25 February 2022

CIMF 2022 - C13 Birds in Paradise

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a yellow and brown bird with long feathers sitting on a branch surrounded by green leaves

Canberra International Music Festival’s concert 13 Birds in Paradise is on Thursday 5 May at 11:30 am. Photo: CIMF.

Be it the crow or cuckoo or curlew, birds have always fascinated and enchanted us. Captivating their song became a driving force for the French master Olivier Messiaen, who transcribed their song on his travels and included their multi-voiced warbling in his works. Hollis Taylor’s observations of the Pied Butcher Bird in Australia triggered an entirely new oeuvre of human-avian interaction. A concert by birds, their human followers and divine devotees.

Please note that in this concert field recordings of bird song alternate with human creations.


Olivier Messiaen: Alouette lulu (woodlark)

Hooper Brewster-Jones: selection

Christopher Sainsbury: The Arrival

Hollis Taylor: selection

Olivier Messiaen: Traquet rieur (black wheatear)


Edward Neeman, piano

Anna McMichael, violin

The details

What: Canberra International Music Festival’s Concert 13 – Birds in Paradise
When: Thursday 5 May 2022, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street Barton ACT 2600
Cost: $60 general admission, $55 concession. Tickets at CIMF.

For more information and to view the whole program, visit CIMF.

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