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Welcome

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!

Pocket Score wins 2012 Music ACT Award

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.

MAMA - 2012 Winner's Badge

CD launch: New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims

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.

CDs are available now from David’s website.

In Dulci Jubilo

Here’s a blast from the past—the Pocket Score Company rehearsing In Dulci Jubilo in June 2009.

And, in response to several requests, here’s the score. It’s arranged to fit within the PSC vocal range (i.e. Alto, Tenor, Tenor, and Bass), and has four verses as follows:

  1. Traditional arrangement
  2. Harmonised by Michael Praetorius
  3. Harmonised by Dieterich Buxtehude
  4. Harmonised by J.S. Bach

It’s a public domain performing edition, and you’re welcome to use it without a fee. Please add a comment below if you use it!

In Dulci Jubilo (PDF download)

Introducing the Pocket Score Company

The Pocket Score Company will be performing vocal music of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages at All Saints’ Church, Cowper Street, Ainslie on Sunday May 20th at 3pm. Tickets at the door: $15/12.

The Pocket Score Company is a new four-person vocal ensemble, featuring David Yardley, countertenor; David Mackay, tenor; George Brenan, tenor; and Ian Blake, bass.

The concert centres on an English Renaissance mass setting by William Byrd, with other sacred and secular works by the likes of Josquin, Willaert, Peñalosa, Machaut and Jannequin.

Music of great beauty and clarity – and strange tales involving pigs, nags and a nautical young widow, plus a nicely liturgical drinking song.

The programme includes:

  • En l’ombre d’un buissonet—Josquin
  • Mass for three voices—Byrd
  • Vecchie Letrose—Willaert
  • Martin menoit son porceau—Janequin
  • Relegentur ab Area—anon, 12th century
  • Ave Vera Caro Christi—Peñalosa
  • Dame, mon Coeur—Machaut
  • Un giorno mi prego—Willaert
  • Ave verum corpus—Byrd

2007 Postcard