PopBarock - Wagga Wagga Baroque Music Festival

PopBarock - Wagga Wagga Baroque Music Festival

Wesley Uniting Church (map)

Enjoy a weekend of performances ranging from pre-baroque to contemporary music - all with a strong connection to the baroque period. With musicians from all around Australia who share a passion for early music, this is a weekend of music not to be missed!

PopBarock

Formed in 2018, PopBarock is a quartet comprising staff members of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. The group includes the talents of Kimberley Scriven (recorders), Rhiannon Xeros (violin), Harold Gretton (guitar) and David Chaston (cello). PopBarock was conceived by recorder virtuoso Kimberley, who dreamed of a mixed ensemble, fusing early performance practices with modern pop and folk music, as well as older repertoire. Many intense, late-night jam sessions resulted in an eclectic repertoire, with Coldplay consoling Corelli, Taylor Swift titillating Telemann, Ed Sheeran edifying Boccherini, and Balkan Folk clashing with Estonian Dance, all united by the unique sound-world of the ensemble's unusual timbre, and the musicians' deep love of music-making.

 

Harold Gretton – classical guitar

Harold Gretton began playing guitar at the age of 7. He first studied at the ANU in Canberra before completing a course specialising in guitar duo performance in Strasbourg (France). He has won numerous international competitions, both as a soloist and in various chamber music combinations. He has been invited to perform concerts all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Mexico, Vietnam, and all over Australia. He has performed with orchestras in Australia and Europe, and gave the world première of Westlake's concerto Shadow Dances under the composer's baton. He has recorded three CDs, a solo album, an album of Austrian guitar quartets with Guitar Trek, and a mixed album of guitar duos.

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Rhiannon Xeros - violin

Rhiannon Xeros (nee Scriven) studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied violin under leading Australian teachers Alice Waten and Goetz Richter. During this time Rhiannon performed regularly as part of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and was a section leader for the Sydney Conservatorium Historical Performance Ensemble under Neal Peres da Costa and guest conductor Paul Dyer. Rhiannon has performed in concert with Australian songwriter Megan Washington, the Riverina Chamber Orchestra and in the Sounds of Summer concert series in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Upon completing her Bachelor of Music in 2016, Rhiannon pursued her interest in violin pedagogy and joined the Riverina Conservatorium staff in 2017.

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David Chaston – cello

David Chaston completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in Cello Performance at the Australian National University in 2005 where he studied under David Pereira. During this time, he performed with the ANU School of Music orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and in a variety of chamber ensembles. David also provided tutoring for the Canberra Youth Orchestra and ran a teaching studio for cello in Canberra.  David has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) which he completed in 2001 at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra. From 2004 to 2015 David taught Music at St Clare’s College where he directed the St Clare’s College Chamber Ensemble, conducted the orchestra for the musical “Annie” and performed in productions of “Cats” and “Pirates of Penzance”.

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Kimberley Scriven – recorder

Kimberley Scriven completed her Music Performance degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. During her studies at Sydney Conservatorium, Kimberley achieved first place in the renowned Historically Informed Performance Concerto Competition and consequently performed as a soloist, accompanied by the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble and Camerata Academica of the Antipodes Ensemble. Kimberley studied under Hans Dieter Michatz and Megan Lang at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Kimberley enjoys every opportunity to share her music with audiences using her unique style and flair. Her performances are founded in historical research and are given a theatrical twist as she aims to display the melodramatic style and rustic folk influences inherent in Baroque music.  

Tickets: Civic Theatre Box Office - 02 69269688 www.civictheatre.com.au/whatson/wagga-wagga-baroque-festival-pop-barock

Cost: Adult $30 | Concession/Student $20 | Child (12 & under) $12

Three Concert Package: Adult $70 | Concession/Student $45 | Child (12 & under) $27

Nouvelles Reflexions - Wagga Wagga Baroque Music Festival

Nouvelles Reflexions - Wagga Wagga Baroque Music Festival

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (map)

Enjoy a weekend of performances ranging from pre-baroque to contemporary music - all with a strong connection to the baroque period. With musicians from all around Australia who share a passion for early music, this is a weekend of music not to be missed!

Nouvelles Réflexions

Experience the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, with its rich harmonies, opulent textures and flamboyant virtuosity set against sublime stillness and refined passion. The once famous composers chosen for this concert, whilst seldom heard these days, represent the pinnacle of artistic expression of their time.

 

Tommie Andersson - lute/theorbo

Tommie Andersson, born in Sweden and based in Sydney since 1984, is regarded as Australia’s leading specialist in lutes and early guitars. He completed his studies at the State Conservatorium of Music in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, with a Masters Degree in Performance, studying under Josef Holecek. He was then awarded a Swiss Government Scholarship for further studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where his teachers included Eugen M. Dombois and Hopkinson Smith. He has toured and taught extensively in Sweden and Scandinavia, Western Europe, Malaysia and Japan and also toured in South America. Tommie Andersson is highly sought after both as a soloist and as a continuo player and performs with Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia, the Song Company amongst others. Tommie Andersson appears on more than 35 CDs and lectures in lute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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Jenny Eriksson - viola da gamba

Jenny Eriksson completed her initial musical studies at the NSW State Conservatorium on cello then studied the viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden at the Rotterdam Conservatorium for three years where she completed postgraduate studies in baroque music. Jennifer is widely recognised as one of Australia’s best known and most versatile viola da gambists. She has recorded six commercial CDs and performed in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Jennifer’s ensembles The Marais Project and Elysian Fields have just been named Artist in Residence at FM102.5 Fine Music for 2018/2019.

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Keith Griffin - flute

Keith Griffin studied flute with Michael Scott, Margaret Crawford and baroque performance (flutes, recorders) with Howard Oberg at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, graduating (B. Mus.) with The Student the Year Award. Following graduation, he taught flute at the Con for several years. As a performer Keith has concentrated on chamber ensembles such as eclectix and Nouvelles Réflexions, has been a member of The Renaissance Players (Sydney Uni) and has played many performances in larger groups and special event orchestras, live to air broadcasts and recording sessions. In recent times Keith has learned to play saxophone and is currently engaged as a conductor with the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. 

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Fran Griffin - flute

Frances Griffin began life as a flute player, studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with renowned teachers Margaret Crawford and Michael Scott. She became interested in early music performance practice, studying baroque flute and recorder with Howard Oberg. After a number of years working as a freelance musician, she returned to study, completing M.Sc. (Hons) in mathematics at Macquarie University in 1999. Here she remained on staff until 2012, when she left Sydney to live in country NSW. She renewed her previous life as a musician, teaching for the Riverina Conservatorium of Music and performing in regional towns and in Sydney. Composition and arranging have become an important aspect of her life. With a number of student and community concert bands and choirs in the region, she has been creating new works and arrangements to suit their needs, in addition to writing music for students. She has written several chamber works, including a clarinet quartet which was premiered in Ostend, Belgium in July 2018.

 

Tickets: Civic Theatre Box Office - 02 69269688 www.civictheatre.com.au/whatson/wagga-wagga-baroque-festival-nouvelles-reflexions

Cost: Adult $30 | Concession/Student $20 | Child (12 & under) $12

Three Concert Package: Adult $70 | Concession/Student $45 | Child (12 & under) $27

A Concert of Trio Sonatas - Wagga Wagga Baroque Music Festival

A Concert of Trio Sonatas - Wagga Wagga Baroque Music Festival

St Johns Anglican Church (map)

Enjoy a weekend of performances ranging from pre-baroque to contemporary music - all with a strong connection to the baroque period. With musicians from all around Australia who share a passion for early music, this is a weekend of music not to be missed!

A Concert of Trio Sonatas

The trio sonata was one of the most popular forms of chamber music in the Baroque era. While the treble lines could be played by a variety of instruments, this concert explores sonatas for oboe and violin and will include works by Handel, Zelenka, Brescianello, and others.

 

Lauren Davis - baroque violin

Lauren Davis received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory, her Master of Music from Louisiana State University, and her PhD in Violin Pedagogy from The Australian National University. She has played with numerous orchestras in the United States including the Canton Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Acadiana Symphony, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Lauren has played in a number of ensembles including the Riverina Trio, the Valcour String Quartet, the Aurora Trio and the Brioso String Quartet and is currently a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Lauren currently teaches at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

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Aaron Reichelt - baroque oboe

Aaron Reichelt studied modern oboe at the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne with Anne Gilby and Stephen Robinson and baroque oboe with Kirsten Barry. Aaron has performed on modern and historical oboes throughout Australia and the United States. In Australia, Aaron has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia, Canberra Bach Ensemble, Victorian Opera, Ludovico's Band, Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, Lyric Opera – Melbourne, Sydney Philharmonia and as principal oboe with the Early Music Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a modern oboist, Aaron held principal positions with Melbourne Opera and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Associate Principal Oboe - The Metropolitan Orchestra – Sydney.

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Clara Teniswood - baroque cello

Clara Teniswood studied with David Pereira from 2011 to 2015. She received her LMusA in 2013, performed at the Canberra International Music Festival in 2014 and attended the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute three times (2013-2015). Recently Clara has been exploring baroque cello and has participated in a number of workshops including Ironwood Ensemble’s Baroque Winter School (2014), Sydney Baroque Festival (2017), Maestro Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415 in New Zealand (2017), Van Diemen's Band (2018) and a summer school in the Czech Republic (2018). Clara also holds a PhD in materials science and teaches secondary school maths and physics.

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James Porteous – harpsichord

James Porteous has been the sub-organist at St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka since 2010, and before that was the sub-organist at St Mary's Anglican Church, South Perth. He particularly enjoys the French Romantic organ repertoire and plays continuo for the Limestone Consort. James currently studying with Christopher Wrench and Philip Swanton at the ACT Organ School. When he isn't in the organ loft, James is an engineer in the Public Service. 

Tickets: Civic Theatre Box Office - 02 69269688 www.civictheatre.com.au/whatson/wagga-wagga-baroque-festival-a-concert-of-trio-sonatos

Cost: Adult $30 | Concession/Student $20 | Child (12 & under) $12

Three Concert Package: Adult $70 | Concession/Student $45 | Child (12 & under) $27

*Photo curtesy of Peter Hislop, Canberra