The Idea of North

Music, Creative Entertainment

The Idea of North are regarded by their peers as one of the best and most unique live musical acts in Australia. As one of Australia's only full-time professional vocal quartets, their unique sound, captivating humour and flawless performance skills have built them a legion of fans around the world.

The exemplary musicianship and versatility of The Idea of North has broad appeal, through their exhilarating arrangements, diverse repertoire and exciting performance. Audiences are treated to a show that includes music by artists as varied as Bach, Cole Porter and Sting, together with jazz, soul, gospel and original songs. Their style is grounded on the musicianship that these four friends crafted at two of Australia's premier music academies, the Canberra School of Music and the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide).

The Idea of North have earned an impressive international reputation over the last few years and the group is regularly sought out for international events. In 2003, tours initiated by overseas invitations include New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Europe and the USA, where the group was recently awarded first prize at the world's largest a cappella competition, the Harmony Sweepstakes. They also took out the awards for Audience Favourite and Best Arrangement and are the only international participants to win the competition in its 19-year history. Back at home, The Idea of North recently won the Sydney Cabaret Convention's Corporate Gold Award, for the act best suited to corporate events.

In Australia, the group performs to sell-out crowds around the country, and their residency at Sydney's superb jazz and blues venue 'The Basement' is always a guaranteed full house. The quartet has shared the stage with some of Australia's greats, including James Morrison and Don Burrows, who were also guest artists on their 2001 CD release The Sum of Us. 2003 will see the favour returned with The Idea of North appearing on James Morrison's 2003 CD On the Edge, and the group will also be launching their latest recording - a compilation of the pick of their first two CDs, re-recorded for ABC Jazz.

This is as good as it gets folks!


"A cappella 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 - such musicianship!"
James Morrison

"You haven't truly experienced music until you've heard Stayin' Alive done a cappella. The way this quartet tackled it, complete with in-sync disco dance moves, showed just why they are so highly regarded around the world."
Lauren McMenemy The Advertiser

"In terms of quality of ensemble and elegance of arrangements, this group's work is in the same league as that of The Swingle Singers in their heyday. On top of that, they incorporate a wry, deadpan Australian sense of humour that made their performance immensely entertaining."
David M. Schwartz, Sydney Cabaret Convention

"The Idea of North a four member a cappella group, were measured and absorbing. Like ABBA dipped in velvet, Trish Delaney Brown, Naomi Crellin, Nick Begbie, and Andrew Piper, were witty, in tune and certain contenders for an award."
Lenny Anne Low - Sydney Morning Herald 30 May 2003