2014-16 Season - WWI Commemorative Series
In association with 4MBS Classic FM

SATURDAY MAY 23rd 2015: Concert 3 - From Those Who Served

Some of Those Who Served, their songs and their chamber music. Join us at the State Library of Queensland Poinciana Room. Saturday, May 23rd. Includes an exclusive tour of SLQ's Distant Lines exhibition. The concert forms part of the 2015 4MBS Festival of Classics. Book now at 4MBS: http://bit.ly/1AF0prU

Posted by EnHarmonie Chamber Ensemble on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The third concert in this series, From Those Who Served, was part of the 2015 4MBS Festival of Classics and was held in association with the State Library of Queensland's exhibition Distant Lines: Queensland Voices of the Great War. The concert featured late Romantic music by those who served in the conflict, including the Bliss Piano Quartet in A minor, Ibert's famous Le petit âne blanc from Histories, excerpts from the Schulhoff Cello Sonata, Op 17, as well as works by Cras - a French Admiral who composed at a piano on board ship, Myaskovsky, Gurney and Wilkinson. We also presented a new arrangement for piano quartet of the Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke of Frederick Septimus Kelly, an Australian composer - and Olympic Gold Medallist in rowing - who served at Gallipoli and was later killed at The Somme. Reflecting the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, the programme featured readings from the unpublished diary of Red Hill man Stan Stratford, who landed in May, 1915, tracing his story from embarkation to return.

  • Classical works of the Great War period by those who served.
  • Readings from the (unpublished) Gallipoli diary of Stan Stratford.
  • Music by Bliss, Cras, Gurney, Ibert, Kelly, Myaskovsky, Schulhoff and Wilkinson.
  • Allan Hall - cello and Tertia Hogan - piano, with guest artists Bernard Wheaton (tenor), Mafumi Ishii (violin), Shannon Luk (viola) and narrator James Hogan.
  • Saturday, 23rd May, 2015, 5.00pm-6:15pm.
  • Poinciana Lounge, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
  • Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, Southbank. (map here)

Acknowledgements: We would like to express our gratitude to Stan Stratford's family for their permission to use his diary, and to the State Library of Queensland for their tremendous support in staging this concert. Once again, we proud to be a part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics.

A selection of works from our WWI series, along with supporting classroom material, is also available for presentation to schools. This program includes music, readings and images, and is adapted to suit the age-group and particular focus required by the schoo. Full details may be obtained by downloading the Schools Brochure

Earlier Concerts in the Series

Concert 1 - All Over Europe

Our first concert in the WWI commemorative series, All Over Europe, was held at 4MBS Performance Studio on July 27, 2014. Our thanks to the many people who came and enthusiastically supported our concert, and to our guest artist, the violinist Stephen Phillips. Details from this concert are reproduced here below, in much the same form as from before the event.

Featuring music of Vaughan Williams (including The Lark Ascending), Sibelius, Ropartz, Juon and Bridge. Narrative readings of works by Sassoon, Owen and other writers of the period

  • Classical works from 1914-1919, War Poetry and Images
  • Marking the anniversary of the declaration of war: July 28, 1914.
  • Music by Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, Krein, Ropartz, Juon and others.
  • Allan Hall - cello and Tertia Hogan - piano, with violinist Stephen Phillips and narrator James Hogan.
  • Sunday, 27th July, 2014, 3.00pm.
  • 4MBS Performance Studio, 384 Old Cleveland Rd, Coorparoo

The Great War began a hundred years ago this month, on July 28th 1914. The conflict shattered the established order, with repercussions that would shape the rest of the twentieth century.

Yet a great deal of beautiful music was written in this period, from composers across the continent. Sadly, much of it has been all but forgotten. In this first concert of our World War I commemorative series, timed to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war, we bring some of these very special works to a modern audience. Music of composers from England, Germany, France and Finland is coupled with readings from the soldier poets and writers of the time.

A moving tribute to those who have gone before.

Sample tracks:

Frank Bridge, 3 Miniatures for Piano Trio; 1. Valse Russe

Frank Bridge, 3 Miniatures for Piano Trio; 2. Hornpipe

Frank Bridge, 3 Miniatures for Piano Trio; 3. Marche Militaire

Excerpt from Hans Koessler, Trio Suite in D Minor

Concert 2 - They'll Be Home by Christmas

The second concert in this series was held on Sunday, November 9 at the 4MBS performance studio. The concert featured the best of British music of the Great War, with vocal works of Butterworth, Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Parry, as well as the first movement of the famous cello concerto of Sir Edward Elgar. Our special guest artist, Brisbane tenor Bernard Wheaton, also performed famous popular works from the period, including Roses of Picardy, If You Were the Only Girl in the World and Keep the Home Fires Burning.

  • British classical and popular works from 1914-1919, War Poetry and Images
  • Music by Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Butterworth, Elgar, Farrar, Parry and others.
  • Allan Hall - cello and Tertia Hogan - piano, with tenor Bernard Wheaton and narrator James Hogan.
  • Sunday, 9th November, 2014, 3.00pm.
  • 4MBS Performance Studio, 384 Old Cleveland Rd, Coorparoo

Credit: advertising material for this series uses a mix of original images and others available by courtesy of the Great War Primary Document Archive: Photos of the Great War.

 

The Series - Classical music from the Great War

The full commemorative series is outlined below, with performance dates and venues for the remaining programmes to be confirmed later. These concerts are also available - by special arrangement - for performance in other locations in South-East Queensland from the dates given below. Specially tailored School Programmes can also be offered, along with supporting classroom materials. Links to the brochures for both concert series and school programmes are available below.

1. All Over Europe (27 July 2014)

Classical works from 1914-1919, War Poetry and Images as described above.

2. They'll Be Home by Christmas (9 Nov 2014)

Classical works from British Composers and popular song from the period as described above.

3. From Those Who Served (May 2015)

Australian, English and Russian music by serving soldiers. Includes Frederick Septimus Kelly (Australian), Vaughan Williams (English), Farrar (English), Myaskovsky (Russian). For the Centenary of Anzac Day 2015.

4. Piano Trios from the First World War (Nov 2015)

Favourite Piano Trios (complete) from earlier concerts. For Remembrance Day 2015.

5. Europe and Beyond (July 1916)

Works from 1914-1920 - including Webern, Faure, Rontgen, Sibelius, Ornstein and others. For the anniversary of the First Day of the Somme, July 1, 1916.

Plus: Songs of the War (from Sept 2015)

A tribute to those who served in the Great War 1914-1918. Includes popular WWI Songs, War Poetry by various European poets, Images from the conflict

As noted above this concert series is available by arrangement for performances throughout South East Queensland. Please contact us for details, or download the concert brochure. Details of the associated schools programme - with supporting classroom materials focusing on the poetry, historical, and musical aspects of the performances, which may be tailored according to the school's requirements - are available in the schools brochure.

Past Concerts

Life and Love - Clara's Story (4MBS Festival of Classics 2013)

The lives of Robert and Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, were marred by tragedy, through Robert's developing insanity and early death. Robert wrote marvellous music dedicated to his young wife, and they together befriended and championed the young Brahms. This programme brings their story vividly to life, with performed readings from their private letters and diaries interspersed between the musical repertoire.

Performed at Wynnum, 4MBS Performance Studio, May 2013.

We have recently (May 2014) completed a studio recording of the Life and Love - Clara's Story programme and we expect that this will be released in mid-2014. Please see our recordings for details, or to pre-order, please email us at info@enharmonie.com.

The Clara's Story Repertoire:

  • Robert Schumann Kinderscenen Op 15, 1838 - various movements
  • Clara Schumann: Love beauty, but don't love me, from R Schumann Liebesfruhling Op 37 No. 4, 1840
  • Robert Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben (Woman's Life and Love) Op 42, 1840
  • Clara Schumann Piano Trio Op 17, 1847
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke for Piano Trio Op 88, 1842
  • Johannes Brahms Songs Op 3, 1853
  • Clara Schumann: Romances for Violin Op 22, 1855
  • Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 (arr Piatti)
  • Johannes Brahms Songs Op 49 (arr) (including the famous Lullaby)

Beautiful presentation to give us insight into the composers as real people, truly touching the heart with each note of music -- Margaret, June, 2012.

BCC Classical Lunchtime Concert - The Bachs, Beethovens and Bartoks of Brisbane

Enharmonie Chamber Ensemble, with guest artist Beth McBride (Opera Queensland) performed Matthew Hoey's Twilight as part of this concert. Originally composed for mezzo-soprano with orchestral accompaniment, this song cycle was specially arranged by the composer for soprano, cello and piano. It consists of five parts:

  • All You that Pass (from the tombstone of Mrs Lydia Bennitt, 1791)
  • Grey Days (anon.)
  • Sleep (D. Bird)
  • Resurrection (J. Hoey)
  • Crossing the Bar (A. Tennyson)

Performed at Brisbane City Hall, Main Auditorium, April 23 2013

Pre-2013

  • Brisbane (Nazareth Lutheran Church, Woolloongabba); Dec 21, 2012 - A Classical Christmas
  • Ipswich (St Paul's Church); November 18, 2012 - Life and Love
  • Brisbane (Master Performers Recording Studio) - Bach Cello Suites, Haydn piano sonata and other works
  • Brisbane (St Andrew's Church, South Brisbane); June 24, 2012 - Life and Love
  • North Brisbane (Music By The Sea, Sandgate); June 2, 2012 - Life and Love
  • Redlands (for the Redlands Arts Council), Sep 18, 2011 - Works from the Romantic Period, Matthew Hoey
  • Brisbane (St Andrew's Church, South Brisbane), with Brisbane Wind Soloists, Oct 2, 2011 - cello and piano
  • Brisbane (Theme and Variations Piano Services) Nov 12, 2010 - works from the Romantic period
  • Brisbane (Master Performers Recording Studio) Nov 5, 2010 - works from the Romantic period
  • Ipswich (Gooloowan) Ipswich City Art Gallery fundraiser Oct 30, 2010 - works from the Romantic period
  • Townsville (Australian Festival of Chamber Music) Reef Talk Series performance, Townsville Civic Centre, Aug 6, 2010 - Faure Elegy
  • Townsville (Australian Festival of Chamber Music) performance, Jupiters Ball-Room, August 7, 2010 - Beethoven Cello Sonata
  • Townsville (Australian Festival of Chamber Music) performance, Jupiters Ball-Room, August 7, 2010 - Public Masterclass
  • Ipswich (West Moreton Anglican College) April 28, 2010 - Beethoven and Brahms cello sonatas
  • Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast Grammar School) April 22, 2010 - Beethoven and Brahms cello sonatas
  • Brisbane (Theme and Variations Piano Services) March 21, 2010 - Beethoven and Brahms cello sonatas