She has a wide range of experience with historical performance having worked with many distinguished baroque/classical specialist performers such as Catherine Mackintosh, Stefano Montinari, Neal Peres De Costa, Danny Yeadon, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Monica Huggett, Richard Egarr, Catherine Mackintosh and Lawrence Cummings.
Skye has been guest director and soloist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, appeared as principal second of Ruthless Jabiru chamber orchestra in the 2011 City of London festival and as leader of Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Town hall with the Radio Community Chest Choir orchestra. She has frequently appeared as leader and soloist of the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, also wining the Conservatorium’s concerto prize.
Skye McIntosh’s concerts
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We asked Skye a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was about 4.. I apparently announced to my dad, who is a flute/sax/clarinet teacher – much to his horror – that i didn’t want to play any of those instruments, I just wanted to play the violin!
I am not sure what led me to the violin particularly, I just knew that that was my instrument.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Oh, any number of things. Am i allowed to say admin? I am currently the main organiser for the Haydn Ensemble, so i spend quite a lot of time brainstorming ideas for the group, designing the website, making flyers and posters. Besides this i have to say lately you are most likely to find me doing yoga. I find it really balances out everything else I do and gives me a bit of brain space from the busy performing life.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? This is a tough one as I tend to change depending on my mood. It could be a vodka martini (Slightly dirty with Olives thanks!) or on the other end of the spectrum, a nice glass of bold Australian Shiraz.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? I think an audience member should come away from a concert feeling like much like a meal… They have had a good fill, but are not totally stuffed! I think about 80 minutes of music with an interval is probably the max. I am also a fan of shorter 1 hr programs with no interval. I think this can be really nice too.
- When should we clap? Whenever you feel inclined I suppose! Sometimes i think after a first movement, if it is particularly exciting, one can feel inspired to clap and I think it can be appropriate then. Also too, after a really touching slow movement it can seem to disturb the atmospheric tension the music can create if people clap and then i think it’s better to wait. It all depends.