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Song Company

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Random Audio Sample: Out there : vocal ensemble by Dan Walker, from the CD Kalkadunga yurdu

Articles by and about Song Company

MODART and 25 years of The Song Company by Rhiannon Cook

The Song Company is a rare species: a small, full-time music ensemble. Remarkably, it has managed to survive, in Australia, for 25 years. And even more remarkable is that its success is founded on the exploration of unfamiliar musical territories.

A Compendium of Cage: Whales, Mushrooms and Hymns by Melissa Lesnie

A daylong exploration of John Cage’s unique sound aesthetic makes for a revelatory concert-going experience. The shared vision of Ensemble Offspring and Song Company has yielded an imaginative project, marking the 15 th anniversary of the composer’s death and celebrating the impact of his philosophies on subsequent generations of musicians and artists...

The Song Company's 30 years by Australian Music Centre

The Song Company celebrates its 30th anniversary this Thursday with a concert featuring a composite mass in which each movement is written by a different composer: Graeme Koehne, Ross Edwards, Dan Walker, Stephen Cronin, and Gerard Brophy. The individual components of the mass will be interspersed by brief words from various past participants in The Song Company’s 30-year-history.

Setting Leunig: 'A simple song like a tiny bell' by Drew Crawford

As their last hurrah for 2015 - and the final project for outgoing Artistic Director Roland Peelman after 25 years - The Song Company’s All-Leunig Song Almanac is a typically ambitious undertaking: 12 brand new songs, one for each month of the year and each from a different composer, setting texts by one of Australia’s most popular observers of life, Michael Leunig. 

World premieres given by Song Company

Paradise unseen : SATBarB choir by Nigel Butterley— (Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.)

Eight songs for massed voices and electronics (mixed choir with accompaniment) by Alice Chance— 1 Oct 17 (St James' Church (King Street), NSW)

De Profundis : for SSATBarB voices and chamber organ by Paul Stanhope— 10 Jun 17 (Yellow House Gallery, NSW)

Saviour of the Heathens : after a Chorale hymn tune by Matthew Hindson— 10 Jun 17 (Yellow House Gallery, NSW)

Ein' Feste Burg : SATB choir with chamber ensemble by Brett McKern— 10 Jun 17 (Yellow House Gallery, NSW)

Sonnet 76 : vocal sextet by Ruth McCall— 18 Jun 16 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

The walk : Cries of Melbourne by Caerwen Martin— 19 May 16 (Melbourne Recital Centre)

The Duck : for mixed voices by Ruth McCall— 1 Nov 15 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

When the heart is cut or cracked or broken : 'July' from the Song Company's All-Leunig Musical Almanac by Drew Crawford— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Flying : 'June' from the 'All Leunig Almanac' by Katy Abbott— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Song : vocal sextet by Kate Moore— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Love is always born : from Voices and Instruments by Lyle Chan— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Tomatoes : vocal ensemble by Kate Neal— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

No sooner : vocal ensemble by James Wade— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

God be with the Mother : vocal ensemble by Alice Chance— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Inner Man : vocal ensemble by Lachlan Skipworth— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Let it all unravel : vocal ensemble by Robert Davidson— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Ahhh Summer! The Municipal Pool : vocal ensemble by Mark Viggiani— 31 Oct 15 (Blackheath Uniting Church, NSW)

Australian aphorisms : for six voices by Andrew Ford— 17 May 13 (Albert Hall, Canberra, ACT)

The Third Station of the Cross : for clarinet in Bb, double bass & percussion by Caroline Szeto— 2013 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

In praise of sandstone : for voices, piano (4 hands) and percussion (6 players) by Elliott Gyger— 22 Mar 12 (New Hall, Sydney Grammar School)

Hear the bird of day : from Australian Aphorisms by Andrew Ford— 26 Feb 12 (Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sydney)

Skye boat song lament (sextets: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with chamber ensemble) by Ruth McCall— 2012 (Ship to Shore concert series)

/iu/ : for 6 unaccompanied voices by Annie Hsieh— 1 Oct 11 (Cockatoo Island, NSW)

The Writer's Hand (trios: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano) by Tristan Coelho— 1 Oct 11 (MODART 2011, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour)

The Voyage : choir by Graeme Koehne— 19 May 11 (Australian War Memorial, ACT)

Mass of the Dreaming : vocal ensemble by Ross Edwards— 2010 (Canberra International Music Festival)

Sacred kingfisher psalms : for mixed choir by Ross Edwards— 22 May 10 (The Fitter's Workshop, Canberra International Music Festival)

Gethsemane : for 6 voices, narrator, soprano saxophone, percussion and electronica by Gerard Brophy— Mar 10 (City Recital Hall, Sydney)

aida : for vocal ensemble by Lachlan Skipworth— 18 Jul 09 (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre)

Pirrki-pirrki : bloodwood by Rosalind Page— 18 Feb 09 (Casula Powerhouse, NSW)

In God's Esperanto : for seven vocalists by Damien Ricketson— 19 Sep 08 (National Library of Australia, Canberra)

One word full of meaning (sextets: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with percussion) by Brad Gill— Sep 07 (AMP Building, Sydney)

To keep things reasonable (trios: mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass with chamber ensemble) by David Young— Sep 07 (Carriageworks, Sydney)

A short service : in memory of John Cage by Stephen Adams— 26 Apr 07 ('Cage Uncaged', presented by the 2007 Totally Huge New Music Festival, The Art Gallery of Western Australia)

The last whale (sextets: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass - with chamber ensemble) by Colin Bright— 26 Apr 07 (Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth)

Wild flower, op. 71 : for six part choir by Andrew Schultz— 10 Mar 07 (performed as part of the Chronicles program, Campbelltown Arts Centre)

Waltzing Matilda : for 6-part a cappella mixed voices by Ruth McCall— 2007 (Australiana concert series)

Song of songs, op. 67 : for 6 live solo voices, 12 recorded voices with pre-recorded percussion and prepared piano by Barry Hill and Andrew Schultz— May 04 (Sydney Opera House)

Ayo visto : after Johannes Cornago's 'Missa de la mapa mundi' by Natalie Williams— 25 Oct 03 (ModArt 2003 young composers project, Paddington, Sydney)

Shoal : six unaccompanied voices by Damien Ricketson— 14 Feb 03 (Loudmouth Festival, Newcastle, Australia.)

Eat and be eaten : vocal sextet by Jennifer Fowler— 6 Jun 01 (Uniting Church, Paddington, Sydney)

Mater : for six voices and percussion by Elena Kats-Chernin— Feb 00

Two Chinese folk songs : SATB choir by Julian Yu— 17 Jan 99 (ABC Centre, Sydney)

Monkeys cry (sextets: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass with chamber ensemble) by Caroline Szeto— 28 Sep 97 (The Holme Building, (during Women's Music Festival), University of Sydney)

Lament for Dunblane : for vocal quintet or SSATB chamber choir by Jennifer Fowler— 20 Jun 97 (Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney)

Gone with the waltz : vocal sextet by Elena Kats-Chernin— 20 Jun 97 (Performed in "M for Murder" at Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney)

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior : an opera in one act for 6 singers & 6 musicians by Colin Bright and Amanda Stewart— Jan 97 (Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney)

Doo (multiple choirs, unaccompanied) by Elena Kats-Chernin— 7 Aug 96 (Sydney Opera House)

Fish tale (sextets: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass) by Raffæle Marcellino— 1995 (Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney.)

Revelations of Divine Love : for six solo voices SSATBB by Anne Boyd— 9 Sep 94 (St James Church, Sydney)

Ficta : for six voices a cappella (SSATBrB) by Elliott Gyger— 21 Aug 94 (St James Church, Sydney)

Burrow : opera by Alison Croggon and Michael Smetanin— 21 Feb 94 (Octagon Theatre)

Ave verum corpus : SATBarB choir by Paul Stanhope— Oct 93 (University of Wollongong.)

Bound for South Australia : for SSATBarB a cappella by Elliott Gyger— 27 Jun 93 (Sydney Opera House)

Omaggio alla Pietà (sextets: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 basses, double bass, percussion) by Mary Finsterer— 9 Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

Last station of the Cross : SATB choir by Brenton Broadstock— 9 Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

4th station : Jesus meets His holy mother : Via crucis Australis (clarinet with vocal ensemble) by Ross Edwards— 9 Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

Via dolorosa I : salvationi animae Pontii Pilati : Via crucis Australis by Raffæle Marcellino— 9 Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

The second coming (trios: tenor, baritone, bass with chamber ensemble) by Elliott Gyger— 9 Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

Silk, Opus 47 : for 2 sopranos, vibraphone, bass clarinet, doublebass by Andrew Schultz— 9 Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

Palindrome: St Veronica (trios: clarinet, percussion, bass guitar) by Andrew Ford— Apr 93 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)

11th Station : (yet to be assigned) by Michael Whiticker— 1993 (Museum of Contemporary Art)

The City, the River, the Elm, the Stone : vocal sextet by Haydn Reeder— 1993 (Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney)

Dance mantra : for voices and drum by Ross Edwards— 1992 (Sydney)

On Sutherland's grave : for a cappella choir by Matthew Orlovich— 1992 (For 2MBS FM (Sydney) live broadcast from Studio C, during Oz Music Week 1992)

Upon the dark water : for vocal sextet or six-part choir SSATBB by Stuart Greenbaum— 18 Jul 91 (Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House)

Ekstasis, op. 43 : for six solo voices by Andrew Schultz— 2 Nov 90 (Kincoppal School, Rose Bay, Sydney)

Cezanne : SATB choir by Michael Barkl— 12 Dec 84 (Old School, Sydney University)

Water, where are you going? : SATB choir by Michael Barkl— 12 Dec 84 (Old School, Sydney University)

Stony town : for SSATB a cappella or with piano accompaniment by Ross Fiddes— 1984 (Gunnedah and Tamworth, NSW)