The Giovanni Consort Launch

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon and what better thing to do on such a day than to pop on a bright colour to wear and head out to a concert.

 

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Dress – Trent Nathan / Bag – Charles & Keith

Shoes -A shop in Toledo (Comfiest things ever!)

The rain might dampen your spirits, but beautiful music certainly can’t!

I was off to enjoy a casual afternoon supporting my fellow singers and friends of the Giovanni Consort, as they presented the concert series launch for this year.

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Set within the beautiful pocket of Perth that is Claremont Quarter, you can find the lovely Christ Church Anglican Church, shaded by trees and where the concert was being hosted.

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Dating back to 1892, Christ Church is a very grand church for its size.

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Inside is just as lovely.

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The traditional stain glass windows all along the walls, mesmerising with the light glowing through.

Soon I took my seat at the back and flicked through the 2017 series brochure, before the concert started.

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They filed in, opened their music and began to sing. There the Consort was, making glorious choral music and the audience sat in silence to listen.

The conductor Hugh Lydon, between each piece, casually explained the music and it’s background and let the audience know in which concert program of the year it was extracted from.

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Four pieces were presented and you can have a listen to renditions of them on Youtube via the hyperlinks. It was all truly moving music.

Song for Athene – John Tavener (Probably best known for when it was used as the recessional piece for Princess Diana’s funeral. )

Lift Thine Eyes – Mendelssohn

Calme Des Nuits – Saint-Saens

Hanacpachap Cussicunin – Anonymous

All unique and showing how diverse and emotionally movingΒ  choral music can be.

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The Giovanni Consort is about producing high quality unaccompanied choral music from every period, ranging right back to medieval times. Its members are either trained singers, or instrumentalists from all around Perth, who study, or have studied music at university and take choral music seriously.

The Consort has always considered one of its main purposes is to nurture young talented musicians of Perth and provide performance opportunities for them, and with their plans this year, it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down any time soon.

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Soon though, the performance did end and a big round of applause was given.

People stood up, stretched their legs and said hello to those they knew around them, before everyone filed out of the church. We headed right next door, where we were treated to complimentary wine and most importantly… plenty of CHEESE!

It was all round a lovely afternoon and a great way to spend a rainy day.

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You can find the Giovanni Consort program for 2017 here. See what might take your fancy, or maybe try something new that will broaden your taste in music.

Also, you might like to follow them on their Facebook page here and see all their goings-on, big and small. Not only are they fantastic musicians, but a wonderful, supportive community of friends too.

So come along to one, or ALL of the concerts this year to support the young musicians of Perth and you even might catch me singing there too! πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

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