December 5th, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
The programme pays tribute to Kathleen Ferrier’s life in song, and presents a selection of the English, German songs and baroque airs which brought joy to many of her fans.
Kathleen Ferrier is undoubtedly the most famous British singer of the twentieth century. Known for her passionate dedication to music, her untimely death was a shock to her fans when at the age of 41 she succumbed to cancer. Kathleen’s cheerful demeanour and passionate connection to the songs she sang brought light into the lives of those British hearts depressed by the ravages of WW2, and won the regard and affection for many of her musical collaborators, including conductor and pianist Bruno Walter.
Meet the Artists
Vivien Hamilton studied musicology at the University of Western Australia with Professor David Tunley Chevalier de L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and singing with esteemed Australian soprano and pianist Molly McGurk. In London, while Vivien pursued a career in opera (her operatic debut was in 1987 with Kent Opera, as ‘Papagena’ in The Magic Flute). She toured and recorded with early music group The Hilliard Ensemble and the BBC Singers and studied contemporary song techniques with soprano Jane Manning. Consequently, she is equally at home as soloist or ensemble singer.
Vivien has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for several universities in Australia, including the University of Melbourne for over twenty five years where she continues to act as a musical consultant. For ten years she was director of Early Voices at the Early Music Studio. Vivien performs with early music groups Auncient Hermony and Ensemble Solasta, and contemporary female vocal music with the Icon Trio. Vivien is currently honorary pianist for The Melbourne Scots, and is working on producing their new songbook, which involves a history of Scots song and individual histories of every song included within.
Len Vorster studied with the eminent American pianist Lamar Crowson and obtained a BMus degree and a Post- graduate Performer’s Diploma in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Cape Town. In 1976 he made his concerto début with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed in the USA, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan and with the Royal Academy Orchestra in
London in 2001.
As a concerto soloist he has recorded Michael Easton’s “Concerto on Australian Themes” with the State Orchestra of Victoria for Naxos. His Naxos CD of the two-piano version of Holst’s The Planets (with Robert Chamberlain) has received a Gramophone Magazine award and with Merlyn Quaife he has been nominated for an Aria award for his Naxos CD of piano music and songs by Manuel de Falla . Len Vorster has been working with the International Education Centre in Taiwan for twelve years and was on the piano staff of the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Len Vorster is the founding Artistic Director of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
Vivien Hamilton and Len Vorster have enjoyed a musical partnership that spans over twenty years. Besides having created numerous recital programs, they have recorded ‘Burns and beyond: Songs of Robert Burns’ (Move), and filmed a DVD performance of Scottish composer John Maxwell Geddes’ ‘A Castle Mills Suite’ commissioned by Live Music Now, Scotland. They have a Spanish recording (yet to be released).