La Contesa del Canto
Sep
1
7:00 pm19:00

La Contesa del Canto

  • Medley Hall

For our musical portrait of seventeenth-century Italian composer and singer Barbara Strozzi, 'La Contesa del Canto', we welcome back one of our regular collaborators, the stunning soprano Karen Fitz-Gibbon, to explore the pleasures and pains of love through one of Italy’s lesser-known but most intriguing and prolific composers. 

With the luxurious sounds of two of the most prized instruments of the time — the Italian triple harp and the theorbo —  Strozzi’s rarely-heard, virtuosic and innovative cantatas are contrasted with popular dances and intimate instrumental toccatas of the Italian baroque.
 
Artists:
Hannah Lane - Italian triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo
Karen Fitz-Gibbon - soprano

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Lawes Harp Consorts
Oct
7
8:00 pm20:00

Lawes Harp Consorts

  • Kew Court House

Named the “Father of Musick” by the King of England, William Lawes (1602-1645) stands as one of the most inventive English composers of the 17th century. For this concert we are thrilled to be joining the brilliant ARIA-nominated baroque ensemble Latitude 37 to present some of Lawes’ most exquisite and yet rarely performed works in this concert of Lawes’ Harp Consorts.

Featuring a unique combination of harp, bass viol, violin and theorbo, Lawes’ works for this blend of instruments results a wonderful musical interplay between these unusual instruments. The two plucked and two bowed instruments together create a special soundscape, with each instrument having its own independent part in a delicately balanced texture.

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www.latitude37baroque.com


Baroque in Love
Jun
25
3:00 pm15:00

Baroque in Love

  • S Martin de Porres

The fundamental human experience of romantic love provided inspiration for some of the most exquisite music of the baroque era. We're joined by the award-winning young countertenor Nicholas Tolputt for a journey through baroque love song from Caccini and Monteverdi to Purcell and Handel.  

3pm, Sunday 25 June 2017
St Martin de Porres
158 Military Rd,Avondale Heights
*Free* Event

Presented as part of the Winter Music in the Valley concert series

Artists: 
Hannah Lane - Italian triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo and baroque guitar
Nicholas Tolputt - countertenor

The Theater of Music
Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

The Theater of Music

  • Medley Hall

We're delighted to welcome the London-based Australian tenor Daniel Thomson for a performance of our English baroque program, which explores the weird and wonderful world of English music in the seventeenth century. From the sublime to the downright silly, songs by John Blow, Nicholas Lanier, Henry Lawes and Henry Purcell celebrate the colour and playfulness of the English language. The lyricism and vocality of the bowed strings of Laura Moore (viol) and Elizabeth Welsh (baroque violin) combine with the plucked sonorities of the triple harp and theorbo of Ensemble 642 to illuminate the quirky counterpoint and ravishing textures in consort music by Matthew Locke and the English 'Father of Musick' William Lawes. 

Artists:
Hannah Lane - triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo, lute, baroque guitar
Daniel Thomson - tenor
Laura Moore - viol
Elizabeth Welsh - baroque violin

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And the light shines through darkness
Jun
2
7:00 pm19:00

And the light shines through darkness

  • Church of All Nations

We're excited to be joining Melbourne's newest early music duo, Harken Well (Laura Moore, gamba and Lizzy Welsh, baroque violin),  for their debut concert, which features Germanic music from the 17th century, including works by Schmelzer, Buxtehude, Erlebach and Capricornus. 

7pm, Friday 2 June 2017
The Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton
Tickets: $30/$20 available at the door

Artists: 
Laura Moore - viola da gamba
Lizzy Welsh - baroque violin
Hannah Lane - triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo
Ellie Walker - baroque cello
 

Song of Songs
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Song of Songs

  • Medley Hall

Ego flos campi et lilium convallium...
I am the flower of the field, and the lily of the valleys.
I sat down under the shadow of him whom I desired, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Surround me with flowers, strengthen me with apples, because I languish with love.


Erotic, ecstatic, complex, and beguiling in their profound beauty, the collection of poems from the Hebrew Bible known as the Song of Songs have inspired composers throughout the ages. For this program we welcome a new collaborator, soprano Roberta Diamond, to explore the exquisite Italian baroque settings of these striking texts. Featuring music by Monteverdi, Cima, Kapsperger, and the Australian premiere performance of excerpts from the recently discovered ‘Di Carlo G.’ Manuscript.

Artists:
Hannah Lane - Italian triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo
Roberta Diamond - soprano

Complimetary wine provided by Hurley Vineyard

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Song of Songs
May
7
5:00 pm17:00

Song of Songs

  • Wesley Church

Ego flos campi et lilium convallium...
I am the flower of the field, and the lily of the valleys.
I sat down under the shadow of him whom I desired, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Surround me with flowers, strengthen with apples, because I languish with love.


Erotic, ecstatic, complex, and beguiling in their profound beauty, the collection of poems from the Hebrew Bible known as the Song of Songs have inspired composers throughout the ages. For this program we welcome a new collaborator, soprano Roberta Diamond, to explore the exquisite Italian baroque settings of these striking texts. Featuring music by Monteverdi, Cima, Kapsperger, and the Australian premiere performance of excerpts from the recently discovered ‘Di Carlo G.’ Manuscript. 

Artists: 
Hannah Lane - Italian triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo
Roberta Diamond - soprano

Presented by Music at the Basilica as part of their 9th Annual Sacred Music Festival
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The Agony of Hell and the Peace of Soul
Jan
22
8:00 pm20:00

The Agony of Hell and the Peace of Soul

  • St Patrick's Cathedral

We're joining a fabulous band comprised of some of Australia's leading early music specialists and the renowned Melbourne-based vocal consort e21 for an exquisite program of polychoral music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli and Schütz at the closing night of the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival. 

For further details or to purchase tickets see Facebook or the festival website

Cantate Amorose
Jan
2
6:00 pm18:00

Cantate Amorose

  • Hurley Vineyard

Sexy, smitten, bitter, cheeky, beautiful and passionate, the love songs of seventeenth-century composer Barbara Strozzi speak to us across the centuries.

Join us in the rustic surrounds of the barrel room at Hurley Vineyard as we explore the pleasures and pains of love through one of Italy’s lesser known but most fascinating and prolific composers.

Ensemble 642 with Karen Fitz-Gibbon, soprano

Presented as part of the 2017 Peninsula Summer Music Festival. Purchase tickets here

The Theater of Music
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

The Theater of Music

  • Wyselaskie Auditorium

A choice collection of the newest and best songs sung at the court and public theatres. 

Ensemble 642 and guests: 
Hannah Lane - triple harp
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo-lute
Laura Moore - viol
Jacob Lawrence - tenor

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Flames Within
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Flames Within

  • Melbourne Recital Centre

The Consort of Melbourne and Ensemble 642

Works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Orlande de Lassus and many more. 

The image of fire as an allegory for human passion appears throughout literary history, giving birth to a vast and diverse repertoire of fiery vocal music. Flames Within is an exploration of this repertoire, centred around the explosive madrigals of Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Orlande de Lassus, and reaching back as far as the chants of Hildegard von Bingen and forward as far as Australian composers Nigel Butterley and Peter Sculthorpe.

My heart burns and the fire is so sweet 
That it lives in the blaze,
And thus dies joyfully.
- Anonymous poet, featured in Gesualdo’s Ardo il mio cor.

Tickets: www.melbournerecital.com.au

Klagelieder: Lamentations for Holy Week
Mar
21
1:00 pm13:00

Klagelieder: Lamentations for Holy Week

  • The Scot's Church

Sacred vocal and instrumental music of lament, atonement and repentance from seventeenth-century Germany, including works by Schütz, Buxtehude, Erlebach, and Schmelzer. 

Ensemble 642 and guests: 

Hannah Lane - Italian triple harp
Jacob Lawrence - tenor
David Macfarlane- organ
Nicholas Pollock - theorbo, lute
Ruth Wilkinson - violone, viola da gamba
Elizabeth Welsh - baroque violin
Emma Williams - baroque violin

*Free event*
www.scotschurch.com

 

Sprezzatura
Mar
5
7:30 pm19:30

Sprezzatura

  • Medley Hall

A concert of early Italian music for voice and basso continuo. Works by Monteverdi, Marazzoli, Michi, Castaldi, Kapsberger, Strozzi and Frescobaldi. 

Ensemble 642 with Jacob Lawrence, tenor. 

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