In the 22 years since since its foundation The Giovanni Consort has become renowned for its exquisite, high-quality performances of unaccompanied choral music ranging from the medieval period to the present day.
The Consort is comprised of some of Perth’s finest choral talent which varies in size depending on repertoire requirements. Their singers have extensive musical backgrounds, with most having studied (or still studying) music at a tertiary level. This includes violinists, pianists and other instrumentalists in addition to trained singers, many of whom can be found performing with the West Australian Opera, Perth’s cathedral choirs and other professional engagements.
Triumphs include sold-out performances at Perth Arena with The Rolling Stones in 2014, a similar concert with The Hilltop Hoods in 2016, the Australian Premiere of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles at Government House Ballroom, and a hauntingly beautiful performance of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning Little Match Girl Passion in our 2015 Season.
A core principle in the group’s artistic mission is to develop and nurture young performers in Perth. As a result, some of the city’s great singers have gained vital experience with the Consort. Notable alumni include Rachelle Durkin, Katya Webb, Taryn Fiebig, Iain Grandage, James Clayton and Andrew O’Connor.
The Giovanni Consort are delighted to return to the Denmark Festival of Voice in 2017, where this year they will present an array of masterpieces that celebrate the emotional power created by A Cappella singing. Choral Masterworks will take audiences on a journey from Renaissance times to the present day, exploring the highlights of composers well known for their skills at writing for voice. These include Tallis, Byrd, Rheinberger, Britten, Poulenc, Bruckner and Arvo Part as well as many others. The Giovanni Consort will deliver a concert of both sacred and secular vocal music that will create a deep impression on listeners, encouraging them to explore the works of these composers once they have left. They invite anyone who shares a passion for the human voice to attend this performance and rejoice in the celebration of Choral Masterworks.