VOCALIZATION IS ALL ABOUT THE SOUND AND THE STORY.
THE SONG COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA IS THE CONTINENT’S PREMIER VOCAL ENSEMBLE, SINGING MUSIC OF ALL TIMES AND PLACES, STORY-TELLING THROUGH SOUND.


From across the continent we come together as The Song Company – to give voice to stories from far and wide – together we are Australia’s premier vocal ensemble.

GUEST, EMERITUS, & EMERGING ARTISTS


Alexandria Siegers

ALEXANDRIA
SIEGERS

– ALTO
Dreamers of the Day 2017

Andrew Goodwin

ANDREW
GOODWIN

– TENOR
Bach & Forward 2016

Andrew O'Connor - bass

ANDREW
O’CONNOR

– BASS
Songs Before Sleep 2019
SongCo LAB 2019
Passio 2019
Bach, Sorrow and Joy 2019
Treble Helix Unlocked 2019
One-Equal-Music 2018
Four-Colour-Season 2018
True-Love-Story 2018
Hamlet 2018
Hidden Thoughts 2018
Byrd-Round-Table 2018
SongCo LAB 2018
Lully Lulla 2017
Dreamers of the Day 2017
Monteverdi Vespers 2017
Forward & Bach 2017
Round Robin 2017
Passio 2017
Sticks & Stones 2017
Accidental Plans 2017
SongCo LAB 2017
An Orthodox Christmas 2016
Strange Fruit 2016
The Concord of Strangers 2016
I wish I could fly... 2016
A Strange Eventful History 2016
The Cries of London 2016
In Tempore Paschali 2016
Bach & Forward 2016

Andrew O’Connor was born in Perth, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia, before developing a successful teaching career in Perth, and performing both around Australia and internationally in opera, oratorio, art song, and consort singing. He relocated to Sydney in 2015 and became the newest full-time singer in The Song Company. Andrew also appears regularly with Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music ensembles including Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Choir of St James, Sydney Antiphony, and Hourglass Ensemble.

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Anna Fraser - soprano

ANNA
FRASER

– SOPRANO
Power Chords Attached 2019
SongCo LAB 2019
Passio 2019
Bach, Sorrow and Joy 2019
Treble Helix Unlocked 2019
La Passion de Simone 2019
Byrd-Round-Table 2018
SongCo LAB 2018
Lully Lulla 2017
Dreamers of the Day 2017
Monteverdi Vespers 2017
Forward & Bach 2017
Round Robin 2017
Passio 2017
Sticks & Stones 2017
Accidental Plans 2017
SongCo LAB 2017
An Orthodox Christmas 2016
Strange Fruit 2016
The Concord of Strangers 2016
I wish I could fly... 2016
A Strange Eventful History 2016
The Cries of London 2016
In Tempore Paschali 2016
Bach & Forward 2016

Anna Fraser has gained an enviable reputation as a versatile soprano specialising in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire, and sang as a permanent member of The Song Company from 2007-2019. She also performs extensively with Sydney’s professional ensembles, most recently with Sydney Chamber Opera at the 2017 Sydney Festival, Pinchgut Opera with notable roles in L’Orfeo, Dardanus, L’Ormindo, and Castor et Pollux, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cantillation, Ironwood, Halcyon, Salut! Baroque, and Sydney Consort.

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Anna Sandstrom - soprano

ANNA
SANDSTROM

– SOPRANO
Mind Over Matter 2019

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Antony Pitts - Artistic Director

ANTONY
PITTS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (from 2016)

Antony Pitts is a composer, conductor, producer, and recipient of the Radio Academy BT Award, the Prix Italia, and a Cannes Classical Award. A Chapel Royal treble, Academic and Honorary Senior Scholar at New College, Oxford, founder of British ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, and Senior Producer at BBC Radio 3, he made his Glastonbury Festival debut in 2014, and in 2016 joined The Song Company – succeeding Roland Peelman as the first new Artistic Director for a quarter of a century. Commissioned for Alexander Litvinenko, Cheltenham Festival, King’s College London, New College Oxford, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, The Swingles, and Westminster Cathedral, with premières of his music in Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, and Sydney Opera House, critical acclaim for Antony’s music tends towards hyperbole: “...My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every man, woman, and child on the planet...”.

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Bernie Van Tiel

BERNIE
VAN TIEL

– BEATBOXER
The Concord of Strangers 2016

Bethany Hill

BETHANY
HILL

– SOPRANO
Treble Helix Unlocked 2019

Bonnie de la Hunty

BONNIE
DE LA HUNTY

– SOPRANO
One-Equal-Music 2018

Carmel de Jager

CARMEL
DE JAGER

– MEZZO-SOPRANO
True-Love-Story 2018

CHARLES
COLMAN

FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (1984-1988)

Chloe Lankshear

CHLOE
LANKSHEAR

– SOPRANO
Four-Colour-Season 2018
True-Love-Story 2018
Hamlet 2018
Hidden Thoughts 2018

Christopher Watson

CHRISTOPHER
WATSON

– TENOR
Passio 2019
One-Equal-Music 2018

FRANCIS
GREEP

– GUEST VOCAL COACH

Francis Greep has gained an international reputation for his work as a vocal coach, recitalist, chorus master, continuo player and conductor. Now based in Australia, he has worked for Opera Australia as part of the Music Staff and as Assistant Chorus Master; and West Australian Opera and Houston Grand Opera, both as Head of Music, and has performed across Europe, North and South America, New Zealand and Australia. Francis has prepared singers and choruses in more than 60 operas and extensive experience of Art Song across all languages. Francis is particularly known for his skill in preparing established and developing singers for professional role debuts through his extensive repertoire experience, and for providing singers with the tools to continue developing and refining their voices. Concurrently, Francis is Marketing and Development Manager at the world-renowned Gondwana Choirs, and is thrilled to be associated with The Song Company, their exciting artistic program and the incredible vocal prowess that on display at every performance.

Hannah Fraser - mezzo-soprano

HANNAH
FRASER

– MEZZO-SOPRANO
One-Equal-Music 2018
SongCo LAB 2018
Lully Lulla 2017
An Orthodox Christmas 2016
Strange Fruit 2016
The Concord of Strangers 2016
I wish I could fly... 2016
A Strange Eventful History 2016
The Cries of London 2016
In Tempore Paschali 2016
Bach & Forward 2016

Hannah Fraser graduated from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music (Performance). Hannah has performed alongside professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera & Cantillation in Iphigénie en Tauride, Ironwood in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and the New Zealand String Quartet performing pieces by Brahms & Bach at the Adam Chamber Music Festival New Zealand. Since 2013 Hannah has been involved in establishing and developing ‘Voci Stupende’, an organisation which supports young opera singers through providing operatic performance opportunities around Australia. In 2017 Hannah took to the stage in Europe, and has returned to work with The Song Company in 2017 and 2018.

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Janine Harris

JANINE
HARRIS

– ALTO
Treble Helix Unlocked 2019

Jenny Duck-Chong

JENNY
DUCK-CHONG

– MEZZO-SOPRANO
Hamlet 2018

Jessica O'Donoghue

JESSICA
O'DONOGHUE

– MEZZO-SOPRANO
Nineteen to the Dozen 2019
La Passion de Simone 2019
Forward & Bach 2017
Sticks & Stones 2017

JONATHAN
BORG

– COUNTERTENOR/TENOR
Sticks & Stones 2017
SongCo LAB 2017

LUCIEN
FISCHER

– BARITONE
Passio 2019

LOTTE
BETTS-DEAN

– MEZZO-SOPRANO
Hamlet 2018

MARK
DONNELLY

– BARITONE
Power Chords Attached 2019
SongCo LAB 2019
Bach, Sorrow and Joy 2019
Treble Helix Unlocked 2019
La Passion de Simone 2019
One-Equal-Music 2018
Four-Colour-Season 2018
True-Love-Story 2018
Hamlet 2018
Hidden Thoughts 2018
Byrd-Round-Table 2018
SongCo LAB 2018
Lully Lulla 2017
Dreamers of the Day 2017
Monteverdi Vespers 2017
Forward & Bach 2017
Passio 2017
Sticks & Stones 2017
Accidental Plans 2017
SongCo LAB 2017
An Orthodox Christmas 2016
Strange Fruit 2016
The Concord of Strangers 2016
I wish I could fly... 2016
A Strange Eventful History 2016
The Cries of London 2016
In Tempore Paschali 2016
Bach & Forward 2016

An exceptionally versatile vocalist, Mark Donnelly joined The Song Company in 1997 and since that time has performed music spanning eleven centuries for national and international audiences. Mark has sung with many organisations including Pinchgut Opera, Opera Queensland, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Cantillation, Halcyon, Australian String Quartet, Ironwood, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Thoroughbass, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney University Musical Society, and the Newcastle University Choir.

Maximilian Riebl

MAXIMILIAN
RIEBL

– COUNTERTENOR
Mind Over Matter 2019

Michelle Ryan

MICHELLE
RYAN

– SOPRANO

Nicole Smede

NICOLE
SMEDE

– ALTO

Nyssa Milligan

NYSSA
MILLIGAN

– ALTO
Sticks & Stones 2017
SongCo LAB 2017

Oday Al-Khatib

ODAY
AL-KHATIB

– SINGER
Sticks & Stones 2017

Richard Black - tenor

RICHARD
BLACK

– TENOR
Lully Lulla 2017
Monteverdi Vespers 2017
Forward & Bach 2017
Round Robin 2017
Passio 2017
Sticks & Stones 2017
Accidental Plans 2017
SongCo LAB 2017
An Orthodox Christmas 2016
Strange Fruit 2016
The Concord of Strangers 2016
I wish I could fly... 2016
A Strange Eventful History 2016
The Cries of London 2016
In Tempore Paschali 2016
Bach & Forward 2016

Richard Black began his vocal studies while a science student at Adelaide University, later becoming a member of the Adelaide Chamber Singers under Carl Crossin OAM. Since moving to Sydney in 1994 to join The Song Company, Richard has been a member of the choir of St James’ Church, King Street and a founding member of both ACO Voices and Cantillation. He has performed with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Salut! Baroque, Pinchgut Opera, and The Sydney Consort. He has also formed, directed and sung in two vocal ensembles: Renaissance Men and Chroma. Richard retired from The Song Company at the end of 2017.

Richard Butler

RICHARD
BUTLER

– TENOR
Monteverdi Vespers 2017
Forward & Bach 2017
Passio 2017

Robert Macfarlane

ROBERT
MACFARLANE

– TENOR
Hamlet 2018
Hidden Thoughts 2018
Byrd-Round-Table 2018
SongCo LAB 2018
Dreamers of the Day 2017

Roland Peelman

ROLAND
PEELMAN

FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (1990-2015)

Simon Lobelson

SIMON
LOBELSON

– BARITONE
Round Robin 2017

STEPHANIE
DILLON

– MEZZO-SOPRANO
Bach, Sorrow and Joy 2019
Four-Colour-Season 2018

Susannah Lawergren - soprano

SUSANNAH
LAWERGREN

– SOPRANO
Winterreise 2019
Power Chords Attached 2019
SongCo LAB 2019
Passio 2019
Bach, Sorrow and Joy 2019
La Passion de Simone 2019
One-Equal-Music 2018
Hamlet 2018
Hidden Thoughts 2018
Forward & Bach 2017
Round Robin 2017
Passio 2017
Sticks & Stones 2017
Accidental Plans 2017
SongCo LAB 2017
An Orthodox Christmas 2016
Strange Fruit 2016
The Concord of Strangers 2016
I wish I could fly... 2016
A Strange Eventful History 2016
The Cries of London 2016
In Tempore Paschali 2016
Bach & Forward 2016

Susannah Lawergren holds an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a BA (Politics and International Relations) with Distinction from the University of NSW. After performing a season with Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Company, coming second in the National Aria Award in Canberra and competing as a finalist for the Opera Foundation’s German Award, she joined The Song Company in 2011. She has sung with Cantillation, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St James Church, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.

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Tobias Cole

TOBIAS
COLE

– COUNTERTENOR
Forward & Bach 2017
Round Robin 2017
Bach & Forward 2016




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