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The Idea of North is a world class a cappella quintet, who are serious about their music without taking themselves too seriously. Now with the incredible Kai Kitamura on vocal percussion, Australia's most highly-awarded and best-loved contemporary a cappella group perform with a distinct sound and style that crosses many musical genres including jazz, folk, gospel, pop, classical and comedy.

For the first time, City Recital Hall will be presenting a full length performance in which the group will explore vocal harmony throughout the centuries. Think Gregorian Chant, Bach, Madrigals and the Andrews Sisters and topped off with some contemporary harmony-laden classics.

But first, discard your preconceptions of what you may experience in this deep dive into the history of vocal harmony. The Idea of North have finely-tuned their good old-fashioned self-deprecating Australian charm and will lure you into learning about five centuries of vocal music without you even noticing. Delve into the golden era of the Baroque, stroll through the age of enlightenment, sway across the velvety jazz era and bop along to the more recent era of pop and rock – but none of it is as you have ever heard before!

With copious amounts of “wit, charm and breath-taking musical virtuosity” (The Adelaide Advertiser), The Idea of North will demonstrate their “impeccable standard of musicianship” (The Melbourne Age) in this one night only of vocal harmony histrionics - a musical experience you’ll remember for years.

Details are accurate at time of publication

This a cappella outfit can’t put a foot wrong…

Sun Herald, Sydney

They have class stamped over everything they do. Catch them and marvel.

The Adelaide Review
  • Trad
    Sicut Cervus
    The Nightingale
    J.S. Bach
    Fugue No.2 in C minor
    Tumason and Sigbjörnsson
    Heyr Himna Smiður
    Goethe, Werner and Schubert*
    McCarthy and Carroll*
    I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
    Berlin, arr. Waesche and Craig
    What'll I Do
    Luke Thompson
    Beyond the City
    Van Alexander, arr. Shaw*
    A Tisket. A Tasket
    Edward Fairlie
    There Ain't No-One Like Her
    Ashford and Simpson*
    You're All I Need To Get By
    Bee Gees*
    Stayin' Alive
    Maschqitz and Sherwin, arr. Puerling
    A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
    Atkins, Atkins, and Campbell*
    Elton John, Hoffman, and Sellards*
    I Don't Feel Like Dancing
    Tim Minchin*
    Not Perfect

    *Arranged by Naomi Crellin

  • Soprano
    Emma Rule
    Vocal Percussionist
    Kai Kitamura
    Nick Begbie
    Naomi Crellin
    Luke Thompson