The Sydney Consort is one of Australia’s most energetic music ensembles devoted to early music of the 17th and 18th century, as well as contemporary Australian music on period instruments. Attractive programmed performances shows their absolute passion about the true Baroque. Their mission is to provide excellent, historically informed music to a wide audience. One of the ensemble’s visions is to ‘revive’ forgotten music and works by obscure composers, unpublished scores and rarely performed compositions, yet by all means deserved to be presented.
The Sydney Consort presents five exciting programs each year in an acoustically friendly and charismatic venues at St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Balmain and Wesley Music Centre in Forrest (ACT).
Frequently, the ensemble invites other well known and talented Australian artists, instrumentalists, and vocalists to further enrich performances and broaden the repertoire. The Sydney Consort performed with Sydney actors and poets as a consequence of an ongoing relationship with the Poets and Writers Society. A concert of 17th Century English music and Shakespearian sonnets was a particularly successful product of this union of arts. A Christmas Cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti was performed for the first time in Australia by the Sydney Consort, from a copy of the only one manuscript belonging to a parish Library in Germany. The ensemble prides itself in researching, preparing and performing unknown or recently found 18th century compositions.
The ensemble appears regularly on classical radio programs and on Sunday Live ABC Classic FM. From 2004 the group appeared for Musica Viva Australia with concerts in Sydney and NSW (countrywide program). Since 2005, the internationally renowned ensemble the Sydney Consort is performing every year on their European concert tour in Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Latvia, Finland and Poland.
The Sydney Consort has recorded six CD’s with invited musicians.