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Lunchtime recital at the Basilica

Take a moment out from your busy daily schedule and head over to the Basilica at St Mary’s for some enchanting saxophone music. I’ll be performing a selection of solo Caprices by Sigfrid Karg-Elert in one of my favourite acoustics in Geelong.

Highly regarded as an organist and composer, Karg-Elert developed a love of the saxophone during his military service in Germany and composed a set of caprices as a bold challenge to develop technique and musicality. A caprice can be defined as a humorous, fanciful or bizarre composition, often characterised by an idiosyncratic departure from current stylistic norms. Influenced by impressionism but grounded in historical polyphonic styles these works are coloured by Karg-Elert’s unique harmonic and rhythmic language.

Today’s performance will present thirteen of the series:

Preambolo, C major
Valse Languide, C minor
Consolation, Dbmajor
Corrente, C# minor
Giga, D major
Rag, D minor
Toccata (in tre parti), Eb major
Ondina, Eb minor
Arlecchino, E major
Cubana, E Phrygian
In modo lidio, F Lydian
In modo misolidio, F# Mixolydian
Tarantelle e Sizilienne, A major

February 21st, 12:30pm to 1pm
Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels 136 Yarra Street, Geelong
Free admission

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Geelong Summer Music Camp 2018

I love being involved with this camp each year and I am always amazed by how much is accomplished by the students in such a short time. We have another stellar line-up of conductors including Sean Rankin for the Hood Concert Band, Ingrid Martin (my conducting mentor) for the Galloway Strings and Malcolm John Symphony Orchestra and education superstar and University of Melbourne lecturer Sue Arney with the Gardner Concert Band.

Auditions commence on Sunday 14th Jan at the Geelong College Middle School with rehearsals Monday to Thursday and the amazing final concert in Costa Hall on Friday 19th. 


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Christmas at the Basilica

One of Geelong’s great performance venues, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, will be having an evening of Christmas music and a little soprano saxophone on the side. The program includes JS Bach’s great Christmas cantata Wachet Auf with the Windfire Choir and Orchestra as well as the Geelong Youth Choir.

Friday 15th December 2017, 8 pm
Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, 136 Yarra St Geelong
Tickets $35/$30 from or at the door
Children and school students—free admission

The first page of the bassoon part for the Cantata in Bach’s hand!

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Studio Performance

To celebrate the end of the year and bring a bit of festive cheer to the air, my students will be performing public concert at the Highton Shopping precinct this Sunday. Expect the unexpected with jazz re-imaginings of classic carols and a mega-saxophone group item to finish it off.

Sunday 10th December, 3pm
Bellevue Ave, Highton

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Australian Discovery Orchestra Recording

On the weekend it was exciting to be a part of the ADO’s first recording project: 16 new musical works by talented Broadway composers. I playing the baritone and tenor saxophones, sitting next to my former teacher Lachlan Davidson on alto saxophone from whom I continue to learn so much. Aside from being an amazing experience, the recording sessions were a great reminder of how important the fundamentals are: tone, intonation, accurate rhythm and listening, listening, listening!

I also appreciated being a part of Melbourne’s rich recording heritage at Allan Eaton Studio. This amazing place has been part of the last four decades of great Australian film scores including: The Dressmaker, Red Dog, Babe, Shine, The Sapphires, The Truman Show and many more!

Keep an ear out for the worldwide competition to sing the vocal parts for the CD’s release in 2018.

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