In March-April 2023 we made our return ‘down-under’, touring Australia and giving our New Zealand debut at the Auckland Arts Festival. In Australia we gave concerts and workshops in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Castlemaine, culminating in our debut performance at Sydney’s famous Opera House in their beautiful Utzon Room Series.
Our full tour schedule can be found below, along with our commitment to tour as sustainably as possible.
Auckland, New Zealand
Adelaide, South Australia
Sydney, New South Wales
During the renaissance, musical composition flourished, but it was a time of great change, fuelled by religious division. This programme traces music written by some of the English Renaissance masters over a period of two-hundred years, encompassing florid medieval-sounding pieces by Forest and Sheryngham, intricately woven polyphonic works by Tallis and Byrd, and the beautiful simplicity of Gibbons and Tomkins. To commemorate his 400th anniversary year, we pay special attention to the music of William Byrd, one of the foremost composers of the Renaissance in Europe.
The Wishing Tree
The Gesualdo Six present an exhibition of some of the finest vocal consort works in a varied sequence that is sure to inspire and delight audiences alike. Renaissance works by Arcadelt, Gesualdo and Tomkins that contain startling harmonic shifts and expressive word painting are performed alongside settings in the madrigal style, including a work from Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals—2023 marks the 100th year of his birth—inventive pieces which reinvent old compositional techniques in humorous portrayals of texts from children’s literature.
Since the fourth century, the service of Compline has marked the end of the day, ushering in the darkness of the night. Much of the music here is inspired by this ancient service, evoking a contemplative atmosphere: renaissance polyphony by Byrd, Gombert and Gesualdo that contains startling harmonic shifts and expressive word painting is juxtaposed with contemporary reflections by Veljo Tormis, Alison Willis and Richard Rodney Bennett.
There is no easy way to reduce our carbon footprint when touring. We have agreed to follow these steps and welcome advice or feedback from those with experience and ideas.
- Travel with reusable water bottles, coffee cups and cutlery
- Use air travel as minimally as possible
- Offset carbon emissions when it is not possible to use public transport. We subscribe to Ecologi and aim to become a climate positive workforce.
- Share one vehicle where possible
- Turn down room cleaning when staying in hotels more than one night and bring our own toiletries
Contact us to find out more.