Glebe Music Festival

Josie and the Emeralds
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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Festival Contact Information

Glebe Music Festival
Mr. E. K. McIntosh, Artistic Director
13 Newton Road
Strathfield, NSW 2135
Phone: (61) 2-9746-7738

Festival Description

The underlying philosophy of the Glebe Music Festival is to bring together musicians at different stages of their careers in the intimate atmosphere of Margaretta Cottage. With large choirs this has expanded to the performance of major choral works at St. Scholastica's Chapel in Glebe. The repertoire is not limited to pure classical music and has included rhythm-and-blues and jazz.

Festival Dates November 8 - December 1, 2013
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Artist feature 2012:
  • Josie and the Emeralds (Australia
    Sunday, November 18th, at St Scholastica’s Chapel (Arcadia Road, Glebe)
    • The delicious mix of 17th century English music and contemporary Australian pieces for voice and an ensemble (‘consort’) of viols, is sure to pluck (heart) strings. One of the most prized musical instruments of Western Europe in the 15th to 18th centuries, the viola da gamba – or viol – is a bowed string instrument of six or seven strings with an affecting tone similar to the human voice. It’s a rare treat to hear six professionally played viols together and the last time Sydney enjoyed such a pleasure was probably in the 1990s when famous English consort Fretwork toured Australia. Now, Sydney-based group Josie and the Emeralds (for the ‘Emerald City’ of Sydney!) are joined by three outstanding Melbourne musicians. The six instrumentalists and soprano Josie Ryan will delve deeply into the complex, polyphonic world of Orlando Gibbons and perform some refreshingly new contemporary compositions for added zest! The first half of this concert features all six of Gibbons’ magnificent six-part Fantasias. There’s also one of his beautiful five-part In Nomines and his rollicking six-part Pavan and Galliard. To mark the 400th anniversary of their publication, soprano Josie Ryan and the Emerald City Viols (to give them their full name!) will also perform some of Gibbons’ Motets and Madrigals for Voices and Viols, including the famous Silver Swan. The ‘new’ repertoire includes arrangements of pieces by Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin and Ross Edwards, along with new works for soprano and viols by the group’s director Brooke Green. Josie and the Emeralds are Josie Ryan, soprano; Brooke Green (director), treble viol; Fiona Ziegler, tenor viol; Anthea Cottee, bass viol; plus Melbourne guests Laura Vaughan, treble, tenor and bass viols; Laura Moore, treble and tenor viol; Rebecca Humphrey Diederich, bass viol.


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