Vocal Detour

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Immerse yourself in a musical exploration of nature

Join this exciting vocal ensemble for a morning of sumptuous a cappella music exploring the natural environment.

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, Louis Hurley, 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 music by Monteverdi, Finzi, 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.

Digital Program Guide

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MONTEVERDI Ecco mormorar l’onde
BARKER Now fades the last long streak of snow
HINDEMITH Six Chansons
FINZI Clear and Gentle Stream
SCHÜTZ O Primavera   
BRENDA GIFFORD Minga Ngumbudhaa (2022, World premiere performance)
WESLEY-SMITH Climb the rainbow
MERCER Autumn Leaves              
STOPFORD For the Beauty of the Earth

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. 

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Chatswood   26 Oct 11am



409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067

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Doors open 1 hour before the performance starts.

Performance runs for 44 minutes without an interval
Runtime: 44mins