‘EphenStephen’ to launch Spring Music Festival

Published 14 September 2009

sarodNext weekend, the University of New England’s Music Department and the New England Conservatorium of Music are joining forces to present a Spring Music Festival, featuring local musicians, guest classical Indian music specialists, and advanced student performers.

On Friday 18 September the Festival will begin with a public recital by Armidale’s own nationally-acclaimed guitar duo “EphenStephen” at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) at 7 pm.

On Saturday 19 September at 11.30 am there will be a public lecture by Adrian McNeil (sarod) and Bobby Singh (tabla) at the C.B. Newling Building (the Old Teachers’ College). At 8 pm on Saturday they will perform at NERAM. “McNeil and Singh are two of Australia’s leading Indian classical music exponents,” said Dr Andrew Alter, Convener of Music at UNE, “and it’s a rare treat to have them in Armidale.”

During the concert interval, members of the audience will be able to enjoy artwork by UNE students being exhibited at NERAM during the Festival.

The Festival also includes three concerts by advanced students. On Saturday at 6 pm, a recital by NECOM Soloists will be held at the new TAS Hoskins Auditorium. The concert features Benjamin Sindel performing Brahms’s 1st Clarinet Sonata with pianist Sheila Guymer. The program also includes violinist Jodie Ostenfeld, soprano Hannah Frazer, and Elanor Beck on recorder. On Sunday at 3.30 pm, UNE Music Department students will perform at the C.B. Newling Auditorium in the Old Teachers’ College .

The Festival is being held during the UNE Music Department’s residential school. Each semester the University’s external students travel to Armidale for an intensive series of lessons, lectures, rehearsals and workshops. The students come from around Australia and even from overseas. “Having the vibrant mix of our external students plus Armidale’s own expert performers and teachers makes a festive atmosphere that we want to invite the general public to enjoy,” Dr Alter said.

The Festival ends on Sunday 20 September with a jazz concert featuring UNE external students Grant Metcalfe (saxophone) and Peter Crane (guitar), with local musicians Sarah Christopher (bass) and Steve Harris (drums). This outstanding jazz group will perform at 6 pm at the Old Teachers’ College.

For more information contact the UNE Music office on 6773 6457.