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4 – 13 JULY 2014 | HOBART | TASMANIA |

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Will Hodgman MP P r e m i e r o f Ta s m a n i a AN D M i n i s t e r f o r T o u r i s m , H o s p i ta l i t y a n d E v e n t s Now in its tenth year, Tasmania has truly embraced the Festival of Voices. Tasmanians and visitors keenly anticipate the program of activities and events from the Festival, and each year it delivers an outstanding range to entertain and engage. The Festival of Voices attracts locals in their droves and brings tourists to the state, helping to grow the economy and create jobs. Tourism is a critically important part of our economy and the Liberal Government has set an ambitious goal to attract 1.5 million tourists to the state each year by 2020. Events such as the Festival of Voices will continue to play an important role in helping us to achieve this goal. It’s encouraging to see that more and more people are embracing winter in Tasmania and all the opportunities that brings, especially in our tourism and hospitality sectors. The Festival of Voices encourages us to enjoy winter in a new and exciting way, making our state an even greater place to live. In years past, the Festival of Voices has attracted some fantastic talent, and that tradition looks set to continue. With so many big names lined up, including Tex Perkins, Ben Lee and Clare Bowditch, the most difficult thing for Festival goers will be deciding how to fit everything in. I’m looking forward to the Festival of Voices bringing out the best in our capital city and I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy all that the Festival and our state has to offer.

Damon WISE

Paul Kooperman

Celebrating our tenth anniversary, this iconic Tasmanian festival reaches a significant milestone which was born from the simple idea of bringing choristers and choirs to Tasmania to increase visitation in winter – clearly it’s working.

Starting with the Festival of Voices in January 2013 as general manager, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was immediately struck by the warmth of the people involved in the Festival, including Kris Stewart, the staff, Board, supporters, sponsors and partners – the backbone of the Festival’s success over the last ten years. It’s a community. And a very healthy positive one.


The Festival has grown significantly each year, continuing to meet targets and surpass expectations, achieving sold out shows in 2013 and breaking attendance records. Whilst creating an environment for choirs, choristers and professional development for singers, the Festival of Voices is growing in all directions geographically and throughout the year. The Festival focuses on its core purpose: to increase visitation to Tasmania, and now working closely with a national publicist and initiating more partnerships and activities throughout Australia and internationally to attract people to our state, such as commissioning Tex Perkins to write a love song for Tasmania in partnership with Tourism Tasmania. We are the people’s festival, concentrating on the audiences who attend, providing them with a transformative, life changing experience through song. The Festival prioritises a collaborative approach and sharing of resources with the sector to maximise our collective efforts in regard to community engagement and visitation to Tasmania, initiating FEAT (Festivals Events Arts Tasmania) which now sees several festivals share staff and work closely together for collective benefit. This is a Festival with initiative and drive, demonstrating innovation after innovation, having significant impact on selling Tasmania to the world, and it’s exciting to watch and be part of. Immerse yourself in song at the Festival of Voices.

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The Festival of Voices community is growing in all directions, statewide, nationally and internationally, with vigour. Including major names such as Take 6, The Exchange, Kate Ceberano, Clare Bowditch, Ben Lee, Paul McDermott, Tom Thum, Deb Conway, Christine Anu and Darren Percival, as well as over eighty events (and increasing each year), the Festival of Voices is a fireball of high quality, accessible, inclusive entertainment. Partnerships are key to this Festival and they range from small scale businesses to corporates, traders groups, community organisations, government agencies, councils and other cultural events and festivals. It’s indeed thrilling to work with these partners, incorporate their interests into our program and include them in the FoV community. Unlike most festivals, our partners have direct input into what we do. I have enjoyed the flexibility our Festival has to incorporate the ideas of others without compromising our core purpose: to bring people to Tasmania. Our supporters’ thoughts are valued and directly translate into content and programming: examples being running an entrepreneurship course with UTAS, delivering a program up the east coast of Tasmania, called Unplugged and the creation of The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival, born from discussions with local artists in 2013. Our team has a passion to learn, improve and deliver a program of the highest quality and we, again in 2014, look forward to bringing you ten days of wow, as another Festival of Voices chapter in the scrapbook of your life.


Visit FESTIVALOFVOICES.COM All prices listed in this program are inclusive of all Festival fees and ticket processing charges. For more information on purchasing by phone or in person, please go to page 60.

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One of the most intriguing singer songwriters of his generation, Ben Lee joins us for one exclusive Tasmanian show, direct from LA. You will be led on a captivating journey by Ben as he creates and offers music that will bring you pure joy during this very special performance.

Saturday 5 July | 8pm

Federation Concert Hall Reserved seating: $48 / $68 / $78


Vocal WORKSHOP Your opportunity to work with this renowned artist in a 90-minute vocal workshop. Find out more on page 52.


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IN CONCERT Experience the divine instrument that is Clare Bowditch’s voice in a spectacular evening with one of Australia’s premier singer songwriters. Clare’s adventurous musical spirit will enchant and shine in this performance.


An ARIA Award-winning songwriter, sometimes actor, speaker, writer, creative-business mentor, she has also had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone’s Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), co-written with Gotye and toured with Leonard Cohen.

Friday 11 July | 8pm

Federation Concert Hall Reserved seating: $45


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Fresh from touring with Backstreet Boys through Europe, The Exchange hits Hobart in July with their vocal powered pop energy.

Group members have shared the stage with Olly Murs, Flo Rida, Sara Bareilles, Wynton Marsalis, Nick Lachey, Lou Bega, and Ben Folds.

Having met on the set of NBC’s The Sing-Off and becoming friends off camera, each member introduces a distinct musical style – gospel, opera, rock, R&B and hip hop – to the group’s electric performances, which feel like both a concert and a house party.

2014 will be a special year, with the release of a new original album, groundbreaking collaborations, educational outreach programs in the third world, and another international tour. Their adventure is just beginning!



Saturday 12 JulY | 8pm

Federation Concert Hall Reserved seating: $38 / $48 / $58



Your chance to share the stage with Clare. Take part in her unmissable workshop on July 11. Find out more on page 53.

Join the guys for an intensive 5-day workshop. Expect not to stay seated for long! Find out more on page 49.




To warm your heart and inspire your imagination, the Bonfire & Big Sing return to Salamanca Place as part of our special ten year celebration, directed by Festival founder Neil Cameron, master of surprise and spectacle. Led by world renowned artists and hundreds of choristers, we invite you to join us and share the stage with our Festival guests, The Exchange and Spooky Men’s Chorale, as we unite in one voice for the Big Sing and create a choir of thousands for a mid-winter night’s magical evening unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.




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A fixture of New York City’s downtown performance scene, Joey Arias is a bona fide cabaret icon, performance and drag artist. Described in the New York Times ‘Makes Lady Gaga look like Greta Van Sustern,’ Arias distinguishes himself with his own unique style: smooth sultry jazz, scandalous wit, oozing originality and sleek stage performance technique. Direct from sold out shows in London’s Southbank, come lap up while he dishes out in an evening of outrageous song and sizzle wrapped in sleazy banter and of course…his extraordinary voice. FRI 4 JulY | 7.30pm SAT 5 JulY | 8pm

Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

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I’m very proud and excited to present the 2014 season of Voicebox.

In curating this late-night festival-within-a-festival, I’ve drawn inspiration from several sources, including my favourite Otto Dix painting (his triptych, ‘Großstadt’), and my nights spent out in the clubs and theatres of New York City.

My main objective in programming Voicebox was to maintain the titillating and polished atmosphere I enjoyed while performing in Hobart in 2012, and infusing it with the darkness, humour, and originality I admire in the performers invited to participate this season. The artists programmed this year each embody an exciting uniqueness; from the mercilessly erotic, to the hilarious, to the grim and heartbreaking, Voicebox 2014 is peopled with a glittering gallery of small-stage stars.



Nova Noir

Award winning New York-based cabaret performer, Kim Smith, conjures the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making with ‘Nova Noir’. Mining his debut album, Nova, Smith gives his own electropop originals a decadent 1920s treatment, while re-imagining works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Kylie Minogue and Hanns Eisler. Nova Noir comes to life at the hands of accordionist/ music director Benjamin Ickies (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra). FRI 4 JulY | 9pm FRI 11 JulY | 9pm


Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

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Tex Perkins & Charlie Owen



An intimate evening with the seductively rugged voice of Australian music legend Tex Perkins, perfectly complemented by the majestic guitar playing of good friend Charlie Owen – applauded as one of Australia’s greatest guitarists. Tex captivates audiences with his original yet archetypal Australian voice and is synonymous with dark brooding rock songs and soothing ballads. Settle in, take your boots off, and enjoy this one show only late night session with Tex and Charlie. FRI 4 JulY | 10.30pm

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Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180


Named ‘Best Offbeat Diva Who’s About to Blow Up’ in TimeOut’s ‘Best of New York 2013’ issue, Erin Markey makes her Australian premiere at Festival Of Voices. Known for her dark, absurdist humour and ‘magnetic diva aggression’ (New York Times), Erin creates an at once riotous and unexpectedly moving performance about figuring out who you might be. Collaborating with Tony-nominated Kenny Mellman (Julie Ruin, Kiki and


Herb, Our Hit Parade) on original songs like ‘Hurricane Sandy’ and ‘Psoriasis Ellen’ and prismatic covers of Usher, Jewel and Hall & Oates, Erin Markey guides the audience through the frailties of midwestern American family life and salvation by Bible Belt Christians, leotards, and the terror of dads. Sat 5 JulY | 6.30pm SUN 6 JulY | 9pm Hobart City Hall

“Erin Markey has laser-beam eyes, a hair-raising singing voice, and an intense, almost predatory sexuality. Markey’s uncanny self-possession goes hand in hand with perverse, non-sequitur humour that keeps her audience laughing, if unsettled.” The New Yorker 1 2 | f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M

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Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow’s unique brand of ‘kamikaze cabaret’ and performance art exotica has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences globally – Hobart is next. The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song ‘drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century’ (TimeOut NY), with trail-blazing sell-out seasons from New York’s Lincoln Center and Berlin’s Bar Jeder Vernunft to London’s Apollo Theatre, Royal Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

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Named ‘cabaret diva of the highest order’ (New York Post), ‘SENSATIONAL’ (The Times UK), ‘One of the Top Performers of the Year’ by The New Yorker, ‘The Queen of Chanson’ by the Berliner Zeitung and ‘a Phenomenon’ by the Australian press. Sat 5 JulY | 9.30pm Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

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“That astonishing voice only needs a phrase to break your heart.” The Times

Cath Alcorn


In an intimate, acoustic version of her brand new stage show, ‘Nothing But a Song’, Australia’s rising star of cabaret will make her Festival of Voices debut as she tempts you to leave your inhibitions at the door and leads you on a delicious journey of mood altering musical provocation.

Starring: Catherine Alcorn Directed by: Paul Capsis Arrangements by: Andrew Worboys Featuring: Sam Keevers on piano

Nothing But a Song indulges in stunning musical rearrangements, all crafted for the occasion by Andrew Worboys, featuring music selections from Florence and The Machine, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Portishead, David Bowie and other epic gods of rock and pop.

Hobart City Hall

Nothing But a Song

WED 9 JulY | 7pm THURS 10 JulY | 8.30pm $10 / $25 / $180

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“She personalises…songs with surges of voluptuous power and ethereal floated notes and has impeccable intonation too – quite the package really.” Deborah Jones





Set against the magical but turbulent backdrop of early 1930s Europe, ‘Visions of Vienna’ tells a bittersweet tale of first love, and celebrates the vibrant music of European operetta and music hall composers in a soaring and beautiful evening of romance, song, and story. Don’t miss this award winning classical singer who has performed extensively on three continents with some of the world’s most important orchestras and opera houses, on some of the world’s biggest stages.

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Jane Badler


Diamond Crimson Blood SUN 6 JulY | 7.30pm Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

“Lyric tenor William Ferguson combined tenderness and appealing impetuosity in hisarias. He has stage presence to burn.” The New York times

Google this woman. We’re lucky to have her. Following sold out shows in Paris and London, international songstress and Sci Fi icon Jane Badler brings ‘Diamond Crimson Blood’ to this year’s Festival – accompanied by LA Grammy award winning producer Jeff Bova. Jane takes you on a journey of betrayal, revenge, fantasy and redemption. A neo gothic cabaret feast. Immersed in electro cinematic soundscapes and visual projections the audience becomes part of an alternate world. Self-penned songs from Jane’s upcoming album Opus are mingled with highly original takes on covers.

WED 9 JulY | 8.30pm THURS 10 JulY | 7pm Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

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“Think ... American Marianne Faithful meets Shirley Bassey” Australian Vogue

“Five Stars isn’t enough” TimeOut Sydney

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Tasmanian Cabaret Festival The inevitable culmination of a state bursting at the seams with talent and passion for song, dance, burlesque, comedy and live performance.

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Throwing our hat in the ring and connecting Tasmania to a thriving national cabaret circuit it’s no wonder the inaugural Tasmanian Cabaret Festival has captured national attention with submissions from across the country and beyond. And who better to partner with than a Tasmanian seasoned performer of outstanding talent and repute: Allison Farrow and her company, d’elle Arte Productions? Don’t miss our fast and fresh PETITARET program showcasing the depth and breadth of local talent in short ten-minute bursts of brilliance, followed by our MAIN PROGRAM: a choice selection of the best submissions, and accomplished artists, who will each own the stage and dazzle you for fifty minutes. Join us over two big nights, each promising over three hours of great cabaret. A first for the Festival of Voices and an event to build on, so start planning your submission for 2015. Book early, buy a bottle for the table and get settled in for a fantastic evening’s entertainment. MON 7 JulY | 7–10pm TUES 8 JulY | 7–10pm Hobart City Hall

General admission: $38

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Trevor Jones

Emma Ford

Brendan Hay

Mon 7 July: 7pm Petitaret (part 1) 1 Emma Marie Davis: Once Upon a Time 2 Mick Lowenstein: Life is Like a Movie 3 Ann Harvey: Fifty, Fab and Full of it! 4 Circus Anywhere: Bubbles Finds a Friend 5 Marcus Skeggs: Becoming Sasha Fierce: the Beyonce Cabaret 6 Cienda McNamara: Hardly the Portrait of a Lady 8pm Trevor Jones: Kollision 9pm Amelia Ryan: Storm in a D-cup

TueS 8 July: 7pm Petitaret (part 2) 1 Moonlight Aviators: Moonlight Aviators 2 Rose Ottavi-Kokkoris: Cat-a-logue 3 Amira Vaatstra: Little Sparrow 4 Lord of Misrule: Snuff 5 Blush Opera: Ladies Who Brunch 8pm Emma Ford: Lila Gray 9pm Brendan Hay: Dance with de Vil

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Ali McGregor’s ‘From opera to jazz and everything in between’ Acclaimed soprano and cabaret star Ali McGregor returns to the Festival of Voices to sing her favourite party pieces from her days as a principal soprano with Opera Australia and the jazz and pop reinventions that she has made her own after running away with the cabaret circus. A firm believer that a good song is a good song no matter what genre, Ali can move and amuse like no other with her incredible range and wicked humour.

Nicolette Minster

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FRI 11 JulY | 7.30pm SAT 12 JulY | 8pm Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

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“Somewhere between opera and pop sits a genre of music called ‘Ali McGregor’.” HERALD SUN

“With an impressive set of lungs, her jaw-dropping range is used to full effect, slipping between musical styles with confidence and ease.”


Darkly Adorable and Downright Hilarious are just four adjectives used to describe Nicolette Minster. Any questions? (As seen on ABC2 and 7mate’s Kinne) FRI 11 JulY | 10.30pm SAT 12 JulY | 6.30pm Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180


Discoveries that amaze you


Inspiring composers, lovers and madmen alike, Absinthe has been celebrated by artists and bohemians for over a century, and now casts its green glow over the final night of Voicebox. Sip our specialty cocktails and allow “la fée vert” free reign in a late-night cabaret featuring performances by Festival favourites, and hosted by Voicebox 2014 curator, Kim Smith.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart Free admission, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

SAT 12 JulY | 9.30pm Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180

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The museum is a proud partner of Festival of Voices 2014

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TASMANIA SINGS Following the enormous success of Hobart Sings, we present Tasmania Sings, a world class workshop and concert opportunity that welcomes primary aged schoolchildren from across Tasmania to learn with renowned UK conductor David Lawrence. David will create an unmatched performance opportunity for our young choristers, a culmination of many hours spent learning, sharing and rehearsing in preparation for this inspirational evening that will showcase and celebrate the voices shaping the future of singing in Tasmania. Special thanks to Joan Wright and The Friends’ School for making this happen. THURS 3 JulY | 6pM

Farrall Centre, The Friends’ School GENERAL ADMISSION: $14 / $23 / $25

Home Grown Harmonies The inaugural local choirs’ showcase where we celebrate the diverse range, repertoire and genres of our many Tasmanian choristers as they gather in song. This is your chance to support and enjoy our home grown talent, singers and conductors as they share their joy of singing. SAT 5 JulY | 6pM

Farrall Centre, The Friends’ School GENERAL ADMISSION: $20

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High Tea with Choirs

Join us for a memorable High Tea at historic Hadleys Hotel whilst listening to renowned choirs. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival followed by freshly brewed teas and a delectable selection of baked scones, finger sandwiches, pastries and indulgent sweet treats. Sun 6 july | 2 –4.30pm | hadleys hotel

$40 pp (includes glass of sparkling wine and high tea) Bookings are essential – maximum 10 per table. to make a reservation please contact hadleys hotel on 03 6237 2999 or email


MOZART ’S REQUIEM Mozart’s Requiem is a work of intense drama, immense power and soul-searching tenderness. The mystery surrounding this composition has inspired generations of authors, filmmakers, and conspiracy theorists and is a story that will forever take second place to the unrelenting drama, majesty, and sheer power of the music itself. Under the direction of esteemed UK choral conductor David Lawrence, the Festival’s Choral Workshop Choir accompanied by the Hobart Chamber Orchestra will perform one of the western world’s greatest masterpieces – Mozart’s Requiem. SAT 12 JulY | 3pM | Farrall Centre, The Friends’ School GENERAL ADMISSION: $18 / $25 / $29


Showcase Concerts These concerts will feature choirs joining the Festival through the International Choral Program who strive for excellence in their choral work and have a strong focus on performance. This is your chance to hear some of the very best voices across a wealth of styles and repertoire including; The City of Auckland Singers, Voyces, Young Voices of Melbourne, Choristry and the Glorious MUDsingers. THURS 10 july | 6pm | TOWN HALL FRI 11 JULY | 3.30PM | PEACOCK THEATRE SAT 12 JULY | 3.30PM | TOWN HALL $20 (FREE AT THE DOOR FOR FESTIVAL PASSHOLDERS)

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Be part of the Festival’s Choral Workshop Choir with David Lawrence. Find out more on page 51.


The Big World, Small Voices collaboration brings together the bilingual voices of 30 young Tasmanian and Chinese singers. Planned in Shanghai and created in Hobart, the a cappella Big World, Small Voices choir, under the baton of Opera Australia’s Anthony Hunt, will sing their socks off in MONA’s atmospheric Nolan Gallery before heading to China for a repeat offering at the 2015 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. SAT 12 JulY | 3pM | The Nolan Gallery at MONA FREE

WORKSHOP This is an amazing opportunity for singers 10 –17 years to work with Opera Australia Chorus Master Anthony Hunt, arranger/composer Gordon Hamilton and choristers from Shanghai. The repertoire will be bilingual with the intention that 15 successful Tasmanian young voices will travel to Shanghai next year for the 2015 Shanghai Spring Festival. Places are chosen through audition.

FINALE CHORAL CONCERT Heartfelt and emotional, this iconic concert delivers a world class experience as a culmination of the Festival, showcasing the majesty of the voice across many genres. Under the direction of the Festival’s internationally renowned guest artists, we invite you to experience the magic that ten days of intense singing and learning can produce. A vocal journey from Mozart to Muse, with “spookily” good harmonies guaranteed to enthral… and of course, our traditional touch of the unexpected. SUN 13 JulY | 1.30pM Federation concert hall $18 / $33 / $38

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For more information on rehearsal schedules and travel subsidies visit MON 7 – SAT 12 JulY Linmor Hall, St Michael’s Collegiate SCHOOL $270 (INCLUDES LUNCH) | Numbers are limited.

Coupling food and music, be thoroughly entertained by performers of the highest quality whilst enjoying a tasty treat, satisfying your appetite for creative and culinary delights within the walls of the stunning Rosny Barn. AN EXCITING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF CLARENCE.

Simple. Tasty. You’ll love it.

THE WHISKY ROOM We have teamed up with the Tasmanian Producers of Whisky Association, because song and whisky go together like cheese and crackers. The Whisky Room offers you the opportunity to gather around a Tasmanian single malt to analyse and describe it in a masterclass experience almost as intoxicating as the drink itself. Meet the folks behind the brands and treat yourself to a smorgasbord of Tasmania’s liquid moonshine. THEN...


Settle back, speakeasy style, to relive the glamour of New York in the 1920s and 30s with...

Emma Bennison

Announcing Hobart’s hidden treasure and an exciting new voice unlike anything you’ve ever heard, singer/songwriter Emma Bennison lets us walk the fine line of humanity and pragmatism through a performance of poignant, funny and thought-provoking original songs and stories. From relationships to leadership, advocacy to intimacy, no stone is left unturned in the telling of this extraordinary personal journey. Audiences will be treated to stunning vocals and honest lyrics which offer a refreshing take on some universal themes from Emma’s unique perspective as a wife, mother, sister, CEO and disability rights advocate (who also happens to be blind). FRI 4 JulY | 7.30pm ROSNY BARN

$29 (includes tasting plate)

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A night of song, dance and just a little bit of bootleg from our own Tasmanian West End starlet Claire Dawson. Is she a gangster or a saint? Enjoy high energy and well known songs including ‘When you’re good to mama’, ‘Minnie the Moocher’, and ‘All that Jazz’. Book early to secure your seats. SAT 5 JulY

5.30pm – WHISKY ROOM Masterclass

7.30pm – MOLLS & MOBSTERS concert ROSNY BARN

$29 (includes tasting plate)

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Afternoon at the Ritz

A Tribute to Marni Nixon Melody Beck

You’ve heard her voice, now, hear her story. The winner of the Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest 2014 (YTICC) takes audiences on a stroll down memory lane in this unique biopic cabaret about one of the most remembered but unknown voices of the golden age of movies.

FEATURING ALLISON FARROW & ANDREW SHORT Following their sell-out Ritz shows at the 2013 Festival of Voices, Allison Farrow and Andrew Short return to the Rosny Barn in 2014 with an enchanting afternoon of melodies from the great American songbook. Take a nostalgic journey through the 20s, 30s and 40s, listening to memorable standards and celebrating composers such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

A tribute to the woman remembered as ‘the Voice of Hollywood’, whose dulcet tones memorialise some of the greatest music theatre tunes of our time. Featuring songs from hit films including West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The King and I and many more, Melody Beck presents UNSEEN: A Tribute to Marni Nixon.

SUN 6 july | 2pm SAT 12 JulY | 2pm Rosny Barn $29 (INCLUDES TASTING PLATE)

SUN 6 JulY | 6pm Rosny Barn $29 (includes tasting plate)

Beautiful Dreamer:

A Program of American Song WILL FERGUSON (USA)

Trapper’s Hut Whisky congratulates Festival of Voices on their 10-year anniversary. We are excited to be able to present our Single Cask Release of Tasmanian Whisky at “The Whisky Room”. Tastings and sales: Sat 5 July 2014 at the Rosny Barn.

American opera and concert singer Will Ferguson performs in an elegant and fun evening of American music stretching from Stephen Foster to musical theatre — from folk songs to George Gershwin — and everything in between. Accompanied by pianist Amanda Hodder, come along and take a tour of the US and explore its rich, quirky, and lyrical history. THUrS 10 JulY | 7.30pm Rosny Barn $29 (includes tasting plate)

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Favoris Francaises In this intimate concert, Fiona will focus on her particular love of French song, as well as adding some of her favourites from the jazz and blues repertoire. Accompanied on the acoustic guitar of Julius Schwing and Randal Muir on accordion, this talented trio will interpret a range of well-known classics from Edith Piaf to Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg. Enjoy a taste of the French jazz repertoire as well as pieces from the Art Song tradition of composers Jules Massenet and Gabriel Faure.

Fiona Stewart Accompanied by Julius Schwing and Randal Muir Expect a warm, entertaining evening of sophisticated and eclectic musical moments. This is a must for Francophones and all lovers of the great tradition of European cabaret song. FRI 11 JulY | 7.30pm Rosny Barn $29 (includes tasting plate)

Stories of Ghosts Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier A sensational evening with two renowned Australian artists, not to be missed. Deborah Conway will share with you highlights from her recent album with longtime collaborator Willy Zygier, Stories Of Ghosts. Experience the acoustic based folk relationship between Conway & Zygier’s vocals & guitars, and expect an evocative mood piece of exceptional clarity. SAT 12 JulY | 7.30pm Rosny Barn $29 (includes tasting plate)

“Happy 10th birthday FoV and a big thank you to all the people who have brought the Festival of Voices to life each year over the past ten years, lighting up our cold winter nights with song.” Lara Giddings MP, Shadow Minister for the Arts

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FESTIVAL VENUES A series that champions and supports local Tassie talent to develop new ideas, new works and collaborations. Back by popular demand after its inaugural 2013 success, THE FESTIVAL HAS TEAMED UP WITH BLUE COW THEATRE to further cement HANDMADE as a cornerstone in the development of Tasmanian Artists, Creative Teams and their work.


Arabesque Georgina Richmond and Paul Gerard Arabesque is about the intimacy between Richmond’s voice – its African heritage, influenced by her mother’s taste for bluesy jazz and her own love of Celtic music – and Gerard’s flamenco guitar, a style traditionally developed to push the voice to its very best, steer it to new heights and take you on that journey. FRI 4 JulY | 8pM | $24 PEACOCK THEATRE

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VOICEBOX Opening Night 6pm | Hobart City Hall | Free

DAVID LAWRENCE PD for Conductors 9.30am | The Farrall Centre $130 bookings essential CHORAL CONCERT HomeGrown Harmonies 6pm | The Farrall Centre | $20 PARTNER EVENT Pillow Talk 4pm | Hadleys Hotel | Free

SUNDAY Joey Arias IN CONCERT 7.30pm | Hobart City Hall VOICEBOX $10 / $25 / $180


Kim Smith NOVA NOIR Will Ferguson VISIONS OF VIENNA 7.30pm | Hobart City Hall 9pm | Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180 $10 / $25 / $180

VOICEBOX Tasmanian Cabaret Festival 7pm | Hobart City Hall | $38 HANDMADE MIRAGE AND FRIENDS COLLA VOCE 7.30pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24 SHORT COURSE David Lawrence Conducting 3.30pm | Long Gallery, SAC | $38 PARTNER EVENT Cinema Fiasco Houseboat Horror 8.15pm | The Old Woolstore Theatrette $20 / $25


CATH ALCORN NOTHING BUT A SONG Tex Perkins & CHARLIE OWEN ERIN MARKEY THERE’S A NEW 7pm | Hobart City Hall EMERGENCY CONTACT IN TOWN $10 / $25 / $180 10.30pm | Hobart City Hall 9pm | Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180 JANE BADLER DIAMOND $10 / $25 / $180 CRIMSON BLOOD VOICES@THEBARN 8.30pm | Hobart City Hall VOICES@THEBARN EMMA BENNISON Fine Line $10 / $25 / $180 ALLISON FARROW & ANDREW SHORT 7.30pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate Afternoon at the Ritz FAMILY EVENT HANDMADE 2pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate Little Red Riding Hood GEORGINA RICHMOND MELODY BECK UNSEEN: TRIBUTE 10am & 12 noon | Theatre Royal | $24 / $34 & PAUL GERARD ARABESQUE TO MARNI NIXON 8pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24 HANDMADE 6pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate




CHOIR OF HIGH HOPES Odyssey 2014 2pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24




Ben Lee 8pm | Federation Concert Hall $48 / $68 / $78 VOICEBOX

High Tea with Choirs 2pm | Hadleys Hotel | $40

MONDAY 7 JULY ERIN MARKEY THERE’S A NEW EMERGENCY CONTACT IN TOWN VOICEBOX 6.30pm | Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180 Tasmanian Cabaret Festival

7pm | Hobart City Hall | $38 Joey Arias IN CONCERT 8pm | Hobart City Hall HANDMADE $10 / $25 / $180 KYLIE CANTWELL MEOW MEOW THE ORANGUTAN BOY 9.30pm | Hobart City Hall 2pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24 $10 / $25 / $180 WORKSHOP VOICES@THEBARN BIG WORLD, SMALL VOICES The Whisky Room & CLAIRE Mon 7 – Sat 12 | Linmor Hall, Collegiate DAWSON MOLLS & MOBSTERS $270 bookings essential 5.30pm & 7.30pm | Rosny Barn $29 inc. tasting plate

THE EXCHANGE CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA ERIC DOZIER GOSPEL SPIRITUALS DAVID LAWRENCE MOZART’S REQUIEM Wed 9 – Sun 13 (see website) From $198 bookings essential CHOIRS Singers Lounge From 7pm | Long Gallery, SAC Free for Festival Passholders or $15 at the door PARTNER EVENT Cinema Fiasco Vampire Lovers 2.15pm | The Old Woolstore Theatrette $20 / $25

THURSDAY 10 JULY VOICEBOX Jane Badler DIAMOND CRIMSON BLOOD 7pm | Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180 Cath Alcorn NOTHING BUT A SONG 8.30pm | Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180 FAMILY EVENT Little Red Riding Hood 10am & 12 noon | Theatre Royal | $24 / $34 VOICES@THEBARN WILL FERGUSON Beautiful Dreamer 7.30pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate HANDMADE Tess Hansen, Jude Elliot, Jed Appleton & Lillee Mae A Memory of Love 7.30pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24 SHORT COURSE Young Voices 3.30pm | Long Gallery, SAC | $38 CHORAL CONCERT Showcase Concert 6pm | Hobart Town Hall Free for Festival Passholders or $20 at the door CHOIRS

Nicolette Minster OR ELSE 2pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate 10.30pm | Hobart City Hall DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER $10 / $25 / $180 STORIES OF GHOSTS FAMILY EVENT

7.30pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate

Bonfire & big sing 6pm | Salamanca Place | Free


VOICES@THEBARN FIONA STEWART FAVORIS FRANCAISES 7.30pm | Rosny Barn | $29 inc. tasting plate





SHORT COURSE The Spooky Men’s Chorale 3.30pm | Long Gallery, SAC | $38 CHORAL CONCERT Showcase Concert 3.30pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC Free for Festival Passholders or $20 at the door CHOIRS Singers Lounge From 7pm | Long Gallery, SAC Free for Festival Passholders or $15 at the door PARTNER EVENT Salamanca Winter Wonderland 7pm | Salamanca Square | Free



The Exchange 8pm | Federation Concert Hall $38 / $48 / $58

Craig Wellington & Friends 7.30pm | Theatre Royal | $29


Eric Dozier GospeL 3.30pm | Long Gallery, SAC | $38 Singers Lounge From 7pm | Long Gallery, SAC Free for Festival Passholders or $15 at the door CHORAL CONCERT

Big World, Small Voices Clare Bowditch 3pm | Nolan Gallery, MONA 10am | Federation Concert Hall | $60 Museum fees apply

Singers Lounge From 7pm | Long Gallery, SAC Free for Festival Passholders or $15 at the door Cinema Fiasco Troll 2 7.30pm | The Old Woolstore Theatrette $20 / $25

ANGE BOXALL WRITING LETTERS 7.30pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24


Mozart’s Requiem 3pm | The Farrall Centre $18 / $25 / $29 Showcase Concert 3.30pm | Hobart Town Hall Free for Festival Passholders or $20 at the door PARTNER EVENT THE Spooky Men’s Chorale WORKSHOP 2pm | Port Arthur Historic Site | $25 Cinema Fiasco Houseboat Horror 4.15pm | Old Woolstore Theatrette $20 / $25 Community Sing-a-long 4.30pm | Port Arthur Historic Site | Free THE Spooky Men’s Chorale CONCERT 7pm | Port Arthur Historic Site | $30


Finale Choral Concert 1. 030pm | Federation Concert Hall NICOLETTE MINSTER OR ELSE $18 / $33 / $38 6.30pm | Hobart City Hall PARTNER EVENTS Continued $10 / $25 / $180 VOICEBOX

Legally Blonde Ali McGregor O TO THE J 5 – 20 July | The Playhouse Theatre 8pm | Hobart City Hall HEADLINER CONCERT $60 / $62 / $65 $10 / $25 / $180 See website for details Clare Bowditch Absinthe Mind 8pm | Federation Concert Hall | $45 East Coast Unplugged 9:30pm | Hobart City Hall 18 –20 July | East Coast $10 / $25 / $180 VOICEBOX See website for details Ali McGregor O TO THE J 7.30pm | Hobart City Hall $10 / $25 / $180




Cinema Fiasco Troll 2 8.15pm | The Old Woolstore Theatrette $20 / $25


Tasmania Sings 6pm | The Farrall Centre $14 / $23 / $25

Ben Lee 10am | Long Gallery, SAC | $50



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TSO Two Choirs as One 7.30pm | Federation Concert Hall $18 / $22 / $27




ROWAN SMITH Hoolahoop TRAVEL TALES 6.30pm | Peacock Theatre, SAC | $24 8pm l Brunswick Hotel | Free





FESTIVAL VENUES 1. Peacock Theatre (Salamanca Arts Centre) 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart


(The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel)

1 Macquarie Street, Hobart

2. The Long Gallery (Salamanca Arts Centre) 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

9. Theatre Royal 29 Campbell Street, Hobart

3. Salamanca Square Salamanca, Hobart

10. THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE 106 Bathurst Street, Hobart

4. Hobart City Hall 57–63 Macquarie Street, Hobart

11. Linmor Hall (St Michael’s Collegiate School) Davey Street entrance

5. Hobart Town Hall 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart 6. Federation Concert Hall 1 Davey Street, Hobart 7. Hadleys Hotel 34 Murray Street, Hobart

12. M  CNEIL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (St Michael’s Collegiate School) Davey Street entrance

BONFIRE & BIG SING To warm your heart and inspire your imagination, the Bonfire & Big Sing return to Salamanca Place as part of our special ten year celebration, directed by Festival founder Neil Cameron, master of surprise and spectacle.

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From the creator of last year’s Handmade triumph SIRENS, a new concert by songwriter and composer Rowan Smith.

15. Rosny Barn Rosny Hills Road, Rosny Park

HOOLAHOOP is a selection of songs from the catalogue of Rowan Smith, presented by the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.

16. MONA 655 Main Road, Berriedale 17. The Asylum Room (Port Arthur Historic Site) Arthur Highway, Port Arthur 18. EAST COAST Tasmania


Featuring acoustic and digital instruments underpinned by eloquent programming and stage presence, HOOLAHOOP will create in song the circle of life that touches us all. Inside the circle will also be the debut of singer and musician Bee, Rowan’s daughter, along with other accomplished musical friends. SAT 5 JulY | 6.30pM | $24 PEACOCK THEATRE

13. Brunswick Hotel 67 Liverpool St, Hobart



Rowan Smith 14. Farrall Centre (The Friends’ School) 395 Argyle Street, North Hobart

“…Smith has idiosyncrasies in his writing that make him constantly interesting.”

ODYSSEY 2014 Choir of High Hopes

Rebuilding lives through the power of song The music making is led by a talented team of music professionals and the repertoire always emphasises the constant striving of choir members to live positive and courageous lives. In this performance, witness what happens when members turn their hands to song writing and theatrical drama as they express hope for the future and describe their individual journeys through life. SUN 6 JulY | 2pM | $24 PEACOCK THEATRE

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The Orangutan Boy


A delightful tale of one boy’s quest to make a difference. Written by Tasmanian playwright Kylie Cantwell, it’s a story that will inspire children and adults alike. The story shows that one small person can make a difference – and challenges the audience to think about small steps that can create lasting change. Kylie was inspired to write this play when she learnt of the plight of orangutans, tigers, pygmy elephants and other species whose habitat is being cleared to grow oil palms. She is keen to build awareness of the problems using the time-honoured tradition of storytelling. A play written & produced by Kylie Cantwell MON 7 JulY | 2pM | $24 PEACOCK THEATRE

Colla Voce

Susannah COLEMAN-BROWN & Jane MacArthur Tasmanian female singer/songwriters Susannah Coleman-Brown and Jane MacArthur premiere a suite of original a cappella and acoustic roots music.

Mirage and friends

Mirage comes together intermittently to enjoy the challenges and the sense of liberation that emerge by performing material which is made up on the spot.

These two accomplished musicians with unique vocal styles meld Celtic and bluegrass inspired melodies and accompaniment to hold you spellbound with their startling vocal power and poise.

The mission is to take a theme, an idea, an image, an emotion – using aural observation and vocalisation to sound it. This performance is titled Colla Voce, meaning to follow the voice, which is what Mirage does and invites the audience to do.

WED 9 JulY | 7.30pM | $24 PEACOCK THEATRE

TUES 8 JulY | 7.30pM | $24 | PEACOCK THEATRE

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Victoria Dock, Hobart

A Dream Within A Dream Craig M Wood, Michelle Wood & Les Winspear A musical journey through the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Its haunting simplicity and original score traverse life, death and longing through Poe’s timeless words and stirring imagery. As Poe’s emotional and intellectual selves duel for supremacy in a war of words and music, and he races the tides of his mortality, he is plagued by the memories of women he has lost. Set for solo baritone, narrator, solo strings and piano, ‘Dream Within A Dream’ gives life to the music in Poe’s words to ask, “Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?” FRI 11 JulY | 8pM | $24 | PEACOCK THEATRE f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M | 3 9

A MEMORY OF LOVE Featuring: Tess Hansen, Jude Elliot, Jed Appleton and Lillee Mae

A MEMORY OF LOVE brings four of Tasmania’s finest singer songwriters into the intimate setting of the Peacock Theatre to present new works about love. Each artist has handcrafted songs from the stories of their lives from past to present, from light and dark places, from home and on the road. THURS 10 JulY | 7.30pM | $24 | PEACOCK THEATRE


A voice from the wild windy beaches of eastern Tasmania, Ange embodies the spirit of the modern Americana star – with a 1970s singer songwriter heart. Ange’s musical style echoes the deceptive simplicity of her heroines; Carole King, Patsy Cline, Dusty Springfield, with their folk/pop energy. Expect commercial, crystal clear, and wickedly catchy. “There IS a Tasmanian sound. It’s Ange Boxall. Wow!” JD Souther (USA)

SAT 12 JulY | 7.30pM | $24 PEACOCK THEATRE

Archer Elise


Your local Liberal Member for Denison

6233 5995

Enjoy Festival of Voices 2014! Authorised by Sam McQuestin Level 2/24 Murray St Hobart TAS 7000

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Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf A TWIST IN THE TAIL A classic tale for children of the twenty-first century. The story we know and love with songs, silliness and audience interaction, is a hit for the whole family. From the safety of the village to the dangers of the forest, we follow Little Red Riding Hood on her journey to visit her sick grandmother only to come face to face with big eyes, huge hands and a mammoth mouth. Her trust in others is tested, her will is unwavering and her courage is fierce. But you don’t want to miss the twist in the tail when the girl cries wolf!

A school holiday treat for the kids. Starring: Monica Trapaga, Ryk Goddard and Craig M Wood Written by: Christopher Gist & Paul Kooperman WED 9 – THURS 10 JULY | 10am & 12 NOON Theatre Royal | $24 / $34 Bookings from Theatre Royal Hobart 6233 2299 |

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The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Festival of Voices and Exitleft PRESENT

Legally Blonde the Musical Cinema Fiasco (Geoff Wallis and Janet A. McLeod) heads to Hobart with a trio of fabulously flawed films – all presented with hilarious LIVE commentary throughout. Films featured in this season are that legendary turkey ‘Troll 2’, lesbian vampire romp ‘The Vampire Lovers’ and direct-to-video 80s Aussie classic ‘Houseboat Horror’. PATRONS’ ADVICE: Films may contain occasional use of strong language, violent and sexual themes. Laughing can be very good for your health. TUES 8 JULY | WED 9 JULY THURS 10 JULY | SAT 12 JULY The Old Woolstore Theatrette $25, TTC Friends Members: $20 SEE FESTIVALOFVOICES.COM FOR SHOW TIMES

Blonde Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone ‘serious’, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Based on the MetroGoldwyn-Mayer motion picture of the same name, this feel-good musical comedy is suitable for all ages! 5 –20 JulY | THE PLAYHOUSE Theatre


Fresh from their fifth triumphant tour of the UK and Denmark, where they performed a mammoth 40 dates, The Spooky Men’s Chorale is back home and coming to Hobart to regale the locals with their deep, warm sounds and unleash a new album, ‘The Spooky Man in History’, that amusingly, unexpectedly, redefines the very genre they invented. “There is no chintz, no bling and no kitsch in their routine. Instead this rugby team-size choir of boofy blokes settles for a healthy blend of eccentricity, scariness and laughs.” The Sydney Morning Herald

“...the wit extends to the music itself, the lunacy is broken up with splashes of cuteness and poignancy and because of the sheer musical excellence.” John Shand, SMH

Salamanca’s Winter Wonderland


Attention all singers and wannabe singers! Join The Spooky Men’s Chorale for a life-altering vocal workshop. Sharpen your highs and beef up your bottom end in this up-close-and-personal one hour workshop. SAT 12 JULY | 2pm | PORT ARTHUR $25PP BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Community Sing-a-long

Rug yourself up and join The Spooky Men workshop participants, friends and family from around the region in a joyful celebration of the human voice, around a roaring bonfire at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Festive winter treats will be available for purchase.

Free event, thanks to the support of the Tasman Council and Port Arthur and Tasman Region Tourism Association (PATTA). SAT 12 JULY | 4.30– 6pm PORT ARTHUR | FREE


The Spooky Men’s Chorale will perform in concert in the acoustically rich surrounds of Port Arthur’s Asylum Hall. Thrill as their ‘subwoofer-rattling boofchords’ vibrate the windows and the cockles of your heart. SAT 12 JULY | 7PM | PORT ARTHUR $30 PP BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL To book, call 1800 659 101 – places strictly limited

Celebrating all things cold and wintry, Salamanca’s Winter Wonderland is an exciting partnership between the Salamanca Square Traders Association and Festival of Voices, a free family event in Salamanca Square (straight after the Bonfire & Big Sing in Salamanca Place). Think chestnuts, eggnog, mulled wine, family, giving, sharing, carols, candles and community (and maybe even snow). Wrap yourself up in your hats, scarves and sense of fun and join us for singing in the Square. Find out more at FRI 11 JulY | FROM 7pm | SALAMANCA SQUARE | FREE

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CRAIG WELLINGTON & FRIENDS In July 2013 ‘Craig Wellington and Friends’ sold out at Voicebox (Hobart City Hall) as part of the Festival of Voices – so they’re upping the ante and doing more classics from the world of musical theatre in 2014. Come along and enjoy the vocal talents of superb cast members and a few surprises as well. Presented by Craig Wellington with Aaron Powell, musical director and conductor, on the grand piano.


THURS 10 JulY | 7.30pm THEATRE royal hobart $29 Bookings: 6233 2299 Image Credit: Brett Budgeon as The Phantom and Allison Farrow as Christine, The Phantom of the Opera 2013, Image by Tony McKendrick

Just when you thought the Festival was over, wait, there’s more....



Two Choirs As One will showcase the TSO Chorus along with TSO Brass & Percussion, performing either as separate ensembles or in concert. Hear the modern a cappella classic O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen – which has been performed to great acclaim by many of the world’s finest choral groups, including King’s College Choir, Cambridge – along with John Rutter’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ O Clap Your Hands and works by Henry Purcell. Featuring: June Tyzack Chorusmaster / TSO Brass & Percussion / TSO Chorus WED 9 JulY | 7.30pm FEDERATION CONCERT HALL $18 / $22 / $27

Ever dreamed of jumping between the sheets with one of Tasmania’s great poets? The Festival of Voices, Tasmanian Writers Centre and Hobart’s historic Hadleys Hotel have hopped into bed together to whisper sweet somethings and initiate Pillow Talk, a new poetry project, giving Tasmanian poets the chance to have their work placed on Hadleys pillows and read by every hotel guest during the 2014 Festival of Voices. Poets were invited to write an original ten-line poem on the theme ‘sweet voices, sweet dreams’, with the best five entries, as chosen by local prominent judges, to appear on the pillows. The winning poets will be reading their work for all to enjoy. SAT 5 JulY | 4pm HADLEYS hotel | FREE

Bookings: 1800 001 190 | TSO.COM.AU




The musical comedy supergroup that is Perfect Tripod (Eddie Perfect and Tripod) are crossing Bass Strait to bring their acclaimed show ‘Australian Songs’ to the Theatre Royal this June. 2014 promises their signature blend of heartfelt harmonies and highly-complex arrangements spread across all the familiar favourites plus some sublime new inclusions.

“You’d be hard pressed to find four more versatile voices in the country… A wonderfully balanced tone of gravitas and comedy.” 4 6 | f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M

FRI 6 JUNE – SAT 7 JuNE THEATRE ROYAL HOBART Bookings: 6233 2299 |





Unplugged East Coast

Unplugged rips the Festival of Voices out of its city socket and sends it up the east coast of Tasmania, turning our state into a singing island. Including Devil’s Corner, White Sands Estate and other spectacular sites, it’s a weekend singing trail to experience the best of what our glorious east coast has to offer. Enjoy the food, wine and hospitality of each town as you travel at your own pace, stopping for a stretch, sweet voices and pop up shows along the way. A partnership with East Coast Tasmania. FRI 18 JulY – SUN 20 JULY

Visit for details of towns, times and shows



CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA Don’t expect to stay seated for long. The Exchange doesn’t just entertain; they engage. Since meeting on the set of the American television show NBC’s The Sing Off, The Exchange has toured the globe repeatedly, reinventing pop music with a cappella vocals while teaching music in schools worldwide. It’s their electricity that draws crowds in; it’s their sincerity that disarms them. Each member is different, with his own distinct voice, style, and swag. The fusion of such diverse backgrounds – gospel, opera, r&b, rock, and hip hop yields an almost explosive reaction: The Exchange’s signature vocal-powered pop energy.

What can workshop participants expect? “We’ve had the pleasure of holding workshops all around the world. From the Americas, to Europe, to Asia, some of us Africa, and now Australia. What we like to do in all of those places is break down walls and help everyone cut it loose with their voices. Workshops are something we pride ourselves in, and really enjoy. One thing that we feel everyone has in common is the ability to communicate with their voices, and through music. We have some fun exercises, and some new cool arrangements in the works that, with the help of our workshop participants, we hope to make epic!” The Exchange

The Exchange Workshop Choir will sing at The Exchange Concert on Saturday 12 and the Finale Choral Concert on Sunday 13 July. Visit for more detail. WED 9 – Sun 13 JulY

McNeil Performing Arts Centre – St Michael’s Collegiate School View full schedule: FROM $198

(Bookings essential)

This workshop is an accredited course through the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS. The Exchange in Concert – see page 7

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Gospel great Eric Dozier will take you on an interactive hands-on exploration into the heart of African American spiritual folk hymns with the celebrated Southern Gospel Choir. Born in the small rural town of Bakewell, Eric swam in the melodies of Memphis Slim, and played catch in the city of Bessie Smith. Expect to hear combinations of blues and funk in his uncategorisable gumbo of gospel and traditional spirituals.

African American Spirituals reflect the duality of joy and sorrow, hopes and fears, personal struggles and dreams. They hold hidden messages about resistance and escape and continue to this day to testify to the resilience of the human spirit. 5 0 | f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M


“The Festival of Voices served as a reminder to me of what it means to be human and experience the complex range of emotion that only music can open the soul up to. At times I laughed so hard that it brought me to tears.” “Other times I was reminded of the fact we are all here, alive together, and that it is an honour and privilege to be participating in this journey on the planet. Other times I found myself reflecting on my fears, and at others celebrating unspeakable joy. If any of those things were the intentions of the conveners... success! I can’t wait to be back to see what’s next.” Eric Dozier

Eric Dozier’s workshop choir will perform at the Finale Choral Concert, Federation Concert Hall on Sunday 13 July at 1.30pm. Wed 9 – Sun 13 July Recital Hall, Conservatorium of Music View full schedule: FROM $198

(Bookings essential)

This workshop is an accredited course through the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS.

MOZART’S REQUIEM We welcome back internationally renowned choral conductor David Lawrence after leading a stunning workshop in 2013 that inspired and thrilled choristers and audiences. This year David will create an unmatched performance opportunity for lovers of classical choral works, accompanied by the Hobart Chamber Orchestra. Mozart’s Requiem is a perennial favourite with singers, players, conductors and audiences. It is a work of intense drama, immense power and soul-searching tenderness. Don’t miss your chance


to be part of a performance of one of the western world’s greatest masterpieces. David has conducted the Netherlands Radio Choir, the London Philharmonic Choir, and the English Symphony Orchestra and adjudicated for the BBC Choir of the Year. This workshop is most suited to experienced singers where some skill at reading music is an advantage. David’s workshop choir will perform Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday 12 July and other works at the Finale Choral Concert on Sunday 13 July.


View full schedule: FROM $198

(Bookings essential)

This workshop is an accredited course through the Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS. Find out about Mozart’s Requiem Concert on page 23.

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Clare Bowditch


Your opportunity to work with renowned artist Ben Lee for a unique 90-minute vocal workshop.


“I’m really looking forward to spending some time with the workshop participants. While I’m not a technical singer by any means, I’ve always believed that a unique voice is all about the authenticity and communication of intention. Looking forward to getting to know the singers, their voices, and what they each have in their hearts to share.” Ben Lee

Be part of something very special. Share the stage with renowned Australian singer songwriter Clare Bowditch. For three magical hours you can be part of a special group of singers who will learn two songs with Clare for performance at her concert at the Federation Concert Hall in the evening. Fri 11 JulY | 10AM–1PM Fri 11 JulY | 7PM federation concert hall $60

This workshop will be of particular interest to singer/songwriters, contemporary a cappella singers and choristers who want to explore the authentic voice in their repertoire.

Under 16 years

to be accompanied by an adult

SAT 5 JulY | 10 – 11.30AM The Long Gallery | Salamanca Arts Centre $50

Under 16 years to be

accompanied by an adult

Professional Development for Conductors of School & Youth Choirs DAVID LAWRENCE (UK)

Centre for Creative Communities presents

RITUAL AND FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE Run by the Centre’s director Dr Neil Cameron, one of Australia’s leading experts in cultural development, this course is designed for anyone wanting to learn about the power of ritual and festival performance. It will trace the customs of our ancestors and learn about in-depth emotional expression and the symbolic meaning behind ritual in an arts context. On the Friday night participants will take part in a ritual for over 4000 people at the Festival of Voices bonfire to finish the week.

MON 7 – FRI 11 JULY | hobart | 9.30AM – 3pm (including friday evening event) $160 full, $85 concession | Open to all over 18 yrs of age – no previous experience necessary. 5 2 | f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M

A unique opportunity for conductors of school and youth choirs to learn from David Lawrence, one of the UK’s most renowned and versatile conductors. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to ‘fine tune’ established skills for the experienced and a wealth of learning for those just starting out or wanting to improve and build on their current teaching practice. “I found it immensely satisfying to learn alongside my peers, and I returned to my classroom with a new spring in my step.” Sally Bresnan, music teacher for 33 years For more information contact SAT 5 JulY | 9.30AM–4PM Farrall Centre | The Friends’ School $130 (includes morning tea and light lunch) f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M | 5 3

For more information visit

Choir Conducting

A Cappella

David Lawrence

The Spooky Men’s CHORALE

TUES 8 JulY | 3.30–5PM The Long Gallery | Salamanca Arts Centre $38

FRI 11 JulY | 3.30–5PM The Long Gallery | Salamanca Arts Centre $38

Young Voices


Mark O’Leary & Malcolm DALGLISH

Eric Dozier

THURS 10 JulY | 3.30–5PM The Long Gallery | Salamanca Arts Centre $38

SAT 12 JulY | 3.30–5PM The Long Gallery | Salamanca Arts Centre $38


Lift your voice.

NAIDOC Week (July 6-13, 2014) is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements; a time to acknowledge our Indigenous artists, scholars, sportspeople, elders, community members and more. This year the national NAIDOC theme is Serving Country – Centenary & Beyond. In honour of NAIDOC week, the Festival of Voices is launching the ‘Voice of Country Scholarship’, providing Aboriginal Tasmanians increased opportunities for engagement and participation. We are thrilled to announce Merinda Sainty as the scholarship’s inaugural recipient.

If you want your voice to be heard, lift your talent to the next level with a degree from the Conservatorium of Music, at the University’s Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA). In fact, whatever your creative talents – music, art or theatre – the University of Tasmania provides a stimulating environment dedicated to creative cultural practice. When it’s time for you to really sing, contact us today about studying at TCotA. Congratulations Festival of Voices! Let’s lift our voices to ten years of celebrating talent and entertaining Tasmanians.

Mid-year applications are open. Apply today.

Happy tenth anniversary FoV! Congratulations on achieving such a significant milestone. Your contribution to the arts and culture of Hobart is very much appreciated. May the joy and happiness that you bring continue for many years to come.

Bill Harvey, Greens Alderman HCC | Authorised by Bill Harvey, 208 Elizabeth St Hobart 5 4 | f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M I 13UTAS

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short courses

Fun 90-minute sessions, ideal for seasoned choristers who want to explore new genres or a great introduction to group singing.

SINGING CITY Central to everything we do are the singers who participate, and transform this amazing city of Hobart into a Singing City, a vibrant hub of learning, sharing and performing. We have discovered that what choirs most enjoy are those things that are not so easily measured. So we have created three great choir experiences. Our new addition, The International Choral Program, offers a showcase opportunity for international touring

choirs and outstanding Australian choirs of all types who are motivated by a high level of musical excellence. The Performing Choir Package is our well-loved mix of performance, singing and listening with a short course, and includes entry to the infamous Singers’ Lounge. And a special day for our Local Choirs as they prepare to open their arms in welcome to choirs from around the world.

The Festival of Voices Choral Program is a unique non-competitive gathering offering amazing opportunities to sing, share, laugh, perform, listen and learn... with other people who love the same. It is an experience that resonates for years to come. Prices start at $99

for touring choristers visit for details.

Fully Licensed Function Rooms that cater for up to 600 guests Weddings, Birthdays, School Leavers Dinners, Packages available Corporate Events that cater for thousands, Product Launches, Corporate Meetings, Trade Expos and Shows Training & Meeting Rooms Catering, Audio Visual, Free on-site parking, Cost effective rates Phone: Julie King, Venue Manager on 03 6272 6812 f e s t i va l O F V O I C ES . C O M | 5 7

SINGers’ lounge The Singers’ Lounge is our version of a Festival Club where choirs gather to sing in a far more informal setting. Running from Wednesday to Saturday the Lounge is the heart and soul of the Festival for our singing community. Voices of all sizes and shapes are welcomed and cheered.

A not-to-be-missed Festival highlight for all lovers of ensemble singing. And this year to celebrate ten years we have a few secrets up our sleeve as well. A licensed bar serving light meals means you don’t have to leave.

The Singers’ Lounge is where memories are made and friends unite. Expect the unexpected as choirs pull out their party pieces and cheeky songs for all to share as we sing the night away together.


WED 9 – SAT 12 JULY Blackboard sessions start from about 9.30pm Free entry with a FESTIVAL PASS, performance opportunities by invitation and application.

UTAS and the Festival of Voices present


Around all corners of Hobart’s historic city centre expect choirs to pop up and serenade you during your day. Make sure you schedule your lunchbreak to coincide with a performance from one of the Festival’s participating choirs as they work their magic on the normal hustle and bustle and turn Hobart into a singing city. Choirs from around Australia gather in Hobart to perform in locations throughout the CBD indoors and outdoors, singing in a wide range of styles and songs, for your listening pleasure. Completely free of charge – check our website for an up to date schedule.

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Practice

Got an idea for a business? Or know someone who does? See a connection between arts and business? Want to make money from your art? This year, UTAS and the Festival of Voices are offering a weekend course, taking place on 14 and 15 June, for emerging entrepreneurs to learn from Tasmania’s most experienced professionals, develop their ideas and be a candidate to be selected to use the Festival of Voices as a platform to launch and grow their new business. People can enrol for the weekend course and either attend in person or online, as the course allows people to participate from all over Australia. To find out more visit


SONG FOR TASMANIA If you imagined a song celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Festival of Voices, embracing everything great about the Festival and Tasmania, who would write it? What would it sound like? The Festival of Voices is proudly partnering with Tourism Tasmania to commission renowned Australian artist, Tex Perkins, to write a song celebrating ten years of our Festival, embracing all that’s special about Tasmania. Tex travelled to our great state in March, gaining inspiration and soaking up influences to shape the song you will first hear at our Festival launch. All will be revealed.

Expect something which reflects the warm inclusive nature of the Festival and remarkable scenery, culture and people of Tasmania, as well as the undiscovered treasures ‘behind the scenery’ which inspire and excite; a song that we can own, enjoy and sing along to. See for yourself and download the song at

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Travel Tales A night of sharing your stories, songs, tales, tips, experiences, adventures, perceptions and poetry for travellers and backpackers in Hobart.


MON 7 july | 8PM The brunswick hotel hobart








Centertainment: Call (03) 6234 5998



Visit Centertainment Booking Office in Elizabeth Street Mall, Hobart



Doors open 45 minutes beforehand and we suggest you arrive as early as possible, prior to the published times to secure your seat.


PARTNER EVENTS AT THE THEATRE ROYAL HOBART Book online at Call (03) 6233 2299 CONDITIONS OF SALE All prices listed in this program are inclusive of all fees and ticket processing charges. Ticket purchases are non-refundable. Theatre Royal partner shows will also incur additional charges for online and phone bookings. Please note: Booking details vary for some events, so please check individual listings for alternative ticketing information. Program times are correct at time of print. Festival of Voices reserves the right to alter schedules as necessary and without notice.

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thurS 19 – sat 21 june | 4pm – 10pm | PW1 $10 | Under 16s $5



Tickets can also be purchased at the door at most events (subject to availability).

The carnival is over


The easiest way to book is to visit


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THANK YOU Of course it is the tenth anniversary of this most extraordinary thing called the Festival of Voices. As you may have heard people mention ‘it’s more than a festival’. And that’s true. It’s a cliché but yes it’s a family and community and far from a coincidence that the Festival of Voices has a higher retention of staff over its lifetime than any other festival in the country. There are many people to thank – Neil Cameron, Jaspa Wood, Heather Rose, Ross Honeywill, Kris Stewart and all the Board and staff who have served, promoted, nurtured, challenged and driven the Festival to greater and greater heights.


This organisation has been assisted by the Australian government through its philanthropy and social investment agency for the cultural sector, Creative Partnerships Australia.


The Festival is healthy in every respect due to the outstanding work, beyond the call of duty in most cases, everyone involved with it has contributed. It’s a people’s festival and so the people need to be thanked. The people of Hobart, Tasmania, the sponsors, partners, government agencies, ticket buyers, business community, workshop attendees, web developers, staff, auditors, artists, choristers, choirs, crew and volunteers. And then there’s Lucinda Wilson, involved from the very start and now executive producer, embodying everything the Festival stands for: passion, integrity, inclusivity, excellence and community.

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Thank you Lucinda (and all) for ten years of blood, sweat and tears. Let’s all look forward to the next ten.


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