It’s great to be at ANAM. I’ve only been here for a few weeks and, as you can imagine, there’s a lot to learn and a lot of deadlines to meet (at the same time) – so forgive me if there’s been a bit of a gap between Belinda’s final blog and my first. I know I have big shoes to fill – and I’m looking forward to making the Alumni program as great as it can be.

So to the business at hand, and the some of the many ANAM alumni doing amazing things across the planet.

All the best

Phillip Sametz



Gathering wind players from several of the world’s major orchestras, and one of Australia’s busiest freelance pianists, the members of Ensemble Peregrine
 are coming together this July especially for 
the first ANAM Artists tour for 2018. They are (from left):

Pianist Gladys Chua (piano 2013)

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal Clarinet Alex Morris (clarinet 2012)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoon Jack Schiller (bassoon 2014)

Andrew Young, a member of the Horn section of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

MSO Associate Principal Oboe Thomas Hutchinson (oboe 2011)

The centrepiece of their program will be Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds. Each concert also includes music by Poulenc, Paul Stanhope and Heinz Holliger.

It’s fair to say that, collectively, the group is pretty excited about this tour. Reflecting on how the life journey of each member of the Peregrines has brought them to this point, Gladys says: “We all hail from different places, and met in Melbourne, at ANAM; circumstances and jobs have now taken us to different parts of the world yet again. I’m thrilled to be an ANAM Artist − we get to prepare and perform music with friends, in some amazing venues − how much fun does that sound like?!”

Ensemble Peregrine will perform in Victoria, NSW and South Australia in July. Tickets are now on sale to all performances:

Barwon Heads Fine Music Society, Saturday 14 July
Bookings: (03) 5254 2580

Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Sunday 15 July 

Beleura House and Garden, Tuesday 17 July


UKARIA Cultural Centre, Adelaide, Sunday 22 July

Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Wednesday 25 July

Macquarie Conservatorium, Dubbo, Friday 27 July

Alex Morris says: “Ensemble Peregrine takes its name from the Latin ‘Peregrinor’ meaning ‘from abroad.’ That’s perfect for us as we’re now scattered across the globe. I performed many times with all of these wonderful musicians, and if 
we find ourselves in the same place we always catch up, and usually end up plotting some kind of concert; this time it will really happen!”

Alex Morris


Speaking of Alex Morris, he’s heading home from Vancouver soon to take up the role of Principal Bass Clarinet in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – just a few weeks after the Peregrine tour wraps up. Congratulations, Alex!



Mark Alderson (voice 2002) was one of the headliners last Saturday in a rare event. Opera doesn’t come to the Pinnacles Desert of WA very often, but it did when WA Opera presented Opera in the Pinnacles. Mark will also be singing Dancaire in WA Opera’s season of Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Lindy Hume, at Her Majesty’s Theatre between July 21-28.


Enyato Duo – that’s Luke Carbon (clarinet 2016) on woodwinds and Thea Rossen (percussion 2016) above – and Ossicle Duo, comprising Ben Anderson (bass trombone 2012) and Hamish Upton (percussion 2016) below, will join forces to present Mambo Vinko, an invigorating and diverse concert of contemporary chamber and solo works at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne.

Programmed to complement the aesthetic of ACCA’s exhibition Dwelling Poetically: Mexico City, a case study, this concert draws from local and global composers and influences to create an urban amalgam of sounds and experiences.

Mambo Vinko is a celebration of the cultural intersections that define the modern metropolis through space, art and music.


Ossicle Duo



Over the next few months Lina Andonovska (flute 2013) will be joining the Ulysses Ensemble on a tour of five major European contemporary music events in Italy and France.





Greta Bradman (voice, 2013), above, is soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra on its next Victorian tour, from May 17, in a program in which she performs a new song cycle, Ophélie, written for her by Calvin Bowman (piano, 2000), below. There are concerts in Melbourne, Yackandandah, Traralgon, Warragul and Sale.


bowman, calvin

lyrebird_trio_01(Image courtesy Renee Hubbard Fine Art Photography)


The Lyrebird Trio – Glenn Christensen, violin; Simon Cobcroft (cello, 2003) and Angela Turner (piano, 2003) – will be in concert on Sunday 8 July at Ukaria Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, performing works by Haydn, Kodaly, Sculthorpe and Dvořák.

Jessica Pratt(Photo Luis Condro)


The title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor has been sung by some legendary Australian sopranos, including Nellie Melba, June Bronhill and Joan Sutherland. Jessica Pratt (voice 2003) has joined this illustrious company, performing Lucia to tremendous acclaim all over the world. Next month Jessica is coming home to make her Sydney Opera House debut singing Lucia with Opera Australia, in performances from June 28.

Melbourne Chamber Players(Photo Cameron Jamieson)


Justin Beere (clarinet 2014) and Stephanie Dixon (oboe 2016) are co-artistic directors of Melbourne Chamber Players, who are about to launch their inaugural 2018 concert season comprising two programs that, Justin says, “will uncover hidden voices from around the world whilst reenergising the works of the masters.” For more information visit  www.melbournechamberplayers.com.

And if you’ve got some exciting new to share that you’d like to see in the next blog, drop me a line at p.sametz@anam.com.au or send me a message via the Alumni Facebook page.

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