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The Sound of Angels This Christmas

On 2 December, St George’s Concert Series officially launches a new female voice choir in Perth, Sonus Angelorum – meaning The Sound of Angels.

Alongside Benjamin Britten’s much loved classic, A Ceremony of Carols, Sonus Angelorum will sing a new version of the work by up-and-coming young WA composer Lydia Gardiner. With harp accompaniment by the highly accomplished Yi-Yun Loei, this will be a heavenly way to welcome the coming of Christmas. Yi-Yun will also play a solo piece after the interval, the beautiful Contemplation by French harpist and composer Henriette Renié, adding to the concert’s celebration of female musicianship.

About Sonus Angelorum

Sonus Angelorum comprises the female voices of St George’s Cathedral Consort, and is directed by the Cathedral’s distinguished Master of Music Dr Joseph Nolan. The Cathedral Consort is now often described as the leading choral ensemble of its type in Australia and is heard regularly on ABC Classic. Sonus Angelorum is therefore expected to step straight into the limelight with its pure, angelic sound.

“The name Sonus Angelorum matches their sound perfectly, the sound of angels. This outstanding group of female singers deserves widespread recognition, here and internationally.” – Joseph Nolan

Sonus Angelorum’s official launch, including the world premiere of Lydia Gardiner’s new work, is on 2 December with A Ceremony of Carols in St George’s Cathedral at 7.30pm.

About Lydia Gardiner

Lydia Gardiner won the Ransom Prize for composition at UWA in 2019, participated in the 2020 WASO composition project and is now receiving prestigious commissions in WA. Joseph Nolan believes in supporting young musicians, and on recognising Lydia’s extraordinary ability, he commissioned her to write a new version of A Ceremony of Carols for Sonus Angelorum to perform alongside Benjamin Britten’s classic.

“Britten was a musical genius of the 20th century and his Ceremony of Carols is a beloved choral work. Lydia Gardiner has written a new version using the same movements and libretto, as well as the same choral forces and harp. Such is my belief in Lydia that I gave her a brief that has to match up against one of the greatest musical works in the canon.” – Joseph Nolan

Event Details

A Ceremony of Carols: Britten & Gardiner (world premiere)
2 December 2021, 7.30pm
St George’s Cathedral
Presented by St George’s Concert Series, supported by St George’s Cathedral Foundation for the Arts
Tickets from Perth Concert Hall

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