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AUSTRALIA'S DEDICATED BACH ENSEMBLE

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - MADELEINE EASTON

PATRON - SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER

'With fire in her belly and a spirit of enterprise, Madeleine Easton is a musician after my own heart. Her project of forming and moulding a 'Bach Akademie Australia' is much sexier than its title suggests.  Knowing Maddie as I do, it will combine cutting edge scholarship, imaginative musicianship and playing of dazzling virtuosity. Australian audiences are in for a treat -  of superb music-making which she and her colleagues will, no doubt, communicate with skill, charm and real flair.' 

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Welcome to Bach Akademie Australia

 

Bach Akademie Australia’s raison d’etre is  to create a natural extension of my work over the last 15 years in Europe. During this time, I have worked closely with some of the world's greatest Bach exponents such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Butt, Peter Shrier, and Richard Egarr from whom I have learnt and absorbed an enormous amount. The very name itself, ‘Bach Akademie’, is intended to resemble as European an ensemble as possible, thereby bringing the great musical tradition of Europe to Australia. Most importantly, the music will be at the heart of the undertaking. I believe the time is right in to create an ensemble such as this to enrich and enhance the musical life of my country.

Close links are being forged with academic institutions around Australia to establish an atmosphere of learning and education around the ensemble. Every international soloist performing with the Akademie shall give masterclasses, individual lessons and lectures in Australia to impart their learning and performance skills whilst in Australia, therefore enhancing the entire Australian early music world. 

I am extremely fortunate to have the support of Sir John Eliot Gardiner who is the patron of Bach Akademie Australia. As a result, I have had the opportunity to perform at the Bach Festival in Leipzig where Sir John Eliot Gardiner is the current president where I will continue to perform every year. I have also received pledges from international experts in Bach performance world wide such as Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey, James Gilchrist, Carolyn Sampson, Neil Brough, Leo Duarte, Jasu Moiso, Anneke Scott, Michael Niesemann, Reginald Mobely, Hiroski Amako and Adam Woolf to travel to Australia to perform with the orchestra and further our education goals.

Bach Akademie Australia will aim to perform all of Bach's music, coming up with inventive and interesting concerts within the context of series of concerts, or one off performances.  A Cantata series will be established in collaboration in order to properly explore and showcase these wonderful works. There will also be an annual St Matthew and St John Passion With my fellow musicians and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's support, we will bring to Australia an ensemble of the absolute highest standards and put Australia on the map as a place of international regard and repute for the performance of J.S Bach.

 

MADELEINE EASTON

- ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

The Australian violinist Madeleine Easton is an established star on the international stage known for her versatility and expertise in the world of violin playing. Throughout her career, a desire to combine period and modern playing has led to unique opportunities for playing with many wonderful and varied ensembles world wide. She performs at the highest level both in Europe and in Australia, appearing as both soloist, concertmaster and director of some of the worlds most respected ensembles and orchestras.

Madeleine studied with Alice Waten and Chris Kimber at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with first class honours. Along side her degree, she studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon. She was awarded scholarships and was successful in competitions winning the Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Prize with Bartok's 2nd violin concerto, and was a finalist in both the 1999 Richard Goldner Concerto Competition and the 1998 Gisbourne International Music Competition in New Zealand. In 2000 she was a recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Meadowmount Summer School in New York State winning the chamber music prize, and a year later won a place to study at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music with Dr Felix Andrievsky where she graduated with distinction, and was awarded the String Prize for most outstanding performer.

Foremost, Madeleine is forging a career as a director and concert master. She has performed as both guest and permanent concertmaster of several leading orchestras in the UK and abroad. Engagements in this role include the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid under the batons of Thomas Hengelbrock and Paul McCreesh, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, the Musicians of the Globe, The Independent Opera Company, London Orchestra da Camera, Orchestra Nova, the Guildford Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Southern Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England. She was appointed concertmaster of The Hanover Band in 2006 and continues to perform with them as both leader, director and soloist.

She also performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Orchestra Revolutionaire et Romantique.

Her special talent of combining both period and modern styles of violin playing has led her to form a special relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has directed the Bach Cantata series since it's inception in 2009, has directed the Baroque Orchestra, the first year String Orchestra and the Modern Instrument Period Orchestra. Other educational opportunities have included teaching period style on modern instruments for the World Orchestra at the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Monash University in Melbourne.

Madeleine has performed on many award winning recordings including the Bach Cantata series with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, the recently released Bach B minor Mass recording with the same ensemble, Haydn's 'Creation', Mendelssohn's Elijah and Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Gabrieli Consort to name a few. She has released the complete piano trios of Alexis de Castillon with her piano trio 'Trio Castillon', available on Peyrole Records. She has also recorded the Antoine Reicha Bassoon Quintet and variations with the all Australian ensemble, 'Island' available on the ARS label.

Concerto performance now forms a large part of her life. Orchestras of which she has performed with include La Philharmonie de Toulouse, the New Queens Hall Orchestra, London Orchestra da Camera, the Bath Philharmonic and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. In addition, she was the concerto soloist for the prestigious London Conducting Workshops in 2012.

Madeleine is proud to be part of the internationally acclaimed Australian World Orchestra. She is also the artistic director and founder Australia's newest dedicated Bach ensemble, 'Bach Akademie Australia'.

Madeleine plays on a 1682 Giovanni Grancino violin and a 1704 Jo. Bapt. Rogeri baroque violin.

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2017 season

  • AN EASTER CELEBRATION- Saturday 29th april, 8.00pm

   THE GARRISON CHURCH, MILLERS POINT, SYDNEY

   60 Lower Fort St, Millers Point NSW 2000

            Bach Akademie Australia presents 4 of Bach's masterworks in a celebration of Easter featuring his early masterpiece, Christ lag in Todes banden, his first documented Cantata written for the Easter festival,  the internationally renowned baroque oboe specialist Leo Duarte who will perform Bach's Oboe and Violin concerto with the artistic director Madeleine Easton,  the beautiful and mystical Cantata BWV 127 featuring oboes, flutes and trumpet, then finally,  Susannah Lawergren  one of Australia's finest sopranos will sing the magnificent Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the British baroque trumpet specialist Richard Fomison.

             Bach Cantata BWV 4: Christ lag in Todes banden

            Bach Oboe and Violin concerto BWV 1060: soloists - Leo Duarte/ Madeleine Easton

            Bach Cantata BWV 127: Herr Jesu Christ wahr' Mensch und Gott

           Bach Cantata BWV 51: Jauchzet Got in allen landen

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  • CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL  FESTIVAL -

WHY DO THE NATIONS -

BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA WITH THE SONG COMPANY

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The story of English democracy, its trials and tribulations from Henry VIII to Brexit, cannot possibly be capured in one concert. However, Handel’s rarely heard Birthday Ode to Queen Anne contains one of the most potent texts of the Enlightenment set to music. On this occasion it will be preceded by more Handel, music by Thomas Tallis and music by one of of Australia’s most creative and articulate Englishmen: Andrew Ford.

PROGRAM

Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), "Why fum’th in fight?"  - Third tune for Archbishop Parker
Andrew Ford (b. 1957), Waiting for the Barbarians
Andrew Ford, The Unquiet Grave
Roger Smalley (1943-2015), Footwork (A Birthday Tango)
Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), "Why do the nations rage?" from Messiah HWV 56
George Frideric Handel,  Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV 74 - Soloist: Richard Fomison - Trumpet

BACH ON SUNDAY: Sunday 7th May 11am  

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Under the patronage of Sir Eliot Gardiner, Bach Akademie Australia is setting new standards for Bach performance in this country. This Sunday concert combines the fourth Brandenburg Concerto with two of Bach’s most inspired cantatas, BWV 4 and BWV 127, both a reflection on the nature of God and Man.  

Program:

Bach Cantata BWV 4: Christ lag in Todes banden

Bach Brandenburg concerto no.4 BWV 1049

Bach Adagio and Fugue from Partita no.1 in G minor BWV 1001

Bach Cantata BWV 127: Herr Jesu Christ wahr’ Mensch und Gott

BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA directed by MADELEINE EASTON

http://www.cimf.org.au/2017-calendar/7/5/2017/bach-on-sunday

 

                     

News & Updates

Look out for our first recording for the ABC on the radio soon, consisting of the wonderful Easter Cantata BWV 4: Christ lag in Todes banden and the joyous Brandenburg concerto no.4

Bach Akademie Australia will perform a wonderful Easter Program at St Andrews Cathedral including the wonderful Easter Oratorio in late February 2017. Date to be announced soon. 

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MUSICIANS:

VIOLIN:   RAFAEL FONT,  MATT GRECO,  JULIA FREDERSDORFF, SHAUN WARDEN, JENNIFER STEVENS

VIOLA:   DEIRDRE DOWLING, NICOLE FORSYTH, NIKKI DUVALL, MARIANNE YEOMANS

CELLO:  DANNY YEADON, NATASHA KRAEMER, ANITA GLUYAS

DOUBLE BASS: KIRSTY MCCAHON, ROBERT NAIRN

HARPSICHORD/ORGAN: NEAL PERES DA COSTA, NATHAN COX, ANTHONY ABOUHAMAD

OBOE: LEO DUARTE, AARON REICHELT

BASSON: JANE GOWER, BEN HOADLEY

FLUTE/RECORDER: MELISSA FARROW, MIKAELA OBERG, HANNAH COLMAN

TRUMPET:  RICHARD FOMISON, RAINER SAVILLE, SIMON WOLNIZER

TIMPANI:  BRIAN NIXON

SINGERS:

SOPRANO:  SUSANNAH LAWERGREN, AMY MOORE, ANNA FRASER

ALTO:    LANNEKE JONES, JENNY DUCK-CHONG

TENOR: RICHARD BUTLER, RICHARD BLACK

BASS:   ANDREW O'CONNOR, ANDREW FYSH

Bach Akademie receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia                                   through the Australian Cultural Fund

Bach Akademie receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia                                   through the Australian Cultural Fund

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INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS:

Bach Akademie Australia seeks support from committed and discerning music lovers in whatever form they can provide, whether financial, support in-kind or by providing personal or professional assistance. Tax deductible donations can now be made via the Bach Akademie Australia page at the AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL FUND website:

https://australianculturalfund.org.au/search/?q=Bach+Akademie+Australia                                       

Cheques or Money Orders can be sent to Bach Akademie Australia, 164 Nelson St, Annandale, NSW 2038.

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