the idea of north
“Acapella is sometimes thought of as being minimalist, but when you can sing and entertain like The Idea of North, a band would just get in the way…”
– James Morrison
The Idea of North is Australia’s foremost contemporary vocal ensemble and ranks very highly on the world stage. The group studied at two of Australia’s best music schools – two of the group at The Canberra School of Music and two at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. They have also studied and worked with some of the truly great singers, arrangers and vocal groups including The Manhattan Transfer, Tuck and Patti, Gene Puerling (The Hi-Lo’s, Singers Unlimited) and Mark Murphy. They have also worked with some of the finest a cappella ensembles in the world today including: The Real Group (Sweden), Rajaton (Finland), M-Pact (USA), and Michael Bubles’ vocal group, Naturally 7.
Recognised by many major awards and recording successes, including the 2013 and 2010 ARIA award for ‘Best Jazz Album’ and winners of The Harmony Sweepstakes, the largest international a cappella competition in the world. They have performed at major events in such arenas as The Lincoln Centre in New York, The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and similar venues in many other countries. To hear and see this group in live performance is an unforgettable experience.
The group has appeared on stage with some of Australia’s greatest jazz musicians, including James Morrison and Don Burrows, and in concert series and festivals alongside a number of international artists such as The New York Voices (USA), The Flying Pickets (UK), and Take 6 (USA). The Idea of North frequently performs to their own sell-out audiences around the world and also at corporate functions, festivals and large multi-bill concerts, on their own and in collaboration with other musicians, both at home in Australia and overseas in the US, Europe and Asia.
Now in the 22nd year since the group’s inception, The Idea of North is now Australia’s longest-standing and most awarded contemporary a cappella group in history.
The Idea of North is Sally Cameron (soprano), Naomi Crellin (alto), Nick Begbie (tenor) and Andrew Piper (bass)