The Song Company

The Arrow of Song

Directed by Antony Pitts


From early chant to contemporary forms of a cappella singing, The Arrow of Song takes audiences on a fascinating journey of how “a cappella” has transformed itself over thousands of years of rich musical history. Exquisitely curated and performed, this is an experience that will encourage people of all ages to find their voice in the ongoing story of a cappella.

A concert of rare and transcendent beauty...

The performance of such a program was a tour de force, showing us once again what a brilliant outfit The Song Company is...

The Song Company is Ausralia's leading vocal ensemble, singing music of all times and places. The Arrow of Song draws on many years’ of research by the Company to capture the long and fascinating history of unaccompanied vocal music in a chronological concert program. Both informative and entertaining, the concert captures how harmony and notation have developed into many styles and genres over the last two thousand years.

Performed to audiences of all ages, the program includes optional spoken narration by the singers, telling the story of the development of vocal music down the ages.

From its beginnings in 1984, The Song Company remains at the forefront of contemporary vocal music, with an extensive commissioning program and collaborations with artists and composers of the highest calibre from around the world. The ensemble tours nationally and internationally.

The Company has a longstanding commitment to education, with regular school performances and music workshops which can be incorporated into its touring schedule.

From 2016 the ensemble has been led by the British composer, conductor, producer, and lecturer Antony Pitts, whose award-winning career has taken him from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, to the forefront of the Australian music scene as Artistic Director of The Song Company.

The performance history of The Arrow of Song includes a presentation at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre in 2016.


PROGRAM

Part 1: Origins to 1600
Composers include Plainchant, von Bingen, de Cluny, Isaac and Monteverdi

Part 2: 1600 to Now
Composers include Purcell, Brahms, Hindemith, Cage, Berio and McCartney


reviews

"This is virtuoso ensemble singing... It's hard to imagine a better performance..."
Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald full review

"I was yet again overawed by the exquisite vocal machine that is Song Company. If the ensemble was a car, it definitely would be a Ferrari!"
Lliane Clarke, Classikon full reivew

"There’s not much that can defeat The Song Company. This tight knit group can sing, act and, most important, think their way around pretty much anything you can throw at them...The performances are, as you’d expect from The Song Company, wild and wonderful."
Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald full review


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CREDITS

Director Antony Pitts
Ensemble
The Song Company


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