Kristin lauds Con­sort qual­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - Tanya MacNaughton

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 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, in­clud­ing so­pra­nos Katja Webb and Stephanie Gooch,” he said.

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