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Early Arts Guild of Victoria

Early Music in the Very Round

Directed by Helga Hill OAM, the Early Arts Guild of Victoria is a non-profit, volunteer organisation which was formed in 1978. While the Guild's overall task is to promote Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Arts around Victoria and beyond, its main concern is to support the activities of the Early Music Consort of Melbourne, Rippon Lea Renaissance and Baroque Dancers, and the Australian Gesture Workshop.

Program 1 - Early Arts Guild of Victoria:
The Woman’s Song

Sunday 1 May at 2:15pm

Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black Street, Brighton

At the heart of this concert is the iconic 12th Century Woman’s Song of the Crusade Chanterai por mon courage by French Troubadour Guiot de Dijon.  Featuring soprano Erika Tandiono, who is fast establishing herself as one of Australia’s most exciting early music sopranos, the performance will be enhanced with historic gesture.

The concert will also feature the Rippon Lea Dancers who will perform works from the 13th - 14th centuries and the Early Music Consort will use a wide array of medieval instruments including the hurdy gurdy, Arabian and Saracen lutes, medieval recorders (c 1300) and struck bells.

Tickets: All tickets $10, children Under 18 free

Bookings: Tickets at the door

Regional renaissance - This program is repeated at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Sunday 15 May...More>

Performers, Trevor Trotter & Erica Tandiono

Program 2 - Early Arts Guild of Victoria:
From Mountainous Lands

Sunday 5 June at 2:15pm

Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black Street, Brighton

A farewell concert by the choir of St Michael’s Grammar School before the students, under the direction of Dr. Gary Ekkel, leave on a tour that will take them from Austria to Iceland, with programs in Notre Dame in Paris and St Mark’s in Venice. This performance will include Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Isaac’s wonderfully moving Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen.

Tickets: All tickets $10, children Under 18 free

Bookings: Tickets at the door

Dancer, Tonia Chapman

Program 3 - Early Arts Guild of Victoria:
Airs for the Seasons

Sunday 3 July at 2:15pm

Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black Street, Brighton

A garden-lover’s delight! A rare venture into little-known works by 18th century Scottish composer, James Oswald, played on instruments of his time. The Evergreen Ensemble, with Shane Lestideau (violin), Jess Foot (oboe and violin), Simon Rickard (bassoon) and Rosanne Hunt (cello), will explore a set of shorter compositions written by Oswald in 1747, with each named after a flower or plant and grouped according to the four seasons.

Tickets: All tickets $10, children Under 18 free

Bookings: Tickets at the door

Musician, Trevor Trotter

Program 4 - Early Arts Guild of Victoria:
Four Decades of Dancing

Sunday 7 August at 2:15pm

Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black Street, Brighton

This program marks the fortieth year since the Early Music Consort of Melbourne (then comprising Helga Hill and her family), introduced Victorian audiences to renaissance dancing. It will be an occasion for the Rippon Lea Dancers to present significant works by Negri, Caroso and other leading dance masters of the era. Period costumes and historic musical instruments will be features of this landmark presentation.

Tickets: All tickets $10, children Under 18 free

Bookings: Tickets at the door

Regional renaissance - This program is repeated at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Sunday 14 August...More>

Dancer, Dominique Murphy

Program 5 - Early Arts Guild of Victoria:
If Music be the Food of Love

Sunday 11 September at 2:15pm

Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black Street, Brighton

Two of Australia’s leading viol de gambists Miriam Morris and Laura Vaughan are joined by actor Bruce Kerr to present music and drama of Renaissance England.  From the luscious melodies of John Dowland and Tobias Hume to the immortal words of Shakespeare, the afternoon promises to transport audiences back to a time when music truly was the food of love.

Tickets: All tickets $10, children Under 18 free

Bookings: Tickets at the door

Regional renaissance - This program is will be performed at the Wesley of Warragul on Sunday 28 August...More>

Performers, Erica Tandiono, Trevor Trotter (with lute) & Rederick Laird

Program 6 - Early Arts Guild of Victoria:
All the Nations Rejoice (Christmas Pageant)

Sunday 11 December at 2:15pm

Brighton Town Hall, Corner of Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton

More an experience than an event! As the Nativity is portrayed in poems, stories, dance and music, the audience will join the Early Music Concert and Rippon Lea Dancers to sing well-known carols.

Now celebrating its 16th year, this much loved family event will commence with a procession of historic banners from France, Italy and Germany, followed by festive music and dances from each country. Members of the Early Music Consort and Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers in period costume will lead the way in what, many patrons say is the official start of Christmas.

Tickets: All tickets $20, children under 18 free

Bookings: Bookings essential via 03 9699 8417

Regional renaissance - This program is will be performed at the Wesley of Warragul on Sunday 4 December...More>

Dancer, Tonia Chapman

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Members of the Early Arts Guild of Victoria: Tonia Chapman, Roderick Laird & Dominique Murphy.

Photography
Lucia Ondrusova


Page last updated: 23 Feb 2016