Concert series for young Australian performers
The concert is part of the Tait Memorial Trust’s Tuesdays at Home series. It goes online on the 4th August at 9pm but you can also just watch it anytime after this date for six months. The programme is Beethoven Romance No. 1 in G Op. 40, Raff Cavatina, Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G and Bartok Romanian Folk Dances Nos. 5 and 6. Here is the link for more information and tickets: https://www.taitmemorialtrust.org/product/celebrating-beethoven-250-august-4th/
You may like to revisit a Concert given for the Tait Trust in May by Brisbane’s own Courtenay Cleary on Violin, with pianist Kathy Sander and clarinettist Dr Phillipa Robinson – featuring the haunting Amy Beach Romance, Bach Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV1001,Mozart Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat Major, KV454, Arthur Benjamin Sonatina for Violin and Piano
Tait Tuesdays at Home Concerts Box Office
In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists, we are sharing performances online to you in your home not only to our supporters here in the U.K., but also for our many supporters in Australia and New Zealand.
Tait Awardees and other young musicians are giving lockdown streaming concert performances from their home to yours in our concert series called TAIT TUESDAYS AT HOME.
Purchase a ticket here on the website and receive a link to the streaming premiere of the concert, or enjoy it any time, as many times as you like, over the following six months from the comfort and safety of your home.https://cafdonate.cafonline.org//Widget/13603?fix=0
Members who are concerned about loss of income through performing events, concerts, and gigs that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 may be interested in this link. You can join the ranks of musicians and performers and add your lost income to the equation of loss…being sent through to the government.
It does sometimes appear that the people running the country have no idea how many people are involved in self-employment, and sole trading in the music profession – let the associate artists join in and add their names to the list.
ACCOMPANISTS’ GUILD OF
Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,
We hope that everyone has had a busy time accompanying for AMEB exams, tertiary auditions
and Eisteddfods and is now looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer.
Our AGM took place at the QMTA Auditorium in Taringa on Sunday 11 August. Those who
attended had an opportunity to voice their suggestions to the committee face-to-face and we
encourage everyone to attend future AGMs. Welcome to a new committee member Valerie
Dickson! Any other Guild members interested in joining the committee, please get in touch.
A very warm welcome to our new members Libby Flynn and Joshua Creek. The Guild
membership fees will remain at $60 for the 2019-2020 financial year in line with low
inflation, and student membership is still only $30 per year. Please encourage your more
advanced piano students to join.
Valerie Dickson delivered an excellent vocal accompanying Master Class sponsored by the Guild at the UQ School of Music on 30 August, which was well attended by vocal and piano students.
Another Master Class was given on 27 August at the Queensland Conservatorium by Karen
Lonsdale, flute, who had many suggestions guiding pianists new to accompaniment.
The Guild had also provided additional prizes for UQ Sleath Prize (strings and piano),
awarded to Ben Anderson, and for UQ Margaret Nickson Prize (voice and piano), awarded to
Jasmine Buckley. Both of these students showed great potential as future accompanists. We
hope these activities continue raising the Guild’s profile among higher education music students and will maintain our sponsorship next year. Our sponsorship of accompanying prizes at various Eisteddfods will also continue in 2020. We hope this targeted support helps to maintain the Guild’s standing in the community.
The Guild’s 25th anniversary dinner took place at Victoria’s Room, Hilton Brisbane on Friday 15 November.
Piers Lane very kindly (and amusingly) introduced our guest speaker Philip Mayers
who delivered an inspirational address about the important role of accompanists in the music world. At the dinner we announced two new Honorary Life Members, Pamela Page and Rhonda Vickers.
Pamela was there in person with Max as our guests and received heart-felt applause from those present. Sue Witham delivered a brief summary of Rhonda Vickers achievements, which would take many pages to list here. Rhonda was a student of Max Olding and also studied with Paul Hamburger and Geoffrey Parsons in London on a Churchill Fellowship. She worked for many years at the Qld Con as an unofficial accompanist, and made many broadcasts and recordings with violinist Kerry Smith. Unfortunately, poor health prevented Rhonda from attending the dinner.
The venue, food and drinks were all excellent, and everyone enjoyed the evening.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy accompanying in 2020!
Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,
We hope that everyone has had a well-deserved break over the school holidays and is ready for our busiest time of the year accompanying examinations and tertiary auditions.
A very warm welcome to our new members. The Guild membership is growing! The Guild membership fees will remain at $60 for the 2019-2020 financial year in line with low inflation. If you have not yet paid your membership fees, please do so as soon as possible.
In the second half of the year we are sponsoring Master Classes at the School of Music, University of Queensland, and the Queensland Conservatorium during their Special Projects Weeks, and hope these activities will raise the Guild’s profile among higher education music students.
The Guild advertised in the 2019 MTAQ Queensland Vocal Competition program to strengthen our reciprocal links with other music organisations in Queensland.
Our sponsorship of accompanying prizes at various Eisteddfods will continue in 2019. We hope this targeted support helps to maintain the Guild’s standing in the community.
Max Olding’s 90th birthday was celebrated with a concert at the opening of the APPC Conference on Monday 8 July at the University of Queensland. The evening was a great success with performances and tributes from past students and a marvelous Rachmaninoff’s Tarantella played by Max and Pam on two pianos. We all take inspiration from Max’s long career as a teacher and performer and value his enormous contribution to Queensland’s music community.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 11 August at 10.30AM at QMTA, 200 Moggill Rd, Taringa. If you would like to nominate for the Committee membership, please do so now by contacting the Secretary.
The Guild’s 25th anniversary dinner will take place at Victoria’s Room, Hilton Brisbane on Friday 15 November, starting with canapés at 6.30 and dinner at 7 pm. Philip Mayers has very kindly agreed to be our guest speaker for the evening. The tickets for Guild members are $51, with the Guild sponsoring each member to the tune of $20. Additional tickets for partners are $71. Cash bar is available for drink purchases. Please, put this date into your diaries and contact the Guild’s Secretary to confirm your attendance.
Happy accompanying for the rest of 2019!
This year the Accompanists’ Guild of NSW will be holding the inaugural “David Miller Award” to be held on the 29th and 30th September at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Last year David stepped down as President of the guild and we thought it fitting to honour his achievements and services to Accompaniment by setting up this competition, which we plan to run bi-annually.
Please find the details and entry form for the competition attached to this blog page,
“Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,”
“We hope that everyone has had a well-deserved break over the summer and a good start to the year.”
“A very warm welcome to our new members – Kate Littlewood, Julian Wade, Siu Dea Law and Oliver She. The Guild membership is now at 72 and growing!”
“The School of Music, University of Queensland, is hosting our own AGQ Accompanist competition in early May, with heats held on Friday May 4 at 2PM and the final on Wednesday 9 May at 8PM in the Nickson Room. The Guild is offering two prizes of $150 and $50. We hope this event will raise the Guild’s profile among higher education music students.”
“The Master class with Chen Yang will take place on 26 May 2PM, MTAQ, Taringa. If you have students who would benefit from participation, please ask them to register with Barbara Clifford on email@example.com”
“The Guild is sponsoring a prize at 2018 MTAQ Queensland Vocal Competition as our reciprocal links with other music organisations in Qld are strengthening.”
“Our sponsorship of accompanying prizes at various Eisteddfods will continue in 2018, and we are now seeking expressions of interest from Eisteddfods to create a separate accompanist competition category with more substantial prizes from the Guild. We hope this more targeted support will enhance the reputation of Eisteddfods that take up our offer and of the Guild.”
“The 25th Anniversary of the Guild is coming in 2019 and we welcome your ideas about how we should celebrate this. Please, send your thoughts to the Guild’s secretary.”
“I wish you all a very Happy Easter!”
“Happy accompanying in 2018!”
“President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.”
Improve your string accompanying skills in a workshop with Chen Yang
When: Saturday 26 May, 2PM
Where: MTAQ, Suite 26, on level one of the Taringa Centre, 200 Moggill Road, Taringa.
Tickets available at the door. Cost $15 or pensioner or student concession $10
Participants, to secure your place for this very informative event
Please contact AGQ Secretary, Ms Barbara Clifford on firstname.lastname@example.org
A little about Chen…
Come along and enjoy this masterclass on working with string players – Chen is one of Brisbane’s most dynamic and experienced performers, teacher and mentor, as well as an enigmatic conductor…….
Chen Yang has had a long association with Queensland Youth Orchestra, having first joined as a violinist in 1975 and was concertmaster of QYS from 1978 to 1980, touring with the orchestra in 1980 to Europe, including the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Aberdeen, Scotland. Attributing these positive QYO musical experiences as a major influence in choosing music as a career, Chen studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and graduated with distinction in violin performance.
As his first professional musical undertaking, Chen was the Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (later renamed the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra), working under the distinguished Maestro, Georg Tintner. In 1981 Chen joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra where he played in the first violin section until 1989.
Deciding on a change, Chen spent the next spent two years as musician-in-residence on Dunk Island Holiday Resort in North Queensland where he led a string quartet and performed as a cabaret violins. He continued as a freelance musician throughout the early 1990s, performing in show orchestras for many major musical productions at QPAC.
Chen is the leader and conductor of The Sinfonia of St Andrew’s orchestra and is the string teacher and conductor at St Hilda’s School, Southport. He adjudicates regularly for eisteddfods and competitions and is also a prolific arranger of string music for the Junior String Ensemble. Chen was the conductor of QYO3 from 1983 to 1988 and since 1991 has been the conductor of the Junior String Ensemble.