What We Do
St George Chamber Orchestra
We are a dynamic first-class orchestral ensemble delivering a diverse program of classical music to south-east and central Sydney. We bring together professional orchestral players and soloists to create opportunities for our audience to hear fine music, and are fostering collaborations with a diverse array of artistic partners. Establish our profile as a leading orchestral group, we have partnered with St Mark’s Anglican, South Hurstville as our principal venue for our annual concert series. The year 2020 will see us expand our engagement with our audience by presenting performances at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, opera collaborations with a range of impressive soloists and young artists, and the first of our chamber concerts in April. Our long-term collaboration with the stunning chamber choir Aurora Choralis will produce impressive performances of two of the grandest choral works of JS Bach, the Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio.
We contribute to the cultural enhancement of our community by bringing together industry professionals and talented emerging artists, creating opportunities and experiences that without us would not exist, and which broaden the arts and cultural experiences available to performers and our audiences. Our vision is to be regarded by our performers, peers, and audience participants as an ensemble of excellence promoting a diverse range of chamber orchestral music.
Principal Conductor & Artistic Director
Dr Anthony Clarke
Hailed by critics as “a truly wonderful conductor”, by colleagues as “an outstanding musician” and by students as “inspirational”. Australian born Anthony Clarke has developed a reputation as a charismatic conductor, performer and educator. He is renowned for his thoughful insights and ability to enthuse orchestras and audiences alike with terms such as “energetic”, “insightful”, “passionate”, “intuitive” and “exquisite” often being used to describe his performances.
His concert schedule includes engagements in Australia, Europe, China and the UK and covers a diverse range of genres and audiences including TV and radio broadcasts, subscription series concerts, New Years Eve gala concerts, world premières, education and community concerts, as well as concerto and recital soloist. He has collaborated with esteemed colleagues such as Sir Charles Mackerras, José Carreras, members of the Australia Ensemble, and with popular artists such as Barbara Streisand and Michael Crawford.
In conjunction with conducting and performing, Anthony has also developed a reputation as an engaging educator, capable of opening the world of music to the trained and untrained music lover. As director and educator he has held positions at prominent institutions within Australia, such as Lecturer in Conducting at the University of Sydney, Conservatorium of Music, and has been guest professor at several institutions in China. Of particular importance have been his associations with Maestro Imre Palló, Maestro Alfonso Ghedin and Professor Jan Sedivka.
As an academic, Anthony achieved considerable success when in 2012 he completed his Doctorate where his research into score modiﬁcation - Realising the Ninth, Werktreue and the evolution of score modiﬁcation with speciﬁc reference to the performance and recorded history of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D minor, Op. 125 - attracted considerable interest. During his periods of study Anthony has been awarded numerous prizes including the Frank Hutchens Memorial Prize and the Keith Noake Memorial Prize for the most outstanding graduating student. Of special note is an honourable mention by the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies for outstanding contributions to Australian culture in the performing arts.
2020 Soloists & Musicians
Violins Bili Jiang, Emlyn Lewis-Jones, Elisabetta Sonego, Naomi Warr, Matthew Tsalidis, Lidia Bara, Jonathan Karanikas, Ting Lee
Viola Kathryn Ramsay, Josephine Lumanau
Cello Michal Wieczorek, Sue Trainor, Christine Kim, Nazil Senergut
Double Bass Jason Smith
Flute Jan Squire, Adam Foster
Oboe Noeleen Neideck, Neil Simpson
Bassoon Jordy Muelenbroeks, Nick Zengoski
Trumpet Ryley Gillen, Hattie Channon, Adelaide Channon, Phill O’Neill
Horn Robert Stonestreet, Hannah Murray, Radu Boros
Timpani Chiron Meller
Piano Brad Gilchrist
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Aurora Choralis is a Sydney-based chamber choir with a rich and crystalline sound. Inspired by the great choral traditions of North America and Northern Europe, the group’s tonal identity offers something substantive and beautiful in early music, modern choral art song, and vocal jazz.
In the two years since its formation, Aurora Choralis has won the Sydney Eisteddfod in its first competitive appearance, been awarded as a finalist in the Championships, and recently was awarded second place at the National Eisteddfod in Canberra in multiple categories. Other performances include the Macquarie Bank’s Symphony For Life fundraiser galas, Blackheath Choir Festival, the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrations, and the Sydney Sacred Music Festival.
Aurora Choralis has collaborated with the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra for Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chinese Music Ensemble (Chinese New Year), Coro Innuminata (Faure’s Requiem), and Ghanaian drum ensemble Karifi (Sydney Sacred Music Festival). Aurora Choralis also provides opportunities for student and emerging composers to have their works recorded, as a means of championing new Australian music.