Classical Sundays at the Studio 2019
Music recitals at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
A limited season of performances that will inspire and delight in the intimate atmosphere of the Brett Whiteley Studio.
Image: Brett Whiteley Shankar 1966, gift of Mrs Graham Ducker 1971 © Wendy Whiteley
Third Sunday of the month, 2pm
No bookings required
Duration 1 hour
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
March: Sydney Cello Quartet
Cellists: Caroline Otto, Eleanor Betts, Ezmi Pepper and Annika Stagg
Enjoy an afternoon of gorgeous music with good friends as the Sydney Cello Quartet presents a varied program of sumptuous works for four cellos, including works by Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Bartok, de Falla and more.
Sunday 17 March 2019 2pm – 3pm
April: All Things Horn
Natasha Roumanoff, Gergely Malyusz and Lisa Malyusz
Robert Schumann once said, “The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra”. Discover this noblest of orchestral instruments in a fun program of duets, trios and more. From classical horn repertoire to contemporary favourites arranges for horns.
Sunday 21 April 2019 2pm – 3pm
Due to the Studio closure for exhibition change-over and scheduled building maintenance there will not be a recital in May 2019.
Sunday 19 May 2019 2pm – 3pm
June: Duo Blockstix
Alicia Crossley (recorder) and Joshua Hill (percussion)
Duo Blockstix are a unique and vibrant Australian ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill. With a shared love for contemporary music, they formed Duo Blockstix in 2014 and have since performed in concerts and festivals around Australia. The duo perform repertoire spanning 800 years, presenting innovative new works and textural soundscapes alongside traditional masterpieces.
Sunday 16 June 2019 2pm – 3pm
July: Classical Guitar Duo
Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi
Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi have been playing as a guitar duo since 2014. They have been described as “two stunning young guitarists…virtuosic” (Sydney Arts Guide) and have been praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub). Their performances have taken them around Australia and New Zealand and they also collaborate with Australia’s celebrated baritone Josè Carbò in a group named The Josè Carbò Trio. Andrew and Ariel and looking forward to releasing their debut duo CD in early 2020.
Sunday 21 July 2019 2pm – 3pm
Josh Holt (double bass) and Elliott Hughes (augmented trumpet)
Melbourne-based improv trio Impermanence traverse form and genre. The ancient and the modern, tradition and invention coalesce through the group’s unique instrumentation: mixed Indonesian gamelan + piano, double bass, trumpet + live electronics. Neo-classical and jazz references with ritualistic rhythms and a new music edge flow freely in their seemingly through-composed long-form free improvisations. Ethereal lyricism layered with pulsating Balinese timbres, orchestral textures and extended harmonies resonate in an expansive timelessness. This unprecedented synthesis is seamlessly unified by the trio’s individual backgrounds as composers.
Sunday 18 August 2019 2pm – 3pm
September: Celtic Harp
Verna Lee (Baroque triple harp)
Verna is one of the few players in Australia that performs on this unique harp. It first originated in Italy and was designed with 3 rows of strings to allow the player access to more chromatic notes unlike the lever and pedal systems that are found on modern harps. Verna will perform a program of traditional Celtic and Baroque era works on this rare and old instrument.
Sunday 15 September 2019 2pm – 3pm
October: Upcoming Composers Showcase featuring wind quintet
Emma Hunt (clarinet), Shaun Barlow (flute), Natasha Roumanoff (horn), Stephanie Cooper (oboe) and Zola Baldwin (bassoon)
It has become a much-loved tradition of the Classical Sundays series to incorporate at least one performance per year that presents all new works by young Australian composers, commissioned especially for this performance. In the past this performance has explored the sound world of clarinet, violin, cello and flute, however this year the composers are turning their hands to work with the cherished wind quintet. Featured composers for 2019 include Wesley Stormer, Vasile Tiano, Tom Ross, Nadine Saad and Sophie Van Dijk.
Sunday 20 October 2019 2pm – 3pm
November: Trois; flute, clarinet and piano trio
Emma Hunt (clarinet), Jane Bishop (flute) and Amy Putt (piano)
Formed in 2011 the Trois trio consists of Jane, Emma and Amy, all highly accomplished performers, who have completed undergraduate and/or postgraduate performance degrees at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Individually and collectively the group perform regularly in chamber music recitals, orchestral performances and explore exciting new repertoire. They are looking forward to exploring some new repertoire for this performance as well as bringing out some old favourites for this chamber music combination.
Sunday 17 November 2019 2pm – 3pm