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.
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
|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
Lunchtime Outdoor Performances
|The Ray Cassar Quartet||Mon||22 June||12:20pm|
|Meriden Rock Bands
and Brass Ensemble
|Meriden Chapel Band||Wed||24 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.