Karen Carey’s Thankyou Concert

What an amazing concert last night at the Sydney Town Hall! A concert to say thankyou to Karen Carey for the outstanding contribution she has made to music education and Australian Music. A concert of celebration performed by two choirs, orchestra, soloists, quintets, quartets… it included a number of works commissioned by Karen throughout the years, and commissions written by leading Australian composers especially for this concert.

Highlights from the program were:

Final movement St Matthews Passion ‘Wir Setzen uns mit Tranen nieder’
‘The Very Music Of The Name’ (World Premiere) – Humberstone
Enigma Variations – Elgar
Pange Lingua by Mark Isaacs
Confessions – Barbeler
Makedonsko Oro – Hindson
4th mvt (Allegretto) of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major
Phoenix – Byrne
Songs of Innocence – Stanhope
Dawn Canticle – Ross Edwards

This concert was run and performed entirely by volunteers, a testament to the impact that Karen has had on so many people’s lives. It was also wonderful to perform with so many past and present MLC girls and colleagues.

final piecefrom the stage

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Newsflash: Crazed clown attacks wife in front of live audience.
Theatre and reality collide in a dramatic climax of truly operatic proportions when Canio discovers his wife has eyes for another. “Laugh, clown, and everyone will applaud, at your broken love!” he exclaims in one of opera’s most legendary tenor arias. This is an intense drama of sexual jealousy and revenge and is perfect for newcomers to opera to see what the fuss is about!  Pagliacci is gut-wrenching and visceral, and when the laughter turns to tears, we have a window into how a jealousy-driven rage can turn betrayal into vengeance. Counselling and support are better options but this is opera!!


Director – Paulo Montoya  Conductor – Steven Stanke

  • Canio : Daniel Sloman
  • Nedda : Qestra Mulqueeny
  • Tonio : Simon Meadows
  • Beppe : Alastair Colgrave
  • Silvio : Chris Lewis
  • Plus chorus, children’s chorus and Sydney Independent Opera Orchestra

For more information see: www.sydneyindependentopera.com.au.

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Mozart and Salieri concert review

Hi Music Lovers!

Great review from The Sydney Arts Guide on our recent concert of ‘Mozart and Salieri’ in June!

With Sydney Independent Opera, we performed the wonderfully dark opera ‘Mozart and Salieri’, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-act realist opera, based on one of the popular rumours surrounding Mozart’s death. Namely that he was poisoned by his envious contemporary Salieri! Performed 7 and 8 June 2014 at the Strathfield Russian Club. The Sydney Arts Guide gave us a great review which you can read here: http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/mozart-salieri/.

Mozart & Salieri

For more about Mozart and Salieri, visit http://sydneyindependentopera.com.au.

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Ode to the Winds

Thursday, 17 April, 2014 8:00PM

Sydney Contemporary Orchestra’s first concert for 2014. This event is at the LTC Theatre, Baulkham Hills High School.
Book your tickets through City Recital Hall at https://tickets.cityrecitalhall.com/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2402
Featuring new colourful works for wind quintets by five dedicated contemporary composers from Serbia, Spain, the United States and Australia, this concert will be an exciting exhibition of new sounds

Two Pieces for Wind Quintet  (World premiere) – Bozo Banovic (Serbia)
Viracocha Wind  (World premiere) – Paul Kopetz (Australia)
Variations on a Lutheran Theme (World premiere) – Juan Carlos Cuello (Spain)
Forest Bagatelles  (Australian premiere) – Kevin Wilt (USA)
Ode to the Wind (World premiere) – Brian Chatpo Koo (Australia)

Sydney Comtemporary Orchestra
Samantha Joseph – Flute/Piccolo
Niamh Dell – Oboe/Cor Anglais
Katrina Todd – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Tian Tian Zhang – Bassoon
Arianne Rooney – French Horn

Conductor – Dr Brian Chatpo Koo

This promises to be an exciting concert featuring all new music - book now to reserve your seats!

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Sydney Contemporary Orchestra

In September last year I had a great time performing as part of the inaugural concert with the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra.

Founded and conducted by Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, the SCO is dedicated to promoting and performing new music of all kinds from contemporary composers to enrich the musical culture of our time.

Based in Sydney Australia, the orchestra hosts regular concerts of avant-garde orchestral compositions, “Music Contemporary”, providing opportunities for composers to present their new works, and to encourage composers to pursue creative endeavours in orchestral music.

Here is a link to some of the new works premiered at the concert last year:


SCO’s first concert for 2014 will be a concert titled “Ode to the Winds” -

Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 8:00pm
TLC Theatre, Baulkham Hills High School.

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Opera by Candlelight 2014

In Sydney for 2 nights only!

Opera by Candlelight is a celebration of music, romance, friends and beauty.

Wonderful singers and instrumentalists from around Australia and Europe come to beautiful Mosman Art Gallery to give you the best tunes and characters from opera and operetta.

More than  a concert… the unique banquet setting creates a night of glamour and beauty for you to share with your friends.


The entertainment features highlights from “Carmen” and the “Merry Widow”. You’ll love the “Flower Duet” from “Lakme”, the “Jewel Song” from “Faust”, and Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon”. Your heart will race to Verdi’s stirring “Anvil Chorus” and the “Triumphal March” from “Aida”. The programme features 32 favourite tunes. You’ll enjoy the very best of opera and operetta… without any of the boring bits!

You will enjoy wonderful singers and sensational musicians!


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Songs for Social Justice

Beautiful music for a very good cause.  Sunday 15th September 4pm.

An afternoon of operatic, music theatre and jazz favourites by Samantha Warhurst (soprano), Samantha Joseph (flute) and Michael Johnson (tenor) accompanied by Carl Rafferty. Guest performances by Eugene D’Souza and Basil Psarommatis.
All proceeds will go towards buying medical equipment for the children at the Pipeline Internally Displaced Persons Camp near Nakuru, Kenya.
Please join us for an afternoon of beautiful music from Bizet’s Carmen, West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera as well as jazz classics such as Skylark and Songbird. The 80 min concert will be followed by a glass of bubbly!
Tickets need to be booked prior to the event by clicking ‘Attending’ on the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431861266930814/?ref=22    or by emailing chilan.h.nguyen@gmail.com
Adults = $25, Concession = $20

Songs for Social Justice

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Gala Concert – Viva Verdi!

Sydney Independent Opera launched it’s 2013 season with the Gala Concert – “Viva Verdi”!  Celebrating the beginning of a new year of opera in Sydney with a glorious tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, SIO marked the bicentenary of his birth in 1813.  Verdi once wrote: “When I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and joys are too much to bear.”

The Sydney Independent Opera Orchestra, conducted by founder Steven Stanke, provided the musical backdrop for singers Regina Daniel, Maia Andrews, Geoff Knight and Randall Stewart.  Presenting the concert on Friday night, the audience were thrilled and delighted in a concert of favourite arias and ensembles such as selections from The Italian Girl in Algiers and La Forza del Destino, Can You Hear The People Sing? from Les Miserables, ‘Soave sia il vento’ from Cosi fan tutte, and many more!

SIO gala concert - viva verdi1

The evening was a huge success, and we all had a wonderful time singing and playing the songs we love!

See below links for reviews from the evening:

What’s on Sydney – Viva Verdi review

Weekend Notes – Viva Verdi review

Sydney Arts Guide – Viva Verdi review

***The next show from the SIO company is Don Giovanni in November 2013 (http://www.sydneyindependentopera.com.au/sydney_independent_opera_003.htm).

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Back online!

Thank you friends for being so patient while I’ve been offline for a considerable while… Technology issues meant I have been unable to login and update the site, but thanks to the very lovely and helpful people at Tailor Make Digital (www.tailormake.me) I am back and ready to update with all the exciting new gigs coming up! Keep an eye out and I’ll be in touch soon :)

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Songs of Love and Passion

Dear Music Lovers,

Throughout time, history records some of the most extravagant stories of love and passion. On January 19th, let us take you through some of the most love-filled and passion-driven songs that history has seen…

I warmly invite you to the exciting new concert “Songs of Love and Passion” – a concert for flute and soprano! Come hear the perfectly matched sounds of the flute and voice in a mesmerising set of pieces covering opera arias, jazz and more modern love songs.

All of this in the uniquely situated Christ Church, Lavender Bay. With stunning Sydney Harbour and Opera House views this lovely sandstone church is the perfect setting for Songs of Love and Passion. The tiered seating and music-friendly acoustics will ensure you see and hear the concert with ease!

Come join soprano Samantha Warhurst and flautist Samantha Joseph on Saturday 19th January 2013 for a concert full of love-filled and passion-driven songs, and then for a glass of champagne after!

Esteemed pianist Glenn Amer will be joining us on piano for the event.


Saturday 19th January 2013
Christ Church (10-12 Walker St, Lavender Bay)
$20 student/concession, $25 adult (at the door)

To reserve seats (and to ensure we have catered for your glass of bubbly!) phone  0438 224 466 or email info@samanthajoseph.com.au

We look forward to seeing you there! Feel free to spread the word!

Warmest regards,
Samantha Joseph and Samantha Warhurst

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