Society News: October 2012


Dear members,

It is an honour to have been elected President of the Lyrebird Music Society at the Annual General Meeting on 2 September.  I have had a long association with various musical ventures initiated by Louise HansonDyer and a close relationship with her family.
I look forward to working with the new Committee and I thank them for the commitment they have made to take on the various roles:

John Perry – Vice President
Peter Anderson – Secretary
John Hulskamp – Treasurer
Michael Cairns – Committee
Neville Turner – Committee
Les Whiteley – Committee

Special thanks to all who served on the previous committee under the leadership of Sarah Cuming who was awarded life membership for her 25 year contribution to the Society and for her work as a committee member.
All changes to the Constitution put forward at the Annual General Meeting were passed.  We will now progress an application to seek Deductible Gift Recipient status so that those wishing to make a donation of $2 or more to the society can receive a tax deduction.

John Poynter

Thank you to all those members who have paid their membership fees. If you have not already been given your receipt you will find it enclosed with this newsletter. For those who have not yet renewed membership, a final notice is enclosed.

Daylight saving starts on Sunday 7 October (our next concert date) when clocks move forward one hour.

Jane Robertson (clarinet), Rosanne Hunt (cello), Marianne Rothschild (violin) & Glenn Riddle (piano)

Debussy: Sonate pour Violoncelle et Piano
Liszt: Apparition S155 No. 1 for solo piano
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Melbourne born clarinettist, Jane Robertson is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. She spent some years studying in the UK with David Campbell, Alan Hacker and Tony Pay, and attended Summer schools in Italy and at Dartington (UK). Her interest in New Music and chamber music was nurtured during post graduate studies, and she spent some years as a member of the Elision ensemble. Jane has been a member of the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Opera Orchestra (Melbourne). She plays with the Australian Pops Orchestra, the Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra and a variety of orchestral and chamber ensembles, theatre projects and musicals.

Rosanne Hunt began cello studies with her mother, Marianne Hunt, and continued with Christian Wojtowicz in Hobart, Anner Bylsma in The Hague and Irene Sharp in San Francisco. She led the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s cello section for a number of years. Rosanne’s wide-ranging freelance career has included periods with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Elision and Libra contemporary music groups and the Arcadia Baroque ensemble, among others. She has an extensive discography of both contemporary and early music, including a recent ABC Classics release of Biber’s Rosary Sonatas with Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) and Linda Kent (keyboards). Rosanne teaches at the University of Melbourne and at Monash University.

Marianne Rothschild migrated to Australia from Denmark  with her family at the age of six. At seven she began learning the violin. She completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in violin at the VCA in 1997. In 2000, she was accepted into the Australian National Academy of Music as one of five violinists nationally chosen to study on scholarship for a year.
At the Victorian College of the Arts, she studied with Julian Quirit, Deborah Fox, Marco van Pagee and Carl Pini. At ANAM, she received tuition from visiting interstate and overseas artists, such as the Australian String Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Geoffrey Lancaster, James Buswell, Erich Gruenberg and Maurice Hasson. In 1999, she returned to her birthplace to participate in masterclasses with Cho–Liang Lin, and in England with Dona Lee–Croft as part of the weeklong course of the Colourstrings teaching method.
Marianne plays violin professionally with the Australian Pops Orchestra, the National Boys’ Choir and has led the Grainger Ensemble on numerous occasions. She has also played with Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
In 1995, Marianne commissioned the violin she is playing from Melbourne maker Glen Nicholls.
Melbourne born pianist, Glenn Riddle studied at the Royal College of Music, London and at the Vienna Universität für Musik before returning to Australia. Currently, Glenn is Lecturer in Music at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. As one of Australia’s leading mentors of young piano talent, his students have been major prizewinners in every important national piano competition, as well as in international competitions.
Glenn continues to perform extensively both in Australia and internationally and is closely associated with the music of Percy Grainger. He is also currently researching and performing the piano music of Latin America and is in the midst of performing the complete concertos of Beethoven with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra in Indonesia. Glenn has recorded extensively for both Allans Publishing and Hal Leonard Publishing and is Artistic Director and conductor of the Grainger Ensemble, a chamber orchestra whose primary aim is to provide concerto opportunities for young musicians. In 2002, he edited seven volumes of piano music that comprise the enormously successful AMEB Series 15.


Our November concert features music for piano by international concert pianist Elyane Laussade.

JS Bach: Prelude in C Major BWV 846 (from the WellTempered Clavier Book I)
Mozart: Allegro (from Sonata in C Major K.545)
Beethoven: Adagio cantabile (from Sonata in C Minor Opus 13, Pathetique).
Schumann: selections from Carnaval Opus 9
Mompou: Cancion (from Cancion y danza #6)
Schubert: Impromptu in Eb Opus 90 #2
Rachmaninov: Elegie Opus 3 #1 Chopin: Grande Valse Brillante in Eb Opus 18
Chopin: Prelude in E Minor Opus 28 #4
Mendelssohn: Scherzo in E Minor (from Trois Caprices Opus 16)
Debussy: Arabesque #1 (from Deux Arabesques)
Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu Opus 66
Ravel: Mouvement de Menuet (from Sonatine)
Liszt: Un Sospiro (from Trois Etudes de Concert)
Satie: Gnossienne #1 (from Trois Gnossiennes)
Gershwin: Prelude #1 (from Three Preludes)

Elyane Laussade has garnered attention from enthusiastic audiences on four continents for her imaginative and strongly individual playing. Dr Laussade’s concerts have led her across the United States, from New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Recital Hall to South Africa, Australia and Europe.
An orchestral debut at age thirteen brought immediate recognition of her sensitivity and interpretive flair. She has since continued to enjoy many engagements with orchestras in the United States.
Since arriving in Australia, Elyane has established herself as one of Australia’s finest pianists. She has appeared in the MSO’s Metropolis Festival with Marcus Stenz and has been featured many times by ABC Classic FM and 3MBS in studio recordings and live broadcasts.
A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, Dr Laussade has appeared in music festivals across America. Dr Laussade now teaches at the Melba Conservatorium, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts.