2015 September 25

Concert 3  (past concert)


Harp and Flute recital

with Verna Lee and Allan Scott Rogers

A wonderful selection of music for flute and harp that comes from all parts of the globe.
From classic Mozart, sublime Fauré to fiery Piazzolla, encompassing such styles from French elegance to smouldering tangos.


Verna Lee (harp)

Verna Lee started harp at the age of 12 and made her solo debut at age 13. As a soloist, she has attracted critical acclaim for her performances. She is often invited to perform for festivals (including the 3rd Australian Harp Festival), music clubs and has toured nationally. She has performed numerous concertos with many Sydney orchestras. One of her career highlights was in 1996 when she was soloist with AYO at the Adelaide Arts Festival performing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro.

She has performed and studied in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United States. An active recitalist and chamber musician, she has played with various ensembles such as the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss. Other international artists she has worked with include the Kiev Ballet, Il Divo, Aled Jones, Tina Arena and she regularly accompanies Amelia Farrugia. She has worked and recorded with orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, Australian Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony and was principal harp of Australian Youth Orchestra for 10 years. She won scholarships while she was at high school at the Conservatorium, gained her Bachelor of Music, and received High Distinction at Canberra School of Music Graduate Certificate in Performance while studying with Alice Giles.

A dedicated teacher, she teaches at several Sydney schools, at the Australian Institute of Music and has a busy private studio. She founded the Sydney Harp Eisteddfod which is now in its eighth year. She also organised the 2010 Australian Harp Weekend, bringing together many harpists from around the country and abroad. Apart from recording for television, radio and soundtracks, Verna and her harp had a lot of fun filming a scene in the movie “the Matrix”.

Verna also studied jazz harmony at the Sydney Conservatorium. This was followed by improvisation classes and private lessons with jazz legend Judy Bailey, who encouraged her to explore the world of jazz harmonies and chord charts.

Allan Scott-Rogers (flute)

Allan graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 1987, where he studied the flute with Jane Rutter. Having attended the Nice Summer Academy and met Professor Raymond Guiot, he chose to complete his tertiary music tuition in Paris. He attained graduate degrees and diplomas in flute performance and chamber music.

During these 12 years in France, Allan studied with the world’s greatest flute teachers: Raymond Guiot, Ida Ribera, Alain Marion, Seginori Kudo and Colin Fleming. Under the tutelage of Allain Gaussin, he also completed post-graduate studies in Musicology and Analysis. He is the 1992 Winner of the Stratford-upon-Avon International Flute Competition and led the Ensemble AREMA for 3 years. Since his return to Australia he has completed a BA in Music and French, and a Graduate Diploma of Education leading him to teach in several schools across languages and music.

As a solo and chamber performer, Allan has given recitals throughout Europe, North America and Australia, including numerous appearances for CHAOS (association of past graduates of the Conservatorium High School). These days he enjoys crossing genres from classical to folk- funk to tango.


Manly Arts Festival 2015

This concert is proudly presented as part of the Manly Arts Festival.

CLICK HERE for Concert 3 Programme.

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