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THE LOST CODEX OF AVALON: PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE!

A one-of-a-kind 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.  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 album journeys through long-forgotten medieval texts whose original music has not survived, as well as musical settings of fantasy poetry and contemporary Australian works. Many pieces were premiered in London and New York between 2015 and 2019 – examples of live performances are online here and here.

Pre-order here at the early-bird price of $14.95 (USD). Includes the music from the album on CD and on USB memory stick as well as album booklet.

COMPETITION UPDATE

Huge congratulations to the winner of the inaugural Published Fantasy Authors Competition. Her outstanding poem will now be set to music and feature on The Lost Codex of Avalon album, which can be pre-ordered at davidyardleymusic.com.

EVENTS

1. Exclusive Album Preview Concert – Sunday 22 March, 6 pm – 7 pm, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

Join David Yardley (countertenor, medieval harp) and wonderful musicians from the Canberra-based Luminescence Chamber Singers, for an exclusive preview concert of new Australian works from David’s new album of compositions, The Lost Codex of Avalon. Ticket price includes pre-order of the album, scheduled for release in late 2020. Upgrade your ticket to purchase a copy of David Yardley’s first album of compositions, New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims (also available for purchase on the Store page).

Tickets (including pre-order of album and $1 towards bushfire recovery through the Australian Red Cross) available at this link: Eventbrite

Address: Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, off Barry Drive (Acton) in the Australian National University campus. Parking is available at the end of Kingsley Street in the Union Court Car Park.

Enquiries: Please email talisman@cantab.net or call us on 0435 961 451.

2. National Portrait Gallery – Sunday 29 March, “Drawn In” series, solo performance

David Yardley will be returning to perform at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia after four years based in New York City, where he has performed solo in such famous venues as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Come along to draw or just to listen to a variety of medieval music and David’s own fantasy and medieval-inspired compositions performed with voice and medieval harp. Full details to come.

 

 


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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:

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

Gaita

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