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The Song Company | Burden of Truth – Canberra

10 June 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

50 years ago, English composer Gavin Bryars was struck by a tape loop of a homeless person singing a fragment of a hymn tune. He added harmonies and instruments and created Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet – a hypnotic work that has gained a cult following around the world.

In May and June, The Song Company presents Burden of Truth, which features the first performances of Bryars’ iconic work in his new spectacular 32-part choral version.

In 2020, Antony Pitts took a road journey from Uluru, northwards to Kakadu and the coast. This journey inspired the creation of a new 25-part choral motet, Transiens, based on the glorious music of the Eton Choirbook.

Join us for the world première performances of these two mesmerising and transcendental multi-voice works.

Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Antony Pitts – after Robert Wylkynson – Transiens

Amy Moore, Bonnie de la Hunty, Chloe Lankshear, Roberta Diamond – Sopranos
Alexandria Siegers, Hannah Fraser, Janine Harris, Jessica O’Donoghue, Stephanie Dillon – Altos
Christopher Watson, Dan Walker, Ethan Taylor, Koen van Stade – Tenors
Edward Elias, Hayden Barrington, Lincoln Law, Lucien Fischer, Thomas Flint – Basses
Antony Pitts – Director

featuring Oriana Chorale and Luminescence Chamber Choir


21 May, 7:30pm – Melbourne, St. Michael’s Uniting Church
22 May, 3pm – Melbourne, Trinity College
28 May, 7pm – Sydney, The Cellblock Theatre (National Art School)
29 May, 3pm – Sydney, The Cellblock Theatre (National Art School)



Albert Hall, Canberra
Commonwealth Avenue
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
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