Thoroughbass is an early music ensemble whose members play period instruments, but who have trouble staying in the past. Established in 2009 by director and harpsichordist Diana Weston, we love to perform contemporary music as much as old – giving new sounds to music of the present and recent past, while staying true to our early music background. The result is varied, innovative and original programming that dares to step outside the expected square.
The player list for 2018 includes:
- Diana Weston (Music Director, harpsichord)
- Shaun Ng (viola da gamba, theorbo, violin)
- Angus Ryan (cello)
- Tara Hashambuoy (violin/viola)
- Lucy Cormack (cello)
Guest Artists for 2018
- Michael Tsalka (keyboard)
- Anna Fraser (soprano)
Future concerts by ThoroughBass
Reviews and interviews with Thoroughbass
On a somewhat dull winter afternoon in Sydney, I attended a ThoroughBass concert named “Overture…
The concert is intimate and personal. The blend of poetry and strings is a fine choice, as the attack of the keyboard reflects the accuracy of the chosen poetic words.
I am always impressed by their interesting and innovative programming. There are always surprises and challenges for the listener.
Focused on the viola da gamba, with works by Rameau, Bach and Marais. Three instruments were featured, gamba (Shuang Ng), violin (Tara Hashanbuoy) and harpsichord (Diana Weston).
A series of folksong arrangements bookended the concert. Very varied styles here despite the tone set by the constraints of an early music ensemble.
Ann Carr-Boyd’s bottom drawer is full of largely unpublished and unrecorded manuscripts from 40 years ago, ThoroughBase and The Flying West project been recording them.
ThoroughBass, Mosman, 16 November 2014 ThoroughBass, a Sydney ensemble founded in 2009 and which performs…
Hester Hannah was dramatic & stunning as the mythological Phaedra. Drama was heightened by red lighting, casting interesting shadows on the walls & intensified the inner tensions of this tragic, dignified woman.
I never knew St Luke’s Mosman was such a wonderful space to be in with…
This is quite an eclectic disc which grows on you with repeated listening. If you fancy extending your horizons and sound world then buy it – you’ll be rewarded.
Philip Glass’s music is often misunderstood as repetitive. Superficially it is, but it shifts forward…
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