Date: 15 November 2017
Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Presented in collaboration with Inventi Ensemble and Melbourne Recital Centre
A Child of Earth and Heaven celebrates two generations of Australian vocal writing, showcasing works by award-winning composers Nigel Butterley and Elliott Gyger inspired by childhood and the natural world.
In an all-new collaboration, drawing together renowned performers from around the country, Inventi Ensemble (Melbourne) and Halcyon (Sydney) with guest conductor Matthew Wood (Darwin) present two intriguing song cycles for voice and chamber ensemble.
Gyger’s Paul Lowin Award winning composition, giving voice (2013), is an intimate exploration of the theme of early childhood. With diverse texts drawn from eight female Australian writers including his own daughter Sophia, giving voiceencapsulates a roller-coaster of emotions – such as fear, wonder, joy and frustration – in eight highly individual songs. Drawing inspiration from the Orpheus myth, Butterley’s Orphei Mysteria (2008) is a work of great beauty whose subtlety painted colours bring forth a richly evocative soundscape and show a master craftsman at the height of his powers.
Elliott Gyger - giving voice (2013)
Nigel Butterley - Orphei Mysteria (2008)
Matthew Wood conductor Alison Morgan soprano Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Vladimir Gorbach guitar Inventi Ensemble