Adelaide Fringe 2020
With the Adelaide Fringe only a week away, we have two concerts guaranteed to surprise and delight you!


Two rare chances to experience music from the age of Richard the Lionheart to the court of Henry VIII - from the heart of the middle ages to the flowering of the Renaissance.

Join Lumina as they conjure sounds of lilting minstrels, plaintive troubadours and devout nuns, then weave the rich musical threads of cathedral polyphony, palaces and kings.

Lyrebyrd Consort will introduce and play early instruments from harp, lute and recorder to rarer instruments such as vielle, psaltery, crumhorn, cornamuse, rebec, oud and viol.

Guiding you through this journey will be Dr Rob Morrison (Curiosity Show) as he talks about the music and instruments of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. 

Join us in two of Adelaide's most lovely acoustics for a special premiere. Don't miss it!

Previous audience members have said:
'A joy from start to finish'
'anyone who has even a passing interest in quality choral music owes it to themselves to hear this group.'

Sunday 16 February 2020 3pm
St Oswald's Anglican Church
5 St Ann's Place, Parkside

Saturday 29 February 2020 3pm
Barr Smith Library Reading Room
University of Adelaide
(Eastern doors, off Victoria Drive)

Duration 90 mins inc interval

Tickets available from Fringetix or at the door.
Payment by card accepted at door.

*Note: the program is the same for each concert

Founded in 1999, Lumina specialises in discovering and performing music that is rarely heard. Ranging from medieval gems to masterpieces of the Renaissance and later, Lumina has also established a niche nurturing Australian composers, including performing dozens of world premieres. 

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First three Sundays in October

Singing together for 20 years has meant sharing hundreds of magical pieces of music—often treasures we’ve unearthed ourselves, both old and new. To celebrate, we’ve taken up the challenge of choosing favourites—Bach, Purcell, Rachmaninov, William Barton; Pearsall’s Lay a garland; music for the screen - The Hobbit, Avatar and Home Fires; Reflections through the Looking Glass and Common Perception of Demons by our own Rachel Sag and Saam Thorne. Plus perennial Lumina favourite, The Lover's Ghost.

Sunday 6 October at 3pm, St Aloysius’ Church Sevenhill: Bookings

Sunday 13 October at 3pm, in the Barr Smith Library Reading Room, Eastern Door, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide: Bookings

Sunday 20 October 3pm, at St John’s Halifax St, Adelaide: Bookings


Duration 90 mins inc interval


Lumina Vocal Ensemble and the Friends of Barr Smith Library present a Benefit for the Barr Smith Library

Madrigal Mystery Tour

Madrigals from Morley, Gibbons, Dowland, Monteverdi, Josquin and more

Proceeds to the Barr Smith Library Annual Appeal


Sunday 1 September at 2.30pm - Barr Smith Library Reading Room, Eastern Door, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide


Madrigals are like libraries–something for every mood. From Renaissance Italy, France and England these part songs explore the full gamut of emotion—the peaks and troughs of happiness, delight and pleasure, grief, sadness and melancholy, inspiration, passion and humour.  

The Barr Smith Reading room is one of our very favourite places to sing and it is with great pleasure that we will sing some of these much-loved part songs as a benefit for this wonderful library. Join us for a delightful afternoon of music, wine and nibbles as we evoke the passing seasons and feel the emotions of a world that is both distant and familiar in this glorious acoustic.  

Sunday 1 September at 2.30pm - Barr Smith Library Reading Room, Eastern Door, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide




2019 Adelaide Fringe

Journey with us from two gorgeous Adelaide venues to the deep resonances of the mines of Middle Earth via Russia en route to the ethereal weightlessness of Outer Space via ancient Australian landscape. 

Passing through Papua, Canada, the British Isles, China and Scandinavia, we revel in choral arrangements that drip with joy, longing, love and sorrow and a dash of Mexican panache. And when listening isn’t enough, we pause in the Deep South of the US and the heart of Australia for you to join us in evocative part singing that will lift your soul.

We hope our third tour around the world will bring as much pleasure as the second: "What a treat today. You guys are hidden treasures, or maybe not so hidden by the look of YouTube", "Inspirational", "Sensational!", "Superb performance!", "Amazing & enchanting", "Goose bumps - a rich experience" Audience comments, Around the World II, 2017.



Sunday 17 February, 3pm-4:30pm St Oswald's Anglican Church, 5 St Anns Pl, Parkside

Saturday 23 February, 6pm – 7:30pm Reading Room at Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Sunday 24 February, 3pm – 4:30pm Reading Room at Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Duration: 90 minutes

Tickets • • 1300 621 255 • at the door
Full $28 • Conc $15 • Child $10 • Companion Card Free
Fringe Passholder, Family, Groups6+ and BankSA discounts apply


A MEDIEVAL MARKETPLACE: 2018 Adelaide Fringe

 Two bunches a penny, primroses, two bunches a penny!
“Two bunches a penny, primroses, two bunches a penny!”
Join the throng in a Medieval Marketplace jangling with the sounds of minstrels, merchants, troubadours, monks and peasants as Lumina & the Lyrebyrd Consort bring the Cries of London and the Monserrat Codex to life with voices, rebec, flute & harp. ‘Sumer is icumen in’ and ‘mery yt ys whil sumer lasts and the birds sing’.

Saturday 24 Feb 6pm Reading Room, Eastern Door, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Sunday 25 Feb 3pm Reading Room, Eastern Door, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Saturday 3 March at 4pm Burnside Town Hall, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore


Travel through 15 countries and hear languages ranging from Icelandic and Irish to Armenian and the Aboriginal language of the Kalkadoon nation. Experience timeless choral music that’s over 1,000 years old, traditional folk music, Bach, and the captivating theme from the BBC’s ‘Home Fires’. 

Barr Smith Reading Room • Eastern door, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Sunday 24 September 2017 at 3pm

Sunday 1 October 2017 at 3pm

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Tickets:  $27, $17 (conc), $13 child

More than ever we need reasons to acknowledge different cultures and empathise with peoples across the world – and what better way than to share choral music in nine different languages from 14 countries.

We’ve been exploring Armenian music that that’s over 1,000 years old, music from Iceland, Russia, Bolivia and Sweden, and the ancient and timeless music of Aboriginal Australia through the driving rhythms and language of the Kalkadoon nation.

All of which brings us just a little closer to an empathy with those for whom singing in these languages comes naturally.

And as we pass by the UK, we’ll sing the captivating opening theme from the TV series “Home Fires”, which aired here on the ABC last year.

Those who heard our first Around the World in 2016 had this to say: “Loved every minute – wonderful variety”, “sensational”, “what a superb performance”, “a happy day”, “inspirational” and “it gave me goosebumps”.  

Medieval Christmas - Festival of Lessons and Carols ***** Lumina with Professor Tom Burton


Lumina Vocal Ensemble performs a selection of rare and wonderful medieval Christmas songs with readings by Professor Tom Burton from the 1395 Wycliffe Bible in bracing Middle English.

By popular request, 2016 sees two atmospheric venues: St Cyprian's Anglican Church, Melbourne St, North Adelaide (Sunday 11 December at 3pm) and the Barr Smith Library Reading Room, University of Adelaide (Saturday 17 December at 3pm).


If you wish to attend the St Cyprian's performance, we suggest you book to avoid disappointment at

Facebook event for St Cyprian's performance

If you wish to book for the Barr Smith Library on 17 Dec, book here:

Facebook event for Barr Smith is


Time Traveller's Guide to Choral Music, November 2016

2016 Fringe


Transcendence (the search for heaven)
3pm, Saturday 19 September 2015
Barr Smith Library Reading Room
Adelaide University 

‘Transcendence’ will feature music about trial, redemption and the search for a higher plane. Music will include ‘Lamentations of Jeremiah’ by Thomas Tallis, ‘The Eternal Struggle’ by Saam Thorne, ‘The Traveller’ by Anna Pope and ‘Faire is the Heaven’ by William Harris. Don’t miss it!


Tickets available at the door or through TryBooking.

For more information, visit our webpage [add hyperlink to poster on our website] or find us on facebook

Compassion for Nepal Benefit Concert
2pm, Saturday 25 July 2015
St John’s, Halifax Street

For more information, check out this poster or visit the special facebook site 

Compassion for Nepal Benefit Concert

Lumina will be performing some of their most popular repertoire from the medieval period, as well as madrigals from the Renaissance and Baroque.

Other performers will include the ‘Faux Pas’ jazz trio, Alan Posselt, Simon Gill and Raj Narayan (sitars and tabla),  Jesse Budel and Alexander Hanysz (piano) and organist  Matthew Atherton.