Anna Fraser Soprano
Hannah Fraser Mezzo-soprano
Andrei Laptev Tenor
Mark Donnelly Baritone
Andrew O’Connor Bass-baritone

Vocal Detour is a newly formed Australian vocal ensemble dedicated to engaging and educating its audience in the world of a cappella music. Its members are amongst the most accomplished ensemble singers in Australia and are well versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. In addition to concert, festival, and recording projects, Vocal Detour is also highly committed to nurturing and enriching the choral landscape at both a school and community level via its highly adaptable Education Program.

In a time where our travel options are somewhat restricted, many of us have turned to reconnecting with nature and a more ‘close to home’ getaway. In this performance, Vocal Detour will take you on a journey to different countries and different times, in a celebration of plants and animals, the various seasons, and the natural beauty that surrounds us.

From 16th Century Paris to spring in Italy, European winters to Australian summers, music by Renaissance masters Lassus and Schütz are complimented by Australian works from Kevin Barker, Martin Wesley - Smith, Gordon Hamilton and Brooke Shelley.

A program as varied in style as in genre, the sumptuous harmonies and complexity of 5 part madrigals are juxtaposed with smooth jazz harmonies and will leave you uplifted and connected with nature.

Kevin Barker Now fades the Long Last Streak of Snow

Orlando Lassus Paisible Domaine

Paul Hindemith Six Chanson

Gordon Hamilton To an Early-Flowering Almond

Heinrich Schütz O Primavera

Martin Wesley Smith Climb the rainbow

Josephe Kosma & Johnny Mercer (arr OConnell) Autumn Leaves

Philip Stopford For the Beauty of the Earth

 

Format: 60 minutes, no interval (additional works for a concert with interval available)

'Paisible domaine' - Orlande de Lassus

 

'O primavera' - Heinrich Schütz

 

Technical Specifications

  • Five music stands

Workshops & Community Engagement Activites

The members of Vocal Detour are available to present a wide range of workshops and community engagement activities, including:

  • Many minds find one voice - designed for students from K - 6, this program introduces students to harmony, partner songs, solfege, pitch mapping, and vocal & body percussion
  • Creative voices: Mind and Body -  an in-depth practical and interactive workshop that helps participants unlock the secrets of their voice and body
  • Flying Solo - a masterclass format working on the many facets of vocal performance practice
  • Adult/Tertiary Learning and Custom Workshops - including the topics advanced choral musicianship, stylistic practices, interpretation, body-awareness, communication, extended vocal techniques, and historical temperaments.
  • Individual lessons are also available

Availability

Throughout 2022. Please contact Musica Viva for further details


Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring

smoloney@musicaviva.com.au