Details of an upcoming concert with VFG president Mary Sheargold. Tickets may be purchased at the door (cash only).
Saturday 24 June, 5.00pm. Armadale Uniting Church, 86 Kooyong Rd Armadale
Performers: Beatriz Pomés-Jimenez, Johanna Selleck, Peter Bartels, Greg Lee (flutes), Caroline Almonte (piano), Jane Matheson (harpsichord), Jane Robertson (clarinet), Barbara Hornung (viola), Caerwen Martin (cello), Arwen Johnston (percussion), Sophie Marcheff (guitar)
The music of nineteenth-century Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908) and esteemed Melbourne composer Helen Gifford (1935–) are an unlikely mix, but their juxtaposition provides a tantalizing contrast as will be demonstrated in this adventurous concert. A line-up of distinguished musicians will take us through a journey from the Baroque era to Romantic-period Spain to modern-day Australia. Works for flute and piano form the centerpieces of the program, offset by various combinations of flute, oboe, clarinet, harpsichord, guitar, vibraphone, viola, and cello.
Beatriz Pomés-Jimenez is a PhD student at Melbourne University, studying under the mentorship of Michael Christoforidis and Johanna Selleck. Beatriz shares her hometown of Pamplona in Spain with Sarasate, and his music forms the focus of her doctorate. She has completed a set of beautiful arrangements for flute and piano of eight of Sarasate’s entrancing and virtuosic dances for violin and piano, which will be featured at the concert. This is a major win for flute players around the world and promises to be a substantial addition to our showpiece repertoire.
The much-awarded Australian composer Helen Gifford is also a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where she studied in the 1950s Roy Shepherd and Dorian Le Gallienne. The Victorian Flute Guild is both honoured and proud to present the work of this extraordinary composer. The programmed works are: Fantasy for flute and piano; Skiagram for flute, vibraphone, and viola; Lyric for flute, clarinet, and cello; and Sonnet for flute, guitar, and harpsichord.
Enquiries and bookings: phone Johanna on 0419 107 308 or email email@example.com
PDF version: VFG_Worlds Apart concert
Leslie Barklamb, widely considered the ‘Father of the Flute’ in Australia, has left a legacy to flute players as namesake of the scholarship that bears his name. The longevity of the scholarship demonstrates the healthy state of flute playing and teaching in Victoria and again, performances throughout this, the 44th Scholarship, did not fail to disappoint. Audience and adjudicators alike were treated to performances of an exceptionally high standard. Technical dexterity combined with musical ability; exquisite tone quality and poised performances.
Congratulations are extended to all participants and in particular, the winners and place-getters in each section. The scholarship was extremely well attended this year, making the competition fierce throughout all sections. Adjudicators were indeed given an onerous task, in both the preliminary rounds (held on 11th September) as well as the finals (on 16th September). Both sections were held at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew.
The focal point of the two days of events is always the main award of the senior section – the Leslie Barklamb Scholarship. This year, the award went to Eliza Shephard, who performed with great excitement and command over all aspects of her program, presenting a beautiful ensemble with pianist Adam McMillan. Congratulations are also extended to second-place winner, Alyse Faith. All competitors in the senior section proved themselves to be worthy opponents in every way, and with their respective accompanists, they presented a wonderful program for the enjoyment of the audience, as shown below:
- Philipp Eversheim accompanied by David Laughton
Faure – Fantasie
Prokofiev – Sonata, 4th Movement, Allegro con Brio
- Matthew Mulhern accompanied by Louisa Breen
Marais – Les Folies D’Espagne
Prokofiev – Sonata, 2nd Movement, Scherzo
Clarke – The Great Train Race
- Alyse Faith accompanied by David Laughton
Debussy – Syrinx
Nielsen – Concerto, 1st Movement, Allegro Moderato
- Eliza Shephard accompanied by Adam Mc Millan
Karg-Elert – Sonata Appassionata
Boehm – Grande Polonaise
The Intermediate Section is named in memory long time VFG member and president, teacher and examiner Nariida Coleman. The set piece for this section, Romance by Brun, provided performers the opportunity to demonstrate tonal quality and flexibility through a beautiful, melodic work, as well as seamless technical control. As with the senior section, the four finalists were selected from a large and talented cohort of competitors in the preliminary rounds (18 performers in the Senior Section and 7 in the Intermediate Section). Finalists competing for The Nariida Coleman Award (Intermediate Section) are given below with their ‘own choice’ piece (played in addition to the set piece):
- Raymond Chau accompanied by Melanie Lee
Hamilton Harty – In Ireland
- Jessica Ting accompanied by Louisa Breen
Reinecke – Sonata, 3rd movement, Allegro Molto Moderato
- Emma Todd accompanied by Larissa Cox
Taktakishvili – Sonata, 1st Movement, Allegro Cantabile
- Daniel Gu accompanied by David Laughton
Prokofiev – Sonata, 4th Movement, Allegro con Brio
Congratulations to Emma Todd, winner of the Nariida Coleman Award. In a technically commanding and musical performance, Emma ticked all of the boxes and together with accompanist Larissa Cox, brought the music to life. Congratulations also to Daniel Gu, who was awarded 2nd place in this Intermediate Section. To Jessica and Raymond as with the finalists in both sections, we commend the fabulous achievement on reaching the finals. We look forward to seeing some of this year’s finalists back in contention for next year’s rounds, as has been the pattern in previous years. This is testimony to the popularity and high regard in which the scholarship is held by Melbourne’s flute community.
The finals concert on the 16th September also featured the winners of the junior and VCE sections, (which had taken place alongside the preliminary rounds on the 11th September). The winners were:
- Grace Houghton, winner of the 11 Years and Under
- Freddy Branson, winner of the 13 Years and Under
- Daniel Gu, winner of the 15 Years and Under (Margaret Brooke Award)
- Emma Todd, winner of the VCE/IB section
In the 11 Years and Under section, 2nd place was awarded to Talicia Brown and Honourable Mention to Katie Wong. In the 13 years and Under section, 2nd place went to Vaishnavi Muddam and Honourable Mention to Rhys Campbell. In the 15 years and Under section, 2nd place went to Jacinta Chanitrasekara and Honourable mention to Edward Caldwell. In the VCE/IB section, 2nd place went to Phillip Eversheim.
Special mention must also be given to the accompanists throughout the preliminary rounds as well as the finals. As performers, audience, and organisers, we are privileged to be able to enjoy a world-class standard of performance from the pianists without whom these performances would not be possible and furthermore are greatly enhanced by the skill of all the associate artists who help to bring these works to life.
We also wish to extend out thangs to the adjudicators for the all rounds of the 2016 Leslie Barklamb season:
- 11 Years & Under – Sian Williams & Livia Judge
- 13 Years & Under – Sian Williams & Kim Tan
- 15 Years & Under – Agatha Yim & Kim Tan
- VCE/IB Section – Agatha Yim & Mandy Lyle
- Intermediate Section – Greg Lee & Sylvie Leprohon
- Senior Section – Rebecca Johnson & Paula Rae
- Finals Adjudicators – Margaret Crawford & Robert John
And finally, Mr Alan Hardy, Master of Ceremonies. For all Allan’s work in preparing an entertaining and factual commentary, year after year, we are immensely grateful.
Thank you to the following sponsors of the Guild; Flutes and Flutists, Fine Music, Opera Australia, Musica Viva, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Flute Connections. Fine Music and Flute Connections provided vouchers for the Intermediate and Senior Sections of the Scholarship.
We hope to see you next year for another season of spectacular fluting from the young flute players of Melbourne.
Written by Anne Rose and Johanna Selleck
The 23rd Annual Flute Ensemble Competition, 2016
“Flute Ensemble Performance is Flourishing!”
The FIRST PLACE winning groups for the 23rd Flute Ensemble Competition are:
A – Primary – Duet: Two Flutes Together – Caitlyn Halim & Natalia Grieve
C – Primary – Small Ensembles: St. Catherine’s School Barbreck Flutes
D – Primary – Large Ensembles: Deepdene Flute Ensemble
E – 14 Years & Under – Duet: The Tang Duo – Krystal & Edwin Tang
F – 14 Years & Under – Duet + One: Emily Condon & Anushi Fernandopulle
G – 14 Years & Under – Small Ensembles: Genazzano FCJ College Intermediate Flute Quartet
H – 14 Years & Under – Large Ensembles: Blackburn High School Junior Flute Ensemble
I – 16 Years & Under – Duet: Abby & Ben
J – 16 Years & Under – Duet + One: Stella Shi & Judith Park
K – 16 Years & Under – Small Ensembles: Genazzano FCJ College Europe Flute Quartet
L – 16 Years & Under – Large Ensembles: Genazzano FCJ College Intermediate Flute Ensemble
M – 18 Years & Under – Duet: Wesley College Flute Duo
N – 18 Years & Under – Duet + One: “Then There Were 3”
O – 18 Years & Under – Small Ensembles: Genazzano FCJ College Senior Flute Quartet
P – 18 Years & Under – Large Ensembles: Genazzano FCJ College Chamber Flute Ensemble
R – Novice Section – Small Ensembles: University High School – “Men at Flute”
R – Novice Section – Large Ensembles: Valda Fouvy Group
S – Open Section – Duet: Kelsy & Katie
T – Open Section – Duet + One: Sandy Yao & Jess Farrell
U – Open Section – Small Ensembles: Melbourne University Flute Quintet
V – Open Section – Large Ensembles: Blackburn HS Senior Flute Ensemble
The Victorian Flute Guild’s 23rd Flute Ensemble Competition was held at Methodist Ladies College, in Kew, on Sunday, May 22nd this year. The amazing variety of talent today was showcased with over 80 entries in over 17 hours of performances.
Flute teachers believe in the vision of flute players of all ages and levels and are promoting getting together to make fine music, in which to learn, to study and perform. Our schools seem to be encouraging and supporting the Flute Ensemble and flute teachers are embracing the wide range of repertoire available.
Thank you to all the directors, conductors and performers in all the groups who have worked so well together to play at their best in the competition and with such enthusiasm. Also thanks to the parents and friends for their encouragement and support of our flute players. Everything we can give to our students to encourage new goals, to achieve and stimulate the learning experience, generate motivation and then to enjoy the journey of performance.
The age groups in the competition include Primary Sections, 14 yrs and under, 16 years and under, 18 years and under, and Open Sections.
There are 4 categories of ensemble types in each age group/section including – Duets, Duets + One Other Instrument, Small Ensembles of 3 to 5 Players, and Large Ensembles of greater than 6 Players.
There is also a Novice Section which has two sections of Small and Large Ensembles where we hope to encourage community groups and mixed age/mixed ability ensembles to experience a performance opportunity in a friendly environment. This gives us a total of 22 sections.
It is pleasing to see that most of the sections were again well supported with a great number of new large flute ensembles in each age group.
Our Adjudicators this year in alphabetical order were:
Grania Burke, Robyn Carrington, Eddie Dorn, Laila Engle, Kim Falconer, Neil Fisenden, Jenny Going, Yvette Leach, Christopher Ondaatje, Johanna Selleck, Peter Sheridan and Rikki Staszewski.
Their comments are always encouraging with constructive criticism to raise the level of playing even greater.
Our announcers and desk staff have a busy day and I greatly appreciate this support and thank you so much. Also a thank you to the MLC security staff for keeping an eye on things all day.
The Victorian Flute Guild continues to support this event to encourage participation and enthusiasm to perform in different size ensembles.
We can now look forward to and prepare our groups for next year’s 24th Flute Ensemble Competition and hope to inspire more emerging flute players to develop fine music performing skills and enjoy working with other performers.
– written by Carolyn Grace