The Song Company

The Vision

The Song Company is Australia’s leading vocal ensemble. It embraces music from around the world and across the ages. In collaboration with artists of the highest calibre, it aims to create a distinctive and dynamic new voice, relevant to audiences of today and tomorrow.

The Program

The Song Company has developed as one of the most vibrant and extraordinary vocal ensembles in the world. The group’s repertoire covers vocal music from the 10th century to the present day and is unique in its stylistic diversity. The company has a commitment to unique vocal collaborations with emerging and established artists from all over the world.
Under the leadership of Roland Peelman, Artistic Director since 1990, the six-voice ensemble has developed its style by successfully integrating serious scholarship, tonal clarity, vocal daring and unbridled performance dynamics. The group is equally at home in medieval songs and chants, 16th-century polyphony, 20th-century classics and creates innovative programs that cross the old divide between high-art and low-brow and old/new.
The Song Company remains at the forefront of contemporary vocal music through an extensive and ongoing international commissioning program and new collaborations.
Each year the Song Company stages over 130 performances throughout Australia and internationally, and presents a concert series in Sydney, Melbourne and regional NSW, including the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Bathurst, Orange, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra and Campbelltown.
After 25 years of performances, the Song Company has access to an inventory of over 1500 recordings on CD, DVD and online, also incorporating a comprehensive education program in schools and leading educational institutions. This music is broadcast nationally by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and internationally through networked foreign broadcasters.

The Company

The Song Company is a not-for-profit company with a core of 7 full time artists and a small administration. With Key Organisation support of The Australia Council and Arts NSW, the company operates full-time. Through a longstanding commitment to education, an annual concert series, as well as many recordings and broadcasts, The Song Company has built up an impressive following around Australia, and increasingly so, around the world.
Several levels of support from individuals are maintained, including the Angels, who contribute regularly to the work of the company, and the Leonine Program which provides support for the salaries of the artists.
The group was awarded Winner of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award in 2007.

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