Once again Josie and the Emeralds promise to surprise and delight with their annual  Saint Cecilia‘s Day concert as part of the Glebe Music Festival. Sparkling gems by Lassus and Handel in praise of The Patron Saint of Music are placed alongside thought provoking contemporary premieres.

This year the acclaimed soprano and viol consort will be joined by the mellow tones of the marimba and the double bass. The haunting blend of marimba and strings is incorporated in a new arrangement by Brooke Green of Purcell’s “Hear the Deities”. There is a moving response to the Syrian refugee crisis with Brooke Green’s “Perfumed with Blood“. The marimba, viols and double bass are also part of the sound world for Jacques Emery with his songs inspired by the surreal poetry of e.e.cummings.

What do the marimba, Britten’s “Hymn to Saint Cecilia“and swing dancing have in common? All will be revealed with Brooke Green’s toe-tapping “Swing Out Ben!”

Glebe Town Hall

160 St Johns Rd


Tickets at door: $35, concessions $25.

“No polishing required when emeralds shine this brightly” (Paul Ballam-Cross, Limelight, July 8, 2015)

Josie Ryan, soprano

Laura Moore, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Imogen Granwal, viols

Nicole Johnson, marimba

Jacques Emery, double bass and percussion

Brooke Green, director