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Afternoon Jazz
The Melbourne Octet at St Ambrose Church

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Templeton Street, Woodend, Vic 3442
-37.358319
144.530026
St Ambrose Church

Much of the repertoire in this programme was written in a period of history that saw recovery from a war and a devastating pandemic followed by the rule of several dictators across the world, mass unemployment, discrimination against and persecution of various groups, and unrest in international relations. Nearly a century later, the world has a disturbingly similar set of circumstances. 

The lighthearted, slightly naughty, uplifting songs of this period were an escapist remedy for the times. Sumptuous harmonies, witty lyrics and cheerful melodies are an excellent distraction for the times we are now in.

The programme:

  • Let’s Misbehave 
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing  if it Ain’t got that Swing
  • Blue Moon 
  • Dream a little Dream of Me 
  • Night and Day 
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • The Teddy Bears’ Picnic 
  • Tea for two 
  • Begin the Beguine  
  • The Way You Look Tonight  
  • Beyond the Sea
  • Soul Bossa Nova

The Melbourne Octet

The Melbourne Octet was formed with the aim of presenting contemporary works to audiences both in Australia and internationally, as well as familiar, well-loved repertoire. We bring a combined experience in ensemble singing that allows us to explore rarely heard works, and we aim to provide a platform for Australian composers and arrangers.

The Octet is made up of professional voices; regular soloists or chorus in opera, oratorio or jazz, all with a love for eight part harmony.

  • Elspeth Bawden
  • Kristy Biber
  • Helena Ekins
  • Christopher Roache 
  • Anish Nair
  • Timothy Reynold
  • Mitchell Relf
  • Jerzy Kozłowski 

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