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Australia Ensemble: Folksong

8 June 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST

Tickets: $55/$42/$33/$15 (Adult/Senior/Concession/Student rush)

“… The Australia Ensemble always fills me with high expectations of consummate musical performance” Daniel Kaan, ClassikON 2016

Folksongs are heavily tethered to notions of place and identity, often evoking a deep sense of nostalgia and connection to distant times. For centuries composers have tugged at our heart strings, using the medium of song to celebrate the sentiment of national identity. Our diverse program reveres this compositional feature. We welcome one of Australia’s most sought-after mezzo sopranos, Fiona Campbell, together with world-renowned harpist and regular guest, Alice Giles. Alongside Australia Ensemble members, Fiona and Alice premiere Andrew Ford’s evocative Northumbrian Songs, and charm us with Berio’s rustic Folksongs. Music by Vaughan Williams draws on pastoral themes while Witold Lutosławski’s Dance Preludes offers twists on seductive rhythms from Poland. Capping off the program, Dvorák’s much-loved Dumky Trio highlights his Bohemian heritage in a delightfully lively finale.

Artistic Chair: Paul Stanhope


  • Dimity Hall (violin)
  • Irena Morozova (viola)
  • Julian Smiles (cello)
  • Ian Munro (piano)
  • David Griffiths (clarinet)
  • Fiona Campbell (mezzo soprano)
  • Lisa Osmialowksi (flute)
  • Alice Giles (harp)
  • Joshua Hill (percussion)
  • Bree van Reyk (percussion)
  • Lerida Delbridge (violin)


  • Witold LUTOSŁAWSKI | Dance Preludes
  • Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | Six Studies in English Folk Song
  • Luciano BERIO | Folksongs
  • Andrew FORD | Northumbrian Songs
  • Antonín DVOŘÁK | Trio in E minor Op.90 ‘Dumky’


UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington
High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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