Written by David Larkin
Bingham: The Drowned Lovers

Perhaps the highlight of an exquisite concert was the pairing of Judith Bingham’s The Drowned Lovers with Stanford’s The Bluebird. Bingham conceived her piece as a prologue to Stanford’s impressionistic piece (written nearly 90 years before), and there were many textual and musical echoes between the two. The ululating backdrop from the choir was perfectly graduated to allow mezzo-soprano Martha McLorinan to come through as a rich lyrical presence… Without question this was one of the most atmospheric and well-conceived choral concerts in Sydney in recent years.