Earth Songs

Consort of Melbourne


Celebrated masterpieces heard alongside rarely-heard musical gems

The Consort of Melbourne is a vocal ensemble that champions both historic and contemporary chamber vocal repertoire comprising a core membership of eight of Melbourne’s finest chamber singers under the direction of artistic director Steven Hodgson. Performing a capella with one singer per part, The Consort of Melbourne brings 1000 years of repertoire to life with an intimacy and verve that leaves audiences spellbound. Their programs include celebrated masterpieces heard alongside rarely-heard musical gems, exploring the full expressive potential of human voices combined.

A celebration of musical landscapes, Earth Songs travels from sleepy gardens to terrifying woods at night, and from the red centre of the Australian continent to green meadows in England. The Consort of Melbourne brings to life the pictures that composers have painted of earthly settings, real and imagined.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and The Consort of Melbourne


Traditional arranged Gustav Holst
There was a tree

Max Reger
Unser lieben Frauen Traum

Maurice Ravel
Trois chansons: Nicolette and Ronde

Dan Walker
Elegy written in a country churchyard

William Byrd
Terra tremuit

Philippe de Monte
Domini est terra

Stephen Leek
Red Earth

Cipriano de Rore
Hor che l’aria e la terra

Veljo Tormis
Kord me tuleme tagasi

Ildebrando Pizzetti
Il giardino di Afrodite

Traditional arranged Gustav Holst
I sowed the seeds of love

Ivan Moody
Canticum canticorum