A mix of choral and recorder music to soothe the soul on a sunny Sunday winter’s afternoon is scheduled for Alstonville and Mullumbimby next month.

It will be music from the sublime to the ridiculous, from Henry VIII to Bach, Purcell, Mozart and Elgar, and a musical setting of the nonsense words of Edward Lear’s Owl and the Pussy Cat.

Acapelicans, based in Ballina, and Spiritsong, based in Bangalow, are mixed voice choirs under the musical direction of local musician, Warren Whitney.

Both choirs sing a range of secular and sacred items covering 400 years of music and perform throughout the Northern Rivers.
Among other works, they have performed Bach’s Peasant Cantata and Sir Charles Wood’s St Mark’s Passion.

Spiritsong’s rendition of Saint Saëns Ave Verum was recorded and played on 4MBSFM, a Brisbane classical music station.

La Fontanella recorder ensemble plays classical and modern items using the whole range of recorders, from the tiny to what look like organ pipes with holes in and need keys to reach the notes!

During its heyday, the recorder was traditionally associated with birds, shepherds, miraculous events, funerals, marriages and amorous scenes.

It was revived in the 20th century, partly in the pursuit of historically accurate performances of early music – the sound is remarkably clear and sweet.

A sound that will enhanced by the acoustics of both churches with their magnificent high-pitched roofs, timber work and stone walls, their small size making the music even more intimate.

  • Sunday, 20 JUNE, 2010, 1.30PM St Bartholomew’s Church, Alstonville
  • Sunday, 27 JUNE, 2010, 1.30PM, St  Martin’s Church, Mullumbimby.
  • Tickets: $10 at the door
  • Enquiries 0429 185 361