Society News: September 2011


On 4th September, the LMS had guest speaker, Life Member and violist, John North, regale us with tales from the Society’s history. He spoke of Sybil Hewett, who was a friend of our founder, and whom Louise chose to be the first secretary of the Society, a position she retained for 45 years and of Sybil’s houseeeper who was given an honorary Life Membership after Sybil’s death. John spoke of the popularity of the society in days gone by; at one stage, the committee had to cap the membership at 400, and still had a waiting list. After his talk, John was joined by Janis Cook to perform a delightful programme of English and French works. Following the recital, the Society held the 90th AGM. This included the task of declaring the new committee members:

Ms. Sarah Cuming
Mr. Alan Hutchison
Mr Dan O’Keefe
Mrs. Sally Hutchison
Mr. Danny Neumann
Mr. John Perry OAM
Mr. Les Whiteley
Mr. J. Neville Turner

Of the six Motions put forward at the meeting, only the first motion regarding membership fees was carried. One of our newer members, Mrs. Jillian Gengoult Smith, who is the wife of Norman Gengoult Smith (nephew of Louise Hanson-Dyer and brother to our patron), has donated a beautiful black and white printed poster advertising ditions de l’isseau-Lyre.
Norman’s father left him several copies, one of which will go to PLC where Louise attended school. A scan of the poster is shown below.

I hope you can all come along and hear the wonderful Ensemble Liaison perform the LMS 90th Anniversary Celebration Commission, A Lyrebird in Paris by Jane Hammond at the beautiful St ohn’s Church, 0 City Road, Southbank (Mel. 43 H10) at 2pm on Saturday, 24th September. You need to book your tickets by ringing the Secretary on 9431 0458. The concert’s duration will be a little over an hour, and we are serving wine / cheese / tea / coffee, after the performance.

Sarah Cuming

Fundraising Thermometer

Our concert on the 24 September should also see our thermometer go over $500. A small amount each month soon adds up. Thank you! History Booklet The 90th Anniversary

History Booklet
launched before the AGM on the 4 September will be available for collection by members at the 2 October concert



Don’t miss! Ensemble Liaison performing:
Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major Op. 11 assenhauer” for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Jane Hammond: A Lyrebird in Paris (World Premiere)
Paul Schoenfield: Refractions for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (Australian Premiere)

Ensemble Liaison was formed in 2006 and is comprised of three internationally acclaimed musicians: David Griffiths (clarinet), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) and Timothy Young (piano).
Since 2007, they have presented the Ensemble Liaison and Friends Concert Series. Their 2011 season sees collaborations with internationally acclaimed soprano, Emma Matthews, stunning Norwegian violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud, principal members of the Australian Ballet and drumming wizard, David Jones. In October, they undertake a 10-concert tour for Chamber Music New Zealand with violinist Wilma Smith.
Their first CD featuring works by Zemlinsky and Messiaen will be released in October 2011.

Jane Hammond is the composer of the Society’s 90th Anniversary Commission, which she has titled ‘A Lyrebird in Paris’. Jane works as a conductor, pianist and composer with major Australian arts organisations. She has composed original music for mainstream and community theatre, and the concert stage, for ensembles and companies including the Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia, and the Melbourne International Festival.  Another new work of ane’s, In a Room With Rachmaninov for solo piano was written specially for her colleague Tamara Smolyar who is the Co-ordinator of Piano at Monash University. Tamara will premiere this work, at a Duo Chamber Melange concert in the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre at 6.00pm on Friday, 30 September.

Artsong for Soprano and Piano

Jacqueline Porter, soprano holds an Honours degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts (Italian) from the University of Melbourne. She is a principal artist with Victorian Opera and appears regularly as a soloist with major orchestras and chorales in Australia.
Jacqueline is the recipient of the 2010 Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholarship and equal runner-up in the 2009 Herald Sun Aria and many other awards. She was runner-up in the 2007 National Liederfest, where she has twice received the prie for est diction and understanding of the erman language’. She was recently selected as the sole Australian to compete in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna, Austria.
She has performed many times to great acclaim and previously collaborated with Calvin Bowman, singing his ‘ si ie ie’ with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner. Sir Neville described Calvin’s wor as an absolute gem of twenty-first century imagination”.
Calvin Bowman has been described variously as a uniuely talented musician” Philip lass, one of the finest musical minds this country has produced” (Graham Abbott). Calvin is currently Senior Lecturer and University Organist at the Australian National University and Associate Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Dr Bowman has presented the complete Bach organ works twice in public, once in 1995 and then again in 2009 for the Melbourne International Festival when he performed them in a single seventeen hour sitting. In 2001, he was privileged to re-open the Melbourne Town Hall organ following its restoration by presenting the world premiere performance of Voices” by Philip lass in the composer’s presence.
Dr. owman’s compositional sills have been recognised with the awarding of a prestigious Australia Council Fellowship for 2008-9. He has been described as the finest eponent of artsong composition we have in Australia” ichard Mills. Dr. Bowman is a graduate of The University of Melbourne, and was the first Australian to graduate with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University with the assistance of a Fulbright scholarship. He is a member of Australian Mensa and a life member of The Australian Fulbright Association.