Mark Walton OA - Clarinet
New Zealand born Mark Walton is a highly respected and popular figure in the Australian and New Zealand musical scene and widely acknowledged as a virtuoso clarinet and saxophone performer, inspiring teacher and appealing composer.
For many years Mark held the position of Chair of Woodwind and then Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music but now shares his time between New Zealand and Australia. Mark has performed in many parts of the world, recorded numerous solo albums, composed a large number of works many of which have been performed far and wide.
Mark has written a number of books including How Did That Happen? a very engaging account of his own rather unorthodox musical journey. The proceeds from the sale of these books go to the earthquake devastated Christchurch School of Music.
Mark was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2005 for his contribution to Music Education in Australia.
David Howie - Piano
David studied piano under Sonya Hanke and Gordon Watson as an under graduate, and then specialized in Accompaniment, studying with David Miller at the Sydney at the Conservatorium of Music and Paul Hamburger in London, at the Royal Academy of Music. He was Head of Keyboard Studies at Kings College in Somerset, England for four years before returning to Australia where he has lectured in accompaniment as a member of the Ensemble Unit since 1992 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
He has performed throughout England, Europe, America, Mexico, Thailand and Australia and has given numerous live broadcasts and studio recordings for the B.B.C, Radio Luxembourg, Opus FM ( Mexico City), A.B.C. television and radio and 2MBS FM.
Over the years he has had the pleasure of working with many renowned national and international artists.
In 2008 he joined forces with saxophone player Michael Duke and HD Duo came into existence. It has been their aim to promote and create new music for the combination of piano and saxophones. To date they have commissioned 16 new works for the Duo, performed these works nationally and internationally and recorded them on three separate CD’s, “Australian Portrait”, “Incandescence” and “The Mexican Connection”. They have just started on a new project of Australian and Thai music, commissioning another six new works and have just procured funding for a major project, commissioning, performing and recording works from composers from all the Commonwealth Countries, a task that will take many years.
In 2015 he had the pleasure of recording a CD with his son, clarinettist Som Howie, who was a pupil of Mark Walton, it was released in 2016 on CALA Records,UK.
Sydney Welsh Choir
The Sydney Welsh Choir has more than eighty members, male and female, drawn from all parts of the greater Sydney area. Since 1978 we have been responsible for putting the Wales into NSW. Not all choir members were born in Wales; some have Welsh family links while others simply like being part of a group which sings with such evident enjoyment and enthusiasm to very appreciative audiences. The concert schedule is busy but enjoyable with around two weekend performances a month. The choir has sung at all the main performance venues in Sydney as well as at such famous overseas venues as York Minster, Canterbury and Winchester Cathedrals in England, the American National Cathedral in the USA, The Madeleine in Paris and Assisi Basilica in Italy. Since 1990 the choir has made six trips back to Wales, with performances in many of the main castles, cathedrals and concert halls there, as well as in many countries along the way.
David Miller AM - Piano
David is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music in 1995 and his distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned string players performing with Raphael Wallfisch, Takako Nishisaki, Igor Osim, and Boris Belkin. He has been involved with a number of chamber ensembles including the Huntington Piano Trio, The Song Company, The Australia Ensemble, and the Grevillea Ensemble.
David's performing schedule has taken him to the UK, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu, and Vietnam, and throughout Australia.
David Miller has been on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980 and is currently Chair of the Ensemble Studies Unit, with responsibility for Chamber Music and Accompaniment.
Louise Page OAM - Soprano
Soprano Louise Page is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and versatile singers, performing in opera, operetta, oratorio, cabaret, recital and radio broadcasts throughout Australia and Europe.
Louise graduated with distinction from the Canberra School of Music and then joined the Young Artist Program of the Vienna State Opera. She worked with such luminaries as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sena Jurinac, Waldemar Kmennt and Geoffrey Parsons, and during this period performed in operas, oratorios and concerts in Austria, Germany and Belgium, as well as winning the ‘City of Ghent’ Prize in the Belgian Radio and Television Opera en Bel Canto competition.
Louise is a past vocal grand finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year competition where her performance of the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra earned a ‘MO’ Award nomination for classical performance of the year. Louise is also the inaugural winner of the Mietta’s Song Recital Competition and her particular love of Lieder and art song has seen her become a highly sought after and experienced recitalist.
Now based in Canberra Louise performs regularly in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and regional areas, and has appeared as a soloist with the Sydney, Queensland, Canberra and Central Coast Symphony Orchestras, the National Capital Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra. She has performed extensively for Musica Viva, as well as for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, the Port Fairy Spring Festival and the Mackay Region Festival of Arts, and has regularly been a featured artist for the ABC’s Sunday Live national broadcasts.
Louise has performed in all but one of the Voices in the Forest concerts at the National Arboretum, including as a headline artist with Anne Sofie von Otter in the inaugural concert in 2011, and a guest appearance in 2012 when Sumi Jo was the lead artist.
Louise received a Canberra Critics Circle Award for music in 2007, and in the same year she was recognized with the Canberra Times Artist of the Year award. She has recorded nine CDs of music varying from Lieder to operetta, premières of Australian music and Christmas songs. She is also a respected teacher, adjudicator and arts facilitator and in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List was awarded an OAM for services to the performing arts.
Phillipa Candy - Piano
Phillipa Candy is a graduate of the Canberra School of Music and has Masters degrees from Hobart and Philadelphia. Since 1984 she has been a professional accompanist, private teacher, repetiteur, coach and conductor. She was the founding pianist with the group Austral Skies which toured for Musica Viva, and has been guest musical director and conductor for Canberra City Opera and the permanent conductor of Canberra’s Harmonie German Choir from 1994 to 2004. She has studied with the celebrated accompanist Geoffrey Parsons and in 1992 was inducted in the Pi Kappa Lambda Society for musical excellence.
Phillipa has recorded for Wirripang - Harp in the Highlands (Ann Carr-Boyd), Movement (Horace Keats)
Ormond String Quartet is currently quartet in residence at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Named after Francis Ormond, one of the great benefactors of the MCM, the group is made up of internationally acclaimed artists who bring performing experience from all over the world, including the greatest halls of Europe, Asia, America and Australia. In addition to concert engagements, the Ormonds serve as members of faculty at the Conservatorium. They bring a wealth of experience in teaching and performance, delivering a passionate vision for the highest development of string playing in Australia.