The Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) was formed in late 2011 and launched its first subscription season in 2012. AHE has rapidly claimed a place among Australia’s finest orchestras and chamber music groups. The ensemble specialises in the music of the classical era, performing on historical instruments under the leadership of Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh.
Formed from a group of dedicated musicians with national and international experience, AHE has built a reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that would have been familiar to Haydn and his contemporaries.
AHE have recently released their chart topping debut ABC Classics album, performed at the Melbourne festival, throughout Australia and toured to America. They present five tours annually and include regional performances and education projects at the core of their activities.
“..a young and engaged group” – SHM 2013
“natural phrasing refreshingly free of the mannerism that original instrument groups are sometimes prone to” – SMH 2013
“Textural clarity and sectional interplay illuminated their inventiveness while lilting rhythms and emphatic staccatos enlivened the finales.” – The Australian 2013
Australian Haydn Ensemble’s concerts
Reviews and interviews with Australian Haydn Ensemble
On Sunday June 2, the Australian Haydn Ensemble performed an interesting program with a “French…
Probably the most welcome rainstorm in Sydney history put the Chatswood audience, which included eminent…
There is always a sense of relief when you arrive in your seats at Angel…
How better to spend a rather chilly, drizzly, overcast Saturday afternoon in Sydney than to…
A delightful program based on Paris in the late eighteenth century sufficiently warmed one’s soul…
After a prolonged run of wet weather in Sydney, the sun shone brightly for the…
The performance of the Second Symphony the ensemble produced a big sound for the space and is better suited to chamber music arrangement.
The highly-anticipated night of firsts for AHE and they did not disappoint. First performance at the City Recital Hall and launch of their first CD.
Haydn Ensemble stands proudly shoulder to shoulder with the many period instrument ensembles found in Europe. We are lucky to have such a professional and vibrant ensemble in our midst.
Melissa Farrow was superb in her quasi-solo role while I felt that the cellist, Anton Baba, stood out in cementing the intricacy of the string playing.
The “Beautiful Boccherini” concert was in an interesting venue, the Cell Block Theatre in the…
Throughout the performance the musicians displayed a level of interaction that was only outshone by their obvious love and enjoyment of the Haydn’s music.
I had often heard and read about AHE’s expertise in historically-informed performance since its formation in 2011. Well, they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Their intonation excellent and every line clear; phrases rose and subsided from the texture with balance and grace. At the finish of this profound and sincere performance, I longed for more.
It is testimony to this chamber music group that the last movement of the Haydn, which as the programme noted ’demands virtuosity from the whole party’ was executed superbly.
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