For tour dates please go to the Home page Marilla Homes and the Bretforton Silver Band, Sat 23rd July 2016 Bret Proms
Marilla is a talented performer, with a Master of Music Performance degree from Victorian College of the Arts and Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne.
She is a classically trained opera singer, who also sings in a variety of other styles, including folk and jazz. She has performed with the Victorian Opera, and various orchestras and companies in Australia.
Marilla has performed in a variety of roles and musical combinations at many festivals around Australia and Europe, including the Port Fairy; Woodford; Cobargo; Maldon; Newstead Live!; Mt Beauty, St Albans, Bromyard and Chippenham Folk Festivals, Tamworth Country Music Festival as part of the Andrew Clermont International Supper Club (also in Estonia), and been a tutor at the Daylesford Singers Festival and Maleny Celtic Winter School. She is currently based in the UK.
Marilla's debut album Inner Whirl was released in 2011, and has been re-printed:
"I have no hesitation in recommending this CD. It showcases a talented performer in a variety of genres and would appeal to most listeners"
Review for Inner Whirl by John Williams for Trad & Now.
In 2013 Marilla performed Poulenc's one woman opera La Voix Humaine with Lyric Opera of Melbourne, in the new arrangement for Soprano, Piano, Clarinet and Cello in the form of Elle.
is a tour-de-force for the soprano and Marilla Homes met every
challenge without losing the beauty in her voice. More importantly, her
voice was a means to express the raw emotions demanded by the composer.
At times very sexy and at others writhing in anguish, every emotion of
this abandoned woman was felt by the audience... One of the operatic
highlights of the year"
Review by Graham Ford in Stage Whispers.
is outstanding as Elle, by turns catty and nostalgic, vitriolic and
pathetic – and often very funny. It is a real occasion to see a young
singer command a stage for an hour in such an intimate venue." Peter
Rose, Australian Book Review
Marilla understudied the lead role of the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw with Victorian Opera in 2010, and has also sung in Faure's Requiem (with the Australian Ballet); in Handel's Xerxes; Mozart's Don Giovanni; Orff's Carmina Burana; Donizetti's Elixir of Love; Puccini - Sacred & Profane; Bach's St John Passion; and the Gala Concerts.
She has been soloist with Preston Symphony Orchestra singing Dvorak's Te Deum, Canteloube's Chants d'Avergne Series I, Puccini arias, Faure's Requiem, and Verdi's Requiem. Marilla has performed around Melbourne and Victoria with many companies and ensembles, won eisteddfods and competitions, and continues to provide moving performances wherever she goes.
Photo: Marie Elz
Consider booking Marilla for weddings, parties, corporate events and celebrations, as well as house concerts, recitals and festivals.
She is available to tour world wide.
Coming Soon: Digital release of Carry the Black Beast
Albums and individual tracks are available for digital download via CD Baby:
Physical CDs can be purchased by contacting Marilla, or coming to a gig.
Marilla Homes - Angel Song (2014)
solo acapella original album
recorded at St Brigid's Church, Crossley
with songs, poems & vocal improv tracks
Marilla Homes and the Housemen - Settler's Wife (2014)
a funky folk album from the 5 piece band
Marilla Homes - Inner Whirl (2011)
an eclectic mix from folk to blues