Upcoming Performances

Bach Akademie Australia

3rd February 2019

2019 Fundraiser. To support BAA please visit: http://www.bachakademieaustralia.com.au/


Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater: CIMF 2019

5th May 2019

Pergolesi's meltingly gorgeous duet oratorio with mezzo soprano Hannah Fraser in the CIMF 2019 concert, "Bach's Orbit"   For more information please visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2019-calendar/concert-6


Bach’s St Johns Passion: CIMF 2019

6th May 2019

A cry from the soul. Bach’s matchless music drama from 1724. Led by Andrew Goodwin as Evangelist and Jeremy Kleeman as Jesus, this superb ensemble of singers and musicians (including Bach Akademie Australia) are directed by Korneel Bernolet.   For more information please visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2019-calendar/concert-10



1st – 9th June 2019

....with pianist, Vatche Jambazian. Please visit: http://the.song.company/winterreise  


Bach’s B Minor Mass with VOCES8 at ANAM

21st – 22nd July 2019

For more information please visit:  https://anam.com.au/whats-on/events/bachbminormass


Previous Performances

Sydney Festival: La Passion de Simone

9th – 11th January 2019

For more information please visit: https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/la-passion-de-simone


Faure Requiem/Ross Edwards Birthday Celebration

1st December 2018


One Equal Music: Song Company Subscription#4

30th – 22nd October 2018

In various locations around Australia, please visit: http://the.song.company/one-equal-music/


Hourglass Ensemble Song Cycle Project

22nd – 28th July 2018

The Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House (July 28th), and Wesley Music Centre, Canberrra (July 22nd). The Hourglass Ensemble's annual Song Cycle project this year features soprano Susannah Lawergren. Composers include Richard Grantham and Amber Evans. Tickets available at: Sydney: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/classical-music/2018/a-place-in-my-soul.html?icid=162983:WT:p16:20180706 For more information, please visit: http://www.hourglassensemble.com/performances.html  


Israel in Egypt: Canberra International Music Festival

30th April 2018

  For more information please visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2018-calendar/30/4/2018/israel-in-egypt  


Bach on a Sunday: Canberra International Music Festival

29th – 30th April 2018

For more information, please visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/2018-calendar/bach-on-sunday  


Bach Akademie Australia

21st April 2018

Bach Cantata BWV 106: 'Actus Tragicus' Bach Brandeburg Concert no.2 BWV 1047 - Soloist: Richard Fomison Bach Viola da Gamba sonata no.3 in G minor BWV 1029 -  Daniel Yeadon & Neal Peres da Costa Bach Cantata BWV 175: 'Er rufet in seinen Schafen' Vocal Soloists: Susannah Lawergren - Soprano, Toby Cole - Alto, Richard Butler - Tenor, Andrew Fysh - Bass   For tickets, please visit:  http://baa20181.floktu.com/ For more information, please visit:  http://www.bachakademieaustralia.com.au/


Art Song Canberra: Songs of Solitude

8th April 2018

With pianist, Benjamin Burton. Exploring three facets of being alone – the beauty of solitude, the harshness of rejection and the wild freedom of being the outsider, beholden to no-one. For tickets, please visit: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=355698&


2018 Adelaide Festival: Hamlet

1st – 4th March 2018


The Mermaid

13th July 2017

Displaying IMG_9121.PNG   A chamber opera in five movements for Soprano and Piano Trio by Andrew Howes, with translations and additional words by Lukas Stepp With the Kasba Piano Trio In the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House   More information coming soon


Forward and Bach

10th – 23rd June 2017

Martin Luther's Legacy..... From Bach to Batt-Rawden – new and old settings of Ein feste Burg and other well-known melodies. For more information, please visit: http://song.company/2017/


2017 Canberra International Music Festival

1st – 7th May 2017

Bach on Sunday"Bach on a Sunday" with the Bach Akademie Australia http://www.cimf.org.au/2017-calendar/7/5/2017/bach-on-sunday and various concerts with the Song Company


An Easter Celebration: Bach Akademie Australia

29th April 2017

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"Bach Akademie Australia presents four of Bach's masterworks in a celebration of Easter featuring his early masterpiece, Christ lag in Todes banden, his first documented Cantata written for the Easter festival,  the internationally renowned baroque oboe specialist Leo Duarte who will perform Bach's Oboe and Violin concerto with the artistic director Madeleine Easton,  the beautiful and mystical Cantata BWV 127 featuring oboes, flutes and trumpet, then finally,  Susannah Lawergren  one of Australia's finest sopranos will sing the magnificent Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the British baroque trumpet specialist Richard Fomison." The Garrison Church, 60 Lower Fort St, Millers Point. For tickets, please visit: http://baa20171.floktu.com/ and for more information, please visit: http://www.bachakademieaustralia.com.au/


Sticks & Stones

17th – 30th March 2017

Voices of exile – music of refugees, migrants, and Displaced Persons. Concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Blackheath, Berry, Canberra, Wollongong, and Newcastle. For more information, please visit: http://song.company/2017/


Arvo Pärt’s Passio

4th March 2017

With the Song Company, Omega Ensemble and St Marys Cathedral Choir. Arvo Pärt's setting of the St John Passion is a mesmerizing minimalist masterpiece. For information and tickets, please visit: http://song.company/Passio/


Accidental Plans

16th – 3rd February 2017

The extraordinary life and death of Cornelius Cardew in graphic scores and group improvisation. With the Song Company. Concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle and Richmond.


Song Company Subscription Series: The Attraction of Opposites

1st – 1st February 2017

Why Do the Nations?

At the heart of The Attraction of Opposites is our Subscription series of five mainstage concerts: Accidental Plans – a graphic reimagining of the life and death of experimental and Establishment-defying composer Cornelius Cardew; Sticks & Stones – a collaborative retelling of the stories of exile in the Levant and beyond; Forward & Bach – a reassessment of the musical effect of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation 500 years after Martin Luther’s protest in 95 Theses; Dreamers of the Day – including a nonstop dreamstate chamber opera with four pianos on tape; and Lully, Lulla – a mediaeval narrative of the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, source of the heartbreaking Coventry Carol. New pop-up programs include songs from the 1920s & 30s inspired by The Great Gatsby and P.G.Wodehouse’s inimitable duo Jeeves & Wooster, and a whistlestop tour through vocal history, The Arrow of Song. In addition, 2017 sees major collaborations planned for Arvo Pärt’s St John Passion, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Artistic Director Antony Pitts's oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim.


The Song Company has a new partnership with The Yellow House in Sydney where all the mainstage concerts in our 2017 season will receive a special Preview.


Chopin Society Christmas Concert

17th December 2016


An Orthodox Christmas

2nd – 16th November 2016


Moorambilla Festival 2016 (Gala concert)

24th September 2016

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The Concord of Strangers

1st – 10th September 2016

In 1616, the same year that Shakespeare died, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in his ship Eendracht (the Concord) landed off the coast of Shark Bay and became the first European to leave a record of his visit to the Australian Continent. Word of his voyage encouraged further navigation, and ultimately led to a shared history described by Tim Flannery as neither a simple tale of European triumph and possession or just “a kind of abomination – the penetration of a fragile continent”. The Concord of Strangers contrasts Renaissance music from Hartog’s musical DNA in the Low Countries with the sounds of Australia old and new.   For more information, please visit www.songcompany.com.au


I believe I can fly….

6th – 13th August 2016

In collaboration with Hollis Taylor Olivier Messiaen described birds as the “greatest musicians on the planet” and Hollis Taylor has followed his example in finding direct inspiration in their dazzling and ever-varied song. Her suite of dialogues with the Australian Pied Butcherbird forms the backbone of this programme ending with a piece of collaborative/participatory sound art by A.M. Self in which the audience is free to take flight...   For more information, please visit www.songcompany.com.au


Carmina Burana/River Symphony

23rd July 2016

Carmina Burana

Venue: Llewellyn Hall

Join the National Capital Orchestra and the Canberra Choral Society for Carl Orff's epic Carmina Burana, one of the standout musical cycles of the 20th Century. Susannah Lawergren, Tobias Cole and David Greco will feature in the performance of some of the most expansive solos ever written. Also experience Australian composer Sean O'Boyle's River Symphony, one of the most popular contemporary Australian works for orchestra and choir, as featured in the ABC's Classic 100 Symphony.

Tickets available from Ticketek or telephone 1300 795 012


Moorambilla Festival 2016 (Sydney Tour)

6th – 7th July 2016



A Strange Eventful History

18th – 27th June 2016

Program: A selection of Shakespeare settings by Banister, Byrd, Johnson, Landsman, and Morley Dances including Munday’s Joy The Queenes Alman La Volta Mal Sims


Tour of Perth and WA

23rd – 31st May 2016


Metropolis New Music Festival: Cityscapes

18th May 2016

with the MSO, conducted by Robert Spano


Pilgrimage: Three Song Cycles by Barber, De Falla and Finzi

14th – 15th May 2016

In three of the most beautiful song cycles of the early 20th century, Pilgrimage will take you from the wild isolation of medieval Irish monks through the red beating heart of Spain and, on the 400th anniversary of his death, through the varied minds of Shakespeare, with a moment to stop and gaze at the moon in Debussy's Clair de Lune.
Programme: Barber's Hermit Songs, De Falla's Siete Canciones Populares and Finzi's Let us Garlands Bring sung by Susannah Lawergren* (soprano), Hannah Fraser* (Mezzo-Soprano) and Andrew O’Connor* (Bass-Baritone) with pianist Ben Burton and Debussy's Clair de Lune. * Appearing courtesy of the Song Company
May 14th, 2016 3pm at Blackheath Uniting Church
May 15th, 2016 3pm at the Flute Tree, Leichhardt
To book tickets, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/KRQT


Canberra International Music Festival 2016

29th – 6th April 2016

This year will be my fifth at this Festival, which includes Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle, Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa, a workshop on Recitar Cantando with Marco Beasley and many ensemble concerts with Song Company, Forma Antiqva. For more information, please visit: http://www.cimf.org.au


In Tempore Paschali

30th – 10th March 2016

Program: Gombert: In illo tempore Monteverdi: Missa In illo tempore Antony Pitts: Thou wast present as on this day For more information please visit: http://www.songcompany.com.au/buy/tickets/in-tempore-paschali/



21st – 27th February 2016

with With Neal Peres Da Costa (organ)) and Daniel Yeadon (cello)


Song Company Season 2015

8th – 11th August 2015

Season launch coming soon!


Canberra International Music Festival 2015

1st – 10th May 2015

For more information please visit:  http://www.cimf.org.au/


Adelaide Festival 2015

2nd – 4th March 2015

For more information please visit:    http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/


Song Company 2014 Concert Season: “A Burning Desire”

1st – 7th September 2014

The Song Company’s 2014 season marks its 30th anniversary and the final stage of a four year cycle based on the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.  The anniversary year program represents the heat and passion of Fire and the music which expresses it. The season will feature two international Guest Directors; Scottish-based multidisciplinary artist Josh Armstrong, and from Denmark, composer and conductor, Bo Holten. Artistic Director, Roland Peelman says: “Our Elements Cycle started with Bach in 2011, a reminder of where we all come from and the earth we return to. The Cycle finishes in 2014 with Bach, nothing less than his magisterial B Minor Mass, a work of galvanising fiery determination and conviction. That is the fire that sustains and nourishes us through the many activities The Song Company is involved in: concerts, education, tours, recordings and special projects that move the boundaries of our vocal artistry.” For more information, please visit: http://www.songcompany.com.au/concerts/


Australia Ensemble Subscription Series

16th August 2014

      Held at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW   For more information, please visit: http://www.ae.unsw.edu.au/programs/subscriptionSeries.html


The Arrangement

12th – 20th July 2014

A second and final development of The Arrangement by Jonathan Cooperan oratorio for six singers, flute, clarinet, cello and piano, this time further developed with Ken Unsworth and the Australian Dance Artists to incorporate art, music and dance.    


Resonate at the Art Gallery of NSW

27th June 2014

The Song Company celebrates its 30th anniversary with four centuries of early vocal music in our Gallery.

For more information, please visit: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/resonate-2014/   The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and private viewing ofTheatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan. Doors open at 7pm. Seating commences at 7.45pm.


Musica Viva in Schools

17th – 1st May 2014

      Primary school performances throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and greater NSW.   For more information please visit http://www.musicaviva.com.au/education/mvis


Canberra International Music Festival

8th – 15th May 2014


Hurricane Transcriptions/Laborintus II

16th January 2014

LEE RANALDO, MIKE PATTON, ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING XL AND THE SONG COMPANY, CONDUCTED BY ROLAND PEELMAN | USA/AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE For more information, please visit: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Music/Hurricane-Transcriptions-Laborintus-II/


Of Birds and Angels Concert Series

25th – 4th November 2013

Angelic, magical Christmas music from Australia and the world Mirth and magic from all creatures celestial provide the substance of this Song Company Christmas program. Angels and birds intertwine in a concert that blends the best of pagan and Christian traditions in Australia and in the world. Carols in Catalan, in Ukranian and in Spanish, but also beautiful pieces by composers living in our midst: Ross Edwards and Christopher Willcock. With a twinkle in the eye and a smile from the heart, these songs connect us to the great mystery of life. For more information, please visit: www.songcompany.com.au


National Library, Canberra – Song Company performance

6th – 7th November 2013

at the National Library, Canberra


Port Fairy Spring Festival

11th – 13th October 2013

    Featuring the Song Company presenting two of their most popular recent programmes, Ship to Shore and Time Traveller. For more information, please visit: http://www.portfairyspringfest.com.au/index.php



27th – 28th September 2013

      Young composers forum run biannually by the Song Company. MODART gives six young composers the opportunity to develop new vocal work in close collaboration with the singers of the ensemble and their director, Roland Peelman, culminating in a performance in Sydney (September 27th) and Canberra (September 28th)   For more information, please visit: http://www.songcompany.com.au/modart/  


Dowland’s Lute Concert Series

1st – 10th September 2013

A Song Company collaboration with English lutenist Nigel North

For more information, please visit www.songcompany.com.au


Song Co & Co

28th – 4th June 2013

Old songs, new songs and shared songs.  

For more information, please visit www.songcompany.com.au



Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute

2nd – 16th June 2013

  A unique training programme in instrumental and vocal baroque performance practice with Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning period instrument orchestra.
For more information, please visit http://www.tafelmusik.org/


Canberra International Music Festival: Concert 23

18th May 2013

Solo performance of the Adnan Songbook by Gavin Bryars, a song cycle of the poetry of Etel Adnan with Canberra Festival Camerata.


Canberra International Music Festival

12th – 19th May 2013

Various programmes with the Song Company held as part of Canberra's 100th year anniversary celebrations. For more information please visit: http://www.cimf.org.au/


Morning Melodies

5th April 2013

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre http://www.bass.net.au/events/morning-melodies-with-the-song-company.aspx


The Prophet Concert Series

19th – 13th March 2013

A Song Company collaboration with Joseph Tawadros (Oud) Few books have left such a profound impression on so many people in East and West. The Prophet, the best known book by the Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), is one of the most widely read books around the world and still touches the hearts of young and old. For more information visit:  www.songcompany.com.au


Hunter Baillie Church Anniversary Concert

24th February 2013


Ship to Shore Concert Series

2nd – 14th November 2012

Ship to Shore features the extraordinary talents of guitar duo Slava and Leonard Grigoryan in a spirited performance for the end of the year.

Here's a sneak preview of Susannah singing a fado song from the show with the Grigoryan Brothers.



Song Company 2013 Subscription Launch

13th October 2012

The wonderful Song Company programme for 2013 will be announced, and then I can add next year's events to this page. Can't wait-we have some wonderful concerts lined up.   So ......watch this space!


A Story of A Capella

12th October 2012

The Song Company will launch A Story of A Capella, a journey through a capella music, developed for primary, secondary and tertiary education. Llewelyn Hall, ANU, Canberra


A Swedish Affair

11th October 2012

Featuring Song Company and the ANU School of Music Chamber Choir   Llewelyn Hall


Residency at the ANU School of Music

8th – 12th October 2012

Song Company residency and concert at the ANU School of Music as part of the 2012 HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship.


Song Company Fundraising Dinner

10th September 2012

For more information visit The Song Company.


Sunken Dreams Concert Series

5th – 15th August 2012

The Song Company with guest artist Claire Edwardes (vibraphone/water percussion)


Mietta Song Competition

21st – 22nd July 2012

Semi-finals and Finals concerts


Bellingen Music Festival

8th – 11th June 2012

Featuring the Song Company


2012 Canberra International Music Festival

8th – 20th May 2012

Canberra's International Music Festival brings a wealth of baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary concerts to different venues thoughout the Australian capital.


Coriole Music Festival

5th – 6th May 2012

The Coriole Music Festival brings together some of the finest chamber musicians from around Australia and overseas. It a weekend celebration of outstanding chamber music performed in Coriole's acoustically superb Barrel Room.


Tears of St Peter Easter Concert

2nd – 4th April 2012

The Song Company with guest artist Satsuki Odamura (koto).


Concert, Sydney Grammar

22nd March 2012

More information TBA.


Love in Venice Concert Series

4th – 14th March 2012

The Song Company with guest artists Tommie Anderson (Lute/Theorbo/Guitar) and Laura Vaughan (Lirone/Gamba)