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Songs of Hope - Emerging and Established Otago Composers


Sun 24 Jun 2012, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: St Joseph's Cathedral Chapel, Tennyson Street, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged: $15.00
  • Concession: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: southernconsort

Songs of Hope - a midwinter celebration of local song.

The Southern Consort of Voices will present an afternoon concert entitled Songs of Hope, a showcase of works by established and emerging Otago composers.

There will be several pieces by well-known Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie, including the recently-commissioned Piano Practice, a bright and youthful setting of words by New Zealand poet Lauris Edmond. Also featured by the same composer are In the Summer Fields - based on the Hungarian folk music transcriptions of Bela Bartok, and the title piece, Song of Hope. This moving commemoration of the 1968 Wahine disaster is based on songs sung by the rescuers at the scene of the shipwreck, as they tried to keep their spirits up in the grim and freezing conditions.

Christopher Marshall’s whimsical yet heartfelt setting of three poems by Emily Dickinson will also be sung in Sunday’s programme. Though not strictly an Otago-ite, Marshall was recipient of the University of Otago’s Mozart Fellowship in 1994 and 1995, and has maintained strong links with the Southern Consort of Voices since then.

The choir is delighted to be able to celebrate Otago composers with an entire concert of local music - and particularly excited to be presenting new works by University of Otago composition students Alex Campbell-Hunt and Corwin Newall. Campbell-Hunt and Newall are both award-winning young composers.

Also featured in the programme will be pieces by local composers Alan Edwards, Richard Madden and Leanne Veitch, and choir member Michael Winikoff.

Entry is by programme.

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