The Annual
23rd March 2013 4pm

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

Media Release: Josie and the Emeralds

In one of the first concerts in the newly renovated Glebe Town Hall, The Glebe Music Festival presents Josie and the Emeralds in Traveling to the Question: Renaissance and contemporary music with two of Sydney’s most beloved early music sopranos, Josie Ryan and Belinda Montgomery and Sydney’s premiere viol consort: The Emerald City Viols.


After their second triumphant appearance at the Glebe Music Festival, Josie and the Emeralds are presenting a special concert with the celebrated U.S. viola da gamba player, Mary Springfels. Mary Springfels is one of the most sought-after viola da gamba players in the U.S. and this will be her only concert appearance in her brief visit to Sydney. For this concert Mary will perform as soloist and as co-musical director with Brooke Green.

Josie Ryan and Belinda Montgomery are two of Sydney’s leading early music sopranos and this is a rare chance to hear them sing together.

The Renaissance part of the programme is both sacred and secular, including sumptuous music for Lent and Holy Week, a Palm Sunday masterpiece, heart-rending madrigals and witty, fascinating, brain twisting instrumental music by Weelkes, Jenkins, Tye, Parsons, Picforth, Byrd and Hume.

On the contemporary side, Josie and the Emeralds will perform some of Brooke Green’s recent work as well as two premieres. L’esprit rigole completes her suite for viol consort that was partially premiered at the Glebe Music Festival in 2012. Traveling to the Question, for two sopranos and five viols is a commission where Brooke was asked to reference the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Nick Cave and Martin Heidegger. How could one even think of combining these seemingly incompatible elements? Come along to find out!

Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe

Saturday March 23, 4pm $30 (full price), $25 (students and pensioners)

limited seating, bookings advisable via this link or go to

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