Music Festival

The 2020 Meriden Music Festival brings together some of Australia’s finest composers, conductors and musicians for a series of masterclasses, workshops and performances. Guest artists include Guy Noble, John Lynch, Elizabeth Scott, Clemens Leske, Ella Macens, Kerry Martin, Rowena Macneish and James West.

Many of the events will be livestreamed and we invite you to join us online for this week-long celebration of music.

Full Program

The full calendar of events for the 2020 Meriden Music Festival is available here.



Piano with Clemens Leske Mon 22 June 1:05pm - 3:10pm Livestream
Strings with Kerry Martin
and Rowena Macneish
Thur 25 June 1:05pm - 3:10pm Livestream

Note: Meriden students who wish to attend the Masterclasses must register here.

Workshops with Guest Clinicians

Concert Band with John Lynch Tues 23 June 1:05pm - 3:10pm
Chapel Band with James West  Tues 23 June 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Composition with Ella Macens Tues 23 June 2:05pm - 4:00pm
Senior Singers with Elizabeth Scott  Wed 24 June 8:20am - 10:20am
Symphony Orchestra with Guy Noble Thur 25 June 8:20am - 10:20am

Performances by Meriden Musicians and Ensembles

Sinfonia Mon 22 June 10:20am  
Piano Masterclass with Clemens Leske Mon 22 June 1:05pm Livestream
Intermediate Singers and Choir Tue 23 June 10:45am Livestream
Senior Singers Wed 24 June 10:45am Livestream
Year 12 Music 1 Performance Wed 24 June 2:05pm Livestream
Symphony Orchestra with Guy Noble Thur 25 June 10:45am Livestream
Strings Masterclass with
Kerry Martin and Rowena Macneish
Thur 25 June 1:05pm Livestream

Lunchtime Outdoor Performances

The Ray Cassar Quartet  Mon 22 June 12:20pm
Meriden Rock Bands
and Brass Ensemble
Tue 23 June 12:20pm
Meriden Chapel Band Wed 24 June 12:20pm
Triplex Thur 25 June 12:20pm
The Transylvaniacs Fri 26 June 12:20pm

How to Watch the Livestreamed Events

Click here to access the livestream page on eVe. You will need to log in using your Parent or Student Login and then choose the event you would like to watch.

About our Special Guests

Guy Noble has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra symphony orchestras, amongst others. He is the host and accompanist for Opera Australia's Great Opera Hits at the Sydney Opera House each year.

John Lynch is a leading international wind band conductor and the Director of Bands, Wind Symphony Conductor, and Artistic Director of the Verbrugghen Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.

Elizabeth Scott is the conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Choir where she is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts. She regularly works as a chorus master for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has prepared choirs for conductors Simone Young, David Robertson and Charles Dutoit.

Clemens Leske has a repertoire of thirty-five piano concerti and has performed with all six Australian symphony orchestras and has played at venues in Spain, the United Kingdom, Singapore, New Zealand, Hungary and China. For his London Royal Festival Hall dèbut he performed Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ella Macens is a composer with a passion for choral, orchestral and chamber music. Her eclectic and appealing style is influenced by a love of pop songwriting and her own Latvian heritage. She  is a proud music educator, teaching Composition and Music Theory at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney. 

Kerry Martin won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 2001 and was a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition. She has appeared as a soloist, performing concertos with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

Rowena Macneish is passionate about chamber music and relishes her role with the Enigma Quartet. She has played and toured with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Rowena is a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble.

James West is at the forefront of the Australian music scene as a songwriter and musician. He is the Music Director at St Thomas' Church, North Sydney, one of Sydney's largest churches. James is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches professionally across Sydney. He is also the frontman of indie rock band, Paravelle. Paravelle's debut single Cascades soared on the Spotify UK charts.