Past Concerts 2012


  • Gala Opening Peninsula Summer Music Festival

Tuesday 3 January 7.00-10.00pm
Montalto Winery, 33 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South

Tickets: All tickets $200 including dinner and wine

Bookings: Direct with Montalto (03) 5989 8412

Enjoy a superb evening of food, wine and song at the Peninsula’s acclaimed Montalto Restaurant. The sublime voice of soprano Greta Bradman, ARIA-award nominees Latitude 37 and Simon Martyn-Ellis (baroque guitar, lute, theorbo) combine to evoke the splendour of Spain’s musical heritage, accompanied by a specially-designed meal and estate wines. Highlights include works by de Falla, Granados, Marin and Sor, plus fandangos by Soler and 17th century guitar virtuoso Santiago de Murcia.

  • The Splendour of the German Baroque

Wednesday 4 January 7.00pm
St Peters Anglican Church, Queen St, Mornington
Tickets: $48/$42
Bookings: Frankston Arts Centre Box Office (03) 9784 1060

This January, the Northern German tradition of Abendmusik – evening music for the people – returns to St Peter’s Mornington. Be swept away by this atmospheric candlelit concert, featuring the divine voices of Siobhán Stagg (soprano), German alto Dorothee Merkel, Robert MacFarlane (tenor) and Nick Dinopoulos (bass-baritone). They take to the stage as both soloists and choir alongside baroque ensemble Latitude 37 and guests, in a program of German sacred and secular music that also showcases the church’s magnificent organ.  Program highlights include works by Buxtehude, JC Bach, Rosenműller and JS Bach’s beloved motet Jesu, meine freude BWV227.

  • Antonio e Cleopatra

Friday 6 January 7.00pm
Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington
Tickets: $55/$48
Bookings: Frankston Arts Centre Box Office (03) 9784 1060

After a private debut in mid-2011, Johann Hasse’s 1725 opera Antonio e Cleopatra is given its first public performance in Australia, under the direction of conductor Richard Divall.

2011 AIMS Meistersinger Award-winning soprano Siobhán Stagg appears as Cleopatra – a role originally written for the legendary castrato Farinelli. Mezzo-soprano Dimity Shepherd(Opera Australia, Victorian Opera) plays Marc Antonio.This semi-staged performance features a specially-commissioned costume for Cleopatra based on a portrait by Tiepolo and manufactured by the Australian Ballet’s costumiers.

Concertmaster Rachael Beesley (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ironwood) leads a chamber orchestra comprising some of Australia’s finest baroque musicians.


  • A Curious Accord

Saturday 7 January 11.30am
St Johns, King St, Flinders
Tickets: $40/$35
Lunch: $20
Bookings: Frankston Arts Centre Box Office (03) 9784 1060

Rarely heard together, this recital proves that the cello and the viola da gamba can indeed be friends as well as musical cousins.  Revel in the rich combined sounds as baroque specialists Jamie Hey (5-string baroque cello) and Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba) perform works by Telemann, Couperin, Masse and Anon.


  • Opening Recital, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival

Friday 13th January 8pm
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Cnr Dawson & Sturt Streets, Ballarat
Bookings:  0429 327 097 or www.ballarat.com/organs/index.htm

In this opening concert vocal ensemble e21 unites with the viols of Consort Eclectus to present the Litanies of  Charpentier and Alain in the beautiful acoustic of St Patrick’s Cathedral.  Directed by Stephen Grant with Calvin Bowman, organ.



  • Love in Venice

The Song Company with guest artists Tommie Anderson (Lute/Theorbo/Guitar) and Laura Vaughan (Lirone/Gamba)

A hilarious comedy set in the waters of Venice which tells the story of an unlikely encounter — complemented by nine mind blowing madrigals. Prepare to laugh and fall in love. Venice’s power at sea once seemed indestructible. For centuries, the city’s economic super status was reflected through an incredible flowering of the arts, demonstrated in painting and in music. The palaces and churches alongside its famous canals became the repositories of extraordinary work; to this day the envy of the world.

For this all-Venetian extravaganza, Roland Peelman has selected nine beautiful madrigals by Monteverdi as counterpart to Banchieri’s 1623 ‘Boat from Venice to Padua’. This hilarious and early musical comedy sees the Song Company expertly flit between a set of dubious commedia characters who share an encounter on a small boat.


Claudio Monteverdi (1567 — 1643) Erotic madrigals

Antonio Banchieri (1568 — 1634) A boat from Venice bound for Padua


Sun, 4 March Canberra National Gallery
Mon, 5 March Wollongong Town Hall
Please phone the Wollongong Town Hall Box Office on 02 4227 5088 between 9am and 5pm weekdays.
Thurs, 8 March Newcastle Conservatorium
Fri, 9 March Brisbane Conservatorium Theatre
Mon, 12 March Melbourne Recital Centre, The Salon
Wed, 14 March City Recital Hall, Angel Place

Visit the Song Company’s website for more information


  • St John Passion

Sunday 25 March 3pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre, cnr. Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank
More information and bookings 

JS Bach didn’t compose any operas: his sacred works are vivid dramas and profoundly personal meditations on humanity and its relationship with God. Bach’s St John Passion is an intimate and searing depiction of Christ’s trial and death, at once a gripping and ferocious narrative and a moving reaction to Christ’s sacrifice, expressed in music that is by turns majestic, savage and radiant. JS Bach’s art continues to touch hearts and minds in ways that no other composers’ can and his St John Passion is an iconic and essential musical experience.

Continuing a Recital Centre Easter tradition, acclaimed conductor Stephen Layton, Director of Music of Trinity College Cambridge and Artistic Director of the London Sinfonia, marshals the forces of choir, soloists and period instrument orchestra Ludovico’s Band to bring to life Bach’s most powerful masterpiece in the pure acoustic of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.


  • St John Passion

Friday 30 March 8pm & Sunday 1 April 3pm
St Mary’s, Star of the Sea
Cnr Victoria St and Howard St, West Melbourne
Tickets $60 / $50 conc. / $30 student
Booking details & inquiries: 0477087593 or www.mbc.asn.au

Bach’s Easter masterpiece conducted by Rick Prakhoff with brilliant Australian soloists Lorina Gore, Belinda Paterson, Henry Choo, Shane Lowrencev, Paul McMahon and Joshua Bloom.

  • La Bergamasca

Saturday 31 March, 7 pm,
James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra

Experience the music of late Renaissance Northern Italy with Latitude 37 in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia’s Renaissance exhibition.  From the austere yet passionate beauty of Rognoni and Castello to the cascading notes of Merulo and rowdy country dances, hear the silent music that’s behind every painting. This concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM.

Enquiries             (02) 6240 6411       or the NGA website



  • S. Bach Viola da Gamba Sonatas

Thursday 5 April, 1pm
Scot’s Church, Corner of Russell and Collins St, Melbourne
Free entry

A performance of works by J.S. Bach and Telemann for viola da gamba and harpsichord with Elizabeth Anderson (harpsichord) in the lovely acoustic of the Scot’s Church, Melbourne.

  • Apotheosis

Monday April 23, 7pm
The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
cnr. Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank.
Tickets $35/$25

The first of Latitude 37’s 2012 MRC Subscription Series.  Composers of the French High Baroque couldn’t speak highly enough of their departed colleagues. Latitude 37 presents the ultimate ‘tribute’ concert with masterpieces of homage by the two Couperins, Marin Marais, and the aptly-named Rebel.

with guest artist Miranda Hutton (baroque violin)

Bookings (03) 9699 3333 or the MRC website



  • Through the Sublime Porte – Ottoman Inspiration in Baroque Music

Saturday May 26, 7.30pm, Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne

An exploration of the figure of the Turk in Baroque music, including works by Marin Marais, Francois Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau as well as dances from Ottoman Europe. A part of the “Love and Devotion: from Persia and beyond” exhibition of Persian manuscripts at the State Library of Victoria. With guest artist Matt Stonehouse (percussion).

Free Entry

  • Music for the Sun King

3pm, Sunday May 27, Newman College Chapel,                                                                University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Melbourne

The Choir of Newman College presents a magnificent programme of music for Louis XIV including works by Charpentier and Campra.

  • La Passeggiata

Wednesday, May 30, 11am, The Ballroom, Government House, Melbourne

La Passeggiata: The Italian custom of taking a leisurely stroll around town.
As part of Chamber Music Australia’s “Governor’s Recital Series’, Latitude 37 takes you on a passeggiata through Europe from the late renaissance, to the early baroque period, illustrating both the diversity, and the cross pollenation that was occurring between countries such as Italy, France, England, Germany and Slovakia in this highly creative era.

Visit Chamber Music Australia’s website for more information



  • Parisian Soiree

5pm, Saturday 16 June
Early Music Studio, 27 Royal Parade, Parkville

Alison Catanach (baroque flute), Ann Murphy (harpsichord) and myself provide an elegant afternoon of French music from the court of Louis XIV in the salon-style environs of the Early Music Studio with works by Marais, Monteclair, Leclair, Boismotier and de Machy.

Tickets $10 or $20 for a family


  • Le Nymphe di Rheno

5pm, Sunday 24 June
Wyselaskie Auditorium
College for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville
(opposite Melbourne Cemetery entrance)

Viola da gamba duo Convivio(Miriam Morris & Laura Vaughan, bass viols) presents a programme of baroque music from the banks of the Rhine celebrating the beauty and unique sonorities of two bass viols with works by works by Johannes Schenck, William Youngand Gottfried Finger, with refreshments following the concert.

$20/$10 concession
Tickets at the door
Enquiries 9571 6856




  • In Foreign Taste

Monday 2 July 6 pm
The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
cnr. Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank.
Tickets $35/$25 bookings at the MRC website

The Continuo Collective:  Samantha Cohen (theorbo) & Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba)

Successor to the great Lully, Marin Marais was recognized in his lifetime as a brilliant composer and virtuoso performer, and held the prestigious post of “ordinaire de la chamber du roy pour la viole”.  His most significant contribution is his five books of Piéces de Violes, of which book IV’s Suite d’un Goût Etranger (In Foreign Taste) contains some of the most striking examples of Marais’ technical skill, mastery of harmony, innovation and imagination.   The viola da gamba (performed by Laura Vaughan) represents the height of refinement in French baroque chamber music.  For this event it is paired with another favorite of the King – the theorbo (performed by Samantha Cohen).  Experience the King’s exquisite taste in music in the intimate salon setting.


  • July 22-29

I will be attending the American Viola da Gamba Society 2012 Conclave

University of Delaware, USA



  • Pièces de Clavecin en Concert

Sunday 5 August  2.15pm
St Cuthbert’s Church
12 Wilson St, Brighton.

Latitude 37 presents a rare all-Rameau presentation of three of the sophisticated Pièces de Clavecin en Concert as part of the Music in the Very Round concert series.


  • Exile

Wednesday 8 August, 7pm
The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, cnr. Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank.
Tickets $35/$25

Latitude 37 Salon Subscription Series concert 2.

In the mid-seventeenth century, the Barbarini family was bad, dangerous to know – and one of the most powerful families in Europe. From its ranks came patricians, a pope, and a penchant for musical patronage that was on show both at home in Rome and in Parisian exile. In this program drawn from a world of luxury, excess and corruption, Exile is a seductive demonstration of the sort of music that can be bought when money is no object.

Bookings (03) 9699 3333 or the MRC website


  • Bach @ Trinity

Sunday 19 August, 2pm
German Church, 22 Parliament Place, East Melbourne

A celebration of the magnificent music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries Erlebach, Becker and Buxtehude as part of the 2012 celebration of Bach’s music at the beautiful German Trinity Church.

Tickets $35/$25, bookings www.trybooking.com



  • Monteverdi’s Orfeo

19-26 September

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Imagine music so beautiful, so powerful, that it could enchant even the King of the Underworld. In 1607, Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi brought this stirring idea to life in his opera L’Orfeo. Based on the ancient Greek myth, L’Orfeo is the story of the legendary poet Orpheus, whose power over music could charm even the most savage beast. Misfortune strikes Orpheus on his wedding day as his bride Eurydice succumbs to a poisonous snakebite. Orpheus, driven mad with grief, descends into the Underworld to rescue his lost love.

In one of the biggest undertakings in Brandenburg history, Artistic Director Paul Dyer fulfils his dream of bringing Monteverdi’s dramatic masterpiece to life. Mesmerising German tenor Markus Brutscherstars in the title role of this tragic love story performed in intimate concert mode. Discover this 17th century musical jewel with one of the most thrilling talents in Europe, an exciting Australian supporting cast, the earthy sounds of gut strings and the infernal fanfare of period brass. Experience one of the earliest operas ever written, like never before!

For more info visit the ABO website



  • A Phoenix for Ferdinand III

Monday 22 October 7pm
The Salon Melbourne Recital Centre, cnr. Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank
Tickets $35/$25

Concert 3 in Latitude 37’s Salon Subscription Series

Latitude 37 finds musical beauty amid the political embers of the Holy Roman Empire at the end of the Thirty Years’ War in 1648 in some of the most haunting German music you may never have heard. The program features works by Buxtehude, Erlebach, Froberger and Schmelzer.

Bookings and more information




  • The Summer of 1680

Saturday 10 November, 2.30pm
“Duniera” Office Lane, Mt Macedon, Victoria

Fantasias and dances in three and four parts for viols by Purcell, Jenkins and Lully.

The centrepiece of this program is Purcell’s fantasias in four parts written for a consort of viols. It appeared during the summer of 1680 at the end of the golden years of the viol in England. As Purcell, at the age of 21, was writing his fantasias for the viol, a new style of music was gaining favour in England: continental music, particularly French, as preferred by Charles II.

Consort Eclectus is a group of musicians devoted to the sound and music of the viola da gamba. Each member of the group brings to the ensemble a rich and varied background in early music performance with many of Australia’s finest ensembles.

Tickets $35/$25, bookings essential.
Enquiries and phone booking: phone 5426 1490



  • Pinchgut Opera – Castor and Pollux 

Castor & Pollux is perhaps Rameau’s finest creation. It’s a story based in mythology about the self-sacrificing love between two brothers. The music goes straight to the heart. With some of the most beautiful vocal and orchestral writing of the period, the opera was an instant hit when it was first presented. Now Australian audiences will hear this opera for this first time. This is the third French baroque work we have presented, having previously performed Rameau’s Dardanus (2005) and Charpentier’s David & Jonathan (2008).

Antony Walker will return from the US to conduct with American tenor Jeffrey Thompson (Castor), Hadleigh Adams (Pollux), Celeste Lazarenko (Télaïre), Margaret Plummer (Phébé) and Paul Goodwin-Groen (Jupiter) along with the welcome return of the Cantillation chorus and the Orchestra of the Antipodes.

Pinchgut presents Castor & Pollux in four performances:
6, 8, 9 & 10 December at City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney.
Sung in French with English surtitles.

  • Latitude 37 – ABC Sunday Live

Sunday 16 December, 3pm

Iwaki Auditorium

Southbank Boulevard, Southbank.


Latitude 37 explores baroque repertoire from East and West inspired by the Ottoman Empire with Matt Stonehouse on Middle Eastern Percussion live on Australia’s national classical music radio station, ABC Classic FM.