The Spirited Life

Six Degrees Ensmeble

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Six Degrees Ensemble


Let your mind wander, as Six Degrees Ensemble carries you away into a zone of philosophical meditation.

About Six Degrees Ensemble

Melbourne chamber music group Six Degrees Ensemble specialises in Australian, contemporary and lesser-known works. Its invigorating concerts typically feature six or more artists that includes a rotating line-up of guests and the expectation that you may see an exciting variety of instruments in the spotlight, from trombone to timpani.

About the concert

Composers Olivier Messiaen, John Cage and Anne Norman have all been fascinated by the power of music to express spirituality. Six Degrees Ensemble journeys through deep and inspired works, by these artists and more, exploring how music through the ages has sought to convey worship and divine belief in all its forms. Anne Norman’s performance of her mystical music for shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) inspired by Zen traditions is among the highlights.

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Six Degrees Ensemble
Justine Anderson soprano
Anne Norman shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute)
Michelle John cello
Joy Lee piano
Peter Neville timpani/percussion
Stuart Fisher guitar
Ben Anderson trombone


John Cage
Sonnekus 2

Alfred Schnittke
Hymn 1

Sofia Gubaidulina
Aus den Visionen der Hildegard von Bingen

Oliver Messiaen
Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus

Eve Duncan
The memory of the glance of God

Anne Norman
Wherever they go

Gavin Bryars
O divina virgo flore