Josie And The Emeralds Celebrate St Cecilia’s Day


Celebrating the name day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, Josie and the Emeralds present the annual St Cecilia’s Day concert under the auspices of the Glebe Music Festival.

Josie Ryan, soprano, will be directed by Brooke Green who will play the viol along with Laura Moore, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex and Jacques Emery on double bass with Amy Johansen, the University of Sydney Organist on the Great Hall Organ.

In late 17th century London, a St Cecilia’s Day concert was held annually on November 22.  This concert on November 20 features works by Purcell, Handel and Draghi, all celebrated for their contributions to this highlight of the musical calendar. St Cecilia is often portrayed playing the organ and this year we are delighted to perform as part of the Sydney University Organ recital series alongside resident organist Amy Johansen.

Relations between the Dutch and the English were strengthened during Purcell’s time thanks to the reign of William III and Mary. In 1616, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landed in Western Australia and in this concert we conclude our series of works from Johannes Schenk’s “The Nymph of the Rhine” for two bass viols as we continue to recognise this 400 year anniversary throughout 2016. Our program will also include music by “The Orpheus of Amsterdam” Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, who may even have met Hartog!

The French influence promoted by Purcell is represented with some beautiful works for viols by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Louis Couperin.

“Shamim” by Brooke Green is a musical portrait of one of the refugee children on Nauru. It will receive its premiere performance with this program.

The concert is preceded by Carillon in the quadrangle at 2 PM, with an optional tour of the Carillon at 2:45 PM. Afternoon tea will be served in the ante-room at 3 PM.

Free entry

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