Matthew Davine, Skye Alexander-Begbie, Wendy Morrison

Matthew Davine,
Tenor Skye Alexander-Begbie,
French Horn
Wendy Morrison, Piano

Sunday June 3rd 2007 2.00pm
THE CHAPEL COPPIN COMMUNITY CENTRE
ROYAL FREEMASONS’ HOMES
Cnr. Punt & Moubray St (enter from Moubray St)
Melway Ref: 2L D10

Order of Program

Roger Quilter
Autumn Evening Poet: Arthur Macquarie
It was a lover and his lass from Five Shakespeare Songs Set II
Fear no more the heat of the sun fromF/ve Shakespeare Songs Set II

Benjamin Britten
The Choirmaster’s Burial Poet: Thomas Hardy from Winter Words

Francis Poulenc
Elegie for Horn and Piano Written in memory of Dennis Brain, the English horn player killed in a car accident at the peak of his career.

Michael Balfe
Then you’ll remember me from The Bohemian Girl

Edward Elgar
Is she not passing fair? Poet: Louisa Costello from a French text by Due d’Orleans

Igor Stravinsky
Sllem’s Aria from The Rake’s Progress

INTERVAL

Ludwig van Beethoven
An die feme Geliebte Op.98 Poet: Alois Jeitteles

Franz Strauss
Nocturno for Horn and Piano Op.7

Felix Mendelssohn
Neue Liebe
Poet: Heinrich Heine
Hexenlied (Andres Maienlied)
Poet: Ludwig Holty

Franz Schubert
Auf Dem Strom Op.119 Poet: Ludwig Rellstab

Meet the Artists

Matthew Davine studied voice at the Melba Conservatorium, opera and classical singing at the Victorian College of the Arts, and dance at the Dance Factory in Melbourne.

Matthew is in demand as a concert and oratorio singer, as well as a recitalist. He has performed regularly with the Melbourne Chorale, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, the Canberra Bach Ensemble and many other choirs and orchestras. He has performed to critical acclaim in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, the StJohn Passion by J.S. Bach and many other works. A reviewer from The Age said: “The Evangelist (Matthew Davine) performed his demanding role with confidence and beautifully ringing tone….” The Age 12/9/06.

In May 2007, he performed as tenor soloist in Carmina Burana at Hamer Hall with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

For the newly formed Victorian Opera Company Matthew has performed the role of the Evangelist in the St John Passion by J.S. Bach, and he covered the role of Ferrando in their first opera, Mozart’s Cosifan tutte.

Matthew has also performed many roles for Opera Australia, OzOpera, the Melbourne Opera Company, Eastern Metropolitan Opera, the Savoy Opera Company, and the newly formed Victorian Opera. For Opera Australia, he has appeared in The Gondoliers, The Mikado, and HMS Pinafore at the State Theatre, Melbourne, alongside Anthony Warlow, This year, Matthew played the role of Goro in a national touring production of Madame Butterfly.

Matthew has a particular love for the music of Vienna, In late 2007 Matthew will be part of a national tour of the most famous Viennese Operetta, The Merry Widow, playing the part of Camille.

He also loves the more intimate vocal repertoire of English art song and German lieder, and has gained more then 100 awards in this genre. In 2003 Matthew won the Lieder Section at Royal South Street Eisteddfod, Ballarat. Included in his repertoire is the music of Broadway and the West End which he performs with corporate groups “Cabaret Ole” and “Ballada”.

Skye Alexander-Besbie studied her Bachelor of Performance degree at the Victorian College of the Arts between 2000 and 2004 with Russell Davis (MSO) and Geoff Collinson (AOBO, Head of Brass, Melbourne University).

Prior to this she completed an Advanced Diploma of Commercial Music with Jules Evans at the Box Hill College of Music between 1998 and 2000, gaining a full scholarship in 1999.
Dividing her time between freelancing and teaching horn part time at Caulfield Grammar School, Brighton Grammar and Wesley College, Skye is a keen commercial horn player. Most recently she featured on Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars and works as a sessional musician for television commercials, recording projects and is a regular on GTV Channel 9’s Carols By Candelight.

In 2003, Skye performed Schumann’s Koncertstiick for four horns with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra to a substantial audience in the Melbourne Town Hall. She has also performed solo for the international horn virtuoso, Barry Tuckwell (London Symphony Orchestra), Geoffery Winter (American Horn Quartet) and Robert Johnston (Australian Chamber Orchestra) during the annual International Festival of Brass between 2004-06.

With a passion for opera, orchestral playing and musical theatre, Skye has been an active member of the Melbourne Opera Company since 2001 and performs regularly with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Classical Players and Melbourne theatre companies. Internationally, Skye has performed in Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Skye enjoys working with Matthew in the Melbourne Opera Company and looks forward to combining their talents with the impressive and beautiful works written for horn and voice
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Wendy Morrison, pianist and composer, graduated from the University of Melbourne where she studied with Ronald Farren-Price. The winner of several national competitions including the City of Sydney Piano Competition, she studied in London from 1984-1987 on scholarships from the University of Melbourne and the Royal College of Music, where she completed a Masters in Performance Studies with Professor Peter Wallfisch. Wendy studied advanced technique and teaching methodology with Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri in Italy on a scholarship from the Italian government and lived and performed in Italy for several years before returning to live in Australia at the beginning of 2000. She has performed extensively as a soloist in Australia, Italy, France , Cuba and England . Also an accomplished composer, she has collaborated with artists, poets, dancers and video-makers. She was awarded a major prize in the Onassis Foundation’s International Composition Competition for her work Stabat Mater. Her choral work Remembering Eden was recently premiered in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne .