Sirius Chamber Ensemble was formed in 2011 by Ian Sykes (clarinet) and Alison Evans (bassoon) with Julia Zeltzer (french horn), Georgina Price (viola), and Clare Kahn (cello), later adding Claire Howard Race (piano), Melissa Coleman (flute) and Martyn Hentschel (violin) to the ensemble.
The name ‘Sirius’ pays homage to the flagship of the First Fleet, the H.M.S Sirius that sailed from Portsmouth, England to Port Jackson during 1787-1788.
Our passion is to perform music from the classic to contemporary periods, in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. We are committed to collaborating regularly with local composers and presenting new music alongside the classics. We relish the opportunity to perform the larger works for winds, strings and piano, as well as music for smaller groups of instrumentalists. Our repertoire is diverse and often features unusual combinations of instruments.
Sirius Chamber Ensemble performs a regular concert series featuring the core ensemble augmented by guest artists. Since 2014 we have also featured programs of music showcasing the music of local composers. Recent and upcoming collaborators include composers Alan Holley, Spike Mason, Christine Draeger, Paul Smith, Nigel Ubrihien; and performers Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Jermaine Chau (mezzo soprano), Andrew Smith (saxophone), Georgia Lowe (harp), Matthew Collins (trumpet) and Alex Fontaine (oboe).
Sirius Chamber Ensemble
Our core members includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello and piano. With this diverse range of musicians we are able to stage works with different instrumentation from both the classical and contemporary periods. All of our programed repertoire will feature one, if not all of our core members augmented with other wind and string instrumentalists. We enjoy performing the following combinations.
Clarinet, Cello or Viola and Piano Trio
This popular combination is blessed with a collection of some of most beautiful classical and romantic repertoire, with Bruch, Beethoven, and Mozart being some of the highlights of our concert series.
Composers of the 20th century, particulary from the French school, have contributed some fantastic compositions for the wind trio, traditionally clarinet, oboe and bassoon or flute, clarinet and bassoon.
Wind Quintet / Winds and Piano
We are fortunate to have a wealth of repertoire for wind quintet, including the classical works with piano written by Mozart and Beethoven to the more contemporary compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Larger works for winds and strings
We are lucky to have some fabulous guest musicians to collaborate with. Our recent performances for larger ensembles include Martinu’s Nonet and La Revue de Cuisine; the Australian premiere of Kenneth Fuchs’ Quiet in the Land and the premiere of Nigel Ubrihien’s Mestizo Dances for flute, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola and cello.
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