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Australia Ensemble@UNSW Subscription Concert, Shadows and Light

30 May 2020
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Sir John Clancy Auditorium
Head shot of Lyndon Watts


Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Quintet in E flat Op.16 for piano and winds (1796)

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | On Wenlock Edge (1909)

Paul STANHOPE | Songs for the Shadowland (1999)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | String quartet in E minor, Op.59 no.2 (1810)


David Griffiths, clarinet; Ian Munro, piano; Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; and Julian Smiles, cello

with guest artists Robert Macfarlane, tenor; Shefali Prior, oboe; Carla Blackwood, horn; Lyndon Watts, bassoon


Tickets: $56 | $43 | $34
Single tickets available for sale February 1, 2020


Shadow and Light are two sides of the same coin, neither possible without the other. This program sets Vaughan Williams’ wistful depictions of the idyll and challenge of country life in Shropshire against Stanhope’s poignant song-cycle of poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, which portray mourning and loss in an Australian landscape. The timbres of On Wenlock Edge are traditional, with tenor voice, strings and piano. Songs for the Shadowland features wind instruments, with the horn performing a wailing farewell to those lost and simultaneously to welcome a new day. Framing these extraordinary works are two of Beethoven’s chamber works. The first is Haydn-esque, an early work and full of the light and shade of Classicism, and the second belongs to the ‘Razumovsky’ quartets in which Beethoven’s fearless originality is clearly apparent.