Chapel Perilous Productions

A creative entity exploring diverse art forms showcased in film, live performance, installation art collaborations and experimental theatre.


The term Chapel Perilous in literature has been defined as “the dangerous enclosure that is known in the study of traditional quest romances” (Thomas C. Foster); in Australian play right Dorothy Hewett’s autobiographical play (The Chapel Perilous) she uses “the framework of the Arthurian legend, Sir Lancelot, to create a theatrical quest of romantic and epic proportions”. The term can also refer to a psychological state in which an individual cannot be certain whether they have been aided or hindered by some force outside the realm of the natural world, or whether what appeared to be supernatural interference was a product of their own imagination.


Le Labyrinthe: Leçons de Ténèbres


Chapel Perilous Productions presents Michel-Richard de Lalande’s ‘Leçons de Ténèbres’ and Miserere (1730). Beautiful, gentle, introvert sacred music from the French Baroque of great style and grace performed by an intimate band of musicians – soprano, theorbo, viola da gamba and organ.


Venture into the labyrinth and discover your own path to enlightenment this Easter. Join Anna Fraser (soprano), Neal Peres da Costa (continuo organ), Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba/viols) and Simon Martyn-Ellis (lute/theorbo) on a sumptuous and spiritual journey showcasing this beautiful and rarely heard French Baroque vocal work.


Event dates and booking information:


Saturday 21 March, 7:30pm

St Mary’s Cathedral, Crypt

St Mary’s Road, Sydney NSW 2000


Sunday 22 March, 5:00pm

Wesley Church, Wesley Music Centre
20-22 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT 2603


Tuesday 24 March, 7pm

Parish of Holy Name, Wahroonga

35 Billyard Avenue Wahroonga NSW 2076


Ticket prices:

Full price $50; Concession* $40; Under 30 $30

*Aged pensioner, senior and student



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Michel-Richard de Lalande was one of the most influential and accomplished composers of sacred music for performance by women at the court of Versailles in the years around the beginning of the eighteenth century. This program presenting his three surviving Leçons de Ténèbres (for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week) are not only the most typical examples, but the most expressive and persuasive.


The labyrinth is an effective spiritual tool, generic in nature, and personal in application. Most people who walk a labyrinth see the metaphor at once: it is like the twists and turns of their journey through life. This analogy can be carried further: the way we walk the labyrinth both reflects and affects how we see ourselves and our world.