CONSORT ASTRÆA

IAM REDIT ET VIRGO, REDEVNT SATVRNIA REGNA 


 HARMONIOUS REVOLUTIONS
GALILEO & THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES 

September 5th 2009, 5pm

at Clubbe Hall, Frensham, Mittagong, the Southern Highlands of New South Wales

Introduced by

  Professor Brian Schmidt 

of Mount Stromlo Observatory & the Australian National University and manager of the High-Z supernova Search Team which discovered "Dark Energy"

 This event presented and sponsored by  

The Royal Society of New South Wales 

(Southern Highlands Branch)

 

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Consort Astraea

5th September

Anna Fraser, soprano

Anna McDonald, baroque violin

Matthew Greco, baroque violin

Nicole Forsyth, baroque viola

Tara Hashambhoy, baroque viola

Danny Yeadon, viola da gamba

Matteusz Diehl, violone

Steven McHamer, percussion

Andrew Byrne, lute, theorbo, direction

with
Astro-photography created and prepared by Professor David Malin

Script narrative and image sequence by Andrew Byrne after Galileo & Vincenzo Galilei, Censorinus, other Classical authors

 Live image transitions by Myfanwy Dibben

TICKETS $35 at the door only


Biographies - Consort Astraea - September 5th 2009

Development sponsored by the National Academies Forum, Canberra


 *        *  *        O   Anna Fraser, soprano

Anna Fraser, one of Australia's most versatile sopranos, is increasingly in demand as an interpreter of early repertoire. Anna performs extensively with a number of Sydney's professional ensembles including The Song Company: as a guest artist in 2007 and from 2008 as a permanent member; Cantillation, and Pinchgut Opera - joining the opera company in their annual productions since 2004 with roles in productions of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Speranza), Rameau’s Dardanus (Une Phrygienne) and in their 2009 production, L’Ormindo, the roles of Mirinda and Melide. Recipient of various scholarships, & graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music & the New England Conservatory, Boston, she attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in the United Kingdom & was a soloist in Handel's Dixit Dominus & the masque Acis and Galatea at the Aldeburgh Festival, prior to returning to Sydney in 2002. She has also performed to sell-out crowds in caberet shows which she co-produced with pianist Sally Whitwell & soprano Jane Sheldon. In 2007 she was guest artist with the Song Company, becoming a permanent member in 2008. 

 

  *        *  *        O   Anna McDonald, baroque violin 

Anna has for many years been one of Australia’s foremost baroque and classical/romantic violinists, performing chiefly on period instruments. She obtained her degree from the Canberra School of Music, under Charmian Gadd and subsequently studied under the great violin pedagogue David Takeno with Australia Council and other scholarships at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She discovered an interest in period instrument performance and played regularly with the English Baroque Soloists, English Concert, London Classical Players, King’s Consort and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  She also played as a chamber musician with London Baroque, I Fagiolini and the Purcell Quartet. She became leader of the Gabrieli Consort, Hanover Band and the Newcastle-based Avison Ensemble, and played regularly with these groups for a number of years.  With the Gabrieli Consort, she performed and recorded many of their recreations of 16th and 17th century music, including the Venetian 'Music for San Rocco,' and she has continued to lead many of their many recordings for DG Archiv, including Bach's St Matthew Passion and Handel's Messiah and Theodora. Since her return to Australia, while she has brought up her 8-year-old daughter, she has played in many festivals, including the Barossa Festival, Canberra International Festival, New England Bach Festival, Pearl Beach Festival, and Castlemaine. She founded the Sirius Ensemble with Erin Helyard, and this ensemble expanded to found the orchestra for Pinchgut Opera, for which she has lead many productions.  She also leads the ABC recording orchestras Sinfonia Australis, and its baroque arm the Orchestra of the Antipodes. She has played with the ACO (including as leader), the Ensemble of the Classic Era, Salut! and Ludovico’s Band, and with such performers as Geoffrey Lancaster, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Craig Hill, and Genevieve Lacey. She returned to Europe this year to lead the Kammerorchesterbasel for performances of Handel’s Ezio, and will lead them for three more Handel projects in the european autumn.

 

 *        *  *        O   Matthew Greco, baroque violin

Matthew has recently completed the fourth year of a BMus Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on violin. He had began the violin at age 12 and currently studies with Janet Davies. Matthew undertook further studies in Baroque violin in 2005 under the guidance of Neal Peres Da Costa when joining the Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble. He has studied with Anna MacDonald, Lucinda Moon, Julia Fredersdorff and Rachael Beesley and has learned from Baroque violin masters Simon Standage, Ryo Terekado, Hiro Kurosaki, Enrico Gatti, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Rachel Podger. In the last two years Matthew has enjoyed performing and recording with various professional orchestras including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera), Sinfonia Australis, Philharmonia Choirs, Salut! Baroque, Sydney Consort,and the Alizerin Ensemble. In the future, Matthew hopes to pursue his studies on baroque violin overseas. 

 

 


  *        *  *        O   Nicole Forsyth, baroque viola

 Nicole Forsyth’s interest in chamber music spans four centuries. She plays with early and avant-garde groups Halcyon, Kammer, Ensemble Offspring, Ironwood, Romanza, Ludovico’s Band & Pinchgut Opera. Nicole appears on disc and broadcast with these groups for ABC Classics/ABCFM. Festival appearances include Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Castlemaine , Queensland, and with Ironwood, for the  new Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Victoria. Nicole also enjoys freelance orchestral life with Sydney Symphony, and teaches in the Early Music Unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, MLC School, Sydney and within Ironwood’s Workshop and Education programs. Nicole is currently writing on chamber music in early 19thc Sydney.

  *        *  *        O   Tara Hashambhoy, baroque viola

Tara has played both recorder and violin from a young age.  A series of events and a love of early music has led her down the path of the viola, and in particular, baroque viola playing.  She is currently completing a Bachelor of Performance in Baroque Viola at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  She learns from Nicole Forsyth and enjoys performing with Sydney Conservatorium's Early Music Ensemble and others, such as Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.  Tara currently teaches recorder, violin and some chamber ensembles. 

 

 
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        *  *        O   Daniel Yeadon, bass viol

Daniel Yeadon has a worldwide career as a cellist and viola da gamba player; his repertoire ranges from renaissance to contemporary. His regular chamber music collaborators in Australia include Neal Peres Da Costa, Genevieve Lacey, Ironwood, Romanza, Kammer, Elision and The Collective. He has appeared as soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, tours frequently with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, plays every year with Pinchgut Opera and records regularly for ABC Classics. He is in much demand as a teacher and is currently a lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.    Originally from the UK, Daniel read physics at Oxford University and specialised in early music performance at the Royal College of Music in London. For many years Daniel was a member of the renowned period instrument ensemble Florilegium and later joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, performing in major venues throughout the world and recording many award-winning CDs. Daniel continues to be guest principal cellist with many of the period instrument ensembles based in London, including the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

*        *  *        O    Mattheusz Diehl, violone

Born in Lodz (Poland) in 1982, Mattheus competed his undergraduate studies with high distinction at The Academy of Music in Lodz in 2006, studied modern double bass with prof. Grzegorz Wieczorek (principal bass of The A.Rubinstein Philharmonic). In 2006 he participated in The Socrates-Erasmus program in Enschede (The Netherlands) where he stuied with prof. Wilton Jongmans. Currently he is a second semester postgraduate student at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the class of Kees Boersma (principal bass of The Sydney Symphony Orchestra). Mateusz has obtained a full scholarship (The George and Margaret Henderson Scholarship) covering his studies in Sydney.    He participated in many double bass masterclasses both in Poland & abroad (among others in Wroclaw, Michaelstein, London, Bayreuth) with such pedagogues as Thomas Martin, Klaus Trumpf, David Walter, Hans Roelofsen, Mette Hanskov and others.  He is a laureate of numerous international double bass contests including Ludvigslust, London.   He is a winner of The International Double Bass Competition in Kromeriz in 2002.   Mateusz is passionate about early music. During his studies in Sydney he has the opportunity to extend his abilities of playing period instruments such as viola da gamba and violone.  He has appeared as a period double bass and violone player with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and with chamber groups such as Romanza and St James.   Between 2003 and 2008 he was a member of  The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic with which he toured Europe & Asia. During his studies in Sydney, Mateusz collaborates with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia & Choirs.

 

 *        *  *        O    Andrew Byrne, lute, theorbo, artistic direction

One of Australia's most expressive interpreters of ancient music, Andrew's solo performances have been acclaimed by the Directeur Général of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, & he has been featured as solo guest artist at the Festivallo Mediceo of the Medici Villa "La Ferdinanda" in Tuscany. In Spain he recorded a CD of Mexican Baroque & Renaissance music & performed with Ensemble Elyma under Gabriel Garrido at the 52 Festival de Música y Danza de Granada, as well as various groups in Italy. His playing has been broadcast solo on Radio Classica Milano & live on the ABC and MBS Classic FM networks in Austrlalia. Local engagements include basso continuo with Opera Australia, The Orchestra of the Antipodes, Victorian Opera, Australian Baroque Brass, Convivio, Salut! Baroque, The Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Band, Academia Arcadia, The Muses' Salon. He has given recitals of solo lute music from 1500 to 1750. The only person to complete a performance degree entirely on the lute in Australia, he finished his Dip. Mus (Perf.) with Tommie Andersson at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2001. The next year he was awarded the Italian-based Fodella scholarship for postgraduate study at the Istituto di Musica Antica at Villa Simonetta, Milano, enabling him to take lessons with some of Europe's finest interpreters of ancient music, including Eduardo Egüez, Hopkinson Smith, Paul O’Dette, Mara Galassi, & Diego Fratelli.  Andrew has tutored lute performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music & various Australian festivals & workshops. He also holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from Griffith University's Qld College of Art.



*        *  *        O  Steven Machamer- percussion
 Steven Machamer was a scholarship student of Saul Goodman at The Juilliard School, and holds Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees. Following twenty-one years' of professional work in New York City Mr Machamer now resides in Sydney. Steven is the author of works for snare drum, and vibraphone. His publishers include Honey Rock, C. Allen, and Permus Publications. Vibrant Baroque, a CD featuring chamber music for vibraphone, violin, and piano was released in 1990, and received a rave review from Percussive Notes, the leading scholarly percussion trade journal. His publication in June 2001 of Bach's Suite for Lute in E minor BWV 996 transcribed for the vibraphone won equal praise.



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  HARMONIOUS REVOLUTIONS -  Thursday August 20, 2009

Intimate recital version made especially for performance in  

Elizabeth Bay House

Presented by the Historic Houses Trust of N.S.W.

6.30pm Thursday 20 August, 2009 : Gen $60 | Conc/Members $55

 For more details and bookings (essential! limited seating) please click here 

Musicians for this intimate recital adaptation of the multimedia event for August 20 :
Louisa Hunter-Bradley,
soprano, flauto dolce 

and Andrew Byrne, lute and chittarone

Music by Kapsperger, Galilei, Boesset, Malvezzi, Gabrieli, Peri, Caccini, etc. ; Astro-photography made, supplied and prepared by Professor David Malin

Narrative and image sequence composed by Andrew Byrne; Live image transitions by Myfanwy Dibben



Bask in the splendour of Governor Macleay's palatial residence, 

Revel in the sumptuous acoustic of the oval central stairwell of Elizabeth Bay House

and wonder at the spectacular projected astrophotography on the dome

whilst wallowing in some of the most refined, celestial chamber music ever written!


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Harmonious Revolutions: Galileo & The Music of the Spheres at

Mitchell Wing, The State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

5.30 for 6pm Friday June 5th, 2009

Bookings here   *  *    *  O   Download flyer here

Consort Astræa
June 5th 2009:

Alice Evans, baroque violin

Mattew Greco, baroque violin

Nikki Divall, baroque viola

Tara Hashamboy, baroque viola

Danniel Yeadon, bass viol

Matteusz Diehl, violone

Steven Machamer, percussion

Louisa Hunter-Bradley, soprano

Andrew Byrne, lute, theorbo, direction


With astro-photography by Professor David Malin

Script by Andrew Byrne, after Socratic dialogues by Galileo & Vincenzo Galilei, Censorinus, Ptolemy, & the Holy Roman Inquisition
Narration by Paul Brunton & Jim Andrighetti (State Library of NSW)

  Italian baroque poetry recited by Laura Ravalico (State Library of NSW)


Biographies

*        *  *        O   Louisa Hunter-Bradley, soprano

Louisa Hunter-Bradley has recently returned to Australia following a busy time working and touring throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Recent projects have included singing for King’s Consort, English Voices, Our lady of Victories and Choir of London in both their Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concerts and their recent tour of Israel and Palestine. Louisa also recently recorded a number of Schubert works with Brian Chapman and associated artists at the Iwaki Auditorium for the ABC and has recently been in Sydney working with Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She will also be presenting a number of recitals for the inaugural season at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2009. She has worked with a number of Australia groups including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Opera Australia, The Consort of Melbourne, e21, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Australian Classical Players, Cantillation, Melbourne Chorale Ensemble, Triptych, St Bride’s Fleet Street, St Giles-in-the-Fields, Choir of London, The Palestrina Project, Q Vocal Ensemble, Gloriana and most predominantly as the Artistic Director of Past Echoes and the newly formed vocal ensemble, Buxtehude Consort. Festival performances include the Melbourne Early Music Festival, Ballarat Organs of the Goldfields, Ballarat Winter Festival, Melbourne Proms, Monash Lunchtime Concert Series, St Giles-in-the-Fields Lunchtime Concert Series, Carnivale Christi, Musica Viva Menage, Take Note Music Festival, Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and the Melbourne and Sydney International Arts Festivals.Louisa has also started her own Early Music Festival in Melbourne, creating further performance and collaboration opportunities for Australia’s musical talent. Upcoming Performances include performing as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Theatre Royal, Hobart, the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at both The Malthouse and Melbourne Recital Centre and Couperin’s Tenebrae on Good Friday at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She continues to be heard on Australian National Radio through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National and MBS networks, and has a number of Compact Disc recordings available through readings stores and via www.pastechoes.com.


*        *  *        O   Alice Evans- baroque violin 

Alice Evans was born in Perth and began to learn the violin at the age of five. At fifteen she became a student at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, from which she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Music. She also spent periods of time in London in 1984 and 1987 studying with Carmel Kaine at the Royal Academy of Music. Alice became a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 1990 and on occasion has been acting Principal 2nd Violin. In 1997, Alice was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to spend a year in Europe studying Baroque Violin. During this time she studied in England, Holland and France and also played with various leading period ensembles including Florilegium, The Hanover Band and King's Consort. Alice also joined the leading French Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques for their performances in the Sydney Festival in 1998 and Florilegium for their tour of Australia in 1999. Alice has played with most of the leading period instrument ensembles around Australia including The Philharmonia Choirs Orchestra (as a regular guest leader for their baroque performances) The Australian Bach Ensemble, Salut Baroque, Sirius, Sinfonia Australis, Orchestra of the Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera), Romanza and more recently Ironwood and The Fifth Continent, with which she performed as a leader at the inaugural Peninsula Summer Music Festival in January 2008.


   *        *  *        O  Nicole Divall- baroque viola   

 A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Nicole Divall left Australia in 1992 to begin graduate studies at the University of North Texas before entering the Emerson Quartet Graduate String Quartet program in Hartford, Connecticut for 2 years as a member of the Canberra String Quartet. Following completion of that program, she received her Masters from the University of Michigan. A prizewinner in the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, she has performed at numerous festivals in the US. An experienced Chamber musician, Nikki has appeared as guest violist with the St Petersburg String Quartet, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the American String Quartet and has performed Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Emerson Quartet. Nikki has held the position of Principal Viola with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, the Cleveland Opera, and Cleveland’s baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire. She has appeared as Guest Principal with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and joined members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for the premiere of their ensemble series in 2004. Nikki has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony on frequent occasions and her performance of Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 6 with Apollo’s Fire can be heard on the Electra label.


    *        *  *        O      Daniel Yeadon - bass viol 

Daniel Yeadon has a worldwide career as a cellist and viola da gamba player; his repertoire ranges from renaissance to contemporary. His regular chamber music collaborators in Australia include Neal Peres Da Costa, Genevieve Lacey, Ironwood, Romanza, Kammer, Elision and The Collective. He has appeared as soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, tours frequently with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, plays every year with Pinchgut Opera and records regularly for ABC Classics. He is in much demand as a teacher and is currently a lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.    Originally from the UK, Daniel read physics at Oxford University and specialised in early music performance at the Royal College of Music in London. For many years Daniel was a member of the renowned period instrument ensemble Florilegium and later joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, performing in major venues throughout the world and recording many award-winning CDs. Daniel continues to be guest principal cellist with many of the period instrument ensembles based in London, including the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.


       *        *  *        O       Matthew Greco- baroque violin

Matthew has recently completed the fourth year of a BMus Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on violin. He had began the violin at age 12 and currently studies with Janet Davies. Matthew undertook further studies in Baroque violin in 2005 under the guidance of Neal Peres Da Costa when joining the Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble. He has studied with Anna MacDonald, Lucinda Moon, Julia Fredersdorff and Rachael Beesley and has learned from Baroque violin masters Simon Standage, Ryo Terekado, Hiro Kurosaki, Enrico Gatti, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Rachel Podger. In the last two years Matthew has enjoyed performing and recording with various professional orchestras including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera), Sinfonia Australis, Philharmonia Choirs, Salut! Baroque, Sydney Consort,and the Alizerin Ensemble. In the future, Matthew hopes to pursue his studies on baroque violin overseas.


*        *  *        O  Andrew Byrne- lute, chitarrone

Script, Sequence, Artistic Direction

One of Australia's most expressive interpreters of ancient music, Andrew's solo performances have been acclaimed by the Directeur Général of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, & he has been featured as solo guest artist at the Festivallo Mediceo of the Medici Villa "La Ferdinanda" in Tuscany. In Spain he recorded a CD of Mexican Baroque & Renaissance music (on K617) & performed with Ensemble Elyma (under Gabriel Garrido) at the 52 Festival de Música y Danza de Granada, has performed in Rome with Concerto Romano & various other groups in Italy. His playing has been broadcast on Radio Classica Milano & live on the ABC and Optusvision tv. Local engagements include basso continuo withVictorian Opera under Richard Gill (Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Australian Baroque Brass, Convivio, Salut! Baroque, The Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Band, Academia Arcadia, as well as a new Renaissance & Baroque trio called The Muses' Salon with soprano Anna Fraser & violist Laura Vaughan, and has given recitals of solo lute music from 1500 to 1750. Andrew is perhaps unique in being the only person to complete a performance degree entirely on the lute in Australia, completing his Diploma of Music with Tommie Andersson at the Sydney Conservatorium (faculty of the University of Sydney) in 2001. The next year he was awarded an Italian scholarship for one year's postgraduate study at the Istituto di Musica Antica at Villa Simonetta, Milano, enabling him to take lessons with some of Europe's finest interpreters of ancient music, including Eduardo Egüez, Hopkinson Smith, Paul O’Dette, Mara Galassi, & Diego Fratelli. Andrew has since tutored lute performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, & various Australian festivals & workshops. He also holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from Griffith University's Qld College of Art.

*        *  *        O Tara Hashamboy- baroque viola 

Tara has played both recorder and violin from a young age.  A series of events and a love of early music has led her down the path of the viola, and in particular, baroque viola playing.  She is currently completing a Bachelor of Performance in Baroque Viola at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  She learns from Nicole Forsyth and enjoys performing with Sydney Conservatorium's Early Music Ensemble and others, such as Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.  Tara currently teaches recorder, violin and some chamber ensembles.

 


*        *  *        O  Mattheus Diehl- violone 

Born in Lodz (Poland) in 1982, Mattheus competed his undergraduate studies with high distinction at The Academy of Music in Lodz in 2006, studied modern double bass with prof. Grzegorz Wieczorek (principal bass of The A.Rubinstein Philharmonic). In 2006 he participated in The Socrates-Erasmus program in Enschede (The Netherlands) where he stuied with prof. Wilton Jongmans. Currently he is a second semester postgraduate student at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the class of Kees Boersma (principal bass of The Sydney Symphony Orchestra). Mateusz has obtained a full scholarship (The George and Margaret Henderson Scholarship) covering his studies in Sydney.    He participated in many double bass masterclasses both in Poland & abroad (among others in Wroclaw, Michaelstein, London, Bayreuth) with such pedagogues as Thomas Martin, Klaus Trumpf, David Walter, Hans Roelofsen, Mette Hanskov and others.  He is a laureate of numerous international double bass contests including Ludvigslust, London.   He is a winner of The International Double Bass Competition in Kromeriz in 2002.   Mateusz is passionate about early music. During his studies in Sydney he has the opportunity to extend his abilities of playing period instruments such as viola da gamba and violone.  He has appeared as a period double bass and violone player with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and with chamber groups such as Romanza and St James.   Between 2003 and 2008 he was a member of  The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic with which he toured Europe & Asia. During his studies in Sydney, Mateusz collaborates with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia & Choirs.



*        *  *        O  Steven Machamer- percussion
 Steven Machamer was a scholarship student of Saul Goodman at The Juilliard School, and holds Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees. Following twenty-one years' of professional work in New York City Mr Machamer now resides in Sydney. Steven is the author of works for snare drum, and vibraphone. His publishers include Honey Rock, C. Allen, and Permus Publications. Vibrant Baroque, a CD featuring chamber music for vibraphone, violin, and piano was released in 1990, and received a rave review from Percussive Notes, the leading scholarly percussion trade journal. His publication in June 2001 of Bach's Suite for Lute in E minor BWV 996 transcribed for the vibraphone won equal praise.

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Harmonious Revolutions: Galileo & The Music of the Spheres

Musicians for Début performance 
The National Press Club of Australia, Canberra, 8pm March 4, 2009.

                             

 

*        *  *        O   Louisa Hunter-Bradley, soprano

Louisa Hunter-Bradley has recently returned to Australia following a busy time working and touring throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Recent projects have included singing for King’s Consort, English Voices, Our lady of Victories and Choir of London in both their Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concerts and their recent tour of Israel and Palestine. Louisa also recently recorded a number of Schubert works with Brian Chapman and associated artists at the Iwaki Auditorium for the ABC and has recently been in Sydney working with Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She will also be presenting a number of recitals for the inaugural season at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2009. She has worked with a number of Australia groups including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Opera Australia, The Consort of Melbourne, e21, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Australian Classical Players, Cantillation, Melbourne Chorale Ensemble, Triptych, St Bride’s Fleet Street, St Giles-in-the-Fields, Choir of London, The Palestrina Project, Q Vocal Ensemble, Gloriana and most predominantly as the Artistic Director of Past Echoes and the newly formed vocal ensemble, Buxtehude Consort. Festival performances include the Melbourne Early Music Festival, Ballarat Organs of the Goldfields, Ballarat Winter Festival, Melbourne Proms, Monash Lunchtime Concert Series, St Giles-in-the-Fields Lunchtime Concert Series, Carnivale Christi, Musica Viva Menage, Take Note Music Festival, Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and the Melbourne and Sydney International Arts Festivals.Louisa has also started her own Early Music Festival in Melbourne, creating further performance and collaboration opportunities for Australia’s musical talent. Upcoming Performances include performing as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Theatre Royal, Hobart, the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at both The Malthouse and Melbourne Recital Centre and Couperin’s Tenebrae on Good Friday at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She continues to be heard on Australian National Radio through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National and MBS networks, and has a number of Compact Disc recordings available through readings stores and via www.pastechoes.com.

*        *  *        O    Julia Freddersdorf, baroque violin

Julia Fredersdorff, born in Melbourne, is one of a new generation of musicians with a passionate interest in historically informed performance of music spanning the 17th, 18th and early 19th Centuries. Having graduated with Honors from the VCA, Julia moved to Europe in 1998 to study and further her experience in early music performance practice at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague with Enrico Gatti, graduating in 2003. Based in Paris over the last 9 years, Julia has performed and recorded with many of the finest European ensembles in France, Italy, Belgium and Holland, such as Les Talens Lyriques, Les Folies Françoises, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Parlement de Musique, Il Complesso Barocco, and Bach Concentus. Julia has played in many of Europe’s best international festivals, such as Les Folles Journées de Nantes, the Festival d’Ambronay and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, as well as participating in over 20 CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC Classics and Tall Poppies. In 2007, Julia was nominated for an ARIA award for best classical album, for a CD of Trio Sonatas with Melbourne based Arcadia for the Tall Poppies label. She is also artistic director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Victoria.

*        *  *        O    Miriam Morris, treble viol
M
iriam Morris is a viola da gamba player of international repute. She pursues a varied career as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to her work with early music ensembles, she has appeared as a specialist baroque performer with the major symphony, opera and chamber orchestras of Australia. She is often heard on the ABC and is in much demand playing in Arts Festivals throughout Australia. She plays with Consort Eclectus, Convivio and Les Goûts-Réunis and enjoys a busy career as a solo bass violist, having performed throughout Australia and in the US, New Zealand, England and Sweden. Miriam teaches the cello and viola da gamba at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Monash University and has pioneered the teaching of viols at primary and secondary level in ensemble-based programmes in South Australia and Victoria. She wrote the current cello syllabus and Technical Work Book for the Australian Music Examinations Board and at present is writing the technical component for the next cello syllabus. Miriam’s solo CD of English renaissance bass viol music on the ‘Move’ label has received international critical acclaim. Consort Eclectus recorded its first CD last year, with commissioned works by Australian composers Natalie Williams and Calvin Bowman.

*        *  *        O    Ruth Wilkinson, tenor viol & violone

Ruth studied early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) on recorder with Hans-Martin Linde and Viola da gamba with Jordi Savall. During her years in Switzerland she played the violone with the Schola Cantorum baroque orchestra under the direction of Jaap Schroeder and continues to specialize on this instrument with many Australian Baroque Orchestras. The breadth of Ruth’s musical expertise is reflected in her extensive discography. Ruth's playing commitments are complemented by teaching the recorder as part of the Early Music Studio at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a generation of talented professional recorder players who are working in Australia, Europe and America including the recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey. As a teacher Ruth has taught Medieval Music in Vienna at Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst and is in demand at specialist Early Music workshops around Australia.


*        *  *        O     Laura Vaughan, bass viol 

Laura Vaughan is gaining a reputation as Australia's most exciting viola da gamba & lirone player of the rising generation & has a distinguished list of teachers including Wieland Kuijken, Philippe Pierlot, Miriam Morris & Anneke Pols.  Following studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2004, she has performed a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire across Australia, Europe & the United States. Passionate about the sound world of the viol, Laura is committed to bringing this exquisite repertoire to international audiences. Recent engagements have included recitals at the Holywell Room in Oxford, solo performances with Roy Goodman for Auckland Philharmonia and for Musica Viva as well as performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Consort Eclectus, Elysium, E21, Astra, Academia Arcadia, Project 1600, La Compañia, Past Echoes, Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Bach Choir, Duo Convivio (with Miriam Morris), Victorian State Orchestra, Opera Australia & Latitude 37. Laura has also performed in renowned international festivals such as Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Festival d'Aix-en-provence, Adelaide & Melbourne Festivals, and records regularly for ABC Classic FM as soloist & chamber musician. 


*        *  *        O     Andrew Byrne- lutes, chitarrone, & Artistic Director

One of Australia's most expressive interpreters of ancient music, Andrew's solo performances have been acclaimed by the Directeur Général of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, & he has been featured as solo guest artist at the Festivallo Mediceo of the Medici Villa "La Ferdinanda" in Tuscany. In Spain he recorded a CD of Mexican Baroque & Renaissance music (on K617) & performed with Ensemble Elyma (under Gabriel Garrido) at the 52 Festival de Música y Danza de Granada, & performed in Rome with Concerto Romano, & other groups in Italy. His playing has been broadcast on Radio Classica Milano & live on the ABC. Local engagements include Victorian Opera under Richard Gill (Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Australian Baroque Brass, Convivio, Salut! Baroque, The Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Band, Academia Arcadia, as well as a new Renaissance & Baroque trio called The Muses' Salon with soprano Anna Fraser & violist Laura VaughanAndrew is perhaps unique in being the only person to complete a performance degree entirely on the lute in Australia, completing his Diploma of Music with Tommie Andersson at the Sydney Conservatorium (faculty of the University of Sydney) in 2001. The next year he was awarded an Italian scholarship for postgraduate study at the Istituto di Musica Antica at Villa Simonetta, Milano, enabling him to take lessons with some of Europe's finest interpreters of ancient music-Eduardo Egüez, Hopkinson Smith, Paul O’Dette, Mara Galassi, & Diego Fratelli. Andrew has since tutored lute performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, & various Australian festivals & workshops. He also holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from Griffith University's Qld College of Art.

 

In 2009, the quadricentennial anniversary of Galileo Galilei's first astronomical discoveries, Andrew has created a revolutionary new project: Consort Astræa, joining dynamic, definitive early music performance with visual & textual narrative to create a complete synaesthetic experience for Australian audiences. 

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Its debut event: Harmonious Revolutions: Galileo & The Music of the Spheres explores the musical theory & practise of Galileo's milieu (he himself was a recognised lutenist, like his father & brother); the philosophical roots of his empiricism, and his father Vincenzo's rôle in laying the seeds of the "Baroque" Revolution.