PERFORMANCES AND TOURS
Wayfarers performance tours always have as their core repertoire a body of short choral pieces from 500 years of the Western choral traditions. Bigger works are listed below.
(1) Harmonia Mundi Choral Workshop
Choral singers were invited to learn inspiring new songs on themes of great import in a workshop with Judy Clingan and the World-Wide Wayfarers on Saturday 6th July at the Warrambui Conference Centre, Murrumbateman
(2) Harmonia Mundi performances
Judith Clingan’s new music theatre work Harmonia Mundi for soloists, chorus, mimers /dancers and orchestra; also Judith Clingan’s Fruits of Hope for orchestra, shakuhachi solo, singers, speakers and dancers, and new choral songs by Wayfarers:
Australian première: Saturday 13th July 2019 Overture Hall, Orana School, Hickey Court, Weston, performed by 77 Wayfarers aged 12 – 77, from five countries
This repertoire was then toured to NSW, Victoria and South Australia, as a contribution to WALDORF 100 celebrations worldwide
2019 April: Canberra and NSW Wayfarers presented excerpts from Judith Clingan’s Kakadu, for SAB voices, hammered dulcimer, cello, recorders and percussion on Sunday 7 April at the Two Fires Festival in Braidwood, followed by Margo Neale’s presentation of her Seven Sisters exhibition (which was at the National Museum in 2018).
2019 February: Mysteries:
Beautiful music for choir and recorder ensemble in the wondrous acoustics of an underground cave, repertoire included the premiere of Robert Kennedy’s The Mystery of the Cave for recorder quartet.
2019 January: The Pied Piper:
Judith Clingan’s music theatre version of Browning’s poem – for children
21st, 22nd and 23rd January, – Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre
2018 December: My Spirit Rejoices:
Settings of the words of Mary’s Magnificat and other related texts by a range of composers from medieval to contemporary, including Schütz’s Deutsches Magnificat for double choir which Wayfarers sang with Luminescence Chamber Singers.
Saturday 8th December 2018, 5.30 pm, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton
2018 June, the children’s opera Heavenly Grandfather’s Banquet (Clingan) was performed in Canberra schools by Wayfarers from Canberra, South Coast, Melbourne and Lorinna, Tasmania.
2018 at Easter, Canberra Wayfarers performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in St. Alban’s Church, Lyons, with pianist Emily Leong, recorder soloist David Cassat, soprano soloist Sarah Berger-Alexander and alto soloist A J America
2017 December, Judith Clingan’s music theatre version of Antoine de St. Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince was performed at the Tuggeranong Arts. The cast consisted of Wayfarers from Canberra, Melbourne, Lorinna in Tasmania, Bowral and Coffs Harbour.
2017 July / August, over 100 Wayfarers from Australia, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Switzerland and England (mostly teenagers from Steiner Schools) toured Hokkaido, Japan and Seoul, Korea, performing Judith Clingan’s new music theatre work Harmonia Mundi, with dramatic direction by Judith’s daughter Jessica Dixon.
2016 August – October – tour of Taiwan, Scotland (Edinburgh Fringe), Iceland, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland with 22 Waldorf Wayfarers from Australia and Taiwan, performing The Little Prince (St. Exupery / Clingan) as music theatre and Heavenly Grandfather’s Banquet (Clingan).
2016 April / May – tour of China with 50 Taiwanese Wayfarers, performing Judith Clingan’s new opera for children, Heavenly Grandfather’s Banquet for a Chinese speaking Steiner Teachers’ Conference. Dramatic direction was by Judith’s daughter, Jessica Dixon.
2015 Tour of Canberra, Bega, Blue Mountains, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour. World-Wide Wayfarers, singers of all ages from Australia, Taiwan, China and Japan performed Judith Clingan’s new music theatre work Endangered! and The Singing Mermaid (Donaldson / Clingan) as music theatre. Dramatic direction for Endangered! was by Eurythmist Kimberley Hammerton.
2014 Tour of Taiwan and Japan with 25 mostly young adult Australian Wayfarers and 55 Wayfarers from Taiwan of all ages as well as two Wayfarers from India, performing Judith’s opera Marco with two casts (Australian and Taiwanese).
2012 This year featured almost one continuous year of commitment to Wayfarers. Rehearsals began on 1st January and continued full-time (including holiday workshops) for three months; April -May tour of eastern Australia: Sydney, Newcastle, Coff’s Harbour, Mullumbimby, June – November tour of Taiwan, China, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, France, Spain, England, Orkney, India, with 21 mostly young adult Wayfarers from Sydney, Bowral, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Japan, performing Jesu, meine Freude (Bach), The Ring Bearer (Clingan’s music with her dramatic version of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings), Story Songs (Clingan), music theatre versions of narrative poems for children; The Dancing Wombat (Clingan) for orchestra.
2009 Tour of Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and Bungalow, NSW with 35 Wayfarers from Canberra and Sydney.
2008 Tour of New Zealand with 9 young adult Wayfarers from Sydney and Canberra.
2007 Tour of Mt. Barker, South Australia and Adelaide with 30 Wayfarers fro Canberra and Sydney, performing and running workshops at a Steiner teachers’ conference.
2006 Tour of New Zealand. 60 Wayfarers from Steiner Schools in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Southern Australia performed Songs of Middle Earth (Tolkien / Clingan).
2005 Tour of Northern NSW Steiner Schools with 40 Wayfarers from Southern NSW and the ACT.
2003 10 young adult Wayfarers spent three months touring Finland, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, England and Scotland, presenting Modal Magic (Clingan) with puppets; Mythical Beasts (Clingan) with dance; The Making of Parrot (Hughes / Clingan) as music theatre.
2002 35 performers from Eastern Australian Steiner Schools toured Alice Springs and Darwin with Kakadu (Clingan) and Spiritus Sanctus Australis (Clingan).
2001 Blue Mountains and Bowral Steiner Schools and the Gavemer Foundation, Sydney presented performances of The Messiah (Handel).
2000 76 Wayfarers then took this repertoire to Europe for one month, touring England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.
2000 100 students, teachers and parents from Steiner Schools in all of Australia’s major cities toured Eastern Australia with Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten), Kakadu (Clingan), Hobbit Songs (Clingan). All three works were presented as music theatre with choreography by Judy’s daughter Jess Dixon.
1998 Tasmania – 65 performers from Orana Steiner School Canberra, Mt Barker Waldorf School South Australia and Armidale Steiner School presented Songs of Middle Earth (Tolkien / Clingan).
1997 Brisbane – ASME conference – 35 performers from Orana Canberra, Glenavon Steiner School in Sydney and Armidale Steiner School presented Songs of the Seasons (Perth Mod students with Clingan).