Nicole Forsyth’s interest in chamber music spans four centuries. Nicole appears on disc and broadcast with these groups for ABC Classics/ABCFM. Festival appearances include Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Castlemaine, Queensland, and with Ironwood, for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Victoria. Nicole also enjoys freelance orchestral life with Sydney Symphony, has played with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, AOBO, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and teaches in the Early Music Unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, MLC School, Sydney and within Ironwood’s Workshop and Education programs. Nicole is currently writing on chamber music in early 19thc Sydney, with articles and lecture-recitals for Historic Houses Trust of NSW and the Macquarie Bicentenary, and was assistant curator at the Museum of Sydney in 2004.
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We asked Nicole a few questions
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? On a surfboard, in the pool, or sliding down a mountain on skis
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Anything, quickly please, as soon as I’ve packed up the stands, the music, the box office, the computer, my viola & made sure everyone else has a drink/a lift/a taxi…;)
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Between 50mins (without an interval) & 2hours (with an interval) – and preferably some food & wine nearby 😉
- When should we clap? Anywhere you feel you should – 18th & 19th century audiences also booed, whistled, ate, threw food, played cards, had sex, and drank during concerts. Bring back the opera-concert room mosh pits of early Sydney, Melbourne & Hobart we say – The Tap Room & Theatre Royal Concerts live on where the audience came back even rowdier after interval!!
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