Sian Prior

Writer, Broadcaster, Singer, MC & Teacher

Exotica – new concert from the Westgarth Ensemble [October 3]

Exotica: Songs from Another Time, Another Place

The Westgarth Ensemble explores the exotic as seen through the eyes of composers from the Baroque through to the 20th century. Experience the biblical lands as depicted in songs by Handel, feel the allure of the East as presented in operas by Puccini and Delibes, and travel back in time to the new world of Rameau’s ‘noble savages’.

A recent visit to the Islamic Museum of Australia inspired the Westgarth Ensemble to investigate how western composers have exploited the romance of distant lands to add a frisson of the exotic to their music and drama.

Come with us on a musical tour through history and geography with Exotica.

When: Sunday October 15, 2:00pm

Where: Bardin Centre

Christ Church Anglican Church

8 Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick

Who: The Westgarth Ensemble

Claire McDonald (Soprano)

Katrena Mitchell (Soprano)

Sian Prior (Soprano)

Kerrie Bolton (Mezzo soprano)

with Gregory Smith (Piano)

Admission: $25 ($20 concession) – bookings here.

Background: The members of the Westgarth Ensemble have been singing together since 1997. Graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio, they have all worked for a range of Australian opera companies and ensembles. In recent years they have been presenting themed vocal concerts in venues around Victoria. In 2015 they performed ‘Who Wears the Pants’ followed in 2016 by ‘Supernatural’ at the Armadale Uniting Church and St Paul’s Cathedral.