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Celestial Harmonies & A Voice from Heaven

Celestial Harmonies & A Voice from Heaven  

6 + 8 July 2022  |  7:30 PM + 6:00 PM  |  St. David's Cathedral  |  $32 - $59

Two Unique Performances

Wednesday night – Celestial Harmonies – Concordis Chamber Choir and Queen’s Phoenix

Friday – A Voice from Heaven – Queen’s Phoenix

Set in the beautiful space of St David’s Cathedral, two very contrasting performances which are sure to move even the most seasoned choral aficionado. Concordis Chamber Choir and Queen’s Phoenix each have a distinctive voice within the sphere of Australian choral music. Whilst Concordis Chamber Choir delves into a broad spectrum of composers from all times and places, Queen’s Phoenix will perform very rarely heard choral music from the 16th Century alongside works written especially for the ensemble by Australian composers David Drury and Brooke Shelley. 

These two performances will be amongst some of the finest sacred music concerts ever presented by the Festival of Voices. This “double bill” will be a concert experience that you won’t want to miss! 

Sacred choral music to stir the soul at St David’s Cathedral

This is a unique two concert package for passionate and dedicated choral music fans. You will be provided with an individually allocated ticket to Celestial Harmonies on Wednesday evening which will also give you access to A Voice from Heaven – an exclusive concert performed by Queen’s Phoenix on Friday evening. One booking will reserve your seat for both concerts.

Concordis Chamber Choir

Concordis Chamber Choir has established itself as one of the finest choral ensembles in Australia. Concordis is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in choral singing, with an emphasis on the high quality performance of accessible and enjoyable choral music. 

Photo credit:  Andrew Lee 

Queen's Phoenix

While singers and choirs were silenced during COVID-19 lockdowns, Sydney composer and singer, Brooke Shelley, devised a project for a group of singing colleagues when restrictions lifted. The project was to record music by Pierre de Manchicourt (c.1510–1564), a prolific and — in his day — highly regarded member of the so-called ‘lost generation’ of Franco-Flemish composers between Josquin des Prez and Orlande de Lassus, whose uniquely beautiful music fell into unjustified obscurity in the late sixteenth century and has only in recent decades been rediscovered and appreciated anew.  

Over the course of four days during the height of a hot and humid Sydney summer, Queen’s Phoenix gathered in a small College chapel to record a selection of Manchicourt’s music and two new Australian works inspired by Manchicourt’s motets.  

Michael Noone, Musicologist and choral director, described the recording, A Voice from Heaven, as ‘unique’ with… ‘extraordinary music draws the listener into a sensuous world where past and present dissolve and the sacred and the secular become one.’ 

The modern performing editions of Manchicourt’s music and other composers presented at Queen’s Phoenix’s Festival of Voices concerts are prepared by Andrew Fysh under the title RESOLUT editions. For some of these works, it will be the first time they are heard since the mid-1600s and therefore, the first time they are heard in Australia.  

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Choral Concert Package

For the first time ever, Festival of Voices has packaged together our major choral concerts for a special price of $200. That’s a saving of up to $89! 

Handel – Four Coronation Anthems:  2.30pm Sunday 3 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Celestial Harmonies | A Voice from Heaven:  7.30pm Wednesday 6 July and 6.00pm Friday 8 July, St David’s Cathedral 

Night Train – A Grand Tour of Australian Contemporary Choral Music:  7.30pm Thursday 7 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Mozart Requiem Recomposed:  7.30pm Saturday 9 July, Federation Concert Hall 

By taking advantage of our Choral Concert Package, you will be issued with the best available tickets to all four major concerts, including the double bill of Celestial Harmonies and A Voice from Heaven, where you will hear music rarely performed in Hobart. 

Take the opportunity to attend performances featuring contrasting choirs and works in a carefully curated choral program.  

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Duration:

Wednesday – 1 hour 30 minutes
Friday – 1 hour 30 minutes

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Choral Concert Package

Handel – Four Coronation Anthems:  2.30pm Sunday 3 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Celestial Harmonies | A Voice from Heaven:  7.30pm Wednesday 6 July and 6.00pm Friday 8 July, St David’s Cathedral 

Night Train – A Grand Tour of Australian Contemporary Choral Music:  7.30pm Thursday 7 July, Federation Concert Hall 

Mozart Requiem Recomposed:  7.30pm Saturday 9 July, Federation Concert Hall 

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Accessibility Information

Getting to the venue 

  • St David’s Cathedral is at 120 Macquarie Street, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • 2 parking bays have been allocated for accessible parking in the carpark behind the venue, accessible from 5pm at 34 Murray Street. See the entryway to these parking bays here. 
  • Entry into this event will occur at the St David’s Cathral side entrance, accessible from Macquarie Street, instead of the ‘Main’ entrance on Murray Street. 

 

 

Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues. 

 

 

Language is no barrier in enjoying this performance. 

 

 

Wheelchair Accessibility: 

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • Access into the venue for wheelchair users is best through the Murray Street entrance. An Accessibility Marshall will be placed at the side entrance to St David’s Cathedral to meet you and escort you to the accessible entrance.

COVID - 19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a theatre-style seated venue. Please be mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully.