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of the (French) horn

 

 The Brass Whisperer's main aim is to play with subtle music tunings and coax brass players (and other musicians) into achieving delicious harmonies. Resources for student French horn players are also featured. 

 

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Events

Previous events

Apr16

Bach's B Minor Mass

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs present the B minor Mass of J S Bach. Elizabeth Scott conductor Celeste Lazarenko soprano Anna Dowsley mezzo-soprano Jonathan Abernethy tenor Simon Lobelson baritone Chamber Singers VOX Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra I play baroque horn in the 'Quoniam'. Also on the program is Tarimi Nulay – Long time living here by Deborah CHEETHAM & Matthew DOYLE.

Mar2

Faure Requiem with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir

CIty Recital Hall, Sydney

Season included 3 performances in Melbourne late Feb and 5 more in Sydney March 4, 9, 11. Using a replica piston valve French design horn.

Nov7

Microtonal University

Live Stream and Concert venue

Performing Jacob Elkin's Microtone Dream #2 Peter Thoegersen's Skullen a Coldie at the Servo wM8ts - Michael Hugh Dixon horn, Gregory van der Struik trombone Michael Hugh Dixon's The Soul Will Hear - Wendy Dixon soprano, Michael Hugh Dixon horn, Annalisa Solinas horn, Gergely Malyusz horn, Gregory van der Struik trombone.

Previous events

Apr16

Bach's B Minor Mass

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs present the B minor Mass of J S Bach. Elizabeth Scott conductor Celeste Lazarenko soprano Anna Dowsley mezzo-soprano Jonathan Abernethy tenor Simon Lobelson baritone Chamber Singers VOX Sydney Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra I play baroque horn in the 'Quoniam'. Also on the program is Tarimi Nulay – Long time living here by Deborah CHEETHAM & Matthew DOYLE.

Mar2

Faure Requiem with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir

CIty Recital Hall, Sydney

Season included 3 performances in Melbourne late Feb and 5 more in Sydney March 4, 9, 11. Using a replica piston valve French design horn.

Nov7

Microtonal University

Live Stream and Concert venue

Performing Jacob Elkin's Microtone Dream #2 Peter Thoegersen's Skullen a Coldie at the Servo wM8ts - Michael Hugh Dixon horn, Gregory van der Struik trombone Michael Hugh Dixon's The Soul Will Hear - Wendy Dixon soprano, Michael Hugh Dixon horn, Annalisa Solinas horn, Gergely Malyusz horn, Gregory van der Struik trombone.

Apr10

American Festival of Microtonal Music (AFMM)

Online

Live stream performance of 'Seek A Lowly Place' 'A Hundred Valleys, middle section' 'Rivers & Seas' as a three movement work for solo horn with pre-recorded horn ensemble.

Apr9

Omega Ensemble - Grand Mozart

City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, AU

Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds Mozart Grand Partita

Feb27

Brandenburg Concertos

City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, AU

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in concert with Dorèe Dixon as the other horn player and the wonderful Australian Brandenburg Orchestra under the direction of Paul Dyer. All on period instruments.   Also March 1, 2 4 (in Parramatta), 6, 8 then March 9 and 10 in Melbourne.

Sydney MicroFest 2

East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton St, (cnr of Burton and Palmer Streets) DARLINGHURST, NSW 2010, Sydney, NSW

Over 2 performances of 90 minutes each, Sydney MicroFest 2 present a diverse range of wonderful musicians. Clocks and Clouds http://anaphoria.com/clocksclouds.html will fill the ambient space with wondrous cascades of pitch and texture from their new work Anaphorian Shadow Theatre Music Jack Tickner https://www.facebook.com/JackETickner/ will delight with his microtonal guitar and singing, Greg Schiemer's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Schiemer Satellite Gamelan will be a treat with audience participation using a new mobile phone app as the sound source. Donald Bousted's https://donaldbousted.com new work to observe sea and sky is for flute in standard tuning and horn in 19 equal divisions of the octave, Michael H Dixon having acquired an instrument to achieve this clearly. Terumi Narushima https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/3d-printing-creates-a-flute-which-makes-beautiful-sounds-20150605-ghhd68.html has written a new quartet titled Sundew to be performed by LOCANA (Janine Grantham - flute, Rachel Westwood - violin, Michael H Dixon - horn, Matthew Farrell - cello). LOCANA will also perform the beautiful Toivo by Juhani Nuorvala https://core.musicfinland.fi/composers/juhani-nuorvala  Greg van der Struik - trombone, will perform stillness of unceasing activity by Michael and join him and Ed Diefes - tuba in the trio Chaconne by Ron Nagorcka. Wendy Dixon will join these six musicians for the aria The Wound, a commentary on the need for healing between Indigenous people and the 'immigrants' post 1770. See our facebook page for the program order of each concert: https://www.facebook.com/sydmicrofest/    

$20/$15 - 2 concert deal $30/$20

Sep22

Sydney MicroFest 2 in Bundeena

Bundeena Public School Hall, Scarborough Street, Bundeena, Sydney, NSW

Program Heart to Heart, Mind to Mind for flute, horn and cello     Composed by Michael H Dixon     Performed by Janine Grantham, Michael H Dixon, Matthew Farrell

to observe sea and sky for flute and horn     Composed by Donald Bousted     Performed by Janine Grantham, Michael H Dixon

Transposed Dekany for mobile phones     Composed by Greg Schiemer     Performed by musicians and audience volunteers (registered in advance)

Chrome (Burnt sienna, Forest green) for solo cello     Composed by Kent Farbach     Performed by Matthew Farrell

Toivo for flute, violin, horn, cello     Composed by Juhani Nuorvala     Perfomed by Janine Grantham, Michael H Dixon, Matthew Farrell

Low Horn Jazz I for solo horn     Composed by Thomas McConochie     Performed by Michael H Dixon

New Piece by Jack with flute, horn, cello     Composed by Jack Tickner     Performed by Jack Tickner, Janine Grantham, Michael H Dixon, Matthew Farrell

Music by Jack Tickner     Performed by Jack Tickner

May15

The Harpist

QPAC, Brisbane, QLD

Mozart Symphony No. 20 in D Major, K. 133 Boieldieu Harp Concerto in C Major, Op. 82 C.P.E. Bach Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Wq. 183/1 Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte - horn solo on natural hornDe Falla Spanish Danse from La Vida Breve Tarrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra Smetana  Vltava (The Moldau) from Má vlast

May12

The Harpist

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, Vic

Mozart Symphony No. 20 in D Major, K. 133 Boieldieu Harp Concerto in C Major, Op. 82 C.P.E. Bach Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Wq. 183/1 Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte - horn solo on natural hornDe Falla Spanish Danse from La Vida Breve Tarrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra Smetana  Vltava (The Moldau) from Má vlast

May2

The Harpist

City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

Concerts also on May 4, 5, 9, 11 Mozart Symphony No. 20 in D Major, K. 133 Boieldieu Harp Concerto in C Major, Op. 82 C.P.E. Bach Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Wq. 183/1 Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte - horn solo on natural hornDe Falla Spanish Danse from La Vida Breve Tarrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra Smetana  Vltava (The Moldau) from Má vlast

Feb25

Summer Winds - Omega Ensemble

Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room

Set sail in a discovery of the mystical and mythical with a celebration of all things woodwind. Get to know the flute up close and personal through Debussy’s famous solo flute piece, Syrinx with its haunting melodies that explore the full range of the instrument. Also featured is Ravel’s striking Le Tombeau de Couperin in a sublime and rarely-heard arrangement for woodwinds which draw out the deeply personal and reflective music dedicated to friends Ravel had lost during World War I. Also included is Paul Taffanel’s revealing Wind Quintet which highlights all of the wind instruments. At the centre-piece of this nautically-themed concert is Malcolm Arnold’s witty and delightful Sea Shanties. Composed in 1943 these pieces are as much fun for the performer as they are for the listener.

Feb18

Miss Brill - Ben Hoadley & Craig Bush with Omega Ensemble

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney, NSW

The Omega Ensemble presents the Australian premiere of New Zealand composer Ben Hoadley’s chamber opera Miss Brill. From the short story by Katherine Mansfield, with a libretto by Craig Brush, the opera reveals a day in the life of a lonely spinster, Miss Brill, living in a seaside town in provincial France in the 1920s, her love of music and fragile determination to remain optimistic despite the harshness of the world around her. Along with music by Glinka and Beethoven, this will be a memorable night of varied musical styles.

Oct22

Grevillea with Michael Dixon

The Glebe Hall, 37 St. Johns Road, Glebe, Sydney, NSW

Arnold Cooke. Trio. Nocturnes 14:00  Barber. Hermit Songs. 16:30  Dixon. You were never my country Trio. 4:00 Rossini. Prelude theme and variations. Horn and piano EM 70s version. 12:00  Prokofiev. Anna Akhmatova. 12:00  Schubert Auf dem Strom. Horn voice piano 10:00

$30/$20/$15

Oct8

Omega Ensemble

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, AU

Wind Quintets: Nielsen and Hindemith  Quintet for Piano and winds: Beethoven