Music for Wind Quintet


Carl Nielsen photographed in 1908 by Georg Lindstrøm


Sirius Chamber Ensemble’s first project for the year will be a concert of music for wind quintet, featuring classics from the repertoire alongside recent music by Australian composers. Performances will be held in Sydney, Picton and Newcastle.

Carl Nielsen’s Quintet Op.43 is perhaps the best-known and loved work for wind quintet. Dedicated to the members of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet, Nielsen captures the distinctive sound of each instrument and the players’ personalities in his modern, yet very accessible language.

Christine Draeger’s Variations on a Patriotic Love Song was written for Sirius and premiered in 2014. Researching her family tree, Draeger discovered a fellow musician amongst her ancestors, and adapted one of his songs for wind quintet. Draeger has crafted a pleasing set of lyrical, playful and sonorous variations featuring each of the members of the quintet.

Elena Kats-Chernin needs no introduction to Australian audiences, and her Sand Waltz for wind quintet has become one of the most performed pieces for this combination for good reason.

Andrew Schultz’s Six Miniatures for flute, oboe and clarinet exploits the diverse range of timbres available to these three instruments. Alternating short movements of free, flowing melodies and fast, virtuosic passages, these miniatures by one of Australia’s foremost composers deserve to be appreciated by a wider audience.

Belle Epoque in Sud-America by Brazilian composer Julio Medaglia is a fun-filled dance suite featuring a lively tango, dream-like waltz and a chaotic and exuberant finale featuring the Eb (piccolo) clarinet.

Sydney: Saturday, 14th May, 2pm – All Souls Church, Leichhardt (corner of Norton St and Marion St).

Picton: Sunday, 15th May 2016, 1:30pm“Classics at Picton”, Wollondilly Shire Hall, 44-60 Menangle St Picton.

Newcastle: Saturday, 21st May 2016, 7:30pmAdamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd, Adamstown.


Perfomers: Melissa Coleman (flute), Alex Fontaine (oboe), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon) and Julia Zeltzer (french horn).


Sydney and Newcastle: $30 Adults, $20 concession, $10 children. Tickets available at or at the door.

“Classics at Picton”: $20 Adults, Students and Children Free. Afternoon Tea included. Tickets only available at the door.

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