Voyage of Voices

Photo: Michael Corridore

Saturday 24 February at 5pm
Christ Church St Laurence Sydney

Sunday 25 February at 3pm
St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta

Elizabeth Scott conductor
Külli Lokko conductor
VOX
E Stuudio Youth Choir

On the face of it, the tiny Baltic state of Estonia and the vast continent of Australia couldn't be more different, or distant. But there's at least one thing that unites us: the vibrancy of our musical traditions.

Featuring works by Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Dan Walker and Paul Stanhope.

Choral singing has woven into the very fabric of Estonian society for centuries – collective singing was a vital form of unified protest against Soviet rule that the Estonian fight for independence of the 1980s is called the ‘Singing Revolution’. The Republic of Estonia punches above its weight musically: it’s famously the home of ‘holy minimalist’ icon Arvo Pärt, the high priest of the country’s diverse music scene that boasts world-famous conductors and composers. Impressive for a country of 1.3 million.

Specialising in contemporary choral music from Estonia and beyond – especially Arvo Part’s luminous compositions, and the next generation of Baltic composers – the  44 brilliant choristers of E Stuudio Youth Choir hail from high schools and universities across Estonia, and have already taken their dynamic brand of contemporary acapella singing to Carnegie Hall.

In a globe-spanning collaboration, VOX and Estonia’s E Stuudio Youth Choir celebrate the rich vocal music of our countries. The young voices of Sydney’s VOX choir are a product of Australia’s bold musical culture – and its great choral music. VOX performs new Australian music by leading composers such as Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope and Dan Walker inspired by Australia’s unique environment. E Stuudio Choir will showcase the spiritually-inclined music of their homeland. Finally, the two choirs join forces to stunning effect in a meeting of north and south. 

Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval


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