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Lords of Misrule: A Pocket Score Christes Maesse

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.


Tickets: $30 (full) | $20 (concession) — prices include post-concert refreshments.

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When: Sunday 15 December 2013 at 4pm

Where: Wesley Music Centre, Forrest


We’re delighted to welcome guest artist Andrew Fysh to the Pocket Score Company for this concert, as Ian Blake will be overseas.

Australia’s Renaissance Blokes visit the High Court

“These are confident blokes singing olde music and it’s popular.”

We presented MILLENNIUM, a selection of music from the last ten centuries, at the High Court of Australia on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 2.30pm.

We were delighted to see so many of our supporters there, and had a lovely afternoon performing for you all.

Eric Pozza, of Canberra Jazz, has posted a lovely review of the concert on his blog.

Til next time!

The Pocket Score Company presents Sin and Salvation

The barometer may be falling but come, be warmed by an afternoon with The Pocket Score Company as we present Sin and Salvation, a journey through the mellifluous sounds of Medieval and Renaissance music. At its sweltering core we present Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, a work of simple, soaring beauty showcasing the composer’s art at its finest.

We also feature a series of earthly delights by Monteverdi, Jannequin, Orlando di Lasso and a questionable song about the appropriate use of an oar and a barge.

Joining us for this concert we are delighted to welcome baritone Daniel Sanderson for a couple of five-part pieces, as well as a starring role on the tambourine as we feature a new composition by our countertenor David Yardley, Nowell, Nowell, taken from his upcoming CD New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims.

The PSC presents Homecoming

Featuring compositions from the 12th to 21st centuries, Homecoming explores music from the old to the new, bringing warmth to the cold of winter. ‘Homecoming’ means something different to all of us. Using the broad canvas of interpretation, we present ancient music by Jannequin, Morley and Marenzio, along with more recent works by Philip Griffin, Tom Lehrer and a new secular carol by our countertenor David Yardley. Our thrilling and original resonance will indulge you through an emotional journey created by the warmth of sound.

Sunday 5 June 2011, 3pm
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka
Tickets $20 ($10 concessions) available on the door


A concert of German music from the 13th to the 18th centuries

(This concert was reviewed by the Canberra Times.)

The Pocket Score Company presents a diverse programme of German music from the medieval to the baroque eras. With just four singers, the Pocket Score Company brings new life to old repertoire with the uniquely beautiful sound of the all-male vocal ensemble.

Join David Yardley countertenor, David Mackay tenor, George Brenan tenor, and Ian Blake bass, and discover for yourself some hidden treasures of the vocal repertoire.

The programme includes works by Praetorius, Othmeyer, Walter, Gumpelzhaimer, and Hassler – some sacred, and some very secular…


All Saints Church Ainslie, Sunday 5 July 2009 at 3pm.

Spanish Music for Advent

Spanish Music for AdventThe Pocket Score Company returns with a sumptuous programme of Spanish music for Advent, from the 13th to the 20th centuries. With just four singers, the Pocket Score Company brings new life to old repertoire with the uniquely beautiful sound of the all-male vocal ensemble.

Join David Yardley countertenor, David Mackay tenor, George Brenan tenor, and Ian Blake bass on a journey through some of the most beautiful music ever written for the season of Advent.

The programme includes:

  • Missa de Beata Virgine—Cristóbal de Morales
  • Motets by Juan del Encina
  • Music from the Codex las Huelgas
  • and the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat

Sunday 16 December 2007 at 4pm, All Saints Ainslie.


Menage presents The Pocket Score Company at Carriageworks

Musica Viva’s Menage series invites you to join us at Carriageworks for trains, montage, beats and harmony.

Come along and witness the combining forces of four-part vocal harmony, live electronic mixing and train-themed visuals for Ménage’s second concert at Carriageworks. The concert will feature the all-male vocal ensemble, The Pocket Score Company, performing works from the Renaissance, Medieval and Baroque periods electronically manipulated live on stage. The concert will also feature visuals by award-winning visual artist Adam Dewhirst. The renovated rail yards with their distinctly 19th-century industrial feel is the perfect venue to share in what will be a truly unique listening experience. Don’t miss out!

David Yardley countertenor
David Mackay tenor
George Brenan tenor
Ian Blake bass

Jen Sochackyi sound engineer
Adam Dewhirst video artist


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