Remember Bach Fest 2018

Over the centuries, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has inspired countless musicians. His music contains so much inventiveness and passion, and I always find something new and intriguing even when playing a piece for the umpteenth time.
In November I’ll be playing a program of three part miniatures , titled “Triptych”, with Austral Harmony, in concerts in Brisbane and Canberra. Organist Phillip Gearing will also give a solo recital in Canberra, and there will be a masterclass to give students a chance to learn more about this repertoire and Historically Informed Performance.

Here is the Triptych program:
J S Bach  Trio (Sinfonia) nach BWV 21/1 in C minor
for oboe, violin & harpsichord
Anon/JSB  Fantasia BWV Anh. 86 in C minor for keyboard
for keyboard solo
J S Bach Trio BWV 528 in E minor
for oboe d’amore & harpsichord
J S Bach Cantabile ma un poco Adagio from BWV 1019
for violin & obbligato harpsichord
J S Bach  Trio BWV 525 in Eb major
for oboe da caccia & harpsichord
Anon/JSB Fantasia sopra Jesu, meines Lebens Leben in A minor
for violin, oboe & harpsichord
J S Bach Trio nach BWV 1014/3 in C major
for oboe, violin & harpsichord

portrait of JS Bach

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Love & Celebrations with Arioso Chamber Ensemble

concert flyerI’ve been busy preparing a beautiful program of Baroque music for upcoming concerts by Arioso Chamber Ensemble in Sandgate, Caloundra and Noosaville. The theme “Love & Celebrations” is inspired by the Celebration by 4mbs-FM of their 25th anniversary, since this year our concerts will be part of the 4mbs Classic FM Festival of Classics. We traverse the many guises of love in arias by G.Caccini, C. Monteverdi, and JS Bach, and included works by composers with significant anniversaries in 2018 -  F.Couperin, and E. Barbello. Who’s Barbello you may ask? He was a Neapolitan violinist, who also wrote several works for mandolin. His music was included in a major 18th c. collection of violin music, Cartier’s “L’Art du violon”, possibly because he gave precise indications for bowing, so the “gentleman” performers of the day could learn to play any music with elegance. So, there is some well-known music, such as Bach’s “Bist di bei mir”, and “Jesu Joy”, sung by the wonderful Judit Molnar, and some charming but unknown music. So if you’re curious, come along to one of our concerts. You can book online at


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Arioso Chamber Ensemble demo recording

recording sessionThis group has been performing together for a few years now, and last year in the midst of a busy series of concerts we managed to record this demo of an aria from one of our favourite colections of music – GF Handel’s “Nine German Arias”. Eventually we’d like to record the whole set, but in the meantime, hope you enjoy this little taste.

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AUSTA National Orchestra European Tour

It’s just over two weeks away, and I can almost believe that it’s really happening – a tour with my Australian string playing colleagues to Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna and Prague, organized by AUSTA‘s wonderful President, Stephen Chin. We will meet in Rome for final rehearsals, then give concerts in beautiful venues in these cities. In between we’ll have time to do some sightseeing, drink lots of coffee etc, eat lots of delicious food, then try & walk it off by doing more sightseeing. Hopefully I’ll come back inspired, and ready for another term of string teaching and playing.

These are the concert details:

16/9/16, 7:30pm, Basilica di San Giuseppe al Trionfale,  Via Giuseppe Telesio, 4/b 00195 Rome

18/9/16, 6:00pm, Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine, 14 50124 Florence

22/9/16, 5:00pm, Church of La Pieta, Riva degli Schiavoni 30122 Venezia

25/9/16, 7:30pm, Pfarrkirche Perchtoldsdorf, Marktpl. 14, 2380 Perchtoldsdorf

28/9/16, 6:00pm, Church of St Salvator, Salvatorska 1, Old Town, Prague

We’ll be playing music by JS Bach, Vivaldi, Tartini, Corrette, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Elgar, and also by Australian composers Grandage, Harbottle, and Collins.

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Concerts added to calendar

Most musicians live by their diary, whether electronic or good old paper. I’ve just added a whole lot of concert dates to my calendar – there’s probably a way of doing this once electronically and having it appear on my blog, but on the other hand, by doing it manually it probably helps me remember what’s coming up.

Over the next few months I will be performing in concerts with:

If you happen to come to any of these concerts, make sure to come & say “hi” afterwards, if possible over a glass of wine!

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AUSTA National Conference 2015

I’m honoured to be giving a presentation on Baroque style at the AUSTA Australian Strings Association) conference in July. This event is not only for strings teachers, performers and instrument makers, but for students too. Click here for a flyer with details of events students can participate in, or check out the Austa Conference 2015 website.

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All the fun of the Faire

In spite of the threat of wet weather, on Saturday the sky was blue, perfect for an afternoon out at theGold Coast Renaissance Faire. However, I think many people were still cleaning up after the deluge the night before, so it was good to see more interest on Sunday.

Consort of crumhorns

The Early Music Qld Consort performed several times each day, including a set with dancers. We presented a program of mixed consort music from the renaissance, played on recorders, crumhorns, cornemuse, cornetto, strings, serpent, and percussion.

Yes, that’s me, a violinist, in the photo playing bass crumhorn! I find it’s good to challenge myself to try new things, and it also helps me to better appreciate the challenges facing my violin students as they endeavour to learn new techniques on their instruments.

Courtly Dancers

Courtly Dancers

As an added bonus, we were entertained by other musicians playing early instruments and/or repertoire – the Mandolins of Brisbane, Joel Woods, Court of Camelot, and the Minstrels of Yore. Add to the mix actors, jugglers and acrobats, fencing and archery, craft and food stalls, in a peaceful oasis by the beach, amongst the skyscrapers of Broadbeach! You will find more photos on facebook – search “Gold Coast Renaissance Faire”  or “Early Music Society of Qld”. See you at the next Faire!

drinking coffee

renaissance costumes, but modern day coffee


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Gold Coast Renaissance Faire 2015

There’s nothing quite like the sound of a consort of crumhorns! Once again, the Early Music Qld Consort will be performing at the Gold Coast Renaissance Faire. We’ll also be playing recorders, strings, percussion and serpent.
This year, we’ll also be joined by dancers.
Join the excitement at the Gold Coast Renaissance Faire on 2-3 May! Return to the age of Shakespeare, the Three Musketeers, swashbuckling adventure and romance! Over 50 costumed performers will entertain and delight you with live theatre, period music and dances, challenging games, thrilling swordplay and much more. Enter our daily archery competition, and win a prize from the Queen! So visit the Renaissance Faire, and eat, drink and be merry!

For information and tickets, please view

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Brisbane Baroque Festival

I’m excited to be part of this event, playing in the orchestra for Handel’s opera “Faromondo” and Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas”. Lot’s of notes for the fiddles in the Handel – in fact, at over three hours, it’s a bit of a musician’s marathon. Luckily bananas are in plentiful supply to keep up the energy levels. I’m also looking forward to listening to Biber’s complete Rosary Sonatas, performed by Latitude 37 – a rare treat.

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“Drama and Virtuosity” – CPE Bach’s works for violin and harpsichord

I’ll be continuing my long collaboration on early music projects with harpsichordist Peter Hagen with this programme of sometimes dramatically stormy and other times hauntingly lyrical music showing off an almost schizophrenic musicality by CPE Bach -  sonatas, fantasias and other pieces for violin and harpsichord written by the famous C.P.E. Bach’s whose tricentenary is celebrated this year. Drama and lyricism combine in this concert designed to please the most discerning listener with music so good it could (and should) be played for another 300 years! Broadford Salon, Sunday 16 November 2014 @ 4.00pm


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