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Elanée Ensemble and Friends
Jo St. Leon (viola), Stuart Thomson (Double Bass), Emma McGrath (violin), Lucy Carrig (violin), William Newbery (viola), Brett Rutherford (cello)

String Sextet

Elanée  Ensemble and Friends

Programme:

  • String Sextet in D minor – Alexander Borodin (1833-87)
  • String Sextet No.2 in G major Op 36 – Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
  • String Sextet from Capriccio Op. 85 – Rickard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Sunday 7 May 2017, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets available at door $15.00
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.

Jo St. Leon

Erika Schacht Lyn Bolitho

Jo studied the viola with Christopher Marting in Melbourne and Frederick Riddle in London. During her many years in London, she held Principal positions with the English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and the English Touring Opera. She was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for thirteen years and their Education Director for two years. She was a regular freelance player ith the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. As a chamber musician, Jo was a member of the Priory trio for 6 years, and played regularly with the Orchestra of St. John's Chamber Ensemble and Endymion Ensemble, with whom she premiered many works of contemporary British composers. She has appeared as soloist in the UK, Australia, China and South America.

Since returning to Australia late in 2006, Jo has held positions as Lecturer in Viola at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and Head of Strings at St. Michael's Collegiate. She has appeared as Guest Principal Viola with the Melbourne Symphony Orhcestra and was a member of the Diemen Quartet from 2011 - 2013. She is currently the violist of the Elanée Ensemble, plays regularly with Virtuosi Tasmania and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the UTas Conservatorium and has a large private teching studio. She tutors annually at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Hobart and the Residential Summer String Camp in Ulverstone, Tasmania.


Stuart Thomson

Erika Schacht Lyn Bolitho Born in Edinburgh, Stuart Thomson began playing the double bass at age nine. He studied with Duncan McTier and Corin Long at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester and was awarded the Eugene Cruft Prize for Double Bass. As a busy freelancer he regularly worked with with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestras. In 1999 he joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2001 moved to Australia to play with the Sydney Symphony. The following year he was appointed Associate Principal of The Queensland Orchestra and in late 2003 took up the post of Principal Double Bass with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO). He has also received invitations to guest as principal with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony orchestras. In 2005 he made his solo debut with the TSO playing alongside Alex Henery in Bottesini's Passione Amorosa for two double basses. Then again in 2011 with Tubin's concerto for double bass and in 2015, he performed the Australian premiere of Tan Dun's Double bass concerto Wolf Totem. In December last year he appeared again as soloist with Wolf Totem and the TSO in Hobart and on the TSO's tour of China. Stuart is also an active chamber musician and teacher."

Emma McGrath

Heralded as a “First-magnitude star in the making” by the Seattle Times, British violinist Emma McGrath made her London debut aged 10 in the Purcell Room and at 14 she performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Howard Shelley, broadcast live on Classic FM. She has since performed with numerous professional ensembles and orchestras, and has played in France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Brunei, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Russia, Israel, the UK and the USA as a soloist. Emma moved to Tasmania to take up the post of Concert Master with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2016.

Lucy Carrig

Lucy began playing the violin at the age of 4. She studied with Beryl Kimber and William Hennessey in Adelaide and with Stelios Kafantaris in Germany. During this time she represented Australia in the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra with whom she toured much of Europe and Canada. At 22 Lucy returned to Australia to take up the Principal Second violin job in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Two years later she joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, also as Principal Second violin. Lucy has appeared as soloist with the TSO, Adelaide and Hobart Chamber Orchestras; is a member of the Australian World Orchestra and has played as guest Associate Principal Second with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She appears regularly with Virtuosi, the Elanée Ensemble and with the Discovery Octet.


William Newbery

William returned to Adelaide from Cologne, Germany, in March 2005 having completed a Musik Diplom at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. His previous studies comprise the special music programme at Marryatville High School, a Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours from the Elder Conservatorium and the Advanced Performance Programme at the Australian National Academy of Music.

William was a regular guest player with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2007. He has also been a guest of the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He was the founding principal violist of the Adelaide Art Orchestra and has been broadcast on ABC FM playing a concerto for viola and computer. In 2007 William became a permanent member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Since joining the TSO William has been a regular performer for Virtuosi Tasmania and has also made a broadcast for ABC FM Sunday Live. He tutors viola for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and has also given chamber music performances for MONA FOMA and the Kegelstatt Ensemble in Adelaide.


Brett Rutherford

Brett began his study of the cello at the N.S.W. conservatorium of Music with John Painter and then later with Barbara Woolley for more extensive study. In 1981 Brett joined the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra (now AOBO). In 1984 Brett with his wife Janet travelled to London to spend a year of study. During this time Brett studied with Alexander Baillie and William Pleeth. On returning to Australia, Brett joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Since then Brett has also played with Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players, Virtuosi Tasmania and with the Trigon Ensemble has performed for A.B.C. FM and A.B.C. television as well as concerts around Australia. Brett also plays the viola da gamba and has recorded and performed with the early music group Backgammon and is currently playing with Nuove Musiche ensemble.


Lyn Bolitho Erika Schacht – Artist

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