2019 Programme

Chamber music alongside the art works of the celebrated award winning artist, Wendy Sharpe..

Event 1: Out of Chaos comes Beauty

A three dimensional concert presentation

Friday 18th October at 7.00pm

A multi media performance for sax, string quartet, baritone and visual artist with original music by Stephen O’Connell.

Stephen O’Connell – soprano saxophone
Graham Sattler – baritone
Jenny O’Hara – visual artist

Dominique Guerbois
– violin 1 | Nataliya Lubich – violin 2
Viktoria Vukovic – viola | Esmi Pepper – cello


Presenting a multi-sensory experience in which virtual and visceral connected and converge.
The pervasive image of water, from the bright droplets on the blue screen to the ebb and flow of saxophone, strings and voice, creates a stream of consciousness along whose current we are carried by the universal language of dance: truly a water of life.

Welcome drinks from 6:30pm.


Event 2: A package for Granny

A live musical puppet show for families.

Saturday 19th October at 11.00am

Granny is waiting on the arrival of a very special package.
While she waits with great expectation, she tells us stories and introduces us to some of the wonderful creatures who inhabit her world. Everything around Granny comes to life, even her tea pot and kettle.
Her special friends, Turtle and Green and Yellow, find her package which contains the best surprise,
a kiss for Granny.

This show appeals particularly to young children.

Sydney Puppet Theatre 
Bridget Bolliger – flute
Umberto Clerici – cello
Original music Jim Coyle, world premiere performance.


Highlights from “Nella and the Paradise of Birds” success in 2018.


Event 3: Vibrant & Voluptuous

 A recital for soprano and piano accordion, with Taryn Fiebig and James Crabb.

Saturday 19th October at 7.00pm


James Crabb – piano accordion
Taryn Fiebig – Soprano


Recital for two of Australia’s finest performing artists. This extraordinary combination of soprano and piano accordion features music from around the world in relation to the artworks of Wendy Sharpe.

Welcome drinks from 6:30pm.


Event 4: Up Close and Personal

A pre-concert event on stage.

Sunday 20th October, 6.15-6.45pm


SCMF Patron Guy Noble speaks with
Artist Wendy Sharpe
and musicians Bridget Bolliger, Phillip Bolliger and Kirsten Williams.


Up Close and Personal is a thirty minute chat hosted by the well known entertainer and SCMF patron Guy Noble, with artist Wendy Sharpe and guest performing artists from the festival.

Complimentary drinks are served as part of this event.


Event 5: Music from Around the World

An exquisite concert for flute and guitar duo with beloved siblings Bridget Bolliger and Philip Bolliger, followed by the outstanding Enigma Quartet.

Sunday 20th October at 7.00pm


Bridget Bolliger – flute
Phillip Bolliger – guitar
Enigma String Quartet


This festival finale programme is not to be missed!



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2019 Our Artists

Taryn Fiebig | Umberto Clerici | James Crabb | Jennifer O’Hara | Stephen O’Connell | Graham Sattler | The Sydney Puppet Theatre | Phillip Bolliger | Bridget Bolliger | Enigma Quartet

Taryn Fiebig | soprano

Taryn Fiebig

Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia most popular and versatile artists.  In 2017, she sang Musetta (La bohème) for Opera Australia; Michal (Saul) for the Adelaide Festival; major roles in Pinchgut Opera’s Triple Bill and the title role in The Merry Widow for West Australian Opera; in concert, she was soloist with Sydney Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia and the Opera Australia Orchestra.

She returns to OA in 2018 in Metamorphosis and makes major concert appearances at the Adelaide Festival, the Huntington Festival, for Sydney Philharmonia and the West Australian Youth Orchestra.  2019 engagements include Despina (Cosi fan tutte) for OA and Selinda (Farnace) for Pinchgut Opera.

Taryn has performed with all the major Australian opera companies, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Ensemble and the Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Internationally, she has sung for the Edinburgh Festival (as Lucy Joy in Opera Australia’s production of Bliss), in America for the LA Ear Unit and in the UK with the English Chamber Orchestra and for BBC Radio 4.

In 2004, Taryn joined the Young Artists Program at Opera Australia; she remained with OA as an ensemble member until 2010 before becoming a freelance artist.

Roles for Opera Australia include: Susanna, Zerlina and Despina in Sir David McVicar’s trio of Mozart productions (The Marrigge of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte), Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La bohème, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Lisa in La sonnambula, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Aphrodite in The Love of the Nightingale, Karolka in Jenufa and The Woodbird and Gutrune in Der Ring des Nibelungen.  Her performance as Lucy Joy in Bliss earned her a Helpmann Award.  For New Zealand Opera, she has sung Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride.

A musical theatre highlight for Taryn was over 200 performances as Eliza Dolittle in Opera Australia’s National Tour of My Fair Lady.

Gilbert and Sullivan roles have included The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, both Tessa and Gianetta in The Gondoliers and Yum-Yum in The Mikado.

Taryn is also an accomplished cellist leading both the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.  She continues to play and appears in concert as both singer and cellist.


Umberto Clerici | cello

Umberto Clerici

Soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, teacher, cultural innovator: Umberto Clerici’s multifaceted artistic and creative activity can be summed up in these five dimensions.

Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto began studying cello at the age of 5, continuing later at the Conservatoire of Music in Turin. Clerici mastered his art with Mario Brunello and David Géringas, both of whom opened to him new musical dimensions of fantasy and rigour.

At the age of 19 he won the Italian Regional Orchestras contest, and began his career as a soloist. Other international prizes followed: the Janigro Competition in Zagreb and the 2011 International Tchaikovsy Competition (the only Italian cellist in the history of that competition, other than Mario Brunello, to be a Prize winner).

Clerici has played as a soloist all over the world including, among many, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Russian State Orchestra, the Philharmonia Wien, the Zagreb Philharmonic, Rome, Milano and Florence Orchestras. He has performed in the prestigious concert halls of Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Great Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg and the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome. In 2012 he also played Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo theme with the Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

While his solo concerts increased in number, Clerici maintained his chamber music and teaching, finding that these gave him even greater satisfaction than pure performance. At the age of 23 he became assistant Professor at the Salzburg’s Mozarteum Summer Academy.

He joined the Trio di Torino in 2001, but also pursued separate projects with Luis Lortie, Jeffrey Swann, Itamar Golan, Sergej Krilov, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Andrea Rebaudengo, Mario Brunello.
Wishing also to explore the orchestral repertoire and experience a wider music ensemble, Clerici chose to embark on playing in the orchestra, as the principal cellist, with Lorin Maazel’s Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra. For four years he was Principal cello the Teatro Regio di Torino.

In 2014 Clerici was appointed principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Cello Lecturer at the Sydney University. He made his debut as a soloist with SSO in 2017 with his interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss’ Don Quixote and in 2018 he played the Brahms double concerto.

He recorded several CDs with concertos, solo and chamber music and, in 2017, he realised two new solo recordings for ABC Classics.

Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.


James Crabb | piano accordian

James Crabb was born in Dundee, Scotland, and started playing the accordion at the age of four. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with classical accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard from 1985-92. He was 2nd Prize Winner of the Gaudeamus Interpreters competition, 1989 in Holland, and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991.

James Crabb’s acclaimed London debut in the Park Lane Group series at the Purcell Room in 1992 catapulted him to the international concert platform. Since then, he has performed worldwide, pioneering the classical accordion. He has appeared at festivals including Edinburgh, the London Proms, Belfast, Lucerne, Sydney Millennium, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Kuhmo, Brisbane Biennale, ISCM World Music Days and the Gulbenkian Foundation’s Nordic Days.

James has performed with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Elgar Howarth, Martyn Brabbins, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Gunter Schüller, Markus Stenz, Michael Schønwandt, Susanna Mälkki and Peter Eötvös. He has been soloist with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Sydney, and Melbourne symphony orchestras; and ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Paragon Ensemble, Almeida Ensemble, Nash Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Kuhmo Virtuosi. He has had several successful chamber-music collaborations with the violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky.

James’ great passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla have been highlighted by several concert performances with the original members of Piazzolla’s Quintet, Horacio Malvicino, Hector Console and Fernando Suarez-Paz.

In 2003, his highly acclaimed recording Song of the Angel, as soloist and arranger of the works of Astor Piazzolla with the Australian Chamber Orchestra was released. His second recording Tango Jam, of Piazzolla’s music in its original quintet instrumentation with Tognetti, Vassilev, Bibeau and Martin, was released in 2005.

Recent projects have included concerts and recordings with pop stars Martin Hall, Neil Finn and Patti Smith.

James was involved in comic music-theatre for several years with the Danish percussionist and entertainer Thomas Sandberg. Described as a fusion of Monty Python, Spike Jones and Jacques Tati, Standard (2000) and Dask (2003) productions have both been awarded the prestigious Danish Theatre Prize.

James Crabb has been professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen since 1995 and held a guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria from 1995-2002. He has also given master-classes at music institutions including the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Rotterdam Conservatorium and Toronto University.

James Crabb plays on a Pigini Mythos No.4 model (1992) instrument, tuned and prepared by Leonid Setrakov.


Jennifer O’Hara | visual art and flute

Jennifer O'Hara

Jennifer works across a range of visual art media including motion graphics, painting, sculpture and glass art.

Jennifer has animated artworks combined with film to create projections which respond to performers and visually represent the musical elements to create interactive projection for Chaos | Beauty.

Jennifer works as a visual artist, flautist and is General Manager of the Murray Conservatorium in Albury.


Stephen O’Connell | saxophone

Stephen O'Connell

Stephen is committed to advancing the notion that all art forms are vital for the ongoing health of communities. Stephen has been a committed professional saxophonist and composer for over 30 years and is highly active as a touring musician and recording artist and has written many pieces of music in response to the amazing environment of the Central Australian Outback.

He has released three CDs of his own, one with SOQ entitled Beauty, performed on over 50 CDs for other musicians and has performed with well known singers and instrumentalists. Two of his works have been published in major anthologies, including Tempe Downs (The Old Station), which was published in the Australian Saxophone Anthology and The Afghans, which was included in the Australian Piano Anthology.

In April 2017, Stephen performed as featured soloist at the Chengdu Conservatory with the Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra was conducted by the eminent Maestro Zheng Xiaoying and featured 5 pieces written by Stephen and Dr Graham Sattler. In October 2017, Stephen co-wrote and performed in the World Premiere of the show Out of Chaos Comes Beauty.

In February 2018, he performed 6 of his pieces as featured soloist at the Goossens Hall in Sydney with The Metropolitan Orchestra. With Jenny O’Hara, Stephen has co-written a multi arts show named illara, which has featured on the main stage at Canberra’s Enlighten Festival and other theatres in Victoria and NSW.

Stephen has been CEO of the Murray Conservatorium since 2010 and was CEO of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium from 1999-2010. He is the founding President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and led a review of Music Education in NSW that resulted in millions of dollars of additional recurrent funding becoming available across the state.

In the Australia Day celebrations of January 2017, Stephen was awarded a Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) for Service to the Performing Arts in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Music in Australia.


Graham Sattler | baritone

Graham Sattler

Graham began his career as an orchestral trombonist, became a singer specialising in opera and music theatre, and consolidated with a move into conducting and artistic direction prior to commencing research in the field of community music activity.

He holds a Diploma of Operatic Art and Music Theatre, a Master of Performance in Conducting and PhD in Music Education (Sydney University).

He has worked as both trombonist and singer with the Australian Opera; vocal soloist with symphony orchestras in Sydney, Tasmania, West Australia, Auckland and Chengdu; and as a choral, orchestral and music theatre conductor.

Graham is currently Executive Director of Mitchell Conservatorium and casual academic with Central Queensland University. He designs and delivers professional learning music courses for classroom teachers and is a partner in SOQ, creating and performing contemporary Australian Art Song in a variety of collaborative configurations.


The Sydney Puppet Theatre

Steve Coupe and Sue Wallace are co-artistic directors of The Sydney Puppet Theatre founded in 1984.

We moved to the Southern Highlands, regional NSW, where we built a puppet making and rehearsal studio. We create what we call Theatre of Delight, principally for the family audience incorporating puppetry, acting, music and dance in our shows.

We design workshops for all ages and abilities. We have also created puppetry performances and workshops for various clients the Museum of Contemporary Art, the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and Discovery Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the Roads and Transport Authority, Sydney Water, the NSW Fire Department, the Australian Museum, National Parks and Wildlife and Australia’s Wonderland. We have taught puppetry at the University of NSW and have an ongoing association with the Enmore Design College of TAFE.

Most recently (August 2017) we were commissioned by Nautanki Theatre to create and perform shadow theatre in Jungle Book at Riverside Theatre.

We are currently company in residence at Imagin Arta, the Australian Puppet Centre in Sutton Forest NSW, performing every Sunday and organising puppetry workshops and events.



Phillip Bolliger | guitar

Phillip Bolliger

Sydney born Phillip Bolliger began learning classical guitar at age 10. He entered the Sydney Conservatorium High School in Year 7, finishing high school there and continuing on to complete a Performer’s Diploma with Gregory Pikler. On a QE II Scholarship, he furthered his studies in Vienna with Konrad Ragossnig and in Basel with Oscar Ghiglia. As a young musician, Phillip won several prizes for his playing including the 2MBS FM Performer’s Competition and was a finalist in an International guitar competition in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Phillip has performed with various Sydney orchestras, guitar repertoire including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, as well as Concertos by Vivaldi. He has accompanied many fine soloists – violinists, flautists and singers, including his flautist sister, Bridget Bolliger, in their duo called ‘Flutarre’. Phillip has also worked as a composer and composed various works, mostly for guitar with other instruments. A highlight of his composition studies was the opportunity to assist Peter Sculthorpe with the composition of From Kakadu for guitarist John Williams.

Phillip has recorded and produced two solo CDs – Latin Journey and Guitarreo – and in recent years has moved to the Southern Highlands where he lives with his family.


Bridget Bolliger | flute

Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger has been hailed by Fanfare as “the very essence of what flute sound should be…”.

Bridget distinguished herself early, first performing the Ibert Flute Concerto as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of 15.

In 2017 Bridget celebrated her tenth anniversary as Artistic Director and Founder of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival and is the founding director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet since 2004.

A performer at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Bridget enjoys her partnership with the British pianist Andrew West, and in 2016 they gave their debut recital in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House.

Dividing her time between performing, recording, and looking after her two children, Bridget is also a dedicated flute teacher at her own Pittwater Flute Academy. She gives masterclasses around Australia and at playwithapro.com, giving online lessons to flute students around the world.

Bridget has held Principal Flute positions with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Symphony, and has appeared as guest principal flute and soloist with several European and Australian orchestras including the Basel Symphony, Zurich Opera Orchestra, AOBO and QSO.

Graduating with a soloists degree at the Basel Music Academy in performance under Prof. Peter-Lukas Graf, Bridget enjoyed a busy and varied career in Europe and South America spanning 16 years with multiple performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto alongside some of the world’s greatest harpists including Marielle Norman, Elena Zaniboni and Sarah O’Brien.

Bridget then settled in Sydney in 2004 and soon became a passionate advocate of Australian music. Bridget has premiered several recordings of new Australian works and has recently released a recording of The Laughing Moon by Ross Edwards on ABC Classics.

Bridget’s CD release Dancing Shadows, the complete music for flute and piano by Miriam Hyde, has earned great international acclaim from renowned music magazines such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight, as has her earlier album Quintopia. Her latest album Timeless, alongside pianist Andrew West, was released this year by Austrian Gramophone.

In her earlier life, Bridget Bolliger pursued a short lived singing career, studying voice at the Music Hochshule of Koln and at the Academica Musica di Bologna, and performed opera roles in Italy at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and at the Teatro Sao Pedro in Brazil.

Bridget is Powell Artist.



Enigma Quartet

From its humble origins as four music students busking on the streets of Sydney in 2006, the last decade has seen the Enigma Quartet carve a reputation on the Australian music scene as one of the brightest and most versatile string quartets who continue to garner acclaim and win over audiences with their vibrant style and eclectic programming.

Holding coveted positions in Australia’s leading orchestra, this intrepid foursome of Marianne Broadfoot, violin, Kerry Martin, violin, Elizabeth Woolnough, viola and Rowena Macneish, cello are united by friendship and a shared passion for chamber music, contemporary music and live performance.




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2018 Season

Friday, 26 OctoberSaturday, 27 October and Sunday, 28 October 2018

The Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2018 presents

‘Figuratively Speaking’

This year, the Sydney Chamber Music Festival will present music in relation to the fascinating art works of
Australian artist Robert Dickerson AO (30 March 1924 – 18 October 2015).

Known as a figurative painter, Dickerson’s works are inspired by people and scenes and are often described as melancholy with isolated figures, menacing dark streetscapes and anguished facial expressions characterising his painting. This opens up a huge realm of music which SCMF Artistic Director, Bridget Bolliger, is delighted to curate alongside a line up of outstanding artists, as always!

For the first time in a decade, the Sydney Chamber Music Festival has received recognition and support and this comes from the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (AETT).
The AETT supports the arts in Australia and has done so for over 60 years by providing financial assistance to individual artists, groups and companies.

Thanks to the AETT, our festival can realise it’s full potential, offering 5 outstanding concert programs which remain accessible to all.

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CLICK HERE to read more about the programme for our 2018 season.


CLICK HERE to read more about the artists performing in our 2018 season.

Principal Supporter:

The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust


Our Mission

The Sydney Chamber Music Festival originated as a one day event which became an integral part of the Manly Arts Festival and is the brainchild of Artistic Festival Director, Bridget Bolliger.

Now in it’s 11th year, the SCMF has grown into an independent and elite concert series of five concerts over three days, featuring the finest chamber musicians, singers, actors and puppeteers from around Australia and abroad. The focus of the festival is on the symbiosis of music and the visual arts in Australia.

Performances take place at a charming large hall (purposely built for concerts in the 1920s) at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour and ticket prices are maintained at an unusually low cost so that these extraordinarily fine concerts remain accessible to all.

The SCMF is the perfect weekend cultural escape to one of the most beautiful corners of Sydney only a few minutes stroll from the Manly Wharf. This location, known as the gateway to “one of Sydney’s favourite seaside getaways”, has given the Festival an energy and freshness that make it stand apart from similar events.


Manly Art Gallery & Museum - concert hall

Manly Art Gallery & Museum – concert hall

Manly Cove

Manly Cove

2018 Programme


Concert 1: “In a Sentimental Mood”

Friday 26 October at 7.00pm

Having captivated audiences all over the world, the acclaimed jazz vocalist Gregg Arthur with the Peter Locke Quartet opens the 2018 Sydney Chamber Music Festival with songs from The Great American Songbook.

Unmatched as a singer and performer, Gregg joins forces with Australia’s finest jazz chamber musicians to bring you In A Sentimental Mood, a charmingly relaxed and intimate programme that will entertain and delight.

Please join us after the performance for complimentary welcome drinks to the 2018 Sydney Chamber Music Festival, proudly brought to you by our wonderful sponsor Penna Lane Wines, Clare Valley.

CRAIG SCOTT – Double Bass
GREGG ARTHUR – Jazz vocal


Concert 2: “Nella and the Paradise of Birds”

Saturday 27 October at 11.00am

This Family Concert features the Sydney Puppet Theatre, Bridget Bolliger, flute and Andrew West, piano. “Nella and the Paradise of Birds” is the newest artistic achievement for Artistic Director and flautist Bridget Bolliger, and the internationally award winning Sydney Puppet Theatre.
Sydney based composer Jim Coyle’s stunning set of 12 miniatures for flute and piano, composed and recorded in 2017, are beautifully brought to life as little Nella dreams and imagines a world of wonderful creatures in her puppetry realm.
Through the collaboration of flute, piano and the magic of puppetry, this is a theatrical performance that will educate, excite the senses and inspire the minds of primary school children of all ages.


“Paradise of Birds” – Jim Coyle (Born 1968)
Forest Raven
Pied Cormorant
Silver Gull
Eastern Yellow Robin Cassowary
Pink Robin
Emerald Dove
New Holland Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-Wren
Brush Turkey
Wedge -Tailed Eagle
Rainbow Lorikeet


CONCERT 3: “Timeless”

Saturday 27 October at 7.00pm

Bridget Bolliger, Flute
Andrew West, Piano
Michael Goldschlager, Cello

Trio Sonate in G Major BWV 1039 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
World premiere of new arrangement for flute, cello and piano by these musicians.
Adagio – Allegro ma non presto – Adagio e piano – Presto

Requiem for cello alone – Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014 )
Introit — Kyrie — Qui Mariam — Lacrimosa — Libera me — Lux aeterna.


Trio in G Hoboken XV:15 – Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Allegro – Andante – Allegro moderato (Finale)

“Bilitis” Edition for Flute and Piano – Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Arranged bt Karl Lenski
Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du d’été
Pour un tombeau sans nom
Pour que la nuit soit propice
Pour la danseuese aux crotales
Pour l’Égyptienne
Pour remercier la pluie au matin

First Sonata for Flute and Piano – Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
Allegro Moderato – Adagio – Allegro poco moderato


CONCERT 4: “Up Close and Personal”

Sunday 28 October at 12.00pm

“Up Close and Personal” – a journey into the mind and workings
of a successful professional musician.


Guy Noble is joined by one of Australia’s finest international artists, the great mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble, along with pianist Andrew West and Amanda Cole PhD founder of ‘Performance Brilliance’, to give their unique views and expertise on musical life and how to master both body and mind to reach potential and enhance performance.

Piano Sonata Op.1 for Piano – Alban Berg (1885-1935)

Wesendonck Lieder – Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
1 “Der Engel” (“The Angel”), composed November 1857
2 “Stehe still!” (“Be still!”), composed February 1858
3 “Im Treibhaus – Studie zu Tristan und Isolde” (“In the Greenhouse”), composed May 1858
4 “Schmerzen” (“Sorrows”), composed December 1857
5 “Träume – Studie zu Tristan und Isolde” (“Dreams”), composed December 1857


Concert 5: “Piers Lane”

Sunday 28 October at 7.00pm

We are thrilled to announce that one of Australia’s ‘favourite son’s’, the acclaimed pianist Piers Lane will be giving his only Sydney recital in 2018 at the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.

As a prelude to his Wigmore Hall Recital early next year, Piers will be performing a diverse and stunning programme featuring works by J.S.Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

A pianist who stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, Piers’ concerto repertoire alone exceeds ninety-five works, he has performed 5-times at the BBC Proms and has a discography of over 50 CD’s spanning from Bach to Williamson.


Prelude and Fugue in F#minor, Book 2, BWV 883 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Impromptu No 2 in F#major –Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)

Mazurka in F minor Op 68 No 4 – Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202 – Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
1 Grave – Doppio movimento
2 Scherzo
3 Marche funèbre. Lento
4 Finale. Presto


Six Pieces on a Single Theme Op 21 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893 )
Prelude – Fugue – Impromptu – Funeral March – Mazurka – Scherzo

Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka – Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
I Danse russe (Russian Dance)
II Chez Pétrouchka (Petrushka’s Room)
III La semaine grasse (The Shrovetide Fair)



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2018 Our Artists

Deborah Humble | mezzo soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s most successful international artists. She began her musical education in Adelaide gaining a Bachelor of Music Performance and continued her studies in Melbourne completing a Master of Music and Diplomas of Arts and Education.

In 2004, Deborah was awarded the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and, the following year, she became a Principal Mezzo with the State Opera of Hamburg. Her many roles for the company included Zenobia (Radamisto), Bradamante (Alcina), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Page (Salome), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Malik for the German premiere of Henze’s L’Upupa.

But it was for her Wagner roles in Hamburg’s Ring Cycle that she received international acclaim. Conducted by Simone Young and directed by Claus Guth, Deborah began with Erda in Das Rheingold in 2008 and went on to sing Schwertleite in Die Walküre, Erda in Siegfried and both 1st Norn and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung. She recorded these roles for the Oehms record label and, in early 2011, repeated the roles in two complete cycles.

In 2008, Deborah was a finalist in the International Wagner Competition held in Seattle.
Her international engagements include appearances with Edinburgh Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg Easter Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, Seattle Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, British Youth Opera and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris – in works as diverse as Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem. Closer to home, she has performed with the State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland, the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals.

In 2013/14, she sang further Ring Cycles in Hamburg, Halle, Melbourne and Ludwigshafen, sang Catherine in Honegger’s Jean d’Arc du Boucher in Lisbon, Amneris in Aida for Opera Australia, Elijah with the Sydney Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Queensland Symphony and Wesendonck Lieder in New Zealand.

Since 2015, Deborah Humble has appeared in Strauss’ Elektra and Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Boucher in Hamburg, Das Rheingold and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Hong Kong, Siegfried in Boston, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Singapore, Bruni’s Symphony No. 1 (Ringparabel) in Minsk, Parsifal and Verdi’s Requiem in the UK, Bluebeard’s Castle and Elgar’s The Kingdom in Melbourne, Mozart’s Requiem in Brisbane and Tristan und Isolde in Mexico City. In 2017, she makes major appearances in Lille, London, Melbourne and New Zealand.



Guy Noble | host

Guy Noble has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, Hong Kong Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras.

Guy is the host and accompanist each year for Great Opera Hits (Opera Australia) in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. He conducted Opera Queensland’s 2014 production of La Boheme, is conductor and host for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Classics Unwrapped series at the Adelaide Town Hall, and conductor and host for the Queensland Symphony’s Music on Sundays series at QPAC.

His Opera The Opera was premiered at WAAPA in November of 2016 and has since been workshopped by Opera Australia. He is also the host of Concert Hall on Qantas Radio.
Guy has worked with a wide variety of international performers with orchestras across Australia, including Harry Connick Jnr, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, The Pointer Sisters, Dianne Reeves, Glenn Frey, Randy Newman, Clive James, Conchita, The Two Cellos, Alfie Boe, and Olivia Newton John.


Michael Goldschlager | cello

Born in New York City, cellist Michael Goldschlager is perhaps best known to Australian audiences for 13 years of performances and recordings with The Macquarie Trio and as a chamber music cellist, having appeared at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music on six occasions, and at virtually all of Australian’s best-known music festivals. His recent best-selling, critically acclaimed recordings of the complete unaccompanied cello suites of J.S. Bach for ABC Classics/Universal are often heard on ABC Classic FM, where he has also twice been the interview guest on the ‘Margaret Throsby Show’.

He performed in September/October of 2016 with the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) on its tour to Sydney and Singapore. In 2013, he toured with the AWO under Zubin Mehta and was Principal cellist with the orchestra on its tour of India with Mehta in 2015. He will return to India with the AWO in 2018.

Michael was a frequent concerto soloist and principal cellist of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) for six years. He is a frequent guest principal with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He has toured Europe as principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has recorded with each of these ensembles. He has also been a Mentor/Teacher and Coordinator of Strings at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He presently lectures in cello at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

In New York he performed with that city’s finest musical organisations, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His career in N.Y. included appearances with the city’s finest musical organisations, such as the NYC Opera, NYC Ballet, and as a principal with the Orchestra of St Luke’s. For two years, he played Bach suites on stage as a musician and actor in over 1000 performances of the Broadway play, The Elephant Man with such notables as David Bowie and Mark Hamill. He appeared in the concert to save Carnegie Hall with musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose and the Guarneri String Quartet.

In 2014, he delivered a TEDx talk in March of 2014 entitled Passion – The Eagle and the Eel. He sits on the Media and Arts Advisory Board of SeaShepherd.org along with Brigit Bardot, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Martin Sheen and several others, and his solo music has been used in documentaries for the organisation. He chose the music for Warner Brothers’ latest Chuck Lorre TV comedy, Mom as music coordinator for the show.

Michael performs on a historically important cello made for the court of Louis XVI in 1780 by Nicolas a Paris.


Gregg Arthur | singer songwriter

Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his intimate vocal style.

Originally from Sydney Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the ‘new standards’, pop and smooth jazz classics.

Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho.

In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the ‘Brush Master’ Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. Since 2014 Gregg has been performing and writing with brilliant pianist Tom Ranier, and had a residency with  beloved bassist Pat Senatore and his trio at the prestigious Bel Air venue Vibrato, owned and presented by Grammy award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert.

In Australia and the Asia Pacific Gregg tours and records with the cream of the region’s musicians, featuring highly respected jazz masters, pianist and musical director Peter Locke and renown bassist Craig Scott, and introducing young guns Tim Geldens on drums and Michael Avgenicos on tenor sax.


Jim Coyle | composer

Jim Coyle is a Sydney-based composer and music educator.

He has worked with some of Australia’s finest musicians as well as composing works for children and young people to perform. Jim is also in demand as a speaker, leading professional learning for music teachers and delivering pre-concert talks for Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

He also lectures part-time at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.



The Sydney Puppet Theatre

Steve Coupe and Sue Wallace are co-artistic directors of The Sydney Puppet Theatre founded in 1984.

We moved to the Southern Highlands, regional NSW, where we built a puppet making and rehearsal studio. We create what we call Theatre of Delight, principally for the family audience incorporating puppetry, acting, music and dance in our shows.

We design workshops for all ages and abilities. We have also created puppetry performances and workshops for various clients the Museum of Contemporary Art, the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and Discovery Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the Roads and Transport Authority, Sydney Water, the NSW Fire Department, the Australian Museum, National Parks and Wildlife and Australia’s Wonderland. We have taught puppetry at the University of NSW and have an ongoing association with the Enmore Design College of TAFE.

Most recently (August 2017) we were commissioned by Nautanki Theatre to create and perform shadow theatre in Jungle Book at Riverside Theatre.

We are currently company in residence at Imagin Arta, the Australian Puppet Centre in Sutton Forest NSW, performing every Sunday and organising puppetry workshops and events.



Amanda Cole | mezzo soprano & performance coach

Amanda Cole is a compelling and passionate performer specialising in art song, oratorio, chamber music, early music and the avant garde. Her musicianship, expressive singing, facility with languages and innovative thinking have received recognition from Jack Straw Productions (Seattle, USA), Mietta Song Recital Award (Melbourne), Creative New Zealand, Churchill Fellowship Foundation and Arts Queensland.

Upon completion of her PhD in constructive pedagogy for performers and integrative Alexander Technique, she was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University. She has presented academic papers at international conferences on music education, psychology, singing and the Alexander Technique, published in the Australian Journal of Music Education and was recently invited to contribute a chapter to a book on mentoring. She has taught at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of Arts and the University of Otago.

Her experiential courses on music performance (How Performance Works, Mending Musical Cartesian splits, Music Performance Excellence for Professionals, Philosophical Pragmatism and Musical Creativity) attract musicians both locally and in New Zealand, the US, the UK and Europe.


Amanda Cole | Mezzo-Soprano and Performance Coach

Andrew West | piano

Andrew West first worked with Bridget Bolliger in 2013 at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. They have since recorded two CDs together, in London and Sydney, and given further recitals in Sydney and Ballarat.

Andrew has developed partnerships with many of today’s leading
musicians. He is Artistic Director of the Nuremberg Chamber Music Festival, now in its seventeenth year, creating programmes and performing in the concerts. His longstanding partnership with flautist Emily Beynon has led to recordings for Hyperion and the BBC, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and throughout Europe.

He is particularly known as a song-accompanist, appearing with Benjamin Appl, Emma Bell, Florian Boesch, Lesley Garrett, Christopher Purves and Roderick Williams. He has collaborated for many years with the renowned tenor Mark Padmore. Their repertoire ranges from Schubert’s Winterreise, performed in a staged version alongside poems by Samuel Beckett at Lincoln Center, New York, to cycles by contemporary composers such as Harrison Birtwistle. The world premiere of Birtwistle’s cycle Songs from the Same Earth, at the Aldeburgh Festival, has been followed by further performances in Amsterdam, Cologne and London.

Recent recordings include Dancing Shadows and Timeless with Bridget Bolliger; Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Robert Murray; and Romantic Masterpieces with Spanish clarinettist Cristo Barrios.

Andrew has worked with violinist Sarah Chang in Britain and Ireland, and performed with cellist Jean-Guihen  Queyras throughout Europe. A CD released by his piano quartet, Touchwood, of music by Chausson and Saint-
Saëns, was selected as ‘Recording of the Month’ by the Daily Telegraph.

As a duo pianist he has appeared at the City of London and Cheltenham Festivals with pianist Cedric Tiberghien. For the Michael Clark Dance Company he performed the two-piano version of The Rite of Spring with Philip Moore, firstly at the Barbican, and then on tour in Paris, Seoul and Lincoln Center, New York.

Andrew West won second prize at the Geneva International Piano Competition in 1990. He has made solo tours of South Africa, South America and the United States.

Andrew West read English at Clare College, Cambridge before studying at the Royal Academy of Music under Christopher Elton and John Streets. He is Professor of Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music.


Piers Lane | piano

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In great demand as a soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include performances of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto, Frank Bridge’s Phantasm and Ferdinand Ries’s eighth concerto at Carnegie Hall with the newly formed ‘Orchestra Now’; premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall. He also gave over thirty performances in Australia, and performed throughout the UK, and in France and Belgium.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels, primarily with Hyperion Records. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, and a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle, a Franck, Fauré and Szymanowski disc with Tasmin Little and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.

Piers is the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and for ten years was also the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, finishing in 2017. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to music.

In the 2017/18 season Piers’ concerto appearances include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under Brett Dean at Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with the Auckland Philharmonia, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned piano concerto by Carl Vine with Kathryn Stott, also in Australia.

Piers visits the USA on several occasions, gives a solo recital at Wigmore Hall in January, and plays throughout the UK as well as in Canada, Dubai, Portugal, Norway and Russia.

In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).



Bridget Bolliger | flute

Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger made her solo début with the Sydney Symphony performing Ibert’s Flute Concerto at the age of 15.

She relocated to Switzerland for her tertiary studies graduating with a Masters Degree in Performance from the Basel Music Academy under Professor Peter-Lukas Graf. Bridget then embarked upon a busy and varied career in Europe and South America appearing as soloist and chamber musician with many leading international orchestras and ensembles.

Her countless performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto have involved collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned harpists – including
Marielle Norman and Elena Zaniboni. She has held Principal Flute positions with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Symphony and has appeared as guest Principal Flute and soloist with the Basel Symphony, Philharmonia Zürich, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Upon her return to Sydney in 2004, Bridget became a passionate advocate of Australian music and performed frequently at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. She was founding Director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet and Founding Artistic Director of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival – this Festival celebrates 11 years under her successful stewardship in 2018.

She has recently formed a key musical partnership with pianist Andrew West; in 2016, they gave their début recital in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House and collaborated on Bridget’s latest album – entitled Timeless. Her earlier recordings of premiere Australian works have received unanimous acclaim from celebrated music journals such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight Magazine; these include Quintopia, The Laughing Moon (by Ross Edwards) and Dancing Shadows (the complete music for flute and piano by Miriam Hyde).

An esteemed teacher and chamber music coach, Bridget has tutored and given masterclasses worldwide – at the Jugend Musik Schule (Rorschach), Australian National Academy of Music and the Universities of New South Wales, New England and Sydney. She has also assisted Michel Debost at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba and features on playwithapro.com -the newest international online teaching podium.

Bridget Bolliger is a Powell Artist.




CLICK HERE to read more about the programme for our 2018 season.


2017 Season

Saturday, 14 October and Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2017 presents


Outstanding Australian Soprano‘ Amelia Farrugia, UK violinist Andrew Haveron ‘one of the most sought after of his generation‘ and ‘glorious‘ Swiss-Australian flautist Bridget Bolliger, are among this year’s line up of artists who will perform at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum in the Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2017.

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Amelia Farrugia | SOPRANO
Meredith O’Reilly | ACTOR/PERFORMER
Verna Lee | HARP
Anthony Heinrichs | FLUGELHORN
Bridget Bolliger | FLUTE
Andrew Haveron | VIOLIN
Tobias Breider | VIOLA
Teije Hylkema | CELLO

Concert 1 – “The Little Star“

Saturday 14 October 11am to 11.30am

Meredith O’Reilly in ‘The Addams Family’ 2014

Meredith O’Reilly ACTOR/PERFORMER, Bridget Bolliger FLUTE

Helpmann nominated music theatre performer/actor Meredith O’Reilly and flautist Bridget Bolliger will bring to life some exciting (and maybe, a little bit spooky) tales for the young and young at heart, with flute, voice and storytelling.


Concert 2 – The Phantom of the Opera

Saturday 14 October at 7pm

Amelia Farrugia SOPRANO, Verna Lee HARP,  Anthony Heinrichs FLUGELHORN

One of Australia’s best loved sopranos, Amelia Farrugia, will join flugelhorn specialist from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Anthony Heinrichs, and harpist Verna Lee, in an evening of operatic joy with music by Gounod, Faure, Puccini, Bellini, Massenet and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

This fascinating combination of instruments will also include Baroque music by J.S. Bach to calm your soul as well as a triple harp concerto for you to discover…. and a taste of Haydn.



“Intrada” for solo Flugelhorn – Otto Ketting (1935-2012)

Three pieces from Luz y Notre for baroque triple harp – Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz (1626-1677)
Folias | Marianos | Xacaras

Meditation from Thais – Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Adaption for flugelhorn and harp.

Fantasie on a theme by Haydn for solo harp – Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975)

Musetta’s Waltz from “La Boehme” – Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
“O mio bambino caro” from “Gianni Schiocchi” – Giacomo Puccini.
“Ch’il bel sogno” from “La Rondine” – Giacomo Puccini.

Cello suite no.1 in C – J.S Bach (1685-1750)
Transcribed by David Cooper
Minuet I | Minuet II | Gigue

Ave Maria – Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Three songs by Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)
En Priére | Les Roses d’ispahan | Notre amour

Variations on a theme from “Norma” – Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835 )
Arrangement for Flugelhorn and harp by J.B. Arban

From “Phantom of the Opera” – Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), and “My Fair Lady” – Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)
“All I ask of you” | “Wishing you were here” | “I could’ve Danced all night”


Concert 3 – ‘Ghostly Masters’

Sunday 15 October at 7pm

Chamber music for Flute and Strings.

Bridget Bolliger FLUTE,  Andrew Haven VIOLIN, Tobias Breider VIOLA,  Teije Hylkema CELLO

Flautist Bridget Bolliger joins Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert master Andrew Haveron on Violin, alongside returning festival artists Tobias Breider (principal violist with the SSO) and Teije Hylkema (principal cellist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra).

Experience some of the finest chamber works by Mozart, Reger, Rossini, Martinu, Ysaÿe.
Don’t miss this concert’s world premiere performance of ‘Unquiet’ by Australian composer Jim Coyle, commissioned by the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.



Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major , K285 – W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegro | Adagio | Rondeau

2Solo sonata for violin, “Ballade”, Op. no. 3 – Eugene Ysaye ( 1858-1931)

Serenade for flute, violin and viola. Op. 141a – Max Reger ( 1873-1916 )
Vivace | Larghetto | Presto

“Unquiet” for flute, violin and viola – Jim Coyle (1968 – alive and well!)
Commissioned for the Sydney Chamber Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary 2017.
Art works inspired by the theme of Phantoms by senior art students from St. Lukes Grammar School.
World Premiere performance.

Solo cello suite Nr. 2 in D minor – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude | Allemande | Courante | Sarabande | Minuet 1 | Minuet 11 | Gigue

Three Madrigals for violin and viola – Bohuslav Martinu (1890 – 1959)
Poco allegro | Andante | Allegro

Flute Quartet Nr. 2 in A minor – Giacchino Rossini ( 1792-1868)
Allegro | Andante | Rondo. Allegro


Composer Jim Coyle was commissioned by Sydney Chamber Music Festival to write a new work for flute quartet on the theme of ‘Phantoms’. The work is entitled ‘Unquiet’ and reflects, in part, the feeling of the presence of another composer in the creative process. In this case, the composer is Benjamin Britten about whom Jim is currently writing his doctoral thesis. This barely perceived and not unwelcome presence has been part of Jim’s work as a composer for several years and ‘Unquiet’ makes allusion to several of Britten’s works.

The premiere performance will also feature artworks from year 11 students at St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why which have been guided and curated by artist and educator Coco Elder. The sixteen participating young artists have each created three works on the theme of ‘Phantoms’ reflecting a variety of artistic styles from cubism to expressionism to pop art and beyond, thus themselves invoking the phantoms of earlier artists. This exciting multi-media performance is one of a number of top-line events scheduled for this year’s Sydney Chamber Music Festival.



CLICK HERE to read more about the artists performing in our 2017 season.


CLICK HERE to read the Director of the Manly Art Gallery&Museum’s letter, celebrating ten years of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.


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2017 Our Artists

Amelia Farrugia | soprano

Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. Amelia has had a highly successful and varied Australian & International career in Opera, Music Theatre, Symphony Concert, Recital, Corporate Events, Large-Scale Outdoor Events, Recording & Television.

Amelia Farrugia’s auspicious debut solo recording, Joie de vivre! was released by Universal Music Australia in December 2005 and released in the UK October 2006. Recorded in the UK with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Briger, Joie de vivre! was nominated for a Classical Aria Award (2006). The first Australian solo artist to record on the prestigious Decca label since Dame Joan Sutherland in 1959, Amelia was featured on national television’s ABC news, The Today Show, Good Morning Australia, Carols in the Domain and on radio as ABC Classic FM’s CD of the week and 2MBS FM’s CD of the month.

In 2017 Amelia appears in the world-premiere of DIVA! (City Recital Hall, Sydney). An uplifting celebration of great Australian Divas, June Bronhill & Dame Joan Sutherland with original music scored by Elena Kats-Chernin.



Meredith O’Reilly | actor, performer

Meredith has been an entertainer for over 30 years. Theatrical highlights include Starkers (playing feisty stripper Glenda, directed by Lex Marinos), Les Misérables (Swing, directed by Gale Edwards), Hello Dolly! (directed by Christopher Renshaw), Chess (understudy Florence, directed by Colin McColl), New Rocky Horror Show (Magenta/Usherette alternate, directed by Nigel Triffitt), Gypsy (stripper Tessie Tura, directed by Nancye Hayes), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (secretary Smitty, directed by Kris Stewart), The Producers (elderly Hold Me-Touch Me, nominated for both Green Room and Helpmann awards, directed by Susan Stroman), Karaoke the Musical (pushy stage mother Tammy, directed by Guy Noble), Rain (P.M. Julia Gillard, directed by Jonathan Mill/Teresa Borg), Love Never Dies (understudy Madame Giry, directed by Simon Phillips) and Grandma in The Addams Family (directed by Jerry Zaks).

Recently Meredith was in 3 new Australian musical projects: Life Force (five different roles in four accents, directed by Lisa Freshwater), mystery thriller Laura (directed by Arne Neeme) and the City Recital Hall concert of King Of The Air, playing Charles Kingsford Smith’s mother (directed by Tyran Parke). She played the role of theatrical agent Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! in 2014 (Glugs Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, directed by Lisa Freshwater). In 2015/16 Meredith toured Australia in The Sound Of Music (directed by Gavin Mitford) as Baroness Elberfeld, understudying Sr Berthe and Frau Schmidt, playing the latter role for six weeks in Sydney.

Her cabaret Curtains about showbiz disasters was a finalist in 2014 Short and Sweet and Cabaret and selected for Sydney’s inaugural Festival Fatale in 2016. Earlier cabarets include Only Just Begun, about singers who died suddenly and young. She has fronted big bands Tres Mambo, Horns Plus and her jazz quintet, The Mezzanines.

She writes lyrics for music theatre, jazz and popular songs and songs tailored to corporate events. Meredith has appeared in numerous TV dramas, commercials, corporate films and is a voiceover artist. She has hosted several radio shows and narrated audio books for Vision Australia for ten years. .


Verna Lee | harp

Since 1990, Verna has won critical acclaim for her performances. Her playing was recently described as “all tears and goosebumps”.

With no less than 45 concerto performances to date, she has built a reputation as a versatile soloist with Australian premieres of concertos and many performances of the ever-popular Mozart and Handel harp concertos. One highlight was being featured as soloist with the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Adelaide Arts Festival in 1992. After making her solo debut at the age of 15, she has performed many recitals and has toured Australia as a soloist.

In 2012, Verna was awarded a grant for her sold-out multi-media performances The Harp In Nature which showcased stunning images of the Australian landscape set to harp works by Australian composers. This recital was also performed at the recent World Harp Congress in 2014.

She considers herself fortunate to have worked and recorded with various orchestras such as Singapore Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony and spent 10 years as principal harpist with Australian Youth Orchestra until the ripe old age of 27.

Verna has also performed with international artists such as Sumi Jo, Aled Jones, Il Divo, Tina Arena, the Kiev Ballet and the Deutche Kammerakademie Neuss.

Other harp activities include directing the Sydney Harp Eisteddfod, harp weekends and workshops, harp camps, lecturing at harp festivals and regularly accompanying soprano Amelia Farrugia.



Anthony Heinrichs | flugelhorn

Anthony studied at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music with Kevin Johnson, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1991. During this time, he worked regularly with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, performing the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto, and giving the Australian premiere of Dialogue for Trumpet and Orchestra by Wayne Senior.

Between 1990 and 1993, he played principal trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Camerata Australia and toured nationally and internationally with these orchestras. He studied with Daniel Mendelow in Canberra, and was Principal Trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 1994. He acted as Principal Trumpet at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, where he studied with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras, and travelled to Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1999 to study with Reinhold Friedrich.

A member of Sydney Brass, he gave the premiere of Joe Wolfe’s Trumpet Concerto in 2003, and has performed at the Arcadia Music Festival, with the Frankfurt and Saarbrucken radio symphony orchestras, and as Principal Cornet with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

He has taught at St Andrews Cathedral School and the Sydney and Newcastle conservatoriums, and was featured in the Visiting Artist Programme at Hale School in 2008.
Anthony Heinrichs joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1995.


Bridget Bolliger | flute

An accomplished concert soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and recording artist, Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger has recently been hailed by Fanfare as “the very essence of what flute sound should be…”

Bridget first performed as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and studied at the Basel Music Academy completing her Masters degree in performance under Prof. Peter-Lukas Graf.

As a soloist, Bridget appeared with the St Gallen and Basel Symphony Orchestras, Orquestra del Teatro Massimo Palermo and the Sinfonica de São Paulo among others and she performs regularly for the ABC, Musica Viva, and is a regular guest at the Huntington Music Festival and Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.

Bridget spent several years as Principal Flute with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland, and then the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil. She was Guest Principal Flute with the Zurich Opera Orchestra , Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Australia, Bridget has played principal flute with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and has regularly played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Bridget studied voice at the Koln Music Hochschule and at the Bologna Music Academy . She performed the roles of Clorinda in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” at the Teatro di Sao Pedro in Sao Paulo and was the first soprano in “Drei arme adelige Waisen” from Richard Strauss’ opera Rosenkavalier , at the Teatro Massimo de Palermo in Sicily. Bridget studied art song and opera as part of her music education in Europe.

Bridget’s debut solo CD release in 2014, “Dancing Shadows”, has earned great international acclaim from Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight and she made her Sydney Opera House debut as solo artist in 2016.

Bridget is the founder and Artistic Director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet and the Sydney Chamber Music Festival. She is an Artistic Advisor for the Sydney Conservatorium High School Senior Chamber Music Program, was the 2016 Artist in Residence at Fine Music 102.5 FM, and is a flute teacher on the international faculty of playwithapro.com



Andrew Haveron | violin

Andrew has performed concertos with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis (LSO), Sir Roger Norrington, Jiří Bělohlávek (BBCSO), Stanislaw Skrowachewski (Halle) and John Wilson (CBSO), performing a broad range of well known and less familiar repertoire.

In 1999 Andrew was appointed first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in their unique style all over the world collaborating with a varied selection of outstanding artists such as Anne-Sophie Von Otter, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Dmitri Ashkenasy and Alexander Baillie through to their iconic ‘cross-genre’ work with Elvis Costello, Björk, Paul McCartney and Sting. Andrew recorded more than fifteen albums with the quartet, many of which received industry awards such as “Diapason d’or” and “Choc du Monde”.

Andrew is also in great demand as on orchestral leader and enjoys frequent invitations to work with all the major symphony orchestras in the UK and many further afield. In July 2007 he became leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and enjoying many appearances at the Proms including the famous “Last Night”. At the request of conductor Valery Gergiev he also led the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’. Andrew has also been the leader of ‘The John Wilson Orchestra’ since its inception. Most recently, Andrew has been appointed leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music. He plays on a violin made in 1709, by Carlo Tononi. He became Joint Concert Master of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012.



Tobias Breider | viola

German born Tobias Breider is Principal Violist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Previous positions as Principal include the Rhine Opera Duesseldorf,the Konzerthaus Berlin and in the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg under Simone Young. He has also appeared as guest leader with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, both Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, the Radio Symphonies of Vienna and Cologne, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony a.o.

Having a busy International career as a chamber musician he has been invited to numerous Festivals in the US, Germany, the UK and South Africa.

As a Soloist he performed a.o. at City Recital Hall in Sydney and the Recital Center in Melbourne. He recently toured Queensland and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles in Australia, like Wilma Smith & Friends, Kathryn Selby&Friends and the OMEGA ensemble Sydney. He was invited to the The Sanguine Estate and Pearl Beach Festivals, The Australian International Viola Conference, to Viola Week at ANAM and to the Schubert and Brahms-Marathons in Melbourne.

Tobias has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium and is guest teacher at ANAM (Melbourne). He coached at the Britten/Pears School in Aldebourgh (UK) and was invited for Masterclasses at Stellenbosch University (S.A.) and at the Shanghai Academy.


Teije Hylkema | cello


Teije Hylkema is the Principal Cellist of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

He moved from The Netherlands to Australia in 2012 and has worked as a guest principal with various orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestra before attaining the Principal position at AOBO. He has also performed in close collaborations with violinist Andrew Haveron, accordionist James Crabb, didgeridoo player William Barton and with major art companies such as Opera Queensland, Opera Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dance North.

In the Netherlands, Teije was the co-principal cellist at the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, an orchestra that specialized in baroque and modern repertoire with chief conductors Jaap van Zweden and
Frans Brüggen. He was also a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado.

Teije graduated from Amsterdam Conservatorium under the guidance of Dmitri Ferschtman and Maarten Mostert in 2000. He was the cellist of the Dutch Romeo Quartet for several years. They won numerous prizes and were primarily tutored by Valentin Berlinsky, Isaac Stern, the Amadeus Quartet, and the Tacacs Quartet.

Teije is a dedicated chamber music player, both on modern and baroque cello. He has performed in many chamber music festivals in Europe and in Australia, he was a guest artist at the Tyalgum Music festival, The Sydney Chamber Music Festival and the ‘Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields’ festival. He performs throughout the year with his pianist wife Grace Kim, the Omega Ensemble and the Sydney Cello Collective.

Teije plays a cello by Camillo Mandelli da Calco (1916).


Jim Coyle | composer

Jim Coyle is a Sydney-based music educator and composer. As a composer, he has worked with some of Australia’s finest musicians including the Sydney Sinfonia and Sydney Brass, and has been commissioned to write works for musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has also written music for some of Australia’s least experienced musicians, notably his opera for primary school children, The Selfish Giant.

Jim Coyle is in demand as a leader of professional development for music teachers and of masterclasses for student composers, including conducting seminars for the SSO. He sometimes lectures in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is also engaged in doctoral research.



10th Anniversary

Sydney Chamber Music Festival
10th Anniversary

Holding to the maxim of ‘starting as you mean to go on’ and taking the broad and encompassing title of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival, this annual event has now reached its tenth anniversary.

In 2008, ignoring the elements of limited resources and a secure home, Artistic  Director Bridget Bolliger, her  supporting committee and Festival Patron Guy Noble plunged into the fray with a series of innovative concerts by outstanding players. The results speak for themselves. 

Securing Manly Art Gallery & Museum as a permanent home from 2009 gave the Festival a unique quality. Listening to fine music in a large hall (purposely built for concerts in the 1920s) beside Sydney Harbour has given the Festival an energy and freshness that make it stand apart from similar events.

The programming of three weekend concerts, including one for children has ensured that the Festival remains vibrant and accessible. In its quest to engage very young audiences, the Saturday morning Coffee Concert series has presented 30 minute concerts of works that appeal directly to children. Sitting on the floor just metres from the players has enabled a new audience to see and hear instruments up close and to be guided through the elements of musical performance. This educative role saw the utilization of the talents of selected performers in a series of masterclasses for tertiary music students in 2008.

There have been multiple highlights over the past nine years and the list of first class players is extraordinary. Gerard Willems, Taryn Fiebig, James Crabb, the Faust Quartett, the Volatinsky Trio, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shalev Ad-El, Teije Hylkema, Andrew Ford, Juerg Daehler, the Acacia Ensemble, Anthony Heinrichs, Jane Edwards, David Miller and of course Bridget Bolliger herself, are among the many whose dazzling talents have been part of these great events. The long list means that many others are regrettably omitted here.

The artistic programming has been innovative and thematic. Selecting works for a Parisian “Salon” theme (2011) or those related to birds, to complement the accompanying Manly Gallery visual art exhibition (2014), has repeatedly given audiences experiences of somewhat obscure works as well as contemporary pieces. Thematic program highlights have included the works of Elena Katz-Chernin in 2011, the Bach and Sons series from 2013, Forgotten Instruments from 2011 and the musical tribute to the actor John Bell, Robert Keane’s Five Shakespearean Portraits and a concert of Miriam Hyde’s compositions, both in 2015. The 2016 program A Celebration of Friendship and Youth, brought together friends Hylkema, Ashkenazy and Bolliger with Airena Nakamura, Grace Kim and Maria Raspopova with their fresh interpretations of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Gade, Bloch, MendelssohnBartholdy, Jolivet and Hyde. The 2017 program will feature works related to the Manly Gallery Phantom exhibition and in keeping with the tradition of showcasing Australian compositions, a new work by Jim Coyle will premiere.

Programming a remarkable series of ten concerts without external financial sponsorship and with only in-kind sponsorship from many organizations and individuals and volunteers is a note-worthy achievement. Congratulations to the Sydney Chamber Music Festival and happy anniversary!

Dr. Michael Hedger
Director Manly Art Gallery&Museum