A Nightingale and a Lark

Sirius Chamber Ensemble are so pleased to welcome back Taryn Srhoj and Vanessa Tammetta as soloists in our Birdsong program on Saturday 29th October. Soprano, Taryn Srhoj will be performing a collection of folk songs by Michael Head, John McCabe and Luciano Berio, all of which were inspired by stories of love, death, and birdsong. Violinist, Vanessa Tammetta performs as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending in a new arrangement by Sydney-based composer Paul Smith for violin, flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano.  Also on the program will be music by Australian composers Alan Holley, Paul Stanhope, Corrina Bonshek and Nigel Ubrihien.

Taryn Srhoj

Taryn Srhoj studied at The University of Auckland School of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Voice in 2008. Her other musicianship skills include attaining AmusA in piano and being accepted into the piano programme at the Aspen Music Festival and Summer school, USA.

Currently based in Sydney, Taryn has recently performed as a soloist in the Willoughby Symphony Grand Opera Gala and was a recipient of the Q Lab Artists in Residence Programme at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. In 2015 Taryn performed the role of Musetta in La Boheme with the Western Sydney Opera Company, Michaela in Carmen with Symphony Central Coast, Marie Antoinette for Blush Opera’s production Ladies Who Brunch in the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the role of Cora in the world premiere and subsequent tour of Fancy Me Dead by Australian composer Paul Smith. She also perfomed the Alan Holley song cycle Borneo Songs and Berg’s Sieben Fruhe Lieder with Sirius Chamber Ensemble as well as her own electronic opera work in collaboration with dLux Media Arts for the Spectrum Now Festival Sydney.

Taryn was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in both 2011 and 2012 during which she performed the role of Bettina in The Deluded Bridegroom and also Second Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As a Pacific Opera Young Artist she also performed as a soloist in the Pacific Opera Gala, Opera By The Lake, Opera Unlaced and covered all three roles in the premiere of new Australian work Golden Summers by James Long.

Taryn has had the privilege of premiering many new works. A highlight was performing and recording a new Soprano song cycle by Australian composer Dr Paul Smith and singing in Art/Opera collaboration Project Rise;Singing The Virtual (Dr Andrew Burrell/Dr Paul Smith).

Vanessa Tammette


Vanessa Tammetta completed her Bachelor of Music Studies (Violin) in 2009 under the tutelage of Associate Professor Goetz Richter, and is currently studying with Janet Davies. As well as regularly performing classical repertoire, she has played with such artists as Michael Buble, Tim Minchin and Glen Hansard, as well as for musicals including Georgy Girl, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the 2014 Sydney production of The Lion King.

Vanessa also composes music for film and television, and was the recipient of the 2012 Johnny Dennis Music Award for Best Instrumental Piece, awarded by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. Her love of scoring has also lead her to play for such projects as Sydney Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre productions, the 2014 Vivid Festival and the Sydney Film Festival. She regularly records for albums, soundtracks and TVCs.

Performers: Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Clare Kahn (cello).
Guest Artists: Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Luke Spicer (viola), Michael Wray (french horn), Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Sumiko Yamamura (piano).

When: Saturday 29th October, 3:00pm

Where: Christ Church, Lavender Bay  (10-12 Walker St, Lavender Bay, NSW, 2060)

Tickets: available from ClassikOn or at the door


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