Sunday 19 November 3.00 pm – Opera Gala
MICHAEL BUTCHARD, KARUNA KOURKOVA and KAINE HAYWARD with Claire Trevalyan, accompanist
The audience was thrilled with the beauty of their voices and will watch their progress with great interest. A program of solos, duets and ensembles from well-known operas, including “Au fond du temple saint” and “Nessun Dorma” through to Carousel’s “You’ll never walk alone”.
Michael Butchard is an Australian tenor who graduated from a Master of Performance (Vocal Performance) from the Royal College of Music in 2013. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music and Germanic Studies) and he is an alumnus of the Pacific Opera Young Artist programme. Since his graduation, Michael has sung with companies across the United Kingdom,, including the English Touring Opera, London Voices, the Philharmonic Chorus and Garsington Opera. Now, based in Sydney, he studies with Glenn Winslade.
Karuna Kourkova has undertaken several international tours with the likes of Glenn Amer and the world music group, MOJ, performing extensively throughout Asia to critical and public acclaim. Karuna is a Russian-born mezzo-soprano and holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Kaine Hayward is a young Australian lirico-spinto tenor who possesses a warmly baritonal Italianate voice. His roles have included Rodolfo in La Boheme by Puccini, Tamino in Die Zauberfloete by Mozart, and Don Jose in Carmen by Bizet. Kaine is a seasoned concert and recital artist.
Claire Trevalyan completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Australian Institute of Music and is at present undertaking a Master of Performance degree. She performs frequently as recitalist and accompanist and recently made her Sydney debut as a concerto soloist with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra. She currently teaches at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Sydney
Sunday 13 August 3.00 pm – Andrey Gugnin, First Prizewinner, Sydney International Piano Competition 2016
Andrey graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2010, where he studied under Professor Vera Gornostaeva. Andrey is the winner of the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. He is also the winner of the Eileen Joyce Best Overall Concerto Prize, the Miriam Hyde Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto Prize, the Hephzibah Menuhin Best Violin and Piano Sonata Prize and the Roger Smalley Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital Prize. Andrey thrilled audiences with his scintillating technique and the poetic quality of his playing. We agree with international virtuoso Piers Lane who described Andrey as an “glorious ambassador and star pianist” as he played works from Bach, Schubert, Shostakovich, Kieran Harvey, Leonid Desyatnikov and Stravinsky.
Sunday 28 May 3.00 pm – Streeton Trio
The Streeton Trio lived up to their reputation as described by Musica Viva “Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio”. The audience appreciated the precision and beauty of their playing works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Smetana. The trio features three Australian musicians – Emma Jardine (violin), Umberto Clerici (cello) and Benjamin Kopp (piano).
Sunday 19 February 3.00 PM – London Klezmer Quartet
The London Klezmer Quartet (LKQ) were a very popular quartet with many of the 230 in the audience asking for their return in the future. From the first bracket of tunes, the audience became captivated by the celebratory and soulful Jewish music of eastern Europe. LKQ brought klezmer to Batemans Bay in a most beguiling and seductive way. Bringing fresh life to an almost-lost folk tradition, LKQ’s old and new melodies on violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass took everyone on a journey from the Baltic to the Black Sea and beyond. The concert had a wonderful mixture of talk, fantastic playing, soulful singing and audience participation. SCMS were delighted to welcome 6 children.
The concert on Sunday 13 November was a fitting finale to our 2016 celebration of music in the Bay.
Sunday 13 November 3.00 pm – Acacia Quartet
Featuring Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy (violins), Stefan Duwe (viola) and Anna Martin-Scrase (cello) Acacia Quartet has quickly won universal acclaim for their excellence. The audience in Batemans Bay was very appreciative of the program of quartets by Mozart, Whitwell and Beethoven and many participated in an interesting, informative Q and A after the performance. Acacia’s performances feature regularly on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5 and Qantas In-flight Entertainment. Three albums have earned nomination for an ARIA aware for ‘Best Classical Album’ and an ARA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’.
Sunday 25 September 3.00 pm – Opera Australia Chorus with Anthony Hunt, Chorus Master
What an enormous privilege it was for us in Eurobodalla to have ten professional members of the Opera Australia Chorus present a wonderful programme last Sunday 25 September for the South Coast Music Society.
Well over 200 were in the audience in the Batehaven Catholic Church for a wonderful concert displaying the richness of talent one would anticipate from the nation’s premier opera company. Opera Highlights in the Bay featured arias, ensembles and choruses from classical, romantic and popular genres which were all warmly and enthusiastically received. The programme embraced excerpts from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and The Magic Flute, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Weber’s Der Freischϋtz, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Puccini’s Tosca, Richard Strauss’s Arabella, Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, Jerome Kern’s Showboat, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. While the solos and smaller ensembles were all magnificent, the effect of all the singers presenting Verdi’s Anvil Chorus was a powerful experience.
Many of the choristers present sing principal roles at the Opera House and are often on stand-by to undertake leading roles at short notice in the event of the regular principal’s indisposition.
At the grand piano Anthony Hunt, Chorus Master of Opera Australia, who organised this auspicious event, accompanied the singers throughout with sensitive musicianship and technical assurance.
This year Opera Australia celebrates its Jubilee 60th anniversary year and the whole company will shortly travel to Melbourne for a season of Richard Wagner’s music drama The Ring which will commence very shortly at the Melbourne State Theatre.
Sunday 29 May 3.00 pm – Simon Tedeschi – Gershwin and Me
Received on 30 May: Yesterday with Simon Tedeschi was a very tempting afternoon: beautiful world class live music, wine and food in such a beautiful church, catching up with friends – a truly cultural afternoon. Surely any local visitor would come and think – “Yes – an organisation to definitely subscribe to ALL the concerts”?!
Simon delighted, stimulated and thrilled the audience of around 200 with his brilliance, his patter and his sheer virtuosity at the piano. What an honour for Batemans Bay!
Sunday 14 FEBRUARY 3.00 PM – Australian Haydn Ensemble – Vienna Salon
Since its formation in 2011 the Australian Haydn Ensemble has quickly established a reputation as a high-calibre period instrument group specialising in late baroque-early classical repertoire. We welcomed four members of the AHE for this concert – Skye McIntosh (violin), James Eccles (viola), Natasha Kreamer (Cello) and Melissa Farrow (Flute). Based in Sydney, the AHE regularly broadcasts for the ABC classic FM and has a regular concert series at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room. They were the prestigious Ensemble-in-Residence at the Australian National University in 2014. Their program featured chamber music for flute and strings that would have been performed in the music salons of Vienna in the late 18th century, when it was the centre of classical music, and which nurtured Mozart and many other great composers like Beethoven and Schubert. The ensemble played works by Haydn, Mozart and Fiorillo
Nick Parnell – Vibes Virtuoso
Three Piece Suite and Julie Brimo – string trio plus piano
Avan Yu – Piano
Voci Stupende – Vocal Ensemble
Anna Goldsworthy – Pianist and Author
Enigma Quartet – String Quartet
Kristian Chong – Piano
Sydney Male Choir
Ensemble Liaison – Chamber Music
Oriana Chorale singing Handel’s Messiah
Pastance playing Anglo-Celtic Music with a twist
Duo Merindah, Teresa Rabe & Minh le Hoang, Flute and Guitar
Flinders Quartet with SIPCA Finalist, Pianist, Dimitry Onischenko