|Sunday 18th November 2012 at 3pm|
Glebe Music Festival
In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc
Josie and the Emeralds
Biographies (Brooke Green, Josie Ryan and The Emeralds)
Josie and The Emeralds was founded by Brooke Green in mid-2011, with the aim of exploring both old and new consort music for viols and soprano. After their highly appreciated appearance at the 2011 Glebe Music Festival, they were invited to return in 2012. Their programme for the National Gallery of Australia “Music and Painting of the Italian Renaissance” was specially designed so that connections could be made between simultaneous showing of Renaissance art and its related music. In 2012 Josie and the Emeralds performed with Clair Edwardes (Ensemble Offspring) as part of the Sizzle series and presented programmes at the Manly Arts and Sydney Fringe Festivals. Their recordings have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM. See www.josieandtheemeralds.com
After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Josie Ryan completed her Masters degree, spcecialising in Early Vocal Music and Historical Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. She has performed as an ensemble singer with various leading groups across Europe, including The Tallis Scholars, The Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Collegium Vocale Gent. During her 12 years in Europe, Josie sand regularly with Pinchgut Opera during annual visits to Sydney, and now lives here once again since November 2009. Josie has recorded numerous CDs and DVDs, and is frequently engaged as a soloist for other ensembles including Australian Baroque Brass, the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Coro Innominata, The Oriana Chorale, and The Marais Project.
Brooke graduated with a Masters in Early Music Performance from the Early Music Institute, Bloomington, Indiana University, where she studied viol and vielle with Wendy Gillespie. As a baroque violinist, Brooke studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Lucy van Dael, and in London with Micaela Comberti where she spent several years performing with ensembles such as The Hanover Band, the Brandenburg Consort, The London Handel Orchestra and The City of London Chamber Players. In Australia, Brooke has performed as a soloist with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, led various baroque ensembles and played in others led by Fiona Ziegler. From 1993 as director of Backgammon, Brooke directed many innovative programmes of music on period instruments, in London, Sydney, Tasmania and Honolulu. In June 2011, Brooke founded Josie and The Emeralds.
Following her return from studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2004 with Wieland Kuijken, Anneke Pols and Philippe Pierlot, Laura Vaughan has established an active performing career. She is also one of the few exponents of the rare lirone. Laura records regularly for ABC Classic FM and has collaborated on numerous CD recordings for the ABC Classics label and Vexations. Appearing regularly with many ensembles around Australia including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, La Compañia, Pinchgut Opera, Ironwood, Astra, Adelaide Baroque, Song Company,and Opera Australia, Laura is also a founding member of the dynamic baroque trio Latitude 37.
Fiona Ziegler has been an Assistant Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony since 1995. As one of Sydney’s leading baroque violinists, Fiona has performed with Ensemble de la Reine, the Marais Project and regularly with her own baroque trio Concertato. She was a founding member of The Australian Fortepiano Trio and Trio Pollastri, and has given regular performances with the Renaissance Players, Sydney Chamber Choir, Coro Innominata, the Sydney Soloists and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Since 2006, Fiona has been a regular guest of the acclaimed Grevillea Ensemble, and in 2005 Fiona took up the mandolin and became a member of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra, Plektra and the Antipodean Mandolin Ensemble.
Laura Moore completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010 under the direction of Josephine Vaines. During this time, she participated in various master classes with Jordi Savall, Jamie Hey and Stanley Richie. In 2011, Laure was selected to participate in the Ironwood Developing Artists Program where she performed works from the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Laura is also a passionate teacher and values the importance of musical education, particularly in rural areas.
Sydney University Music (Hons) graduate, Margo Adelson, has had many years of experience as a singer, keyboard player (piano, organ, harpsichord) and viola da gambist. On viol she has performed with Sydney Chamber Orchestra, Sounds Baroque, Early Dance Consort, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Jacaranda Consort, Arafura Ensemble (Darwin) and Fleur de Lys. She currently teaches piano and musicianship at MLC Burwood, as well as at her home studio, and conducts the Glenbrook Community Singers.
Rebecca Humphrey has been residing in Melbourne since 2009 where she is a founding member of Pleiades and performs with Consort Eclectus and the Australian Chamber Choir. Previously, in Philadelphia USA, she was a core member of Tempesta di Mare, and a founding member of Belladonna Baroque Quartet, Aurelio and The Merion Trio. She spent much of her time playing in Washington DC with the Washington Bach Consort, in Baltimore with the Handel Singers of Baltimore and in New York City with Rebel and Quicksilver while touring internationally with Belladonna. For three years she lived in Switzerland, where she was the principal cellist for Kammerensemble Luzerne and in Basel with Capriccio Basel. Her recordings with Tempesta di Mare on the Chandos Label have received wide acclaim, and the group has toured extensively, performing their CD, Handel’s “Flaming Rose”, featuring soprano Julianne Baird.