The Pocket Score Company presents Lords of Misrule: A Pocket Score Christes Maesse. Festive music for the Christmas season by William Byrd, Michael Praetorius, Hans Leo Hassler, and J.S. Bach, as well as traditional carols and contemporary compositions by Pocket Score singers David Yardley and David Mackay.
Welcome to the new website for the Pocket Score Company. In addition to information about the group and our upcoming performances, this new site gives us the opportunity to provide archives of previous concerts, links to our broader musical activities, as well as to present recordings (both audio and video) of the group in action.
No matter how good the website, though, there’s no substitute for live performance—and we look forward to welcoming you to a Pocket Score gig soon!
The Pocket Score Company won the Best ACT Choral/Vocal Group award at the MusicACT Annual Music Awards (MAMA) 2012. We were nominated for our performance of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Taedet Animam Meam (which you can listen to online). 2012 was a great year for PSC; we were also finalists in ABC Classic FM’s Vocal Romp Comp.
We are delighted to announce the launch of New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims, the brand-new medieval-inspired CD composed by countertenor David Yardley and performed by some of Australia’s finest choral musicians and soloists, featuring members of the Pocket Score Company.
It has been 600 years since many of the songs known to Geoffrey Chaucer have been heard. Although the music was lost, their words have survived and now, after centuries of reluctant silence, they can sing again.
Songs of ale and love; of saints and of war and of doomsday; carols of Christmas and sweet lullabies. All re-imagined with original music composed by David.
“The performance intermingled music with scenes that illustrated love in many forms: playful, despairing, cynical, combative and seductive.
“There was excellent balance between the five singing voices and a nice variation in mood as the ensemble moved from the sweetness of Palestrina’s Vestiva I Colli, a wistful expression of love in springtime, to the outrageous Je Ne Menge Point de Porc, complete with porky grunts, and on to the spiritual O Nata Lux by Tallis. David Yardley’s rollicking rendition of Bryng us Home Good Ale was a temptation to clap and toe-tap along and there were well-controlled changes of rhythm and mood in Thomas Morley’s Farewell Disdainful.”
A lovely review from Len Power of the Canberra Critics Circle of The Polyphonic Bard, which featured PSC regulars Ian Blake, Paul Eldon and David Yardley, and welcomed guest artists Daniel Sanderson and John Virgoe.
“the five men of The Pocket Score Company thrilled with their intricate harmonies and choice of music. Commencing with ‘If Music Be The Food Of Love’ from ‘Twelfth Night’, set to music by Henry Purcell, they followed with works by Thomas Tallis, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Palestrina, Thomas Morley and others.”
Cathy Bannister from “Stage Whispers” reviews The Polyphonic Bard:
“The Pocket Score Company all-male ensemble is superb, and has particular strengths at the bottom (bass Ian Blake) and top, with countertenor and harpist David Yardley’s beautiful clear voice providing perfect balance to the rich harmonies. We were treated to Purcell (including the favourite If Music Be the Food of Love), Tallis, Palestrina and Monteverdi. Variously using only two, three, four, or all five voices, they easily filled the room with beautiful resonance.”
The Polyphonic Bard reviewed by Joe Woodward in the Canberra City News:
“The vocal effect is truly stunning. The voices blend so well that, in an age of digital enhancement, it was bliss to realise the power of human sound crafted through an ancient art form. Apart from some pre-recording of the final piece, it was live and perfectly balanced.”
The Pocket Score Company formed to bring the beautiful but rarely-heard sound of the all-male vocal ensemble to Australian audiences—mainly in early music, but with the flexibility to explore music from across the centuries, including works written especially for the group. We look forward to seeing you at a Pocket Score Company performance soon!