Sirius Chamber Ensemble was formed in 2011 by Ian Sykes and Dr Alison Evans and is committed to premiering new works by Australian and international composers alongside classics from the repertoire in a friendly, accessible atmosphere. Our regular concert series is performed by a core ensemble of Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Clare Kahn (cello) and Claire Howard Race (piano), augmented by guest artists. 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.
Recent and upcoming collaborators include composers Alan Holley, Eve Duncan, Christine Draeger, Dr Paul Smith, Dr Houston Dunleavy as well as composer and saxophonist Spike Mason with whom we recently recorded Flying, an album of new works for saxophone, winds, strings and piano.
In 2019 we performed the Australian premiere of Corrina Bonshek’s Up in the Clouds and Margery Smith’s The Long Now. We also travelled to Melbourne for a series of concerts with the Melbourne Composer’s League, featuring new music written by their members for flute, clarinet and cello.
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.
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2 responses to “About Sirius”
Dear Sirius Ensemble,
It is wonderful to have an ensemble such as yours to maintain the varied repertoire available to your flexible instrumentation. I would hope that Australian content will be given some prominence (who else will do it?) and that all of you experience long lasting artistic success as a unit and as individuals…
All the very best,
P.s. I have included you in volume 4 of the chronology
Thank you for your great suggestions. We are indeed programming some Australian music this year. More specifically, we will premiere new works by Sydney-based composers.
We are very excited to have great colleagues writing for our unique ensemble.
Please stay in touch for more news throughout the year.