Saturday | St Martins Hall | 1.30pm
Sunday | St Martins Hall | 3pm (Rest)

Dynasty8 Chamber Choir was formed two years ago, under the direction of Elizabeth Swain OAM.

They sing a broad repertoire of modern and ancient vocal music, and are based in the Byron Bay area. The choir will present two contrasting programmes for Mullum Music Festival 2018 - Love, Loss and Longing - featuring bawdy madrigals and arrangements of contemporary pop songs, and REST - a mystical and mysterious sonic experience.

REST - If you need a rest, some respite from daily life, you are invited to join Dynasty8 Chamber Choir for a unique choral experience. You will be free to move around quietly during the performance, sit or lie down and close your eyes, stretch and then be still, letting the sounds wash over and through you. Bring your favourite doona and cushions. Blankets, warm socks, mats and pillows will also be provided. You can unwind, take a break, luxuriate in a beautiful space as you listen to some beautiful ancient and modern choral music, sung by local chamber choir Dynasty8.

The choir will sing an hour-long programme including songs about light and stars, parting and leaving, praying and gratitude for the beauty of the world, and a 12th-century Irish chant advising us to pray for ourselves at any hour.

More a meditation than a concert, the music includes compositions by William Byrd, Ola Gjeilo, Morton Lauridsen and two exquisite pieces by Estonian Composer Arvo Part. ‘These concerts are a bit of an experiment,’ explained Liz Swain. ‘We wanted to bring this gorgeous music to a wider audience, who might enjoy listening to the purity of the voice in more comfortable circumstances than in a church. This music is designed for deep meditation, and we hope that people find some rest and peace whilst listening.’

Here are some comments from our last Rest concert .....

'As close to a religious experience that an atheist can have! Harmonies to weep to!' (Sarah.)

'Magical! I felt transported. It makes me feel old European culture' (Mary) "I feel so moved. The bell-like quality, the crystal glasses, the bowls. it was just fantastic.' (Marilyn.)

'Like fingers gently massaging my spirit! It was healing, gentle and strong at the same time. A collective sense of everyone being together. An almost out of body experience - a lightness, meditative - thought went away' (Will)

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