On August 8th, 2019, The Idea of North, Australia’s most highly-awarded and best-loved contemporary a cappella group, enchanted audiences with a spectacular performance at the City Recital Hall. Showcasing their unique sound and style, which transcends genres like jazz, folk, gospel, pop, classical, and comedy, the a cappella quintet delivered an unforgettable evening of vocal harmony.
For the first time ever, City Recital Hall presented a full-length performance by The Idea of North, as they explored vocal harmony throughout the centuries. The audience was treated to a diverse array of musical styles, ranging from Gregorian Chant and Bach to Madrigals, the Andrew Sisters, and contemporary harmony-laden classics.
Audience members were encouraged to discard any preconceptions they may have had about vocal harmony as The Idea of North, with their finely-tuned self-deprecating Australian charm, effortlessly guided them through five centuries of vocal music. The group took listeners on a captivating journey through the golden era of the Baroque, the age of enlightenment, the velvety jazz era, and concluded with a modern twist on pop and rock tunes – unlike anything heard before.
Filled with “wit, charm, and breathtaking musical virtuosity” (The Adelaide Advertiser), The Idea of North demonstrated their “impeccable standard of musicianship” (The Melbourne Age) in a one-night-only vocal harmony extravaganza. As the Sun Herald of Sydney aptly put it, “This a cappella outfit can’t put a foot wrong…” Indeed, the evening was an unforgettable experience that will be remembered by all who attended for years to come.