The Phoenix Trio


Angela Dhar, pianoforte
Pamela Webster Bloom, clarinet Faye
Goldsmith, violoncello

Sunday, 6th December, 2009 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Angela Dhar is a well-known and distinguished pianist who has been one of Melbourne’s foremost accompanists for many years, becoming widely sought after for her sympathetic and artistic accompanying of both vocal and instrumental artists. As a respected member of the staff of the Victorian College of the Arts she gave most generously of her time and wisdom to encourage young musicians. She is also well-known and appreciated through her association with the ABC as a recital accompanist. In 1994 Lauris Elms chose Angela to accompany her at her farewell Melbourne recital. Angela retired from active work with the VCA at the end of 1998 but she has recently resumed her active music making through the formation of the Phoenix Trio, the Trio making its debut at a recent concert for the Music Lover’s Society, of which Angela is a Patron.

Pamela Webster Bloom commenced her clarinet studies at the age of twelve with Hugo Stockigt. She began casual work with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra when she was eighteen and continued to work with them throughout her career. She later studied in Paris with Yona Ettlinger and, on her return, was invited to play a series of concerts with the Borodin String Quartet. She was appointed Principal Clarinet in the Elizabethan Theatre Trust Orchestra and held the position for five years. She resigned to teach at the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. Chamber music is her preferred form of music making and she has been a regular performer in festivals such as Music-in-the-Round and the Collins Street Chamber Music Festival.

Faye Goldsmith was born into a family of musicians, beginning piano lessons with her grandmother at the age of four. Later, she studied the ‘cello with Peers Coetmore, and after her diploma course at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, went overseas to study in Geneva with Pierre Fournier. Faye stayed in Switzerland for six years, playing in the Winterthur Stadtorkester, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Suisse Romande Orchestra, eventually returning to Melbourne in June, 1970 to become a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (where she remained until her retirement in December, 2006).
She was a founding member of Paul McDermott’s ‘The Philharmonia of Melbourne’ – a small group of string players with harpsichord. She also founded a music society at Somers, emptying mainly groups from within the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to play in private homes. Chamber music has been her passion. Over the years Faye has played with many colleagues, including Pamela Bloom.


Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio Op. 11
Allegro con brio
Theme and variations

Johannes Brahms – Sonata for Clarinet in Eb major Op. 120/2
Allegro amabile
Allegro appassionato
Andante commodo
Allegro non troppo


Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata for Violoncello in A major Op.69
Allegro ma non tanto Scherzo
Adagio cantabile
Allegro vivace

Johannes Brahms – Trio Op.l 14
Andantino grazioso