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Ruthless Jabiru: The Past : Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts


Ruthless Jabiru: The Past : Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts

  • Date: Saturday, 31 May 2014, 7:30pm
  • Venue: King's College Chapel (London) — Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom
  • Tickets: £18/£15 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

London’s all-Australian chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will stage a performance honouring Australian poet and political activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker). The program will centre around The Past, an orchestral song for countertenor by Australian composer Andrew Ford, interweaving Oodgeroo’s poem of the same name with James Cook’s diaries of his contact with the First Australians. Through a collection of contemporary British and Australian music for string orchestra, Ruthless Jabiru and award-winning Australian countertenor Russell Harcourt will carry the listener on an evocative journey back into the corners of our country’s past.

Michael Tippett - Lament from Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round (or, The Beginning of the World)
Chris Williams - Altjiranga Mitjina
Tansy Davies - Residuum
Andrew Ford - The Past
Egidija Medekšaité - Sandhi Prakash

Ruthless Jabiru
Kelly Lovelady conductor
Russell Harcourt countertenor

Featured non-Australian music: Tippett, Davies, Medekšaité

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Altjiranga mitjina : for string orchestra (2009) by Chris Williams
— performed by Ruthless Jabiru
Digital sheet music sample The Past : for counter-tenor, flute and string orchestra (1997) by Andrew Ford
— performed by Russell Harcourt and Ruthless Jabiru

Featured artists

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