You’re sure to be entertained, challenged and moved in this celebration of the music of composer Martin Wesley-Smith and his twin, librettist Peter Wesley-Smith. The wit, whimsy, satire and sedition of their music will delight you, with everything from Playschool favourite Walking in the City to Black Ribbon – a song cycle written for the centenary of Federation.
The Song Company have collaborated with the Wesley-Smiths for 30 years. They describe the brothers as their ‘unofficial composers in residence’, and recently paid tribute in a ‘Song Company and friends’ concert in Kangaroo Valley to celebrate Martin and Peter’s seventieth birthday.
The highlight of Double Trouble will be the Wesley-Smith’s entertaining and thought-provoking reflection on Australian history, Black Ribbon, which we commissioned for the centenary of Foundation in 2001. That first (and only) performance was presented by the CCS choir, The Song Company as featured vocal ensemble, and Roland Peelman as conductor, and we are delighted that ‘the gang’ will all be together again this time!
The program also features shorter Wesley-Smith compositions, variously performed by The Song Company, Roland Peelman (on piano), and the youthful voices of Vocal Envy and the Turner Trebles.
Quirky yet familiar tunes, cutting political commentary, and heart-breaking reflections on the issues that have defined our nation. Book now!
Sat 1 August, 7.30pm
Sun 2 August, 3pm
The Street Theatre
Read more Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith at ‘George and Ira in Kangaroo Valley: the Wesley-Smiths at 70‘ by Andrew Ford