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Of The Body

Of The Body

Luminescence Chamber Singers perform a musical dissection.

Sat 29 June – 8.00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7.20 pm
Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg
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Early bird tickets are now sold out

The 1500s heralded a new fascination with the human figure when dissection transformed our understanding of anatomy, and the body became the subject of scientific and artistic fixation. 

Of The Body couples 16th-century inspiration with 21st-century interpretation, performed as a major new song cycle by composer Dan Walker, alongside rarely heard Renaissance repertoire. Drawing on Buxtehude’s masterpiece, Membra Jesu Nostri, each movement of Dan Walker’s composition is devoted to an anatomical part of the body: the eyes, the hands, the mouth, the feet, the blood, and finally, the heart. 

A musical dissection of sorts, Of the Body traverses sex, sensuality, the senses and more, exploring what it means to be embodied in a digital age, our relationship to our corporeal form, our flesh and blood.

A pre-concert talk by Roland Peelman AM, Artistic Director, will take place in the Ian Potter Recital Hall at 7.20 pm. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Music Australia and Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

Few musical experiences can compare to the sound of unaccompanied human voices. These singers showed that the voice reigns supreme in the world of music. – Canberra City News

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1hr 10mins

VENUE: Ian Potter Recital Hall

Getting to the venue 

  • The Ian Potter Recital Hall is within the Theatre Royal Building at 19-27 Campbell St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • Drop off car spaces are available at the entrance to the Theatre Royal on Collins Street. 
  • accessible parking spaces are available outside the Theatre Royal on Collins Street (1 hour time limit applies)
  • Please follow this link to experience a virtual tour of the venue. 


Assistive listening

  • The Ian Potter Recital Hall is equipped with an Assisted Hearing Service that offers amplified sound through a connection with a person’s personal Hearing Aids. Please contact the Theatre Royal Box Office – 03 6146 3300 to discuss any queries regarding this service. 

Guide dogs / registered assistance animals welcome

Wheelchair Accessibility

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the Theatre Royal Box office on (03) 6146 3300 (9am to 5pm) with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements, or email them on [email protected].
  • Lift access is available from the main foyer entrance reaching all building levels including the box office, Main Stage Stalls, Dress Circle and Gallery. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Theatre Royal building 

Luminescence Chamber Singers

Comprised of six professional singers, Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic vocal ensemble based on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country [Canberra, Australia]. Performing music that spans Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony as well as folk song, pop, and contemporary art music, Luminescence has rapidly emerged as one of Australia’s leading ensembles.

Recent performance highlights have included appearances at the Sydney Opera House (2023), major collaborations with the National Museum of Australia (2022) and the National Gallery of Australia (2023), and Four Winds Festival (2019, 2020, 2022). Since 2017, Luminescence has appeared annually at the Canberra International Music Festival, performing in more than 16 festival programs including the collaborations with many of Australia’s leading musicians, including Ensemble Offspring, Bach Akadamie Australia, . Luminescence presents an annual concert program in Canberra, Sydney and surrounding regions as well as appearing for a range of festivals, collaborations, and special events.Luminescence also delivers a range of educational activities, including workshops, young artist programs, masterclasses, holiday programs, including an acclaimed program for young performers: the Luminescence Children's Choir.

Luminescence works closely with conductor Roland Peelman AM, who joins the ensemble as director and artistic mentor for the ensemble.

Luminescence Chamber Singers are:
AJ America, mezzo soprano
Dan Walker, tenor/composer
Veronica Milroy, soprano
Rachel Mink, soprano
Alasdair Stretch, bass
Lucien Fischer, baritone

Photo credit: Hilary Wardhaugh

Roland Peelman AM

Since 2017, Luminescence has enjoyed a close relationship with Roland Peelman, Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival. In addition to performing in numerous CIMF programmes, Luminescence has collaborated with Peelman on numerous major projects, including Frank Martin Mass (2018) and A Luminous Christmas (2020). His time, expertise, and generosity in supporting us has been invaluable. In 2021, this relationship was given shape and structure by his appointment as an official artistic mentor.

Born in Belgium, Roland Peelman has been active in Australia over 30 years as a conductor, pianist, artistic director and mentor to composers, singers and musicians alike.

For his commitment to the creative arts in Australia, he has received numerous accolades, including the NSW Award for “the most outstanding contribution to Australian Music by an individual’ in 2005. In 2006 he was named ‘musician of the year’ by the Sydney Morning Herald and he has since featured regularly as one of the most influential people in the Australian arts scene. Over a period of 25 years, he transformed The Song Company into one of Australia’s most outstanding and innovative ensembles. In addition, he instigated and directed an impressive list of new work, orchestral, vocal and operatic.

Roland worked for 7 years with Opera Australia (1984-91) before becoming The Song Company’s Artistic Director (1990-2015) as well as Music Director of Sydney Metropolitan Opera (1989-94) and the Hunter Orchestra in Newcastle (1990-97).

Roland is currently the artistic director of Canberra International Music Festival. He is a regular collaborator with Ensemble Offspring, and various other projects in Australia and overseas, both as conductor and pianist.

Image credit: Hilary Wardhaugh

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