On Sunday I attended the first of the 2006 Spring Festival of Music Concert Series at the Hunter Baillie Church in Annandale (Sydney).
The setting, with the church spire, spring flowering trees and cucumber sandwiches in the church hall, was very much like something from a fictional English village, depicted in TV shows such as Midsomer Murders. The concerts are run to aid the church organ fund and the vicar will tell you the roof is in need of repair.
The first concert was by the The Song Company. They performed several of the works from their new CD "As a Lily". You can try the sample of "SICUT LILIUM" by Antonio Brumel (c.1460 - c.1515).
The church music got a little tiring after a while and was relieved by the very secular "Bat's Ultrasound" with words by Les Murray and music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.
The performance ended on a whimsical "Waltzing Matilda" sung in French and German. I have suggested they might like to try the 'Queensland version'.
The Song Company is shortly off for a performance in China. Perhaps the Beijing 2008 Olympics should invite them to perform.
Coming up in the Spring Festival are: