Gunnedah will see Australian Vocal Ensemble, AVÉ, take stage later this month with its performance Tumbling Like Stars.

The launch has been many years in the making through the hard work of creative director, Katie Noonan.

The ensemble features four professional vocalists Katie Noonan (Artistic Director and Soprano, QLD), Fiona Campbell (Mezzo Soprano, WA), Andrew Goodwin (Tenor, NSW) and Andrew O’Connor (Bass-Baritone, NSW) in a chamber setting.

It depicts Australian stories through a combination of traditional European music and modern Australian classical.

It does this by creating new Australian works that feature engagement with First Nations people, telling a story of identity and place.

AVE’s music is described as late Renaissance and Baroque era accompanied by new Australian works with David Malouf’s poetry serving as inspiration.

The members aim to travel across Australia and internationally to tell stories through their performances.

“Katie Noonan amazes with her capacity to translate dreams into reality, captivating us with the way she lifts our hearts, taps into our emotions, laughter, sometimes a raw nerve or two, an awakening, with generosity in spades,” AVÉ’s patron Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO said.

AVÉ will also hold a community choir workshop at The Civic led by the four vocalists on Monday, March 20.

It will give participants the opportunity to perform learnt pieces during the public performance.

The group will perform on Tuesday, March 21 at The Civic with tickets sold online at

Tickets can be purchased at the Gunnedah Conservatorium, or online by visiting the Conservatorium website. 

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