A unique medieval and fantasy collaboration between composer and performer David Yardley and some of Australia’s finest musicians from the Sydney Chamber Choir, The Song Company and Pastance, along with guest contributions by renowned New York-based medieval ensemble Concordian Dawn, under the direction of Christopher Preston Thompson, and by renowned medieval organist Cristina Alis Raurich.

Inspired by his lifelong immersion in authentic medieval sound, Yardley’s compositions conjure lost music of the mythic isle of Avalon, from Arthurian legend. The two albums journey through Yardley’s settings of long-forgotten medieval sacred and secular texts, whose original music has not survived, as well as his musical settings of fantasy poetry and contemporary Australian works.

A video with the stunning sound of The Song Company, rehearsing before our recording, is available here, along with some more info about the album. 

 Click here to order the new albums. You can receive the music from the album on CD and/or in digital format, as well as album booklet. 

2. Album Launches – Sydney and Canberra – The Lost Codex of Avalon Volume II

I’m thrilled to announce that tickets are available for the launches of The Lost Codex of Avalon Volume II!

Tickets are available for the Sydney launch at this link (17 December, 3.30 – 5pm): https://album-launch-sydney-lost-codex-david-yardley.eventbrite.com.

Tickets for the Canberra launch are at this link (3 December, 6.30 – 8pm): https://album-launch-canberra-lost-codex-david-yardley.eventbrite.com

Tickets include a digital and hardcopy of the new album, plus a wine/beer after the performance.

Join David Yardley (composer, countertenor, medieval harp) for the launch of the newest album of his neomedieval compositions, The Lost Codex of Avalon, Volume II, in the beautiful acoustics of The Song Company studio (Sydney) or the Drill Hall Gallery (Canberra).

David’s compositions have been reviewed as “transcendent medieval-inspired music for our times” (ClassikON, 5 stars). Performed and broadcast in the US, UK, Australia and elsewhere, expect enchanting, globally-unique Australian composition performed at an outstanding level.

In Sydney, David will be joined by top performers from ensembles that appear on the album – The Song Company and Sydney Chamber Choir. In Canberra, David will be joined by professional singers from Luminescence Chamber Singers.

We will launch the album in style, with performances of several of David’s works from across his new and previous albums.

Tickets are limited in number so grab yours swiftly to avoid disappointment!

3. “Transcendent Medieval-Inspired Music For Modern Times” – classikON review 

Overjoyed with this review of my compositions on the first volume of The Lost Codex of Avalon, following its launch in Sydney on December 18, 2021. Read the review here: https://www.classikon.com/cd-review-yardleys-transcendent-medieval-music-for-modern-times/

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Some of the great musicians I currently work with or have worked with in the past – visit their websites and see what they’re about:

The Song Company

The leading professional vocal ensemble in Australia

Cristina Alís Raurich

Renowned medieval organ scholar and performer

Anne Casey

Award-winning poet and writer – winner of the inaugural Published Fantasy Authors Competition


Medieval and Renaissance instrumental wizards, from Sydney, Australia

Aneleda Falconbridge

Fyne and Nice Workes – songs, poetry, brewing and more

Southwark Cathedral, London

Incredible historic cathedral in the UK with a stellar choir

Besalu Medieval Music Course, with Mauricio Molina

World-wide medieval musicians descend every year on Besalu for these exceptional music courses

St Thomas 5th Avenue, New York City

One of the most famous Episcopalian churches in New York, with one of the best choirs in the world

Church of the Transfiguration, New York City

Beautiful, historic church and a hub of early musicians in the city

UN Chamber Music Society

Ensemble of musicians committed to high-quality classical performance and the values of the United Nations

The Pocket Score Company

Canberra-based professional quartet

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge

Superb choir at the University of Cambridge, UK

The Sydney Chamber Choir

One of Sydney’s foremost choirs

The Renaissance Players

World-renowned medieval ensemble based in Sydney, Australia

Luminescence Chamber Singers

Ensemble of young professional singers in Canberra, Australia

Emma Griffiths

Soprano in Canberra, Australia


Edinburgh-based medieval music duo

Tobias Cole

One of Australia’s foremost countertenors

Winsome Evans

The inspiration for a generation of medieval musicians in Australia and beyond

David Drury

Leading organist and conductor/director

Daniel Hyde

Formerly director of the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

Edward Wickham

Director of the Clerks’ Group, I had the privilege to sing in the Cambridge Medieval Music Group, led by Edward

Ian Blake

Canberra-based musician/recording artist/all-round great musician!

Harold Gretton

Outstanding guitarist, we’ve performed English lute songs together