Cathedral to host Down Under voices

AUSTRALIAN vocal music is heard at Sheffield Cathedral on September 21 when The Australian Voices drop off on an intensive UK tour following a 23-perfomance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe residency.

Formed in 1993, the ensemble has a huge international reputation and has toured so many countries worldwide, citing those it hasn’t visited would be quicker.

And it has received many prestigious awards, including the Gold Medal at the World Choir Games in China and Best Performance at the Bela Bartók International Choral Competition in Hungary.

At least 24 singers were in the choral music theatre piece MOON in Edinburgh but only six are performing on the tour, in all likelihood not the same half-dozen, given the virtually daily stands.

The group performs new works alongside established pieces with, among the latter being selected from on the tour, items by Mozart (Ave Verum Corpus), Grieg (Ave Maris Stella), Bach, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

They are offset by pieces by contemporary Australian composers, including Stephen Leek, Amber Evans, Nigel Butterley and Gordon Hamilton.

Tickets for the concert, £15, £12 concessions, £6 students, which begins at 7.30pm, are available in advance online, or can be purchased by calling 020 4286 6786.