Canberra singing group Lady's Mantle enchanted the audience at St Bernard's church on Sunday, October 6.
The ine professional singers presented music from medieval chants to settings from the great classical composers, all in praise and honour of Mary, mother of Jesus.
The singing was richly harmonic. The group took full advantage of the church's resonant acoustic by shifting soloists and small groups around, for example, to the side chapels, under the apex of the roof, around the church perimeter.
The performance brought out the individual voices and parts, while also smoothly blending the sounds.
The group's name, "Lady's Mantle" is derived from the herb of the same name.
Members wore medieval capes patterned on the flower, traditionally associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Maia Harrison directs, composes for and arranges much of Lady's Mantle's repertoire.
She is a freelance conductor, private music teacher, composer, arranger, and performer in Melbourne, Canberra, and now Batehaven.
Father Martins Aloga commented on the audience enthusiasm.
He said he welcomes Lady's Mantle back for repeat performances and hopes their concerts become regular items in the local calendar.