Tag Archives: Early Music

“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 … Continue reading

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CPE Bach anniversary

Composer anniversaries are often a useful prompt to remember a particular composer, including those who may have been overshadowed by their better known contemporaries, or simply forgotten. One of the composers whose 300th anniversary of birth is celebrated this year … Continue reading

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Gold Coast Renaissance Fair

Along with fellow members of the Early Music Society of Queensland, this year I have been exploring the sound of renaissance capped reed instruments. A collection of these instruments – crumhorns, cornemuses and a few others – had sat unused … Continue reading

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Live Streaming of Handel’s 9 German arias

A new dimension in live performance for me, and slightly nerve wracking! Our performance of Handel’s 9 German arias in the 2014 Music by the Sea Festival, Sandgate was streamed live. If you’re interested it is still available to view … Continue reading

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First Handel German Arias rehearsal

January 12, 2014 may seem a long way off, but with the “silly season” and “end-of-the-year” madness about to intervene, it was great to make a start last Friday on rehearsals for a performance of Handel’s “9 German Arias” . … Continue reading

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La Françoise: A Festival of French Music in Australia’s New England

Here are some more details of the French Music Festival coming up in Armidale in a couple of weeks. I’ll be performing in the opening and closing concerts, and you can find the full program, along with details of ticketing … Continue reading

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Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

Some of the most sublime music of the Baroque era was written for the combined forces of choir, soloist and orchestra, usually to provide music for church celebrations. From an instrumentalist’s point of view, choral music has the added dimension … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes 2 – Paris Rendezvous

Part of life for most musicians these days is not just playing the music and being creative, but also working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. Unless you are in a large organization, this involves contacting other … Continue reading

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National Easter Viol School, Brisbane 2013

I felt priviledged to spend the Easter long weekend tutoring at the National Easter Viol School, held in the beautiful tranquil surroundings of the School of Music, University of Queensland. Participants of all ages, from as far afield as Adelaide … Continue reading

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Early French Chamber Music

I’m delighted that, at least  in the first half of 2013, I will have several opportunities to indulge in performing some of my favourite repertoire – chamber music from early 18th century France – music which, although it can appear … Continue reading

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