Festival Programme 2019

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Saturday 23rd February at 7pm

Venue: St John's Creswick


An Australian Chamber Choir Ensemble

The ACC8 is an ensemble of eight singers from the Australian Chamber Choir directed by Douglas Lawrence. Since the ACC’s inception in 2007, ensembles have performed regularly as part of the Guest Artists program at St Carthages, Parkville. In 2017, the ACC8 performed in the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields and Albury Chamber Music Festivals.

- Program -

William Byrd (1538–1623)
from the Mass for Four Voices
Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei

Benjamin Britten (1913–76)
A Hymn to the Virgin
Samuel Barber (1910–81)
A Nunn takes the Veil

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
The Motet: Komm Jesu, komm (BWV 229)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–47)
Beati mortui

Johannes Brahms (1833–97)
Schaffe in mir Gott

from the Renaissance

Pierre Passereau (1509–47)
Il est bel et bon
Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)
The silver swan
Heinrich Isaac (c1450–1517)
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen
Thomas Morley (1557/8–1602)
My bonny lass

Three English part-songs

Gerald Finzi (1901–56)
My spirit sang all day
C.Hubert H.Parry (1848–1918)
Music, when soft voices die
Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
As torrents in Summer


Saturday May 4 @ 6pm

Venue: St Paul's Clunes

La Busca Tango

Sponsored by The Boite

La Busca is the passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer and tango dancer, Juan Veron de Astrada, who hails from the thriving milonga scene of Buenos Aires. "Gorgeous, sparkling and ebullient tangos from the 1930s Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteño vocals; all eruditely and expertly executed. A hush fell over the audience in the milonga triste" - Andrew James, pianist/founder, Colectivo29/Tango Collusion Trio.

The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who specialise in traditional tango from the early 20th century Argentina plus original compositions. The ensemble have close ties with the Australian professional tango dance scene and regularly perform at large dance and cultural events.


Sunday May 5 @ **3pm**

Venue: St Paul's Clunes

Australian Chamber Choir

Presenting J.S. Bach's acclaimed St John's Passion

The AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR transports its audience using the oldest instrument on the planet – the human voice. Founding Director, Douglas Lawrence, designs captivating programs that include music from all periods from the Renaissance to the present day.

The AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR was founded in 2007 by its current director, Douglas Lawrence OAM, founder and for 24 years, director of the Choir of Ormond College, University of Melbourne. Lawrence’s first venture with the Australian Chamber Choir was an acclaimed 20-concert tour of Europe,: “There are days when something of heaven seems to touch the earth. Thank you for giving us just one of those days” (Stefen Wegener, Presenter, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnisskirche Series, Berlin, July 14, 2007) “The Australian Chamber Choir inspired the audience with the finest choral music” (Ostfriesischer Kurier, July 19, 2007).

Australia’s foremost historian, Geoffrey Blainey wrote of the “tyranny of distance”, a geographical remoteness that has shaped the country’s cultural identity. The ACC, based in Melbourne, is committed to sharing fine music with those who live outside the capital cities. Every program performed in Melbourne is also presented in at least two rural centres.


Saturday August 17th @ 7pm

Venue: St John's Creswick

Ensemble Ancien

Alexandra Toussaint-Jackson (soprano) and members of Ensemble Ancien
perform works by Cavalli, Cesti, Strozzi and Monteverdi

Ensemble Ancien is a collective of passionate and experienced early music specialists devoted to the performance of the rare, musical treasures of the 17th and 18th century. United by a love and fascination of Baroque music, Ensemble Ancien is sure to provide modern audiences with an immersive concert experience adopting period instruments, as well as historically informed traditions and customs to transport listeners into concert halls of the past.  Ensemble Ancien wishes to captivate audiences through their stylistic interpretation of pieces that present the true elegance and charm of the early music genre.

Ensemble Ancien


Sunday August 18th @ 2pm

Venue: St Paul's Clunes

Latitude 37

A Concert of Corelli's Trio Sonatas

Latitude 37 is an exciting baroque trio whose members were drawn together by their passion for historically informed performance of 17th and 18th century music.  The distinctive combination of baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord opens up a wealth of repertoire that is rarely explored by other Australian ensembles. Over the past ten years they have become firm favourites on the Australasian early music scene. Their critically acclaimed performances are characterised by the marriage of scholarship and keen sense of historical style with virtuosity, creative flair and a warm rapport with audiences.

Since its Melbourne debut in 2008, the ensemble has maintained an active presence on the Australasian early music scene, bringing baroque music to vivid life with an impressive range of programmes from traditional or lesser known baroque repertoire or performances blending medieval and classical Turkish repertoire, to cutting-edge performances of contemporary music written for baroque instruments.  Two of their three albums released with ABC Classics have received ARIA nominations and they have recently released a special edition vinyl album ‘X’ to celebrate their 10th anniversary.


Saturday November 9th @ 7pm

Venue: St Paul's Clunes

Aura Go and Ian Munro

A piano concert for four hands

Australian pianist Aura Go enjoys an active and multifaceted musical life, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, lied pianist and conductor. Recognized for her imaginative and compelling performances, Aura has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Schnittke, and appeared at international music festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Edinburgh Festival.

Aura completed her early musical training in Australia at the Victorian College of the Arts, followed by performance studies at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2011 she attained her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her principal teachers have included Max Cooke and Ian Munro (Australia), Peter Frankl (USA) and Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Finland).

Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium) is a unique achievement for an Australian and follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile.

Ian has recorded CDs for ABC Classics, Hyperion, Cala, Naxos, Marco Polo, Tall Poppies and the UK label Warehouse. Recent discs the collected music by Tasmanian composer Katharine Parker and the piano concerto by Elena Kats-Chernin, commissioned for Ian Munro by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. During the last few concert seasons Ian has performed concerti by Ravel, Munro, Mozart, Kats-Chernin, Gershwin and Edwards, toured to the UK, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Uzbekistan and throughout Australia and New Zealand in recitals, chamber music and concerto performances. Increasingly in demand as a composer, he was Featured Composer for Musica Viva in 2011. His flute concerto and song cycle ‘Three birds’ receive their premieres in 2016 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Australia Ensemble respectively.


Sunday November 10th @ 2pm

Venue: St Matthew's Church, Newlyn

Ann Morgan, Vivien Hamilton & Alison Catanach

A concert of early music with harpsichord

Ann studied piano, harpsichord and organ at the University of Melbourne and undertook further harpsichord studies in Europe. She performs with numerous ensembles and orchestras, including the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and is a regular guest at festivals, including the Melbourne Festival of Organ and Harpsichord and the Barossa Festival. She teaches harpsichord and basso continuo in the Early Music Department of the University of Melbourne.

A Scottish-born soprano, Vivien is one of Australia’s most versatile singers. She studied piano, bassoon, violin and singing and played percussion with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and the WA Symphony Orchestra while undertaking her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Western Australia. She has performed throughout Australia, appeared on ABC and SBS TV and her recordings are played on several FM networks. She gives master classes across Australia and is currently Director of the Early Voice Ensemble at the Early Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Alison is one of Australia’s most accomplished baroque flautists. Her studies include music and arts at Victoria University of Wellington, flute and baroque studies in Germany and The Hague, with graduate studies in modern and baroque flute at the University of Melbourne. She performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, frequently appearing in concerts in Melbourne and Victoria. Alison teaches flute at the University of Melbourne and coordinates a busy flute program at Methodist Ladies’ College.