Vocal Detour is an a cappella group comprised of some of Australia’s finest choristers and soloists, hailing from ensembles such as The Song Company, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Sydney Chamber Choir. Although at home in a variety of styles, members Anna Fraser, Hannah Fraser, Andrei Laptev, Mark Donnelly, and Andrew O’Connor are especially passionate about a cappella music and its uniquely expressive possibilities.

Audiences will recall that Vocal Detour’s very first performance as an ensemble was for a Musica Viva Australia’s Sessions concert in 2021. This time they take to the stage for Sydney Morning Masters, performing works inspired by nature. The exciting centrepiece of the concert is a world premiere by Yuin composer Brenda Gifford, which audiences will hear alongside Lassus’ Paisible Domaine, an ode to Paris, Hindemith’s Six Chansons, one of the great a cappella masterpieces of the 20th century, and Philip Stopford’s exquisite For the Beauty of the Earth.

ANNA FRASER SOPRANO
HANNAH FRASER MEZZO-SOPRANO
ANDREI LAPTEV TENOR
MARK DONNELLY BARITONE
ANDREW O'CONNOR BASS-BARITONE

BARKER Now Fades the Long Last Streak of Snow (2020)
LASSUS Paisible Domaine
HINDEMITH Six Chansons (1939)
HAMILTON To an Early-Flowering Almond (2010)
GIFFORD New work (2021)*
WESLEY-SMITH Climb the rainbow (1976)
MERCER Autumn Leaves (1945, arr. Ryan O’Connell)
STOPFORD For the Beauty of the Earth (2003)

*World premiere.

Brenda Gifford

Brenda Gifford is a First Nations, Yuin woman from the Wreck Bay area. Her country, community and culture are the basis of her arts practice. She is a contemporary classical composer and creates music for ensembles, orchestras, choirs, dance and theatre performances, festivals and concerts. 

She works collaboratively and is a classically trained saxophonist and pianist. Her music has been performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House and internationally, and is available through ABC Classic. She is currently studying a Masters in Composition in the Women in Composition program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Chatswood   26 Oct 11am

Location

THE CONCOURSE, CHATSWOOD

409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067

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