow a rough scheme involving an instrumental introduction, a choral movement with biblical texts, an aria with a sacred text from the Middle Ages and the repetition of the choral movement,

The work is intended to be performed on Good Friday, and The Giovanni Consort are delighted to collaborate with St George’s College to make this a reality – we will be performing in the Chapel found within the College’s grounds on the evening of Good Friday itself.

With solo, choral and instrumental excellence on display, this is a concert not to be missed!

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Australasia: Choral music from Japan, China and Australia
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Australasia: Choral music from Japan, China and Australia

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Perry Joyce

The choral library of Australia, China and Japan has increasingly become part of the standard repertoire for many choirs around the world. Composers such as Ian Grandage, Gordon Hamilton and Kentaro Sato are finding an ever-increasing global audience for their music. The pure simplicity of music from this part of the world, which is often linked to nature, is unlike that found in traditional musical circles.

For the second concert of their 2018 Season, The Giovanni Consort is delighted and privileged to present a selection of these Australasian works in the fantastic acoustics and visually spectacular setting of the Cabaret Cave in Yanchep National Park. Originally used in the 1930’s to provide a secret dinner and dance location for Perth’s rich and famous, Cabaret Cave is Perth’s only venue cave.

Perry Joyce, one of Australia’s most promising and talented musicians, will conduct The Giovanni Consort as they perform a diverse range of works from composers including Grandage, Sato, Stephen Leek, Chen Yi & Hamilton, as well as works by Joyce himself.

Please join us for what will be a truly unique performance of some of the great modern choral pieces from Australasia.

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Americana: Breaking time's arrow
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Americana: Breaking time's arrow

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Kris Bowtell

Unlike political history, American choral music did not immediately burst forth with significant people and events. Choral music certainly existed in America since the Colonial Period, but it was not until the twentieth century that its impact was significant. The last half of the twentieth century saw an explosion of interest in choral music unprecedented in the history of the country.

Bookending our performance with the works of Charles Ives, The Giovanni Consort will present an overview of music written by notable American composers, some of whom are still living today. Works by Libby Larsen, David Lang, Steve Reich and Eric Whitacre will share the stage with music by Leonard Bernstein and Elliott Carter, as members of The Giovanni Consort shine a light on the diverse compositional styles that are shaping the modern repertoire for many choirs around the world.

This concert will be held in the majestic acoustics of St Mary’s Church, South Perth, where Kris Bowtell will conduct. The Giovanni Consort will also perform alongside percussion and organ for both Ives’ Psalm 90, and Bernstein’s Missa Brevis.

We hope to see you at this performance as we celebrate the impact that American composers have had on choral music over the last century.

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Albion: English works for choir and organ
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Albion: English works for choir and organ

The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana

In the final concert of their 2018 season, The Giovanni Consort presents a program of sublime English choral music written during the Twentieth Century.

Great Britain’s relationship with choral music is peerless; the cultural identity of the country can be charted throughout the centuries by the compositional styles of initial masters such as Purcell, Byrd and Tallis to the modern equivalents of Mealor, Panufnik and Bennett. Choral communities throughout the globe have emerged from the influence of this tradition, and many international composers of the present day cite the British masters as their inspiration.

The Giovanni Consort will delight audiences with some of the masterworks that were written by great English composers during the past century. Conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana in the architectural magnificence of Trinity Uniting Church, The Giovanni Consort will deliver stunning renditions of pieces by composers including Leighton, Howells, Finzi and Delius. Sacred and secular works will be performed as we close our 2018 Season with as much pomp and majesty as possible.

We encourage you to join us for our final Concert Series performance of the year, as this event will be truly spectacular.

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Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

2018 Season Launch

2018 will be an exciting year for the Giovanni Consort. Our SEASON LAUNCH at Christ Church Claremont on Saturday February 24 at 4:00pm will offer an overview of what is in store for the year. 

As ever, the Giovanni Consort will strive to develop and encourage young singers to work alongside the very best choral musicians in WA. These singers will take on challenging music that may not be found in other choral circles. 

Repertoire that will feature in our 2018 CONCERT SERIES includes American music from the last century, Buxtehude's masterwork Jesu Membra Nostri, a smorgasbord of choral music from Australia, China and Japan & spectacular British sacred works. An exciting lineup of conductors will direct these performances in a variety of unique locations throughout Perth. One piece from each of these concerts will be presented at our SEASON LAUNCH.

A further exciting development for 2018 sees the Giovanni Consort collaborate with a number of festivals and arts organisations. Further information will be provided at the SEASON LAUNCH. 

After the launch concludes, we will be serving refreshments in the Hall next door to Christ Church, Claremont. I would like to cordially invite you to this launch and I hope you can join us to hear our plans for 2018. 

I would be very grateful if you RSVP and confirm your attendance. 

It would be lovely to see you there and it promises to be a wonderful afternoon.

With best wishes,

Hugh Lydon, Artistic Director, The Giovanni Consort

 

INFORMATION:
CHRIST CHURCH CLAREMONT: 
Located at the corner of Stirling Highway and Queenslea Drive, Christ Church Claremont is one of Perth's most famous and iconic churches.  

DIRECTIONS: Just 20 minutes drive from Perth city centre and walking distance (600m) from Claremont station, please click on the map below for any transport info or directions (via Google maps). 

PARKING: On street parking is available on Queenslea Drive. Further parking is available across the road at Claremont Quarter, which offers 3 hours complimentary parking, after which a charge of $5 per hour applies.

DURATION: The launch will commence at 4:00pm and will conclude at 5:00pm approx, with a reception in the Hall afterwards. 

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Denmark Festival of the Voice
Jun
3
to Jun 5

Denmark Festival of the Voice

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The Giovanni Consort are delighted to return to the Denmark Festival of Voice in 2017, where this year we will present an array of masterpieces that celebrate the emotional power created by A Cappella singing. Choral Masterworks will take you on a journey from Renaissance times to the present day, exploring the highlights of composers well known for their skills at writing for voice. These include Tallis, Byrd, Rheinberger, Britten, Poulenc, Bruckner and Arvo Part as well as many others. The Giovanni Consort will deliver a concert of both sacred and secular vocal music that will create a deep impression on listeners, encouraging them to explore the works of these composers once they have left. They invite anyone who shares a passion for the human voice to attend this performance and rejoice in the celebration of Choral Masterworks.

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Retrospective: Percy Grainger
Nov
26
8:30 AM08:30

Retrospective: Percy Grainger

Conducted by Dr. Peter Tregear

The Giovanni Consort present a concert celebrating the wonderful music of Australia’s greatest composer, Percy Grainger. We are delighted to be joined by guest director, Dr Peter Tregear, a Grainger expert, who is sure to shine a unique light on this fun, colourful and brilliant music.

Percy Grainger was an extremely eccentric man and had quite eclectic musical tastes. He shunned the establishment and had little regard for he the “high art” for which he was expected to aspire. However, in the unconventional manner and forms in which he wrote, there is incredible genius and music of great beauty. This is clear from the esteem with which he was held by the great composers of his day-  Britten, Vaughan Williams and Grieg were great admirers of his work.

In this concert we will perform some of this most famous choral compositions, songs and folk song arrangements, including I’ll Be Seventeen Come Sunday, Brigg Fair, Irish Tune from County Derry and the sublime Mo Nighean Dubh. We are delighted to be joined by the solo talents of soprano, Brianna Louwen and baritone, Thomas Friberg in some of Grainger’s beloved songs.

This is sure to be an unmissable concert!

Tickets: $35 adult/$30 concession/ $20 student,
available from www.trybooking.com/KAWD

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Reflection: Lagrime di San Pietro
Jul
25
2:30 AM02:30

Reflection: Lagrime di San Pietro

Conducted by Hugh Lydon

Orlande de Lassus, Europe’s most famous musician during his lifetime, created nothing finer than the Lagrime di San Pietro, a collection of twenty spiritual madrigals and one motet for seven voices. 

A cycle of sacred madrigals on the sorrows of St Peter following his denial of Christ, it was assembled shortly before the composer’s death. Lassus pours every dramatic nuance and piece of harmonic invention he could possibly muster, hurling the listener through the stages of Peter’s rage, remorse and resignation, and concluding with a motet that presents Christ’s response to the world. 

The Giovanni Consort is delighted and privileged to present this work in the architectural and acoustic splendour of Guildford Grammar School. Please join us for what will be a special and intimate performance of one of the great renaissance masterpieces.

Tickets: $35 adult/$30 concession/ $20 student,
available from www.trybooking.com/KAWA

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Sacred & Profane
May
14
7:30 AM07:30

Sacred & Profane

Conducted by Kate Oliver

The Giovanni Consort are delighted to present a contrasting program, with something for everybody, in the QV1 Building this May! 

The sacred-profane dichotomy acts to divide elements of life which are fundamentally sacred from those which are profane, or of mundane individual concern. This program examines how this has manifested itself in different composers works and the music has been selected either for it's sacred beauty or debauched silliness. 

The major works will be Graeme Koehne's 'Mass for the Middle Aged', Britten's 'Sacred and Profane' and Bach's Der Geist Hillft. There will also be some short, and sometimes rude, English part songs, rounds and catches. 

We look forward to bringing this amazing music in to this incredible space and its extraordinary acoustic.

Tickets: $35 adult/$30 concession/ $20 student,
available from www.trybooking.com/KAVW

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The Golden Age: Tudor Treasures
Mar
5
8:30 AM08:30

The Golden Age: Tudor Treasures

Step back in time with the Giovanni Consort this March, as they present a program of a cappella music from the Tudor period of 16th century England. 

The singers will perform in the old style, or stile antico, and perform the works of William Byrd and Thomas Tallis without a conductor. The performance will encourage the singers to collaborate organically with in the music and use the glorious nuances within the music to communicate and display their artistry. 

Both Thomas Tallis and William Byrd lived through the onset of reformation and the turning point for sacred music in the 16 century. Though both composers were unreformed Catholics, they could suit their compositional output to suit the demands of the monarchs whom they served. This concert will seek to examine and explore the both sides of their opus, their Latin music and also the new reformed Anglican repertoire. 

Music:

Thomas Tallis: Suscipe Quaeso Domine, O Sacrum Convivium, In Ieiunio Et Fletu, If Ye Love Me, O Lord Give the Holy Spirit. 

William Byrd: Laudibus in Sanctis, Ne Irascaris Domine, Ave Verum Corpus, Praise Our Lord All Ye Gentiles, Sing Joyfully. 

Tickets: $35 adult/$30 concession/ $20 student,
available from www.trybooking.com/KAVV

 

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20th Anniversary Concert
Sep
20
7:30 AM07:30

20th Anniversary Concert

The Giovanni Consort turns 20

The Giovanni Consort is celebrating 20 years of music making this year and we are gearing up for The Giovanni Consort's 20th Anniversary Concert at Perth Town Hall on Saturday, September 19th at 7:30pm. 

We are delighted to be joined by founding directors David Gething and Andrew Sutherland, and are pleased to say that previous conductor, and Director of Music at St George's Cathedral, Simon Lawford will also direct part the performance. We are sampling many different choral, and polychoral textures, in music by Palestrina, Gibbons, Parry, Rachmaninov, Whitacre and Perth’s own, Perry Joyce. 

This concert is a fundraiser for future events by The Giovanni Consort and is not part of the 2015 subscription season.

We would advise you to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are $35 (adults), $30 (concession) and $20 (student). 

TIckets from www.trybooking.com/HEYH

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