Vocal Waves II (August 2019)

Returning to our familiar haunt of Soundcloud this month, we are delighted to focus on the voice again this month, in a “part 2” continuation of the earlier Vocal Waves playlist (September 2017) and also the Spoken Waves playlist (September 2016). There is something centering about voice and language when it is present in music, whether for solo voices, small or large groups of singers, with or without instruments. We hope the various songs of celebration, contemplation and/or wonder from these 7 composers lead you on your own journey of reflection.


Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Rachel Bruerville, Powerful Wom*n Movement 3: A Proud Lady
    for soprano and piano. Performed by Cassandra Humble (soprano), Andrew Georg (piano).
  2. Mark Holdsworth, Komm Du
    for solo soprano, mixed choir and wind symphony. Performed by Gemma McNamee (soprano), UWA Symphony Chorus, UWA Wind Orchestra.
  3. Josephine Macken, Canticum Novum
    for tenor solo, piano, harp, cello, double bass and electronics. Performed by Gabriel DeBurgh (tenor), Jo Baée (harp), Sutthi Suton (piano), James Morley (cello), Will Hansen (double bass).
  4. May Lyon, Pied Chorale
    for chamber choir and piano. Performed in October 2010 by composers and singers from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Sam Allchurch (conductor, Dan Carter (accompanist).
  5. Aristea Mellos, Wonder
    for baritone and piano. Performed by Michael Lampard (baritone), Caroline Almonte (piano).
  6. Hilary Kleinig, Lux In Tenebris! In Tenebris Lux!
    for chamber choir, string quartet and piano. Performed by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Zephyr Quartet and Karl Geiger (piano).
  7. Chris Williams, Thus Passes…
    for double vocal quartet. Performed by Sydney Antiphony.

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Vocal Waves playlist will be featured until 1st September 2019. All previous playlists from 2015 to present are available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

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