MARCH 2021

Sunday 7 . . .  3.30pm
Diana Weston (Harpsichord)

A New Ground
Henry Purcell (1658-1695)
Suite in A minor Z. 663
Prelude (variant 2), almand (variant 3), corant (variant 3),
saraband (variant 2)

Benjamin Cosyn (c. 1580-c. 1653)
Four Dances from his Second Virginal Book
Germans Almaine, Dutch Dance, Galyard Italiano, English Toy
Henry Purcell (1658-1695)
Suite in D minor Z. 667
Almand ‘Bell-barr’, corant, hornpipe
Henry Purcell (1658-1695)
A New Ground

Diana Weston is a musician and medical doctor living in Sydney. Since gaining her Masters in Music in 2008 with a study of harpsichord continuo styles, she has been involved with many musical activities and projects including festivals and concerts, operas and recitals. She is the director of the ensemble Thoroughbass which she formed in 2009. Thoroughbass is a group dedicated to the presentation of little known early and contemporary music on period instruments, presenting a series of concerts annually. Although the foundation of Thoroughbass is in early music with harpsichord and cello at its core, Diana also commissions and arranges contemporary music for the group. Thoroughbass consists of regular players and singers but invites guest artists to participate in many of their concerts.
Diana is also music director for Ondine Productions and a free-lance harpsichordist. As a musician, much of her work is in accompaniment, in particular vocal accompaniment. This allows her to indulge her other great interest - words and musical storytelling.
Diana is a recording artist for Wirripang:

Wednesday 10 . . . 1.15pm
Cedar-Rose Newman (Violin) and Isaac Davis (Cello)

BAMF Education Day
Thursday 25 March
9.00am - 12.00pm

Piano Workshop
with Leanne Jin

Thursday 25 March
1.00pm - 4.00pm

String Workshop
with Acacia Quartet
Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy (violins)
Stefan Duwe (viola) and Anna Martin Scrase (cello)

Concert 1
Friday 26 March
11.00am - 12.00pm

Simon Nieminski (organ)
Mikaela Sukkar (harp)

Renowned organist Simon Niemiski, Assistant Director of Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, and talented emerging artist, oboist Mikaela Sukkar open the 2021 Festival.  Their beautiful program includes music from the rarely heard 18th century German princess, Anna Amalia , a wonderful arrangement of Handel's solo organ music by W T Best and a new work that was composed especially for BAMF 2020 by Australian composer Sarah Elise Thompson.

Concert 2
Friday 26 March
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Virtuoso Percussionist Claire Edwardes

Internationally acclaimed, multi award-winningpercussion 'superwoman' Claire Edwardes will present Concert 2.  Her dazzling performance will feature two works that were due to be world premieres for BAMF 2020 - one by Sydney based composer Ella Macens, and the other by our very own Southern Highlands local, Andrew Ford.  Don't miss this unique chance to hear the wonderful spectrum of textures Edwardes can dreate on her marimba, waterphone, woodblocks and vibraphone.

Concert 3
Friday 26 March
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Amy Moore (soprano)
Acacia Quartet

English born singer Amy Moore was one of Europe’s most distinguished Lyric Sopranos before she immigrated to Australia in 2015. Accomplished as both a soloist and ensemble singer, Amy has sung with leading European ensembles.  Since arriving in Australia, Amy has performed solo concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Messiah), Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (Mozart Requiem and Handel Dixit Dominus), Bach Akademie Australia (Ascension Oratorio BVW 11), The Choir of St James’ King Street (Haydn Creation, Handel L’allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato, Messiah, St John Passion) and the Australian Baroque Brass (Jauchzet, Gott BWV 51).
The highly acclaimed Acacia Quartet is the Festival's resident ensemble.

Concert 4
Saturday 27 March
1.00am - 12.00pm
Rising Stars
Ava Pudney (harp/organ)
Clara He (organ)

This 'Rising Star' recital will showcase two talented 14-year-old organists from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Ava Pudney is also an exceptional harpist and she will serenade us with some beautiful French repertoire.  The girls will perform solo organ works and finish this delightful program with a triumphont four-hand organ duet.

Concert 5 (2nd performance - see Concert 2))
Saturday 27 March
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Virtuoso Percussionist Claire Edwardes

Concert 6 (2nd performance - see Concert 3)
Saturday 27 March
3.30pm - 4 30pm
Amy Moore (soprano)
Acacia Quartet

Concert 7
Saturday 27 March
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Concert Pianist Leanne Jin

Since Leanne Jim last performed at BAMF 2017 as our Young Recitalist, she has gone on to win a string of competition prizes in Australia and Internationally.  In 2019 alone, she was awarded 1st Prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and the Concerto Prize with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Audience Choice Prize of Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award, and prize and winner of the First Vienna International Piano Competition and winner of the Golden Classical Music Awards Competition in New York, resulting in an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.  We welcome her back to St Jude's for this stunning program.

Concert 8 (2nd performance - see Concert 7)
Sunday 28 March
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Concert Pianist Leanne Jin

Festival Service
Sunday 28 March
4.00pm - 5.00pm
St Jude's Chamber Choir and String Quartet

Under the Direction of Allan Beavis, the St Jude's Chamber Choir and String Quartet will sing the service of Evensong including "Magnificat" by Giovani Battista Pergolesi and the anthem "Rejoice in the Lord Alway" by Henry Purcell
Sunday 14 . . .  4.00pm
Olivet To Calvary. (Maunder)

Wednesday 17 . . . 1.15pm
Davis Allen (tenor) and Allan Beavis (Piano)

Silent Worship . . . G F Handel
Where-e're You Walk . . . G F Handel
Cradle Song . . . Franz Schubert
Standchen . . . Franz Schubert
An die Musik . . . Franz von Schober
At the End of the Day . . . Donald O'Keefe
Count Your Blessings . . . Reginald Morgan
Danny Boy . . . Arr. Fred E Whetherly

Sunday 21 . . .  3.30pm
Allan Beavis (Organ)

Prelude and Fugue in A minor "The Great" . . . J S Bach
"O Man Thy Grievous Sins Bemoan" . . . J S Bach
Master Tallis's Testament . . . Herbert Howells
Fantasia on "O Fili et Fillii" . . . Alexandre Guilmant

Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 March
Bowral Autumn Music Festival
(see list of Concerts)