2017 Concerts

Future Concerts in 2017:

Monteverdi y España!

Monteverdi – the Spanish connection!

Monteverdi was born in Cremona when, as part of the territory of Milan, it was in Spanish possession. Therefore he was born a Spanish citizen! Come to our July concert and discover the Spanish connections of Monteverdi and the Gonzaga family who employed him!

This intimate concert features four viols and harp with soprano.

Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, director, treble viol
Fiona Ziegler, tenor viol; Annika Stagg and Catherine Upex, bass viol

With Verna Lee, harp

Sunday 9 July, 3 PM – 4 PM

Bookings  $30 / $20 (conc.)

Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney  

St Cecilia 2017

Music for St Cecilia’s Day including new works by Brooke Green and Jacques Emery

Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, director, treble viol
Fiona Ziegler, tenor viol; Annika Stagg and Catherine Upex, bass viol

Jacques Emery, double bass

Saturday 25 November, 7 PM – 8:40 PM

Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe, Sydney

Glebe Music Festival

Past Concerts in 2017:

The Languishing Heart


Wednesday 11 January, 1:15 PM-1:45 PM

St James Church, King Street, Sydney

Josie Ryan, soprano, Brooke Green, Director, treble viol,
 Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, viols

 Monteverdi and the Golden Age


Claudio Monteverdi, 1567 – 1643

Friday 7 April, 6 PM-7 PM

St Mary’s cathedral Crypt, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

Sunday 9 April, 2.30 PM – 4:00 PM

Blessed Sacrament Church, Clifton Gardens, Sydney

Wendy Gillespie, (USA), Guest Musical Director, treble viol
Josie Ryan, soprano,
Brooke Green, Artistic Director, treble viol
Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Annika Stagg, Laura Moore; viols
Jacques Emery, double bass (9 April)

We are delighted to welcome Wendy Gillespie, one of the world’s leading viol players, as Guest Music Director for these concerts. Wendy played for many years with the iconic viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm, has shared three Gramophone Awards and has made more than 100 recordings.

This is a rare opportunity to hear a programme with music for 6 viols. The 17th century was a golden age for music in England with the ‘Grave Music’ of viol fantasies being hailed for their ‘Divine Raptures’, ‘Pathettical Stories’, and ‘Sublime Discourses’. In this program we present the peak of this repertoire: some sumptuous six-part viol fantasias by the venerated John Jenkins, Orlando Gibbons and William Lawes. 

Monteverdi’s Stile moderno with its expressive word painting and achingly bitter-sweet dissonances was an important influence on the development of the late English viol fantasia.  We celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with his large-scale Sestina from his Sixth Book of Madrigals; Coppini’s sacred re-texting for Passiontide of Ecco Silvio from the Fifth Book;  and the heart-rending Lamento della Ninfa from the Eighth Book. 

The program includes the premiere of Brooke Green’s Batoh (a remix of Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Rain Puzzle). This work is dedicated to Batoh, one of the refugee children still in limbo on Nauru.

 La Dolce Vita

Saturday 15 April, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, Sydney

Easter Viol School, Australian Viola da Gamba Society