The Sprogis Woods Smith Young Artists' Program

The program

Outstanding students and emerging professional musicians will be performing in the 2014 Canberra International Music Festival’s Sprogis Woods Smith Young Artists’ Program. The 2014 Canberra International Music Festival will be held over 10 days from 9-18 May 2014.

This program provides a unique opportunity for Australia’s leading young musicians to perform and be mentored by master musicians at the highest level. The Canberra International Music Festival attracts a wealth of local, national and international talent each year.

The Canberra International Music Festival has a strong commitment to supporting the development of talented young musicians. We have played an important role in nurturing young instrumentalists and singers through our relationship with the ANU School of Music. Our objective in providing young musicians with the opportunity to participate in our Festival program is to provide vital performance experience, and the opportunity for one-on-one collaboration with master artists. We also strongly believe in giving young musicians the chance to experience premiering major Australian and International masterworks, and the chance to engage with those composers, through our composers-in-residence program.

Through the generosity of our long term donors Arn Sprogis, Margot Woods and Anne and Roger Smith, we are delighted to be able to extend this opportunity to twenty-eight leading young musicians who are looking to advance their professional performance careers. The program will cover the cost of a return airfare (where required), a per diem allowance and accommodation (meals will be provided as well).

About the Canberra International Music Festival

The Canberra International Music Festival has established a reputation as Australia’s most innovative, accessible and inspiring fine music festival. It attracts leading national and international musicians and presents a music program of exceptional quality, with an average of 60 Australian and World premieres each year.

We seek to provide artistic leadership through programming which is musically challenging and exposes our audience to new experiences. We have a strong emphasis on the presentation of new music, new interpretations and the performance of unknown or rarely heard works.

Our interpretations of works by living composers have been applauded by individual composers. Feedback from Australian composers is that there has been a “palpable surge of interest in Australian composition” as a result of festival performances.
The larger works are performed by the Festival Camerata made up of major Festival artists, emerging artists and outstanding student musicians. The Canberra Festival Chorale will provide emerging vocalists to work closely with The Song Company preparing exquisite acapella and accompanied repertoire from Bach and Brahms to Nigel Westlake.Our Composer in Residence program provides an opportunity for young musicians to engage with composers and appreciate the context in which music was written.

“I am simply thrilled by this interpretation of my 4th Symphony …such stunning quality … you obviously understand what my notes are trying to tell.”
- Arvo Pärt

“The finest performances of my music that I have ever heard … a profound vision … my heartfelt thanks.”
- Ross Edwards

2014 SPROGIS WOODS SMITH Young Artists’ Projects

To commemorate the centenary of the commencement of World War 1 and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 2, we will explore the compositions of composers who served as soldiers (or were imprisoned) on all sides of the Great War. We will give the first modern performances of works by composer soldiers such as Frenchmen André Caplet, Jean Cras, Georges Migot, Jéhan Alain, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Lucien Durosoir, Reynaldo Hahn and French woman Lili Boulanger; English composers including George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, William Denis Browne, Ernest Farrar, Cecil Cole, Francis Purcell Warren and William Baines; German and Austrian composers Botho Sigwart Graf zu Eulenberg, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Paul Hindemith, Alban Berg and Fritz Juergens; Belgian composer Georges Antoine; Russian composer Nikolai Myaskovsky and US jazz pioneer, James Reese Europe. This will be the culmination of a three year project to unearth these works, the vast of majority of which will be given Australian premieres and/or their world premieres.

We will also perform for the first time in Australia Rued Langgaard’s immense Music of the Spheres by, the most significant work about the 1st World War written during the 1st World War. Nigel Westlake, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Larry Sitsky will be composers in residence, and their music will be featured alongside works by such Australian composers as Andrew Ford, Ross Edwards and Calvin Bowman.


2014 Canberra International Music Festival Artists 

The major national and international artists appearing in the 2014 Festival program are:

Wallfisch Band
Uppsala Chamber Soloists
Gurdjieff Folk Music Ensemble of Armenia

Elizabeth Wallfisch - historical performance
Paul Wright – modern and historical performance
Shaun Lee Chen - modern and historical performance
Anna McMichael - modern and historical performance
Nils-Erik Sparf (Sweden) modern performance
Klara Hellgren (Sweden) modern performance
Bernt Lysell (Sweden) modern performance

Raquel Massadas (Portugal) historical performance
Deirdre Dowling historical performance
James Wannan modern and historical performance
Heather Lloyd modern and historical performance
Susanne Magnusson viola (Sweden) modern performance

Elisabeth Le Guin (US) historical performance
Erik Wahlgren cello (Sweden) modern performance
David Periera modern performance

Max McBride modern and historical performance

Alice Giles

Kate Clark wooden flute - historical performance
Virginia Taylor - modern performance
Vernon Hill - modern performance

Leo Duarte - historical performance
Eve Newsome - modern performance

Robert Spring (US)
Craig Hill - historical performance

Benny Aghassi - historical performance
Simone Walter - modern performance

Darryl Poulsen - historical and modern performance

Susan Williams - historical and modern performance
Tristram Williams - historical and modern performance
Leanne Sullivan - historical and modern performance
Paul Goodchild - modern performance

Nigel Crocker - historical and modern performance
Ros Jorgensen - historical and modern performance
Brett Page - historical and modern performance

Ed Diefes - period and modern tuba

The Song Company
Simone Riksman soprano
Louise Page soprano
Christina Wilson mezzo soprano
Tobias Cole countertenor
Christopher Saunders tenor
Paul McMahon tenor

Michael Askill
Timothy Constable
JB Smith

Piano / harpsichord / organ
Jan-Albert Roelofs (Holland) harpsichord - historical performance
Bengt Forsberg (Sweden) piano
Calvin Bowman piano/organ
Tamara Cislowska piano
Daniel de Borah
Alan Hicks piano
Adam Cook piano
Timothy Young piano
Neal Peres da Costa - historical performance

Roland Peelman

Composers in residence
Elena Kats-Chernin
Nigel Westlake
Ross Edwards
Larry Sitsky


2014 SPROGIS WOODS SMITH Young Artists’ Projects 

The successful 2014 Young Artists will participate in the following projects:

Period players: under the direction of Roland Peelman with the Wallfisch Band

Elena Kats-Chernin Beaver Blaze
Nigel Westlake Music flows from us like a Waterfall
Heinrich Biber Battalia op 61
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer The Fencing School, Balletto a 4
JS Bach Cantata BWV 130
JS Bach Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor BWV10609
JS Bach Cantata BWV 19
JS Bach Sinfonia In D Major, BWV 1045
JS Bach Magnificat
Luigi Boccherini Stabat Mater
Mozart Meistermusik for male choir and orchestra 6 mins
Mozart Requiem
Frederick Septimus Kelly Elegy for Rupert Brooke
Herbert Howells Elegy for Viola and Strings
Frederick Septimus Kelly Serenade for Flute Harp and Strings
Brahms Nanie op 82
Brahms Requiem op 45

Modern Players: under the direction of by Nils-Erik Sparf and the Uppsala Kammarsolister

Anton Webern Langsamer Satz for chamber orchestra arr Latham
Harold Truscott Elegy for string orchestra
Richard Strauss Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings
Gustav Holst “Mars” from the Planets
Ross Edwards Symphony no 1 ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’
Rued Langgaard Music of the Spheres
Nigel Westlake Missa Solis – Requiem for Eli for Chorus and Orchestra
Hans Krasa Brundibar
Nigel Westlake The Glass Soldier Suite

Vocal stream: under the direction of Roland Peelman with The Song Company

Mozart Requiem
Lili Boulanger Les sirènes for soprano, female chorus & piano
Maurice Ravel Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis from Three Songs
Dvorak Largo from the symphony From the New World arr for Women’s Vocal Orchestra by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers
Komitas Surp Surp from the Divine Liturgy
Francis Poulenc Figure humaine
Frank Martin Agnus Dei for Double Choir
Lili Boulanger Vieille prière bouddhique for tenor, chorus & piano
Rued Langgaard Music of the Spheres for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra
Nigel Westlake Missa Solis – Requiem for Eli for Chorus and Orchestra
Brahms Requiem op 45 (performed in English)
And selections of carols performed in The Christmas Truce concert


Canberra International Music Festival

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