‘Charisma’ in Armidale for Celebration of Sharing

Published 30 August 2010

charThe Sydney-based ensemble Charisma will give a concert of French masterworks in Armidale on Sunday 5 September to raise funds for two local causes: Paws Up, and Sarah McFarlane-Eagle in support of SANE Australia.

The concert, part of the University of New England’s annual program of fund-raising activities known as Celebration of Sharing, will start in the Auditorium of the C.B. Newling Building at 6 pm and will feature trios by the French composers Vincent D’Indy and Louise Farrenc. The concert will follow a masterclass to be given by Charisma for students of the New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM).

The organiser of the concert, Professor Jennie Shaw, said that she was delighted by the generosity of the three members of Charisma. “We’re very fortunate to have nationally-renowned artists of the calibre of pianist David Miller, clarinetist Ros Dunlop and cellist Julia Ryder willing to give their time and talents,” said Professor Shaw, who is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Their sustained support for regional music making – and, in this case, for two worthy causes – has been outstanding.”

NECOM and the Music discipline within UNE’s School of Arts are sponsoring the concert.

Charisma was founded by Ros Dunlop and Julia Ryder in 1995 to explore and develop music for clarinet and cello. David Miller joined the group in 2003. The group has premiered many works and enjoys an international reputation for lively and virtuosic music-making, receiving critical acclaim for tours in Australasia and Europe. All three musicians teach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Ros Dunlop, a strong advocate of new music for the clarinet and bass clarinet, has premiered many new compositions by composers worldwide.  She has performed throughout Australia, and in New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, East Timor and the USA. Julia Ryder has worked with composers such as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ferneyhough and Finnissy and has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist and with Australian and European ensembles. David Miller’s distinguished career in chamber music and as a vocal accompanist has included partnerships with many internationally-renowned artists – including Joan Carden, Marilyn Richardson and John Pringle. He has performed in the UK, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu and Vietnam, and has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to music.

This year’s Celebration of Sharing activities began with a charity art auction organised by UNE’s Marketing and Public Affairs Directorate and held at the New England Regional Art Museum on Friday 20 August. Donated art works with a total value of more than $17,000 went under the hammer in aid of the two causes.

Paws Up is a program for disadvantaged boys who are given a Border Collie puppy to look after and train under supervision. The boys, aged between 15 and 18, have been competing all over Australia in dog high jumping and are now the national champions.

Since 2001, Sarah McFarlane-Eagle has been raising awareness of the effects of mental illness and promoting mental health strategies for all Australians on behalf of SANE Australia, a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness through campaigning, education and research. Sarah’s passion to assist individuals affected by mental health issues began when her brother went missing at Mt Baw Baw, Victoria, during his final psychotic episode in 2001. Sarah is planning a 1,400-km walk across the mountainous, forbidding terrain of Shikoku in Japan in 2011. Money raised from the Celebration of Sharing will assist her to make this walk in support of SANE Australia.

Entry to the Charisma concert on Sunday 5 September will be by donation.

Clicking on the image displayed here reveals a photograph of Ros Dunlop (left) David Miller and Julia Ryder.