2015 May 15

Concert 2 (past concert)

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Life In A Day

CLAIRE EDWARDES Percussion | AMY DICKSON Saxophones

“She [Amy Dickson] has an individual and unusual tone, luscious, silky-smooth, sultry and voluptuous by turns; her phrasing is beautifully finished, her control of dynamic infinitely subtle.” Grammophone

“Sorceress of percussion, Claire Edwardes, infused the performance with her particular magic. Focused, graceful and virtuosic…” Canberra Times 9/8/12 (Sunken Dreams, The Song Company)

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Life in a Day is an extremely eclectic program spanning the baroque all the way to the music of 2015. We present arrangements of well-known classical works by Bach, Schumann, Ravel, Debussy and Faure alongside newer works by Australia’s own Matthew Hindson, Stuart Greenbaum and a world premiere by Australian jazz piano legend Alister Spence.

When designing this program we wanted to take a snapshot of our favourite musical moments and present them in one concert on our slightly unusual combination of saxophone and mallet percussion instruments (marimba and vibraphone). We invite you to join us on this journey of surprises – some old favourites, some uncovered treasures and some brand new sonic wonders – who could ask for more?


Photos from our concert

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Amy Dickson and Claire Edwardes are both winners of the ABC Young Performers Awards (2004/1999). Having performed together in the UK at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival when Claire was still resident in Europe, the two are reuniting with performances planned in Australia for 2015.

Recognised widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, Amy Dickson has performed throughout the world, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Sydney Opera House. She has also performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. An exclusive recording artist for Sony Music, Dickson has now released three critically acclaimed recordings on theSony Music/RCA label. A passionate advocate of new music, Dickson has premiered and been the dedicatee of works by Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards and Huw Watkins. She is proud to be the International Ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.

Claire Edwardes is recognised throughout the world as one of the most striking and important percussionists of her generation, renowned for her charismatic presentations and unique interpretations of new and old works. After a successful period living in Europe where she performed as soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Radio Chamber Orchestra and numerous recitals in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Claire returned to Australia where she has since collaborated with Richard Tognetti, Bernadette Harvey and William Barton and works closely with composers Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson and Elena Kats-Chernin. Recent highlights include concertos with the Sydney Symphony and The Queensland Orchestra and solo recitals in Australia and Europe.


CLICK HERE for Concert 2 Programme.

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