The Idea of North

8.00pm Friday 24 October

Christ Church, Longford (The Idea of North)


The Idea of North

Emma Rule, soprano
Naomi Crellin, alto
Nick Begbie, tenor
Luke Thompson, bass
Kai Kitamura, vocal percussion


Palestrina – Sicut Cervus
Thomas Weelkes – The Nightingale
JS Bach – Fugue no 2 in C Minor
Schubert – Heideröslein
Tumason/Sigurbjörnsson – Heyr Himna Smiour
Chopin/Carroll/McCarthy – I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
Irving Berlin – What’ll I Do
Luke Thompson – Beyond The City
Jack O’Hagan – Dance Medley
Maschwitz/Sherman – A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Gershwin – Embraceable You
Charlie Chaplin – Smile

The Idea of North

The Idea of North is a quintet of musicians, serious about their music without taking themselves too seriously. The members of The Idea of North (TION) have studied in some of Australia’s foremost music schools – the Elder Conservatorium attached to Adelaide University, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Canberra School of Music attached to the ANU. Starting out as a hobby way back in university days, the group of friends quickly realised the potential for more and went full-time in 1998.

TION has developed an enviable reputation within Australia and overseas, and has been described by James Morrison as ‘the best contemporary vocal quartet in Australia’. TION has performed often with James Morrison and both he and Don Burrows are featured on a number of TION’s recordings, alongside such artists as Lior, Kristin Berardi, Rajaton (Finland) and Elena Kats-Chernin. The group has also established a very significant reputation overseas where they travel frequently for festivals, concerts, workshops and corporate events. Countries regularly visited include the USA and many different countries in both Europe and Asia. They have hosted and/or performed at a number of major festivals in such arenas as The Lincoln Centre in New York, the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and similar venues in Asia, and performed alongside vocal group greats such as The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Naturally 7 and The Real Group (Sweden).

In 2003 TION won The Harmony Sweepstakes in the USA. This is one of the largest international a cappella competitions in the world, open to any a cappella group of three to seven people singing in any musical style or genre. In its (then) twenty-year history, this was the first time that the winner was an ensemble from outside the USA. It is one of many awards for performing, writing, arranging and recording that TION has garnered over the years. They have produced thirteen albums (their seventh, a collaboration with James Morrison, won the 2010 ARIA award for ‘Best Jazz Album’, their eighth was nominated for the same award and also won the Limelight ‘Best Jazz Album’ award, and their tenth won the 2013 ARIA award, again for Best Jazz Album) and a live, in-concert DVD. 2014 saw the group honoured by an induction into the ACT Hall of Fame. In 2015, the group met and fell musically in love with Kaichiro Kitamura, vocal percussionist extraordinaire, and made the leap to expand to a quintet formation. They have enjoyed a significant rise in popularity and breadth of audience base since then, with Kai’s incredible talents adding a new, thrilling dimension to the group’s sound.


Christ Church, Longford

2 William Street, Longford