The Consort of Melbourne – Palimpsest

The Consort of Melbourne

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & The Consort of Melbourne


Ancient texts brought to life with luscious vocal harmonies.

About the artists

The Consort of Melbourne is a vocal ensemble that champions both historic and contemporary repertoire. They bring 1000 years of vocal harmony to life with an intimacy and verve that leaves audiences spell-bound.

About the concert

A concert of ancient texts brought to life with luscious vocal harmonies. Their performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall presents works by Ola Gjeilo, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Christopher Theofanidis and Orlande de Lassus, based on poetry by Sappho and Rumi as well as excerpts from the Song of Songs and a new work by Melbourne Recital Centre composition award winner Irene Zhong.

Hear how composers through the centuries draw on ancient words to create music of transcendent beauty.

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Katherine Norman soprano
Kristy Biber soprano
Jennifer George alto
Hannah Pietsch alto
Robin Parkin tenor
Alex Gorbatov tenor
Lucien Fischer baritone
Jerzy Kozlowski bass
Steven Hodgson artistic director


Sally Whitwell / Hildegard von Bingen
O wisdom

Ola Gjeilo
Northern Lights

Orlande de Lassus
Quam pulchra es

Catherine Dalton
You who are also there

Orlande de Lassus
Veni in hortum meum

Ildebrando Pizzetti
2 Composizioni Corali

Irene Zhong
Sappho Fragments

Raffaella Aleotti
Vidi speciosam
Ego flos campi
Surge, propera amica mea

Eric Whitacre
This marriage

Christopher Theofanidis
Messages to Myself


This production is part of the following series: