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Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 welcomes Antony Pitts, from The Song Company

In the lead up to our 9th annual Melbourne International Singers Festival, we unfortunately have to advise that due to ill health, Richard Gill AO has to withdraw.

Richard very much regrets not being able to proceed and wishes all participants a rewarding and enjoyable Festival. Of course, we all wish Richard a speedy recovery and we are hoping that he will be able to join us as our Guest Conductor at the Melbourne International Singers Festival in future.

We are delighted to announce, however, that renowned Australian conductor, ANTONY PITTS, will be replacing Richard as our Guest Conductor, courtesy of The Song Company, leading our festival choruses, workshops & masterclasses.

Antony Pitts is a composer, conductor, producer, and recipient of the Radio Academy BT Award, the Prix Italia, and a Cannes Classical Award.

A Chapel Royal treble, Academic and Honorary Senior Scholar at New College, Oxford, founder of British ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, and Senior Producer at BBC Radio 3, he made his Glastonbury Festival debut in 2014, and in 2016 joined The Song Company, Australia’s premier vocal ensemble, as the first new Artistic Director for a quarter of a century.

Commissioned for, among others, Alexander Litvinenko, Cheltenham Festival, King’s College London, New College Oxford, Rundfunkchor Berlin, The Swingles, and Westminster Cathedral, with premières of his music in Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, and Sydney Opera House, and releases on Challenge Records, Delphian, Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Novum, Signum, and Unknown Public, including the Missa Unitatis and the oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim.

Critical acclaim for Antony’s music tends towards hyperbole: “…My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every man, woman, and child on the planet…”. Antony is currently working on a music theatre piece with Adrian Self called The Process.

You can still register if you would like to take part in the Festival.

BE CHALLENGED, INSPIRED & ENTERTAINED at #MISF18

Thursday June 7 – Monday 11 2018
(Queen’s Birthday Weekend)
Deakin Edge

Tickets are also on sale for our concert program, featuring a wonderful mix of fantastic choirs, ensembles and premieres. We would love to see you there. Our concert program includes
• The internationally acclaimed, award winning The Song Company with Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, in “True Love Story” on Friday 8th June at 7.30pm.
• The exciting young talents of XL Arts Inc. present a recital of music by Chopin and associated composers in “Chopin in Song” on Sunday 10th June at 2.30pm.
• Our two “Festival Showcase Concerts” on Saturday 9th June at 7.30pm and on Sunday 10th June at 7pm, respectively feature a wonderful mix of choirs taking part in the Festival. These include The Choir of Hard Knocks, MEN ALOUD!, Divine Divas of Sunbury, The Velvetones, Choir of Southern Lights, THECHO!R, Southern Sistars and Southern Brothers.
• Our “Festival Finale Concert” featuring the 300 voice Massed Festival Chorus led by Antony Pitts, Women’s Festival Chorus led by Claire Patti, Men’s Festival Chorus led by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Choir of Hard Knocks plus a selection of festival choirs and artists on Monday 11th June at 2.30pm.

Please go to http://schoolofhardknocks.org.au for all the details!

We can’t wait to see you all at the Festival for another extraordinary weekend of workshops, educational experiences and performances that will leave you challenged, inspired and entertained! Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Artistic Director

Proceeds support the School of Hard Knocks in providing arts and cultural programs to the vulnerable and marginalised in our community.

True Love Story at the Melbourne International Singers Festival

The Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 is thrilled to presented the internationally acclaimed, award winning The Song Company, with Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, at MISF for the first time, in “True Love Story” on Friday 8 June at Deakin Edge.

An Autobiographical mediaeval French Romance in a time of War and Plague as told by Poet and Composer Guillaume De Machaut. Against the backdrop of the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death this “true” love story from the Middle Ages charts the passionate affair between the 14th century’s most celebrated poet and composer, Guillaume de Machaut, and his super-fan, a beautiful noblewoman called Péronnelle d’Armentières. Their poetry, their letters, and Machaut’s extraordinary music combine to produce a unique semi-staged multi-sensory experience.

The Song Company is Australia’s Premier Vocal Ensemble. Since the dawn of history, the human voice and the act of singing have been intrinsically linked with storytelling and the acquisition of culture. The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from generation to generation, and is proud to continue that tradition, in a unique way, sharing music from across western and non-western art traditions. From its beginnings in 1984 the ensemble’s schedule has grown to include a mix of national and international touring, a subscription series in cities across Australia, recording and broadcast projects, education activities, and special collaborative projects.

Participants in the Melbourne International Singers Festival will receive FREE ENTRY to this Recital and ALSO have the chance to workshop with The Song Company on Friday June 8!

To register for the Festival OR to find out all about our exciting full Festival program please go to http://schoolofhardknocks.org.au

Now in its 9th consecutive year, Melbourne International Singers Festival will be led by Guest Conductor RICHARD GILL AO and Australia’s finest conductors, musicians and singers including: The Song Company, Choir of Hard Knocks, MEN ALOUD!, XL Arts, Warren Wills, Claire Patti and Dr Jonathon Welch AM. BE CHALLENGED, INSPIRED & ENTERTAINED! An unforgettable weekend at #MISF18

Tickets for True Love Story can be booked at http://song.company/true-love-story
(Adult $65 / Concession $60 / Under 30 $40)

Heart of Variety Gala

 
 …you never know who you’ll meet at the Heart of Variety Gala!

90 Year Anniversary Event 

Plaza Ballroom
Regent Theatre, Melbourne

FRIDAY 15 JUNE – 6.30pm til late

3 COURSE DINNER  PERFORMANCE BY TIM CAMPBELL – DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA…AND MUCH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

BOOK NOW Early bird special $200 per head closing 4 May (save $45).  Use promo code EARLYBIRD

1928 Pittsburgh, USA

When a group of entertainers discovered a baby abandoned in a theatre, little did they know it would be the start of an international children’s charity helping hundreds of thousands of kids in need across the world.

The Heart of Variety Gala brings together the stalwarts of Melbourne’s entertainment industry to celebrate our history, and the thousands of lives we have changed together, on a night like no other. 

Date

15 Jun 2018

Time

7pm

Location

Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Book online
Call 03 8698 3900 or email events@varietyvic.org.au

Music in the House 2018: incredible auction items on offer!

This year’s Music in the House will honour artist, storyteller and singer/songwriter, Archie Roach.  
 
The event is hosted by Simon Marnie with special guest Rhoda Roberts, alongside a performance by Archie himself. Artists Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, TiddasEmma Donovan, Jessie Lloyd, Craig Pilkington and David Leha (Radical Son) will also perform in Archie’s honour during our signature lunch event at the fabulous Ivy Ballroom.
 
This event is now completely sold out and no tickets will be available on the door.
 
You can still support our work by buying a raffle ticket or participating in our fantastic silent auction. Anyone can register and bid, simply click on the link below and follow the prompts. Thank you to everyone who has already bought raffle tickets. 
 
We have a fantastic auction lined up and thanks to the extraordinary generosity of artists and music businesses, there are some genuinely unique items and experiences up for grabs.
 
 
However you contribute, your support will allow us to provide our crisis services for those individuals and families working in music when they need it most.
 
1st Prize
The Ghan Adelaide to Darwin, Gold Service Twin Cabin for 2 Nights/3 Days . Includes all meals and drinks. Travel to the tropical top end ​to experience the abundance of wildlife ​and​ beautiful scenery, travelling through the heart of Australia!​* ​Valued at $5515​.​2nd Prize
3 nights for up to 6 adults at either East or West Lodge, Indigo Retreat, Murrah Beach, Bermagui​ NSW​. Beautiful, high end retreat on the Sapphire Coast, secluded and private with infinity plunge pool.*​​ Valued at $3000.3rd Prize
A stunning prints of the cover art of the Hoodoo Gurus album “Purity of Essence” by artists Doug Bartlett. Valued at $150​0.​

4th prize
$200 Merivale gift card

5th prize
Bottle of French champagne
 

All proceeds from ticket sales will help artists and music workers in crisis.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Kind regards,
The Support Act team 
 
 
 
Note: For raffle tickets you will receive a confirmation SMS with a link to your ticket details.
Winners will be drawn on the day during Music in the House and will be notified by email or text. 
 
Terms and Conditions
Prizes are not exchangeable and may be subject to additional T&Cs from suppliers. 
*1st Prize: Gold Service Twin Cabin for 2 Nights/3 Days from Adelaide to Darwin on 12 August 2018 including all meals whilst on board, drinks and off train excursions. Dates not modifiable. 
**2nd Prize: please note this property stipulates no children. Details on this prize and booking details can be found at www.indigoretreat.com.au

Tura New Music Presents Louise Devenish National Tour

FREE EVENT

Melbourne: 1pm Thurs 24 May, Music Auditorium, Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus, free event As part of the Lunchtime Concert Series

Louise Devenish – music for percussion and electronics

Download  the Album: https://drive.google.com/open?id=15VBiv0Ad9VnNu598KWrxFzDkNyXf1tvq

Tura New Music announces the national tour of renowned Western Australian percussionist Louise Devenish with her program music for percussion and electronics. Premiering in Perth on 15 May, the tour by the critically acclaimed artist then travels on to Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Featuring the work of Australian composers Andrián Pertout, Stuart James, Cat Hope and Kate Moore, Devenish’s ‘breathtakingly deft delivery and sculptor-like attention to detail’ will be complemented by visual projections mapped to the instruments on stage by New York artist Ross Karre.

Onstage the delicate and powerful collide with the sparkling sound world of glockenspiel, vibraphone and the deep resonance of gong, which are extended by electronic processing, samples and sub woofers.

Celebrating Devenish’s 2017 album music for percussion and electronics, released on the Tall Poppies label, the tour is representative of Tura’s increasing presence on the national stage. 

The album was developed from three instalments of Devenish’s solo recital series Music for One Percussionist, presented between 2014 and 2016. Louise’s performances were nationally recognised by being awarded the 2016 Australian Music Centre and APRA/AMCOS Art Music State Award for Performance of the Year.

Artistic Director of Tura New Music Tos Mahoney said, “Louise is a powerhouse in the Australian art music scene – collaborating with and commissioning composers from around the country creating new and genuine Australian voices. We are most proud to be able to present her wonderfully rich solo program around the country.”

For Louise, the works have a personal resonance and significance, “I love the rich metallic sound world of these works, and together they represent an exciting cross-section of approaches to blending the acoustic and electronic, that I think shows how varied percussion music can be. I feel that these works are special contributions to the Australian repertoire that I will have a long relationship with, and I hope that others do too!”

Louise Devenish’s artistic practice blends contemporary percussion performance, research and education. She regularly performs throughout Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK as a soloist and with ensembles including Decibel New Music Ensemble and Speak Percussion. She is passionate advocate of new and Australian music, and has commissioned over 50 works for percussion and premiered countless others. 

A 2017 Churchill Fellow, Louise’s research is published widely, including in a special issue of Contemporary Music Review titled Moving forward: Percussion explorations in twenty-first-century Australia and forthcoming book on Australian percussion history for Routledge’s Research in Music series. Louise is Head of Percussion at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. More information about Louise can be found at louisedevenish.com.au.

The national tour of Louise Devenish’s music for percussion and electronics is presented by Tura New Music.

Tour Dates

Perth: 7:30pm Tuesday 15 May, The Sewing Room, 317 Murray Street Perth entry via Wolf Lane.$20/$15 Moshtix

Adelaide: 5pm Sunday 20 May, Z Ward, 25 Conyngham St, Glenside, $20/$15 TryBooking
As part of South Australia’s History Festival

Brisbane: 7:30pm Tues 22 May, Jugglers Art Space, 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, $20/$15 Eventbrite

Melbourne: 1pm Thurs 24 May, Music Auditorium, Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus, free event As part of the Lunchtime Concert Series


Acknowledgments
Tura’s annual programs are supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council. For the Louise Devenish national tour Tura acknowledges the support of Monash University, South Australia’s History Festival, The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music, Soundstream and Jugglers Art Space.

The Ultimate Tribute to UK Tribute Bands 25-27 May

MEMO Music Hall – Tribute is not a dirty word…

Did you know that Tribute Bands are some of the highest paid musicians in Australia? If you are interested in an interview about what motivates musicians to form and perform in tribute bands, or fancy a bit of a tribute performance on your show please let me know!

Tribute is not a dirty word…..at least not the last weekend in May at MEMO!

The Ultimate Tribute to UK Tribute Bands 25-27 May MEMO Music Hall

The last weekend in May is a back-to-back three-day tribute to Melbourne’s top Brit music Tribute bands – Raw Brit, Leave Your Hat On and Wingspan. Featuring a who’s who of famous Australian bands including The Angels, The Badloves, Skyhooks, Boom Crash Opera, Stars, The Undertow and Rose Tattoo.

Friday night starts the celebrations with one of the most exciting tributes to emerge in recent years Raw Brit. Performing the best of 60s and 70’s British Rock ‘n’ Roll with classics from The Who, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo, Cream, Bad Company and more.

As adolescents, the four high profile Melbourne musicians of Raw Brit, were heavily influenced by the ‘new’ sound of 60s and 70s British rock. It took them on a journey and lead them to their own successful careers. Now, they come together as a band to perform the songs that would influence a lifetime of artists. Put simply, “they don’t write songs like this anymore”.

Raw Brit is Mick Pealing (Stars, The Ideals, The Spaniards), Bob Spencer (Skyhooks, The Angels), Peter ‘Maz’ Maslen (Boom Crash Opera, The Undertow), John Favaro (The Badloves, The Undertow)

On Saturday 26 March, Leave Your Hat pay 100% respect to that reggae-loving working-class soul man Mr Joe Cocker… that white boy from Sheffield England with more cigarettes and bourbon on his voice than your average black blues singer from Alabama.

Joe died in 2013 and “Leave Your Hat On” formed to honour his memory that year. The band will also be paying tribute to the wonderful late Leon Russell, the Texan New Orleans honky tonker who as well as fantastic piano played a mean Les Paul and wrote George Benson’s biggest hit “Masquerade”. It’s an unmissable combination.

Out front the incredible Rick Evans (The Dymonds) is backed up by a funky 12-piece R&B powerhouse made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians: Piano & MD Andy Burns, guitar Brenden Mason, drums Jeff Barnes, bass Shane Cole, hammond Michelle Johns, backing vocals Kerry Maher, Nardia Rose, Georga Byrne, trombone Tim Blamey trumpet Bryan Chetcuti and sax Jez Blamey.

On Sunday 27 May at 2pm Wingspan will take you on a magical journey through Paul McCartney’s Hits from his Beatles days, to the formation of Wings. 

Hey Jude, Let It Be, Long and Winding Road, Get Back, USSR, Saw Her Standing and songs from his early solo albums (McCartney and Ram) to the formation of Wings (Band on The Run, Jet, Live and Let Die, Silly Love Songs, Let Em In, Mull of Kintyre and many more).

This is a must see show for Die Hard Wings, Beatles Fans or just genuine music lovers stretching over three generations via the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s.

The Wingspan line up presents the amazing Talents of Chris Doheny: (Vocals, Bass, Piano & Guitar) Geisha and The Voice of the Footy Show. Shaun Gardener: (Guitar & Vocal) 21/20, GMA & Live And Kicking. Alby Stefani: (Keyboards & Guitar and Vocals) Geisha. Paul Monger: (Drums and Marathons) 21/20 & Hollywood Zoo. Pat Carroll: (Guitar, Bass & Vocals) The Voice.

All Ticket info and pricing is at www.memomusichall.com.au

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 shows: Doors 7.30pm and show 8.40pm to 11pm with intermission.

Sunday 27 Show: Doors 2pm and show 3-5.30pm with intermission

Earlybird registrations are open for the Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018

From the 7th to the 11th of June. Proudly presented by the School of Hard Knocks

Now in its 9th consecutive year, Melbourne International Singers Festival will be led by Guest Conductor RICHARD GILL AO and Australia’s finest conductors, musicians and singers including: The Song Company, Choir of Hard Knocks, MEN ALOUD!, XL Arts, Warren Wills, Claire Patti and Dr Jonathon Welch AM.

BE CHALLENGED, INSPIRED & ENTERTAINED!

JOIN one of our wonderful Festival Choruses, led by Richard Gill, Claire Patti and Dr Jonathon Welch respectively.

BRING your School or Community Choir to a workshop or masterclass with Richard Gill, one of Australia’s finest, and funniest music educators.

SEE the internationally acclaimed, award winning The Song Company with Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, in “True Love Story” …. AND the exciting young talents of XL Arts under the artistic direction of Liane Keegan, as they perform in recital!

SING in a Festival Showcase Concert with your choir.

MISF has a proud history of presenting new Australian works, and will present TWO WORLD PREMIERES in 2018 under the inspiring creative direction of Olivier nominated composer, music theatre producer and performer Warren Wills with the School of Hard Knocks MEN ALOUD! and award winning CHOIR OF HARD KNOCKS.

For more information about the Festival program please go to http://schoolofhardknocks.org.au

We can’t wait to see you all at MISF 2018 for another extraordinary weekend of workshops, educational experiences and performances that will leave you challenged, inspired and entertained! Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Artistic Director

Book Now! Earlybird registrations apply if registered by May 25th!

An unforgettable weekend at #MISF18

Proceeds support the School of Hard Knocks in providing arts and cultural programs to the vulnerable and marginalised in our community.

Contact misf@schoolofhardknocks.org.au OR 0419 337 283

Listen To Older Voices : Mick Elliott – Part 3

Image of Mick Elliott with Mike Rudd and Darrell Roberts Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program 
produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.
 

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In the final program of the story of Baby Boomer Mick Elliott, Mick continues his stories of his music experiences and shares his thoughts on both the past and current state of Australian music, as well as on a range of social issues. His stories of his many trips to the northern territory, a place that has captured Mick’s heart, are stories of his music and his love of playing and he reminds us just how much our indigenous Australians enjoy live music.

Image of Mick [Centre bottom] with Mike Rudd [Left] & Darrell Roberts Right]
Mick [Centre bottom] with Mike Rudd [Left] & Darrell Roberts Right]

Mick is an unassuming man, his friends understand that often he is a man with few words, but a man who let’s his guitar do his talking. Now rapidly playing into his seventieth year, his playing in groups is becoming less frequent as he is largely retired but for the lucky ones, he can still be heard playing from time to time. He now supplements his income-teaching guitar while looking forward to the time when he can move permanently to the Northern territory and see out his final years there.

Click to hear Mick Elliott – Part 3


Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – 

 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Clear out your attics!

Christ Church Mission Community Centre in Acland Street, St Kilda needs donations of good quality art, antiques and collectibles for a fundraising sale to support their work in the community.

Goods will be on sale in Christ Church, Acland Street during the weekend of May 19-20.

An exclusive preview and purchasing opportunity will be available at a VIP wine and cheese opening event on Friday, May 18 from 6.30-8.30pm. Tickets are available for $20.

Please contact the Centre on 9534 9250 or email to communitycentre@christchurchstkilda.org.au if you are able to help with donations or if you would like to purchase tickets to the opening event.

Listen To Older Voices : Mick Elliott – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced  
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In this, the second part of his story, Mick Elliott talks about some of the great bands he has had the pleasure of playing lead guitar in, including the fabulous Wild Beaver Band that was one of the hottest bands around Melbourne in the early 1970’s. We learn how the group became the support act for the legendary J.J. Cale and how a throw-away line directed to the band, led to them writing a great song with that single comment by J.J. Cale becoming its title. What was the line and what was the song? Well, you will have to listen!

Mick’s life is punctuated with non-music based jobs as the vagaries of the Australian music scene create many highs and lows which created the necessity to earn a living outside the music industry. He relates how the many gigs at Melbourne’s number one hotel for music – the notorious Station Hotel, led to many wonderful opportunities including being in Bo Diddley’s backing band during Bo’s tour of Australia.

Mick Elliot [right] with vocalist “Snowy” Townshend – circa 1976

Click to hear Mick Elliott – Part 2


Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]