Flight (20 Nov)

History tells us that Leonardo da Vinci invented a flying machine. Legend has it that he may have actually flown it! A flight of fancy? It’s immaterial in this program – this music is for flights of our imagination. And flights can be metaphorical too: Bach knew better than most that a fugue is a flight; Paul Stanhope’s music sings of a flight into exile; John Taverner shows us that musical lines can fly too! Like Finzi’s singing spirits, they rise and soar and float better than any flying contraption yet conceived by science. Even aeronautical engineers know that, when it comes to ‘uplift’, music was there first!

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Wayfaring Stranger (26 June)

To travel across the world by sea, in search of new beginnings, leaving history, culture and tradition behind is a pilgrimage mapped by faith, tenacity and conflict. Reflecting the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Du.an and Voitre Marek: Surrealists at Sea, Wayfaring Stranger charts a physical and spiritual journey. From across the globe and across the centuries we hear the timeless music of Henry Purcell set by other composers, including the first performance of Kerensa Briggs’ Hear my Prayer.

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Renewal (15 May)

However you define the idea of ‘renewal’, this is a program of music to revitalise and refresh our ears, our hearts and our spirits. From the celebratory to the revelatory; from Will Byrd to Will Todd; from the Abbess to Anne to Arvo, this is music of hope, rejuvenation and promise. And with three of Adelaide’s best choral venues in which to luxuriate, this sounds like just what we all need in 2021!

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