Newcastle University Choir
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY CHOIR Newcastle NSW Australia
 
Musical Collaborations Archives

An important feature of the activity of Newcastle University Choir is the collaboration with many other local musical groups including choirs, bands and orchestras, and with soloists from the Hunter region, Sydney and interstate.

Celeste Lazarenko
Soprano Soloist May 2015

 Celeste Lazarenko

Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko is a graduate of the Guildhall Opera Course, London, under vocal tuition of Rudolf Piernay and from the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. She has a Masters Degree in Performance from both colleges, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Painting from University of Sydney. Celeste has been the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Countess of Munster Award, The Australian Music Foundation Award, The Marten Bequest and was a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2005 at the Wigmore Hall, London, where she was described in the Daily Telegraph (UK) as ‘...the most darkly intense of the lot...Electrifying.’ - Read more...

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Ann O'Hearn 
Christmas Rewrapped 2012
Accompanist Newcastle University Choir 2011-2013

Ann O'Hearn

Ann O’Hearn has established a respected reputation as a performer and teacher, being much in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician. She was a member of the staff of Newcastle University Conservatorium for more than twenty five years, and lectured in piano in the School of Drama Fine Art and Music. She performed regularly in recitals with visiting artists, staff and students and has toured as an accompanist and soloist both within Australia and overseas.

Ann is a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium where she studied piano with Alexander Sverjensky and Nancy Salas, and chamber music with Robert Pikler, graduating with First Class Honours in both. Her early student years were at Newcastle Conservatorium where she was a full Newcastle City Council scholarship holder for many years, having studied under Myra Heffernan, Joan Chia, and Marie Couch. She performed in concerts and recitals from an early age, her first ABC recording being as a young teenager.

Ann has enjoyed a fulfilling career working with some of Australia’s finest musicians. She is also a senior examiner for the AMEB.

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Philip John Sketchley OAM
Emeritus Accompanist

Philip John Sketchley OAM

Philip was born in Lismore, beginning his musical studies at the age of seven. His family moved to Newcastle in 1958 and after gaining his Leaving Certificate at Newcastle Boy's High School he entered the Newcastle Conservatorium Diploma of Music Education course. He graduated in 1968 with a Dip. Mus. Ed., L.T.C.L.., L. Mus. A., and taught in various high schools and at the Conservatorium. In 1993 he was appointed Hall and Concert Manager at the Conservatorium.

During his 25 years of Secondary School teaching he was involved in all aspects of music education and its promotion in the community. He was music consultant for the Newcastle region for three years as well as the coordinator for the Secondary Choral festival and a member of the Committee for the Australian Society for Music Education.

Philip is well known as a pianist, conductor and musical director, having been involved with many local music groups: these include Lake Macquarie Music Society and Eisteddfods, Opera Hunter, Cameo Productions, Nova Chorale Ladies choir, Club 71 Dinner Theatre, Secretary of the Friends of the Conservatorium, Newcastle City Eisteddfod, Newcastle Mattara Festivals, Shakespeare Mozart and Company, "After Five "Cabaret Ensemble and many local concerts, charity events and music promotions. Philip has been an adjudicator at many eisteddfods and an examiner for HSC music examinations.

Philip continued his musical studies during this time and gained the Diploma of the State Conservatorium of Music, studying with Carmel Lutton, as well as a Bachelor of Music Education degree and he undertook a study tour to the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary in 1974.

In 1991, Philip was awarded the Quota Club Citizen of the Year Award for his services to the community and in 1992 was presented with a City of Newcastle Service Award for sharing of musical talents and his contribution to music education in the local region. He has been involved in many performing art events – managing, promoting and implementing programmes in his desire to see the arts, and in particular music, develop in the hunter Region. In 2003 Philip was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to the community through fundraising, celebrations and the sharing of musical talent. In August 2003, Philip travelled to Finland as accompanist for the Waratah Girls Choir at the 5 th International Choral Sympaatti , and in 2006 was accompanist to the Choir on their Canadian tour. The University of Newcastle awarded Philip the Exceptional Service medal in 2004. The citation for his Exceptional Service medal included the following : "Philip is a great ambassador for the Conservatorium and provides the University with a valuable link to the Community. His passion for his work is infectious."

The Conductor of the Conservatorium Symphony orchestra recently described Philip as "the glue that holds together the Newcastle music scene".  Philip is still actively involved in community music activities including the Interludes Music program at the Uniting Church Adamstown, Christchurch Camerata and Musica Viva.  

Philip retired from the University Conservatorium in 2005 where he managed the Concert Hall, Concert programmes and associated activities at this venue, which is one of the finest performance spaces in Australia.

In 2008, Philip was awarded the medal of the order of Australia (OAM) for "Service to the community of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley area through music as a performer, director, fundraiser and teacher.'

In 2009 Philip was appointed accompanist for the Newcastle University Choir.

 

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Anna Sandstrom – Soprano Soloist
Messiah 2013

Anna Sandstrom

Anna completed her B.Mus at the University of Newcastle. She regularly performs with Australian groups including The Song Company, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Choir of St James King St, Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera, Salut! Baroque, and toured the USA and UK as a soloist with Australian Baroque Brass. Living in London from 2008-2012, she was a member of the Choir of Royal Hospital Chelsea. Anna maintained a busy freelance solo and choral career including regular BBC broadcasts, solo appearances in festivals including Henley, Poole Lighthouse & Petworth, and concerts in major venues throughout the UK and Europe including Cadogan Hall and Westminster Abbey. As a featured artist with the Armonico Consort she performed lead roles in works including Carissmi’s Jephte, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas alongside Emma Kirkby. In 2010/11 Anna premiered the role of Claudia in a tour of Armonico's original opera Monteverdi's Flying Circus. Recent performance highlights include Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio & Cantata 51 with Crispian Steele Perkins at Dartington Hall, and a BBC broadcast of Janacek's Diary of one who disappeared. Since returning to Australia in September, Anna has performed in the Brandenburg production of Monteverdi's L'orfeo, and Rameau's Castor and Pollux with Pinchgut Opera. In March Anna will be touring Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle performing the Couperin Tenebres Leçons with Camerata Antica, a group she founded with her husband Matthew Manchester in 2010. For more information go to www.camerataantica.com

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Paul McMahon – Tenor soloist
Carmina Burana 2010
Messiah 2013

Paul McMahon

Performing regularly as a soloist with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups and choirs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, tenor Paul McMahon is one of Australia’s finest exponents of baroque and classical repertoire, particularly the Evangelist role in the Passions of J. S. Bach.

Career highlights include Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Richard Tognetti; Bach’s Matthäus-Passion under Roy Goodman; Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under the late Richard Hickox, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor under Masaaki Suzuki and Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Manfred Honeck. Paul’s recent collaborations include recitals with the renowned pianists Bengt Forsberg and Kathryn Stott, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble. Paul has appeared as soloist in the festivals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and has given concerts for broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the MBS network. He was a member of The Song Company from 1997 to 2001, touring regularly with this ensemble throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.

Paul’s discography includes the solo album of English, French and Italian lute songs entitled A Painted Tale; a CD and DVD recording of Handel’s Messiah; Handel’s Semele; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Mozart’s Requiem and Idomeneo, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s La naissance de Venus. He is featured on Swoon - A Visual and Musical Odyssey and The Swoon Collection Gold Edition; the Christmas discs Perfect Day, Silent Night and Glorious Night; Prayer for Peace; Eternity; Danny Boy, Ye Banks and Braes, Praise II and the soundtrack to the Australian feature film The Bank.

This season, Paul appears as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Haydn’s Theresienmesse with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Sydney Symphony.

Paul accepted a Churchill Fellowship in 2002 to undertake intensive study in baroque repertoire under the tutelage of Marius van Altena at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. He holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Southern Queensland, a Graduate Diploma of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and a Master of Music (Performance) degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Awarded a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Paul recently completed his PhD, which examined the delivery of baroque performance practice pedagogy in higher education. His academic research includes publications on works by Handel and Draghi, vocal pedagogy and historical performance practice. An experienced teacher and lecturer, Paul was a member of the academic staff at the University of Newcastle from 2005–2012. He is currently a Lecturer in Music at the Australian National University, Canberra.

 

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Christopher Richardson  Bass Soloist
Messiah 2010
St John Passion 2012
Messiah 2013

Christopher Richardson

Thirty-year-old Tasmanian Christopher Richardson is fast gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s finest up-and-coming concert bass-baritones. 

After completing his associate levels (AMEB) in both pianoforte and violoncello by the age of 16, Christopher pursued performance studies in both piano and classical voice at tertiary level under the tuition of Beryl Sedivka (piano), and mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Smith (voice).  He has since undertaken further vocal study with Soprano Jane Edwards and performed in Tasmania and the mainland in various operatic, oratorio, music theatre and concert works.  Among these are Beethoven’s Symphony No 9; Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Magnificat; Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Faure’s Requiem; the Australian premiere of Fridges Hidas’ Requiem; Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte; Rapunzel’s Prince in Sondheim’s Into the Woods; and Javert in the recent production of Les Miserables at Hobart’s Theatre Royal.  His recording of Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel has been broadcast nationally by ABC Classic FM.

Christopher has also performed various new operatic works with IHOS Opera, including the title role in the world premiere of Tesla – Lightning in His Hand, and the role of Latin Cantor in Pentekostarion both by Constantine Koukias.  With IHOS, Christopher premiered Matthew Dewey’s one-man opera, The Death of Thomas Chatterton.

Christopher won the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition which took place in Federation Square in July 2010 by unanimous decision of the adjudicators, and was recently a finalist in the 2010 Acclaim Awards’ Italian Opera Fellowship Competition in Melbourne. 

Other forthcoming performance engagements include bass soloist in Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s annual Christmas Concerts, as well as bass soloist in their Choir & Orchestra’s production of Messiah in Melbourne, in December 2011. 

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Glenn McKenzie  Counter Tenor
Messiah 2013

Glenn McKenzie

Glenn is a graduate of Auckland Conservatoire, Aotearoa (NZ) in Composition and Church Music. Soon after graduation he put aside music to work as a television and theatre director, professional actor and performance artist.

Rather late in life he decided it might be fun to 'sing like a girl' and travelled to England in 2006 to become a Lay-Vicar Choral at Lichfield Cathedral, where he also conducted the Cathedral Youth Consort. While there, he was also a tutor with the UK Government "SingUp" programme, which aimed to return the joy of singing to primary schools. He returned to Sydney to live late in 2012, and is currently a member of the choir of St James King Street. Among Glenn's musical influences are Björk, David Bowie and Janet Baker, Gorillaz, Shostakovich and Victoria.

When not singing, teaching, or composing he is a writer of young adult fiction. His first novel "The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea" is released next month in eBook format under his pen name, Mac Dyson. He's presently editing his next manuscript "Making It Home", a fantasy adventure for young teens set in a warped, desert encrusted vision of Sydney.

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Susan Carson – Soprano Soloist
Christmas Rewrapped 2012
Carmina Burana 2010

Susan Carson

Sue's rare vocal versatility is perhaps her greatest attribute. She has amazed audiences over her 20 years as a professional musician, with her ability to capture many genres of music from opera to contemporary pop, jazz, folk, rock and musical theatre.

Classically a coloratura soprano, Sue's versatility has allowed her to play roles from Mozart's Queen of the Night to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carrie in Carousel and Rosalinde in Strauss's Die Fledermaus. She has also played the mezzo role of Heloise in original production Abelard and Heloise composed by Ross Fiddes, as well as Mrs Lovett in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Susanna in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte to name a few.

An award winning multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar and mandolin),

Sue is probably best known around Newcastle for her band work fronting quality pop trio LoveThat Hat and duo SMS (The Sue and Mikey Show) with Michael Stove as well as performing at various National festivals with local award-winning singer-songwriter Bob Corbett as fiddle player and mandolinist. She won Best FemaleVocalist at the ABC Music Awards in 2004 and has been a finalist in several other categories for original compositions since then.

Sue thrives on the diversity of her musical endeavours. She is in demand as a contemporary vocal teacher both at community and tertiary level at the Conservatorium of Newcastle. She has been performing lieder recitals with composer conductor Ross Fiddes over the last 2 years and has just been awarded the AMEB Licentiate Diploma in classical singing.

Her performance in Carmina Burana is her 5th concert engagement since winning the University Choir Soloist Award last year.

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Lakeside Brass
Christmas Rewrapped 2012
"The Gift" concert 2011

Lakeside Brass

Trumpets: Timothy O'Hearn, Patricia O'Hearn

French Horn: Chris Hunt

Trombone: Rowen McBride

Tuba: Rowan Taylor

Based in Lake Macquarie, Lakeside Brass comprises five of the Hunter and Central Coast's leading brass performers. Formed by friends with a passion for brass chamber music, Lakeside Brass performs regularly throughout Newcastle and Gosford, and won the Open Quintet section at the National Band Championships in 2009.

They enjoy performing a range of styles from Baroque and Classical to Dixieland and R'n'B, and share this enthusiasm and flexibility with their audiences.

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Waxing Lyrical
"The Gift" concert 2011

Waxing Lyrical

Take four very experienced singers who love to sing together and what do you get?

The vocal quartet WAXING LYRICAL!

Baritone Christopher Allan is Head of Vocal Studies at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and has performed or recorded with Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia, Pinchgut Opera, Cantillation, Newcastle University Choir and Opera Hunter, to name just a few.

Tenor Paul Bevan is a well-known radio presenter for ABC1233 and has performed with Newcastle University Choir, Newcastle Gilbert and Sullivan and Cantillation, while maintaining a busy media career.

Mezzo Rose Saunders has performed with The Song Company, Cantillation, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chorus and carved out a busy teaching career. However, she is currently exercising her barista talents at her newly acquired café in Annandale.

Soprano Jennifer Barnes runs a busy music studio having enjoyed the chance to perform with Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland, Sydney Philharmonia, Opera Hunter and Newcastle University Choir.

A wide range of styles and genres are presented by WAXING LYRICAL in concerts which are fresh and relaxed in nature. They perform music from the mediaeval to the present day, incorporating classical jazz and popular works. The group performs in Newcastle, Sydney and through the Hunter Valley.

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Richard Bannan – Baritone
"The Gift" concert 2011

Richard Bannan

Richard Bannan began singing at an early age as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. More recently, he studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar and now sings regularly with ensembles such as the Monteverdi Choir, Polyphony, Academy of Ancient Music and the BBC Singers.

Aside from his choral commitments Richard has sung extensively as a soloist in repertoire such as the Mozart, Brahms, Faure and Durufle Requiems, the Bach Passions, Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier's Te Deum and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs. Recent solo performances have included mass settings by Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and Puccini. He has also sung Handel's Messiah for the Royal Hospital Concert Series and Bach cantatas at the London Bach Festival.

During the summer of 2008, he sang baritone solos for a series of performances of Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, culminating in a concert at the Edinburgh International Festival. Following this, Richard has begun to specialise in baroque repertoire, performing Bach and Schütz with David Bates and La Nuova Musica at the Aldebrough Easter Festival, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the same ensemble at the Wigmore Hall and forming a close relationship with the The Rare Theatricall, performing music by Purcell, Bach and Handel.

Recent performances on stage include the roles of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, He has also sung the roles of Judas and Pilate in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music as well as parts in Carissimi’s Jepthe and Purcell’s King Arthur. In recital he has sung cycles by Brahms (Vier Ernste Gesänge), Vierne (Les Angelus), Cornelius (Weinachtslieder) and Finzi (I Said to Love) as well as shorter works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy.

Future plans include his first season as Musical Director of the Yateley Choral Society, a position he takes up in January 2012, during which he will conduct John Rutter’s Requiem, Nelson Mass by Haydn and Bach’s Johannes Passion, as well as smaller choral works.

Away from his performing commitments Richard is an enthusiastic teacher of singing, working at Bloxham School and for the Eton Choral Courses. He is also a keen songwriter and composer, harbouring the unique ambition of headlining Glyndebourne and Glastonbury in the same season.

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Gary Rowley – Bass Soloist
Carmina Burana 2010

Gary Rowley

Born in the UK, Gary Rowley commenced his vocal studies in Tasmania with Penelope Bruce in 1985 and in 1989 completed an arts degree at the Victorian College of the Arts studying with Brian Hansford. He also completed the Young Artist Programs of both the Victoria State Opera and Opera Australia and since has worked as a freelance artist.

His engagements for the Victoria State Opera included the rôle of Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, the title rôle in Don Pasquale, Yakuside in Madam Butterfly, Haly in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Ramphis in Aida, Nourabad in The Pearlfishers, Leporello in Don Giovanni and Roo in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

He has worked continually for Opera Australia, performing in addition the rôles of Hobson in Peter Grimes, Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof, the Duke Of Verona in Romeo & Juliet, Colline in La Boheme, DonMagnifico in Cenerentola, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream including appearing in the company's season of this opera at the Edinburgh Festival, and the High PriestOf Dragon in Samson et Dalila.

Gary has also appeared with Oz Opera, the West Australian Opera Company, Opera Queensland, Chambermade Opera and Melbourne City Opera.  He has an extensive list of concert engagements.   

Of his performances the Herald Sun has said, Rowley's emotional understanding and portrayal is immense…He is an amazing voice…with star quality. Of his portrayal of Don Magnifico in Opera Queensland's 2002 season of Cenerentola, Opera-Opera reported, Gary Rowley…was a vocal and comic highlight…spendidly ironic…

During 2009 Gary Rowley appeared as Rembrandt Van Rijn in the world premiere season of Rembrandt's Wife for Victorian Opera as well as appearing, for the same company, as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana and in the roles of The Music Master in Ariadne Auf Naxos and Elviro in Handel's Xerxes.  He also appeared as Scarpia in Tosca for Melbourne Opera, performances of which Theatrepeople reviewing online said, Gary Rowley uses his deep sonorous voice and devilish looks to great effect.  Projecting palpable menace whenever he is on stage… top class.

During 2010 he has returned to Opera Australia to appear as Frank in the company's Melbourne season of Die Fledermaus and sang the role of Charlot in Ibert's Angelique for Victorian Opera.  He has also appeared in the title role in concert performacnes of Verdi's Macbeth for the Heidelberg Choral Society, sang Alfio and Tonio in Melbourne Opera's double-bill of Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci and Germont in Andrea Chenier for Melbourne City Opera.

Find out more about Gary's career, by going to the website : www.weaverartistmanagement.com.au

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The University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra
Conductor Ian Cook
Carmina Burana Concert 2010

Conductor Ian Cook

The University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra had its origins as the City of Newcastle Concert Band in 1979 under the guidance of Victor Grieve In 1981 Ian Cook was appointed Director of Music with the resignation of Victor Grieve.  Over the next sixteen years the City of Newcastle Concert Band underwent many changes and developments.  It became a major musical force in the cultural life of Newcastle. Many accolades have been bestowed upon the ensembles in local, state and national contest arenas.  The Wind Orchestra has developed relationships with many other musical organizations in Newcastle in presenting a wide variety on concert activities. In October 1994 the City of Newcastle Concert Band Inc became part of the Faculty of Music and Conservatorium. As a result the ensemble has been renamed the University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra. The wind band as a musical entity in itself has enjoyed increased popularity over the past couple of decades and the University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra.

     
The Choir with The University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra, conducted by Ian Cook, Carmina Burana concert, 31 October 2010. The Choir with The University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra, conducted by Ian Cook, Carmina Burana concert, 31 October 2010.
 
above: The Choir with The University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra, conducted by Ian Cook, Carmina Burana concert, 31 October 2010.
 
   

In 1997 the University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra took out the Senior A grade Championship at the Australian National Band Championships and the University of Newcastle Concert Band won the Junior A grade Championship.  This was the first occasion that these titles had been awarded to the University of Newcastle Wind Bands. Their successes were repeated at the 1998 Australian National Championships held in Melbourne.

In 2006 The University of Newcastle embarked on their first international tour visiting China. The Orchestra performed to capacity audiences in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. In 2009 The Wind Orchestra celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a performance of the Queen Symphony for violin, cello and piano solos, wind orchestra and choir. This year the Wind Orchestra toured the South Island of New Zealand performing in Christchurch and Queenstown.

Ian Cook graduated from Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 1978 having studied clarinet with Clive Amadio being awarded the Diploma of the State Conservatorium of Music (D.S.C.M.) and the L.Mus.A. In 1985 Ian continued his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with Alan Vivian and Terence Stirzaker in the Bachelor of Music program. In 1981 Ian studied clarinet pedagogy and repertoire with Pamela Weston and Colin Bradbury in London.  1n 1989 he returned to London to take lessons on basset horn with Georgina Dobree.  Ian regularly conducts workshops and adjudicates for the New South Wales Band Association. In 1993 he toured South East Asia conducting the Pan Pacific Music Camp

Youth Wind Orchestra.  In 1998, 1999 and 2000 he was guest conductor of the Wind

Symphony at the International Music Camp.

 In1997 Ian toured the East Coast of the USA with the Wind Symphony.

Currently Ian is a senior lecturer in the Woodwind Department of the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music and Conservatorium at the University of Newcastle as well as being Director of Bands.  In 1993 he was awarded a high commendation in the "Award of Excellence in Teaching" by the University of Newcastle.  In 1997 Ian received for his work with the Wind Orchestra the Vice Chancellor's Award at the Annual Scholarship Night.  In 2000 he gained his Master of Music from the University of Newcastle majoring in conducting.  Ian continued studies in conducting as a doctoral candidate at the University of Newcastle with an emphasis in opera/music theatre as well as wind ensemble.  Over the past couple of years Ian has conducted The Magic Flute, La Belle Helene, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Rigoletto, Sweeney Todd, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. His mentor has been the eminent Australian conductor Myer Fredman. In September 2007 Ian conducted a season of Così fan tutte in the inaugural season of Newcastle Festival Opera. In 2008 Ian conducted Wonderful Town and The Merry Widow for Newcastle Festival Opera. In 2009 Ian conducted the award CONDA award winning production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. This has been busy with productions of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera and Puccini's La Boheme. In April 2009 Ian was awarded his PhD from the University of Newcastle.

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Jacquelyn Brown
alto soloist - Messiah 2010

Jacquelyn Brown

Jacquelyn is a graduate of the Newcastle Conservatorium, having completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in voice. She has also completed her Associate Diploma with Trinity College London singing exams.

Jacquelyn has been involved with local theatre companies for 12 years and was thrilled to play the title role in Opera Hunter’s production of Carmen earlier this year.

She has appeared in many musicals, plays and operas including Candide, Songs for a New World, Trial by Jury, Buskers and Angels with Jon English, Trouble in Tahiti and Les Miserables. She has performed the roles of Kate and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance (the latter of which she was nominated for a City Of Newcastle Drama Award, CONDA), Julie Jordan in Carousel, Grace in Working, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, Yonah in Children of Eden (for which she was nominated for a CONDA), Rose Alverez in Bye Bye Birdie, Maureen in Rent, Ellen in Miss Saigon and the third lady in The Magic Flute. She has also performed in the plays Dancing at Lughnasa, Stringers Last Stand, Female Transport, The Crucible as Mary Warren and Little Women as the eldest sister Meg.

In 2007, Jacquelyn played alongside Jon English in the JJK production of Blood Brothers in the role of Linda, and won a CONDA for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the role.

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Patricia Woods
Soprano soloist - Messiah 2010

Patricia Woods

Patricia is a resident of Newcastle NSW, and has been singing for the past 20 years.  Patricia began studying singing at the age of 18 with Kay Capewell at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. In 1992, she travelled to Sydney to study with Judith Turner, and then with Valerie Collins-Vager.  Upon returning to Newcastle in 1996, she attained the L.Mus.A Diploma, and sang the title role in Puccini’s opera Suor Agelica with Opera Hunter.

Accepting the head of voice position at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of music in 1998, Patricia spent the following seven years travelling to the Upper Hunter regions of Singleton and Muswellbrook, developing a highly successful reputation as a teacher.

Patricia now runs the Woods Academy of Professional Voice in Newcastle, and is in high demand as a teacher and performer. In her professional teaching capacity, she has also undertaken pioneering research in vocal cord and breathing disorder therapies and anatomical diagnostics of sound production interference.

In 2009 Patricia was one of two sopranos chosen by audition to become a soloist for the Newcastle University Choir. Her first concert with the choir was the Australian premiere of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light. In September 2009 she performed Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate as part of the Singleton Catholic Convent’s 100th anniversary celebrations. She has also performed as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s PetiteMesse Solonelle (Newcastle University Choir), Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Handel’s Messiah (St Cecilia Choir, Sydney).

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Paul Morris
Tenor soloist - Messiah 2010

Paul Morris

Paul completed his Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium,  (majoring in voice), graduating with First Class Honours and a Faculty Medal in 2008.

Paul sings as a chorister and cantor with Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Newcastle and is a member of The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and an occasional member of the professional choir Cantillation.  He was the tenor soloist for Newcastle University Choir’s performance of Bach’s Magnificat in May 2007 and sang as tenor soloist for performances of Handel’s Messiah for both Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Choir and Newcastle University Choir in December 2007.  Paul performed at the New England Bach Festival in May 2008, singing the tenor parts for Bach’s Coffee Cantata and the cantata Liebster Gott, wenn will ich sterben? and was the tenor soloist for Newcastle Tudor Singers’ performance of Mozart’s Requiem in August that year.  Paul has also performed in concert as a soloist with Opera Hunter, Newcastle Festival Opera and for Pacific Opera’s Voices on a Sunday concert series.  Paul sang as tenor soloist for Newcastle University Choir’s performance of Messiah in December 2008 and sang as tenor soloist in that choir’s inaugural Australian presentation of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: a Requiem in April 2009.  Paul sang the role of Lukas in Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten for Sydney University Graduate Choir in August 2009.  This year Paul has sung the Evangelist in Newcastle Tudor Singers’ presentation of Charles Wood’s Passion in April and the title role in the University of Canberra’s production of Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus in December.

Paul has performed in a number of musical productions including Rigoletto and Oklahoma! in 2002 and Sweeney Todd in 2003 with Opera Hunter.  He toured with that company’s The Marriage of Figaro in the Outback to Longreach, Queensland for the Queensland Festival of the Arts in 2005 and appeared in its productions of The Music Man and Don Giovanni in that year.  He was also a member of the cast of The Dreamer and the Drifter for Walking on Air Productions in 2005. Paul performed the role of Bastien in Mozart’s chamber opera Bastien and Bastienne for Blue Bottle Productions in 2006 and reprised that role in June 2007.  He played Ferrando in Newcastle Festival Opera’s production of Cosi fan tutte in September 2007 and sang in that company’s concert version of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town in March 2008. Also in 2008 Paul played Sextus in Opera Hunter’s production of Julius Caesar in Egypt in May, San Brioche in Newcastle Festival Opera’s The Merry Widow in July and Boy 2 in Opera Hunter’s production of Trouble in Tahiti in October. Paul most recently played the role of Don José for Opera Hunter’s production of Carmen in May 2010.

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Eloise Rowland
Soprano soloist – Choral Masterpieces 2011

Eloise Rowland

Eloise Rowland gave her inaugural concert performance as a soloist at the Newcastle University Choir Choral Masterpieces concert in April 2011, and in the words of our Emeritus Conductor “sang like an angel”.

Eloise has studied singing at Newcastle Conservatorium under the tutorage of Chris Allan. She has been a member of the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir since the beginning of her Bachelor of Music degree in 2008, and performed with them in Channel 7’s Battle of the Choirs, the Melbourne/Tasmania tour and the China tour (2010) winning gold in three sections of the 6th World Choir Games in Shaoxing.

She has performed in numerous Newcastle Festival Opera productions and concerts including Wonderful Town, The Magic Flute and La Boheme. Her other performance experiences have included Newcastle University graduations and Conservatorium concerts.

Eloise Rowland gives her first concert soloist performance at  Newcastle University Great Hall, 3 April 2011

above: Eloise Rowland gives her first concert soloist performance at
Newcastle University Great Hall, 3 April 2011.

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Howard Bridgman
Baritone soloist – Choral Masterpieces 2011

Howard Bridgman

 

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