2016 Cairns Winter Music School dates
JULY 4th – JULY 7th
Sibelius: Finlandia
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5

2016 Course summary

The 2016 Winter Music School will follow a similar format to previous years. We will start with getting an overview of the works, then take part in intensive sectional rehearsals, after which we will spend time perfecting this orchestra of players from across the country. It is expected that players will learn their music in advance of the course to enable Mark to work with us on aspects of musical interpretation and performance.

Our Conductor – Mark Eager
Mark Eager has been at the forefront of professional music making in the UK since leaving the Royal Academy of Music with their highest award. Subsequently Mark worked extensively with many different orchestras as a trombone player and soloist. In 2005 Mark decided that conducting was to take a central role in his career and he was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Welsh Sinfonia. His “clear and highly musical direction” has developed the orchestra into Wales’ finest chamber orchestra as recently highlighted by BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Classical Music magazine. Mark conducts several other ensembles and orchestras in the UK and he travels extensively, having regular orchestras and residencies in Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmania.

Our soloist – Louise King
Hailed by The Australian as a ‘spellbinding musician who exudes a vigorous artistry’, English cellist, Louise King, belongs to the latest generation of contemporary classical musicians, who embody passion, drive and vision. Louise is a multi-award and competition-winning graduate of the Royal Colleges of Music in London and Manchester, and has worked extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Since moving to Australia in 2003, Louise has performed with Australia’s finest musicians, ensembles and orchestras, including the ACO and the Southern Cross Soloists. Louise is the Artistic Director of Dreaming BIG concert series Sunshine Coast.

Wind section leader – Ben Hoadley
Ben is a busy performer, regularly working as guest principal bassoonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Omega Ensemble, the NZSO and others. He has also performed internationally in a number of prestigious orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Hallé Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ben also lectures at the School of Music, University of Auckland.

1st violin – Amy Stevens
Amy commenced her musical studies in regional NSW and is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has presented several solo recitals and worked with a number of orchestras across NSW. In 2008, Amy attended the prestigious International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove, UK as a soloist. After working abroad for a year with her string quartet, Quartet Australis, Amy settled in Cairns for several years where she performed as a soloist with several local groups before relocating to NZ to further her career with the Auckland Philharmonia and Opus orchestras. In 2015 Amy held the position of Strings Coordinator with Coomera Anglican College on the Gold Coast, and she has been involved as a tutor with Cairns Winter Music School since its inception in 2012.

2nd violin – Sue Stitt
Sue grew up in the UK and studied violin with Brigid Kirkland- Wilson as part of a music education degree. She emigrated to Australia in 1985 and has been the strings specialist at Trinity Anglican School since 1993. Sue is a member of the professional Orchid Ensembles as well as being the administrative director and one of the Concert Masters of both the North Queensland Chamber Orchestra and the Palmerston Ensemble. Sue is the Director of Cairns Winter Music School.

Viola – Caroline Lloyd Doolan
Caroline has enjoyed a rich tapestry of performance and teaching over her career. Based in Townsville she was a founding member of the Barrier Reef Orchestra, where she has held the positions of Concert Master, Principal Viola and Principal Second as well as being a soloist. She is also part of StringsTropicana and has recently formed the AVIVA Quartet.
For the past 19 years, Caroline has run a successful multi string program with Education Queensland and teaches nearly 200 students annually the art of string playing. She has also written a number of orchestral works and solos for young string players.

Cello – Ivy Wu
Ivy studied the cello in France and graduated at the Conservatoire National de Rueil-Malmaison and the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris CNR with 1st Prize in cello and chamber music. During her studies in France she participated in numerous master classes and performed in various concert venues such as the Theatre de Champs-Elysee and the Radio France in Paris. Currently based in Townsville, Ivy teaches and directs several Instrumental Strings programs for Education Queensland, and remains active in the Northern Queensland music scene.

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