The Courier-Mail

Top crowd at Noonan’s show

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WHEN singer Katie Noonan launched her new passion project on Saturday night an impressive crowd turned up. AVE (Australian Vocal Ensemble) is an a cappella singing quartet featuring Noonan, Fiona Campbell, David Greco and Andrew Goodwin.

For undisclose­d personal reasons Greco had to drop out so bass baritone Andrew O’Connor heeded the call and learnt the entire repertoire in a day.

In the mix with works by Handel and Bach and others was a suite of songs composed around poems by much loved Brisbane author David Malouf who thrilled the crowd with a reading of one of his poems to start the night off. This debut concert for AVE in the Conservato­rium Theatre at South Bank was attended by the trio of benefactor­s who made it possible – art dealer Philip Bacon, arts lover Justice Anthe Philippide­s and the Fairfaxes (Tim and Gina). They were all there for the heavenly concert.

In the audience also was AVE’s patron, former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce and a bevy of opera stars including Jeffrey Black (and his wife Jan), Margaret Schindler, Kang Wang and Eva Kong. Noonan’s brother and former George band member Tyrone Noonan was also there as were their folks, Brian and Maggie. Several of the composers who set Malouf’s poems to music were there including Noonan’s husband Zac Hurren and Robert Davidson.

It seems Katie Noonan’s passion project is a go with more performanc­es to come and there’s an album in the offing. australian­vocalensem­ble.com

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