Events

March 25-28 2021 : Bowral Autumn Music Festival

It is with immense sadness we mourn the passing of the superb Australian soprano, Taryn Fiebig

Those of us who were lucky enough to hear Taryn perform with Acacia Quartet at the June 2019 Bowral Autumn Music Festival Fundraiser were enthralled by her sensational talent, her beautiful nature and her incredible ability to engage the audience with the music.

Taryn’s amazing skill as a music educator was an absolute joy to behold as she encouraged, extended and inspired the local students who were so very fortunate to be able to participate in the BAMF 2020 Voice Masterclass.

Taryn’s generous spirit made an indelible imprint upon all who were part of her extraordinary journey. We send our sincere condolences to Jud Arthur and family as we grieve this immeasurable loss.

Artistic Director, Myee Clohessy and the Bowral Autumn Music Festival Committee.

Please be advised that Concerts 3 and 6 below will feature the splendid lyric soprano Amy Moore together with Acacia Quartet.

Amy Moore sings Five Songs by Peggy Glanville-Hicks arranged for the Acacia Quartet by Ann Carr-Boyd.

March 15 2021 : Portrait of John Martin launch

John Martin 2021

Comments re portrait of John Martin launch at 55 Merrigang Street, 15th March 2021:

From Alyson Broadfoot :
Had a sleep in today. And woke to photos.  All very festive. But the best is your likeness of John. Would love to have seen the texture of the real thing. I think you have beautifully and cleverly captured his active personality and energy. Well done!!! A portrait is such a brave medium. Into the Archibald??
X Alyson

From Amanda Pile :
Hi Ann, I just wanted to thank you and Peter for last night – it was indeed an occasion to celebrate !  I think the painting is wonderful  –  you have captured John’s unique humour, quirkiness, creativity and intelligence.  Again so much generosity on your behalf, so thank you.

From Adrian Wintle ( Wagga ) :
Oh wow! Don’t know how you do it! I mean, capturing John’s quirkish sense of humour. Makes this portrait so much more than a mere likeness – it’s a piece of living tissue. May I add, both you and John look very relaxed and happy. Great stuff!

February 28 2021 : “The Composer Is In The Room”


New Elena Kats-Chernin Commission Opens Steel City Strings 2021 Season.

We’re delighted to announce our anticipated return to stages across the region in 2021 with ‘The Composer is in the Room’ – originally scheduled for 2020.

The program will feature the World Premiere of ‘Cinque Forme d’Amore’ (‘Five Kinds of Love’) by Elena Kats-Chernin, voted the most popular Australian composer in 2019’s ABC Classic’s Favourite Composer countdown. This piece was commissioned by local philanthropist Sue Kirby in memory of her late husband, Judge Jack Goldring.

Also featuring ‘Nothing is Forever’ by Matthew Hindson, Ann Carr-Boyd’s lively ‘Fandango’, Moya Henderson’s spiritual Aboriginal themes in ‘The Dreaming: Utterly Sacred: In Honour of 40,000 Years’; Andrew Ford’s evocative, sparkling ‘Bright Shiners’, and ‘Blue Poles’ (from The Manhattan Epiphanies); and the sublime and deeply moving ‘Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke’ by Frederick Septimus Kelly.




The above images were taken at the concert at Chevalier Performing Arts Centre, Burradoo, on Sunday February 28th 2021. Photos taken by Alyson Broadfoot at the concert “The Composer is in the Room”
Performance by the Steel City Strings
Conductor, Shilong Ye
Leader and Artistic Director, Kyle Little

February 2 2021 : St Jude’s Recital

Alyson Broadfoot (Cello) and Ann Carr-Boyd (Piano)

Program:
Introductory work
Prelude from Suite No 2 in D minor for unaccompanied cello . . . J.S.Bach

Lullaby . . . Ann Carr-Boyd
Largo – Sonata No 5 . . . Antonio Vivaldi
Largo ( doloroso ) . . . Antonio Vivaldi
Pavane . . . Gabriel Fauré
Dreaming . . . Ann Carr-Boyd
Spiegel im Spiegel . . . Arvo Pärt

Alyson Broadfoot lives on a beautiful 50 acre property in Robertson –
‘ Wallangunda ‘ – named after the creek which runs in to Belmore Falls.
Alyson’s special love is playing chamber music and she is enjoying her collaboration with Ann.

Ann Carr-Boyd is a composer living in Bowral. In recent years she has renewed her early interest in painting and attends classes at the BDAS.
She is a strong supporter of music in the Southern Highlands and is a patron of the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and sponsor of the bi-annual composing competition held in association with the orchestra.

April 5 2020 : The Composer is in the Room (Bowral)

Having won the 2019 APRA National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, in 2020 Steel City Strings will continue to enrich our regional communities with the transformative power of live music.

The Composer is in the Room

Sun 29 March 2pm, Nowra School of Arts – Book Now
Sat 4 April 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall – ​Book Now
Sun 5 April 2pm, Bowral Memorial Hall – Book Now

Features the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin who was voted number one favourite Australian composer in the recent ABC Favourite Composers countdown.

It is a great honour for our region to premiere this work, which was commissioned by a local philanthropist specifically to be presented in our region by Steel City Strings.

Other Australian works, by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly, have also been chosen for their audience appeal.

Download the Steel City Strings 2020 Season Program and Subscription Information

April 4 2020 : The Composer is in the Room (Wollongong)

Having won the 2019 APRA National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, in 2020 Steel City Strings will continue to enrich our regional communities with the transformative power of live music.

The Composer is in the Room

Sun 29 March 2pm, Nowra School of Arts – Book Now
Sat 4 April 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall – ​Book Now
Sun 5 April 2pm, Bowral Memorial Hall – Book Now

Features the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin who was voted number one favourite Australian composer in the recent ABC Favourite Composers countdown.

It is a great honour for our region to premiere this work, which was commissioned by a local philanthropist specifically to be presented in our region by Steel City Strings.

Other Australian works, by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly, have also been chosen for their audience appeal.

Download the Steel City Strings 2020 Season Program and Subscription Information

March 29 2020 : The Composer is in the Room (Nowra)

Having won the 2019 APRA National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, in 2020 Steel City Strings will continue to enrich our regional communities with the transformative power of live music.

The Composer is in the Room

Sun 29 March 2pm, Nowra School of Arts – Book Now
Sat 4 April 7.30pm, Wollongong Town Hall – ​Book Now
Sun 5 April 2pm, Bowral Memorial Hall – Book Now

Features the world premiere of a new work by Elena Kats-Chernin who was voted number one favourite Australian composer in the recent ABC Favourite Composers countdown.

It is a great honour for our region to premiere this work, which was commissioned by a local philanthropist specifically to be presented in our region by Steel City Strings.

Other Australian works, by Ann Carr-Boyd, Andrew Ford, Moya Henderson, Matthew Hindson and Frederick Septimus Kelly, have also been chosen for their audience appeal.

Download the Steel City Strings 2020 Season Program and Subscription Information

February 23 2020 : Rose Room Concert

Rose Room Concert

“This concert featuring tenor Richard Lane and pianist/ singer John Martin, will be a highly pleasing and fulfilling mixture of musical genres.
Great hits of Mario Lanza and other favourites from the tenor repertoire will be performed by Richard with his glorious voice, while John will present a mixed bag including the odd classical and ragtime piano solos, a song or two by Noel Coward, some original items, some Australiana, and the premiere of a new work by popular local celebrity Ann Carr-Boyd.
Our audience will be made comfortable with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, with light refreshments and drinks to follow, where attendees can meet and chat with the artists.”

Publicity written by John Martin for the Rose Room concert which is on Sunday February 23rd at 2.30 pm