The Promise and Avondale Jazz Ensemble showcase gospel music as part of the Avondale Concert Series.
Evensong is presented by the Conservatorium of Music at Avondale College of Higher Education.
Evensong is free but the conservatorium collects a freewill offering to support academic prizes and a scholarship for its students.
The Promise is an Avondale College of Higher Education vocal ensemble dedicated to excellence. Formed in 2005, the octet represents the long and significant history of music at Avondale. Its repertoire ranges from the classics to contemporary gospel and jazz. The Promise tours extensively and has recorded five albums, the latest The Promise Songbook, featuring 10 songs commissioned by, composed for, dedicated to and premiered by the vocal ensemble. And as one of the finalists in ABC Classic FM’s Vocal Romp competition, The Promise performed as support for German a cappella ensemble Amarcord. It has also performed with multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham and James and John Morrison and collaborated with Australian vocal ensemble The Song Company. Avondale Conservatorium Director Aleta King is the ensemble’s Artistic Director.
Avondale Jazz Ensemble began in 2012 and within a year performed as support for the Adrian Cunningham Quartet. It recorded its debut album, Jesus: HIStory, with Avondale College of Higher Education vocal ensemble The Promise in 2013. The jazz ensemble performed Director David Pudney’s original compositions, which in a musical narrative reimagine the timeless stories of the Gospels, in collaboration with James and John Morrison in 2014.