Lumina Ensemble’s Medieval Christmas, in March!
After their successful 2011 concert of the same name, Lumina Vocal Ensemble will be presenting an entirely new collection of works for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe production of A Medieval Christmas.
Well known in local choral circles as the group to tackle unusual pieces, Lumina Vocal Ensemble aims to unearth and perform rare or seldom heard medieval choral works and contemporary Australian compositions. The ensemble have regularly presented independent concerts since it’s foundation in 1999 and also maintain a dedicated YouTube channel which boasts over 200,000 hits. The annual Adelaide Fringe festival affords the group opportunities to reach and challenge new audiences and develop the group’s following.
Lumina Vocal Ensemble, under the musical direction of Anna Pope, is comprised of past and present members of a vast variety of choral groups from throughout Adelaide. This year they are pleased to welcome Peter Deane, a graduate from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, as associate conductor. Deane brings his wide experience in performance and conducting, in styles ranging from musical theatre to opera, to lead parts of the 75 minute program.
The choristers will take the audience on a rousing and engaging journey through 29 eclectic works inspired by the Christmas story and will be performing a variety of challenging material including pieces from composers such as Hildegard, Dufay and Ockeghem. Professor Tom Burton, linguist and expert on Middle English at the University of Adelaide, has assisted the members with authentic pronunciations for many of the works, and his role as Narrator will enhance the journey.
As an added musical element, Lumina is also excited to have members of their instrumental offshoot, Lyrebyrd to accompany some of the items. Lyrebyrd features many of the choristers themselves on traditional medieval instruments including recorder, percussion and the Rebec (an early string instrument similar to a violin).
In preparation for any concert, members of Lumina undergo short, intensive rehearsal periods and meet regularly to share and discuss all aspects of maintaining the ensemble. Choristers are expected to prepare individually so that rehearsal time can be spent focusing on the singing. Minimal impact on family and personal lives is important to the group and much like a big family, the members gather in informal settings with children in tow to discuss current undertakings and dreams of the future. It is this “big family feel” and a group understanding of the needs and demands of modern lives and careers that enable the ensemble to continue and thrive.
Lumina Vocal Ensemble looks forward to presenting
A Medieval Christmas at three performance venues:
Barr-Smith Library Reading Room, University of Adelaide – Sunday March 4, 3pm
Christchurch North Adelaide – Wednesday March 14, 8pm
Urrbrae House – Sunday March 18, 3pm
Tickets available at FringeTix.