GUEST PERFORMERS

I’m joined by some extraordinarily talented musicians and performing artists…

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PAUL ARMSTRONG
Actor 

Paul is an actor who works and lives in Sydney. He has long held interests in social cohesion, and division, class and power, voices of the marginalised and the disenfranchised, and the power of theatre. Paul didn’t start out as an actor. Early on he studied philosophy and English literature, and then completed a Masters in Human Bioethics . At 40, finally, Paul trained at drama school. He started a new chapter as a working actor. A range of credits on stage and screen have followed. Theatre includes shows at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, Old Fitz Theatre, Riverside Theatre (Parramatta) and the Bondi Pavilion.

Paul is excited to explore how different artistic forms, different forms of expression, can tell stories and captivate audiences. From 2013, Paul worked with cellist Rachel Scott (Bach in the Dark) creating a series of concerts for Cello and Spoken Word, using text from Shakespeare to Kundera, and everything in between. Paul works regularly as an actor, writer, and coach in organisational development creating immersive learning experiences for individuals and their organisations.

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BEN SIBSON
Composer & Percussionist

Since graduating with honours in composition from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1997, Ben Sibson has been working as a freelance composer and percussionist on a variety of projects and in many genres.

Originally trained as a pianist, he switched to percussion at 21 when he joined the Army Reserve Band in Tasmania. Since then, Ben has spent many years as a kit drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, conductor and musical director, spanning many genres. He has performed at venues and festivals throughout Australia and Asia, including Womadelaide, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay and Bellingen folk festivals, the festival of Island Cultures in Cheju, Korea and a tour of Singapore. He was also the producer and editor for Rachel’s latest CDs Little Birds and Dreaming with Daisy.

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VERONIQUE SERRET
Violinist

Veronique Serret has established herself as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary classical, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to “new works” and collaborates regularly with Australia’s composers. An avid chamber musician, Veronique is a member of “the Noise” (an improvising string quartet) and contemporary group Ensemble Offspring. She has appeared as a guest with Synergy, Pinchgut Opera, Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, the Acacia Quartet, Halcyon, the Omega Ensemble and the Sydney Camerata Quartet.

Veronique was a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for many years and in 2014 was appointed Concertmaster of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Veronique returned to base herself in Sydney this year where she continues a rich, diverse musical life.

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JUDITH WHITE
Artist – The Painted Bach

Judith White is a Sydney-based artist who trained at the National Art School in Sydney and gained a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Fine Arts) at Sydney University. She is a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and has been a practicing professional for 35 years with 42 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Nagoya, Japan in 1993.

Several major commissions, working in very large formats have provided a background for the realisation of the Painted Bach collaboration. The spatial ambiance that music can provide for anything visual has been an on-going interest for Judith; and of course a personal passion for Bach has contributed to the great pleasure of this venture.

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THE CHOIR OF ST JAMES’
Choir

The Choir of St James’ is one of the oldest musical establishments in Australia, and is linked to the earliest days of the colony of New South Wales. The Choir maintains a regular schedule of weekly choral services in addition to special services and state funerals. It has become known and highly regarded for its artistically outstanding performances, from small choral pieces to large-scale choral and orchestral works.The Choir has a large and varied repertoire, both sacred and secular, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the contemporary, and including recent Australian commissions and premieres. The singers are directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones.

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DUO AGOSTINO
Guitarists

Raffaele and Janet have been active in the Sydney Classical Guitar scene over the last three decades, beginning with the founding of the Sydney Guitar Quartet in 1981, a group that performed extensively for a period of over 10 years and was the first ensemble of its kind in Australia. Together with fellow guitarist and composer Richard Charlton, they form the “Sydney Guitar Trio”, an ensemble that has performed extensively around Australia and overseas.  In 2013, Duo Agostino were featured artists at the Dillington and World Youth Guitar Festivals in the UK and were also invited by the Australian Embassy to perform and give master classes in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Trio was featured at the January 2014 Taranaki NZ Guitar Summer School, and also appeared at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival. The Duo’s CD, “Under the Same Sky”, was reviewed as “superbly played…nothing short of exceptional” (Classical Guitar Magazine).

Rachel, Raffaele and Janet will record together in 2018.

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ANTHONY SCHULZ
Piano Accordian

An individual voice in Australian improvised music, Anthony Schulz has developed and expanded a sound world that shatters all preconceptions of the Piano Accordion. In 1996 he was a founding member of the groundbreaking ensemble Frock, a group that speaks through the meld of disparate cultures, historical displacement and a vision for the future that is both hopeful and challenging. At one point thrashing his accordion in the dissonant expressionism of Berg’s Wozzeck and to the next improvising freely with ECM icon Barre Phillips; he then re-appears in a contemporary jazz performance with the noted jazz vibraphonist Dave Samuels or renowned guitarist Doug DeVries. In 2007, Anthony was awarded an ARIA for his work with Zulya and the Children of the Underground (Best World Music Album – Three Nights),

Rachel and Anthony recorded ‘Little Birds’ in 2014.

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JANE SHELDON
Soprano

Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely” and described as “superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours” (Sydney Morning Herald), New York-based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon has sung under the direction of William Christie, Charles Dutoit, Antony Walker, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Specialising in early music and active in the creation and performance of new works, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Halcyon, and Synergy Percussion. In New York she works with Wet Ink, Talea, and Ekmeles, and appeared in New York City Opera’s 2012 Vox Festival. Her most recent album, North + South, was nominated for a 2013 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

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DAVID PEREIRA
Cellist

David Pereira is one of Australia’s most accomplished musicians. His career has allowed him to be principal cellist of both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and of the Australia Ensemble. David has enjoyed an uncommonly versatile professional musical experience that has included concerto performances with major and minor orchestras and conductors, recital, chamber, festival, guest leading, premiering of new works, visiting artist teaching, artistic direction, conducting, concert series presentation, pedagogical writing and filming, improvising and composing.

Rachel and David have recorded a CD of music for two cellos in January, 2016. A recent review from Limelight said “Dreaming with Daisy has the feel of a celebration, of untempered, free and loose-limbed music-making, where lines are shaped with boldness… apt for music-making of immediacy and intimacy.”

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SALLY WALKER
Flute

Australian flautist Sally Walker has been hailed as “a young master of both the early wooden as well as the silver flute…atmospheric, fine musicianship”; “a godly flexibility and colouring in her most soul-stirring tone formation … breathtaking musicality“; “sustained brilliance” . She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition, won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and was awarded prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust.

She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel and performed in the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and the London Proms.

She is now Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle.

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