AVÉ – Australian Vocal Ensemble

Australian Vocal Ensemble

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & AVÉ Australian Vocal Ensemble


Australian compositions and poetic a capella effortlessly intertwined.

Four of Australia’s finest vocalists come together in a visionary performance combining heavenly vocals in a chamber setting. Katie Noonan’s new project, AVÉ Australian Vocal Ensemble perform within the incredible acoustics of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall as part of their debut national theatre tour.

About the concert

The vocal quartet intertwines Australian compositions by Cawrse, Davidson, Grandage, Green, Hirschfelder, Humphries, Hurren, Leek, and Wells, and poetic a capella effortlessly, creating a beautiful tension between ties to more traditional European music and modern Australian classical. The music was commissioned specially for this group, and the poetry works were written by prolific Australian writer, David Malouf.

Don’t miss an opportunity to see a truly unique performance of soaring vocals, off the back of the release of their debut EP in August this year.

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AVÉ Australian Vocal Ensemble
Katie Noonan soprano
Fiona Campbell mezzo soprano
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Andrew O’Connor bass-baritone


Stephen Leek, text David Malouf

Jessica Wells, text David Malouf
In the Sea’s Giving

Iain Grandage, text David Malouf

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Heth Misericordiae

Anne Cawrse, text David Malouf

Isaac Hurren, text David Malouf
The Catch

David Hirschfelder, text David Malouf
The Garden

Johann Sebastian Bach – arr. Andrew Goodwin
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

Thomas Green, text David Malouf
Typewriter Music and First Night

Robert Davidson, text David Malouf

George Frideric Handel
Tu del Ciel Ministro eletto from Il trionfo del Tempo e della Verità, HWV46

Alice Humphries, text David Malouf
From the Book of Whispers

Johann Sebastian Bach, Gubbi Gubbi translation by Lyndon Davis, Noongar translation by Gina Williams, Gadigal translation by Joel Davison
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115
6. Chorale: Drum so laßt uns immerdar in G

Andrew Goodwin, text JOHN 14:27
Peace I Leave With You

Programme is subject to change