Gabrieli Consort & Players - Purcell's King Arthur

Gabrieli Consort and Players


The Gabrieli Consort & Players are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.

Over 35 years, the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond the Baroque canon to include opera, virtuosic a cappella programs, and astonishing reconstructions of historic musical events in performances and recordings that surprise, challenge and inspire.

This program of Purcell’s glorious semi-opera King Arthur is a new performing edition by Gabrieli’s Christopher Suckling and Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. King Arthur’s Britons battle the Saxons, supernatural characters step in, and enchanting music ripples with wit, tenderness and colour. Led by Paul McCreesh, The Gabrieli Consort & Players respectfully illuminates Purcell’s genius with its acclaimed vitality. Its Melbourne Recital Centre performance sustains this great piece of art in the 21st century.

‘McCreesh is one of today’s finest Purcell interpreters, and musically this was rather special, played with an admirable mixture of sensuousness and majesty, and sung with consistent finesse and elan by nine singers sharing the songs and choruses between them… Beautifully done, all of it.’ The Guardian (U.K.)

Supported by Yvonne von Hartel AM, Robert Peck AM, Rachel Peck & Marten Peck of peckvonhartel architects.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Gabrieli Consort & Players

Paul McCreesh conductor

Mhairi Lawson soprano
Thomas Castle tenor
Anna Dennis soprano
Emily Dickens soprano
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Christopher Fitzgerald Lombard tenor
James Gilchrist tenor
Hugo Hymas tenor
Ashley Riches bass-baritone

Stefanie Heichelheim viola
Sarah Humprys oboe
Gavin Kibble bass violin
Jean-Francois Madeuf trumpet
Catherine Martin violin/concertmaster
Ellen O’Dell violin
Christopher Palameta oboe
Eligio Quinteiro theorbo
Zoe Shevlin bassoon
Ruth Slater violin
Christopher Suckling bass violin
Jan Waterfield harpsichord
Oliver Webber violin
Rachel Byrt viola
Paula Chateauneuf theorbo
Persephone Gibbs violin
Sarah Bealby Wright violin


Henry Purcell
King Arthur


Join us for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Saturday 16 February
6.45pm – 7.15pm

Sunday 17 February
1.15pm – 1.45pm