Giovanni Consort mark 20 years with Perth Town Hall concert

L-R: Kate Oliver, Belinda Hopper, Thomas Friberg, co- directors Cian Elliott and Kristin Bowtell, Harriet Beckett, Stephanie Parr, Freya Swarbrick.
L-R: Kate Oliver, Belinda Hopper, Thomas Friberg, co- directors Cian Elliott and Kristin Bowtell, Harriet Beckett, Stephanie Parr, Freya Swarbrick.

KRISTIN Bowtell may know how to play the flute, guitar, bass guitar and clarinet but his true love is singing.

The 2004 UWA graduate debuted with Giovanni Consort 10 years ago in Perth International Arts Festival concert Rothko Chapel before spending the next six years in Germany and the UK.

He returned to sing with the group in 2012, conducted the ensemble for the first time in 2014 and became co-director this year as Giovanni Consort marks its 20th anniversary.

“I was attracted by the quality,” Bowtell, of Booragoon, said.

“The Giovanni Consort’s singers are simultaneously very good musicians, very good music readers and very good singers. It’s rare to get all three in any one person.”

The Consort will celebrate the milestone with an anniversary concert this Saturday at Perth Town Hall where Bowtell will conduct.

He will also sing when founding members David Gething and Andrew Sutherland return to conduct for the performance.

“The concert will be a celebration of choral favourites from the 20 years of our history,” he said.

“We trawled through our old programs and voted on our favourites, which was immense fun.

“Great music is lifted to another level when we share it with friends and some of our subscribers have been with us for all 20 years.”

Bowtell, who divides his time between freelance conducting, singing and teaching and has sung with the St George’s Cathedral Consort and at Christ Church Claremont, said Giovanni Consort had always functioned as a training ground for young musicians.

“We’re delighted to announce that some of our finest past members will be joining us to sing in this concert including sopranos Katja Webb and Stephanie Gooch,” he said.

Tickets at www.trybooking.com/HEYH.