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flindersquartet.com Clockwise from top left: Helen Ireland (viola), Thibaud PavlovicHobba (violin), Zoe Knighton (cello), Wilma Smith (violin)
Since 2000, Flinders Quartet has been championing the music for string quartet and its continuing development. We’ve met and worked with some incredible people along the way, who have all played a vital role in shaping FQ and its place in Australia’s cultural life. 2020 marks our 20th birthday, a significant milestone and a springboard to a thriving future we look forward to sharing with you. We want to take a moment to say one HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us, come to our concerts, and loves string quartets as much as we do. We do hope you enjoy this 20th anniversary brochure as we celebrate some of our favourite moments and projects and look toward exciting times ahead. The quartet will continue to be inspired by the great masterworks of the repertoire, as well as bringing new commissions to life and uncovering hidden gems from the great composers whose voices are yet to be heard.
String quartets are uniquely magical. The form has inspired some of the best music from composers and continues to do so. Thank you for ensuring the future of our special art form through your presence and support. We look forward to saying hello and chatting all things ‘string quartet’ at one of our concerts or events in 2020. There is certainly a lot to choose from!
Thibaud, Wilma, Helen and Zoe
A NOTE FROM JULIAN BURNSIDE AO QC, CHAIR OF THE FLINDERS QUARTET BOARD OF DIRECTORS I remember Flinders first performing at my home in 2001 as they were preparing to embark on their first residency at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada. Since that time they have played at our home many times, and of course I have heard them play at other venues. I was enormously impressed when they declared, early on, that they always intended to be a Melbourne-based string quartet. In the years since their foundation I have witnessed the extraordinary growth and artistic development of the quartet through a number of changes of personnel. What has remained is an intense dedication to the development of their art form and their love of the string quartet. The changes in personnel have not only helped develop the quartet artistically, they have been achieved without any of the rancour that usually accompanies such things in chamber groups. The Flinders Quartetâ€™s contribution to Australian chamber music has been extraordinary, and is part of a movement which has seen Melbourne come to be seen as the heart of chamber music in Australia. That is something all Australia should celebrate: the simple fact that there is a place which is the heart of chamber music in Australia is something to celebrate. The holistic view with which the quartet approach their role as musicians within our society has certainly benefited countless communities. The string quartet form has been an important vehicle of personal expression for many composers. It is notable that the Flinders Quartet have been instrumental in supporting a number of Australian composers, while still celebrating the great composers of the past. I look forward to what future composers will say about the time we are living in, and the contribution of the Flinders Quartet to generations of musicians. My connection with the Flinders Quartet is one of my most valued connections in the Arts.
FLINDERS QUARTET PU RPOSE
VI S ION
M I S S ION
To inspire love of string quartet music through masterful live performance.
Caring for tradition. Daring to be different.
To be the vanguard of artistic excellence and generosity, championing art-form renewal, community engagement, creative and commercial vibrancy.
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MONTSALVAT AND COLLINS STREET BAPTIST CHURCH concert bookings: (03) 9699 3333 melbournerecital.com.au
PRIMROSE POTTER SALON, MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH, 7PM WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE, 7PM MONDAY 12 OCTOBER, 7PM (co-presented with Melbourne Recital Centre)
Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $129 / Concession $105 Single Tickets: Standard $51 / Concession $40 (transaction & delivery fees may apply)
MONTSALVAT BARN GALLERY 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham SUNDAY 1 MARCH, 2.30PM SUNDAY 14 JUNE, 2.30PM SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER, 2.30PM Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $111 / Concession $90 Single Tickets: Standard $45 / Concession $35 (transaction & delivery fees may apply)
COLLINS STREET BAPTIST CHURCH 174 Collins Street, Melbourne TUESDAY 3 MARCH, 1PM TUESDAY 16 JUNE, 1PM TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER, 1PM Three Concert Subscriptions: Standard $89 / Concession $63 Single Tickets: Standard $35 / Concession $25 (transaction & delivery fees may apply) Full-time students are free upon presentation of full-time student ID at the door
Come early to our Collins Street concerts and enjoy a pre concert from 12.40pm to 12.50pm by ensembles from Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Victorian Amateur Chamber Music Society, and Monash University
2020 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT PROGRAMS PROGRAM 1 “BEETHOVEN 130” FRANZ SCHUBERT Quartettsatz DEREK BROOKES String Quartet No. 1 (2018 FQ Composer Development Program participant)
ANTON WEBERN Six Bagatelles for string quartet, Op. 9 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 PROGRAM 2 “BEETHOVEN 131” GIACOMO PUCCINI Crisantemi DEBORAH CHEETHAM New Work* LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 *World premiere, commissioned by Flinders Quartet with support from Andrew Dixon, in memory of Jean and John Dixon
PROGRAM 3 “BEETHOVEN 132” LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 with guest artist, Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet)
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“Playing Beethoven String Quartets has always been the most spiritual experience that I have in my life. When I descend into the music everything else disappears and it seems as if the music explains everything that is important about being alive and human. The Cavatina from Opus 130, as for so many, has a very special place in my heart, it speaks so deeply and directly to the soul. It’s very easy to see why it was selected to be sent into space in 1977. I really enjoy looking for interesting ways to pair works together to give a new perspective of how you listen to them. I think this program will be fascinating in that way.” H E L E N I R E L A N D, V I O L A
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FQ Clifford Hocking AM memorial concert We are honoured to remember Clifford Hocking AM and his profound contribution to the arts in this country. Clifford first heard us in 2004 and championed our desire to become a professional string quartet based in Melbourne. His support and subsequent grant through the Harold Mitchell Foundation was instrumental in giving us the time we needed to develop as a string quartet at a crucial time. His legacy as a man who was incredibly intelligent about all matters musical, with a desire to blend innovative ideas and cultures using the language of music, is one that we celebrate in this concert.
FRANZ SCHUBERT Quartettsatz DEREK BROOKES String Quartet No. 1 (2018 FQ Composer Development Program participant) ANTON WEBERN Six Bagatelles for string quartet, Op. 9 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 “Satisfyingly epic” is the best way to describe Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130, while Schubert’s singular movement Quartettsatz is a tantalising episode. In this exploration between macro and micro, we interplay scale and form in a thought-provoking and moving curation. On discovering Derek Brookes through our Composer Development Program in 2018, we immediately thought to pair his first string quartet with Webern’s Six Bagatelles. Brookes’ composition is based on stunning haiku text and to accentuate this innovative pairing, we thought to use the fleeting sounds of Webern’s Six Bagatelles as a catalyst for the creation of new haiku poems. Watch out for an invitation to create your own haiku poem to us playing Webern’s sound bites.
Montsalvat Barn Gallery Sunday 1 March, 2.30pm Collins Street Baptist Church Tuesday 3 March, 1pm^ Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon Wednesday 4 March, 7pm ^ one-hour lunchtime concert series; please refer to flindersquartet.com for program details
“This piece is inspired by the dramatic imagery & formal characteristics of 12 Haiku poems (Movements I-II) and two woodblock prints by Hiroshige (III). It was first performed in 2018 by the Flinders Quartet as part of its Composer Development Program, which gave me the rare learning experience of working with first-class professional musicians, who perform together with such exquisite artistic sensibility, attention to detail and exceptional technical skill. Flinders Quartet is one of the very few ensembles in Australia that has the prescience, generosity and courage to offer performance opportunities to emerging composers, and I am incredibly grateful to have this piece performed by them once again.” DEREK BROOKES, COMPOSER
Derek R. Brookes has a B.Mus in composition from the Elder Conservatorium (Adelaide University) and a M.Mus in composition (HD) from the Sydney Conservatorium, supervised by Ross Edwards. Derek also has a PhD in philosophy (ANU), and has worked in both academia and a range of social justice areas, including restorative justice, disability, domestic violence & child abuse prevention.
“Beethoven was my pin-up idol during my teenage years and I’ve always felt a strong affinity for his music. I regret that in my previous quartet life, I never made it through all sixteen of his string quartets - opus 131 is still on my bucket list so imagine my delight when Flinders Quartet gave me another chance! That and the inspired pairing of opera composer Puccini’s only quartet with singer/composer Deborah Cheetham’s eagerly anticipated new work for us makes this a very special program for me.” W I L M A S M I T H , V I O L I N
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GIACOMO PUCCINI Crisantemi DEBORAH CHEETHAM New Work* LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 *World premiere, commissioned by Flinders Quartet with support from Andrew Dixon, in memory of Jean & John Dixon
Deborah Cheetham AO is well known and much-loved as a composer and performer (even more so following the monumental achievement of ‘Eumeralla’ in 2019), but here, we present Cheetham’s new work for string quartet alongside Beethoven’s Op. 131 as a pairing of great minds and visionaries. Both Cheetham and Beethoven have an innate sense of scale, humanity and the historical significance that art can present. We could not resist programming Puccini’s ‘Crisantemi’ as an homage to Cheetham’s operatic prowess.
Montsalvat Barn Gallery Sunday 14 June, 2.30pm Collins Street Baptist Church Tuesday 16 June, 1pm^ Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon Wednesday 17 June, 7pm ^ one-hour lunchtime concert series; please refer to flindersquartet.com for program details
“The intimacy of the string quartet is like no other relationship in music. Whether in agreement or furious debate, the potential for elevated understanding is advanced once the conversation begins. I am looking forward to my collaboration with the exceptionally gifted members of the Flinders Quartet.” Y O R TA Y O R TA C O M P O S E R , D E B O R A H C H E E T H A M A O
DEBORAH CHEETHAM AO DUniv, BMus Ed, AmusA
Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator, has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Deborah Cheetham’s latest work, Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace sung entirely in the Gunditjmara language, premiered to sold-out audiences on-country at the Port Fairy Spring Festival and in Melbourne with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on June 15, 2019. Deborah Cheetham has been named the 2020 Composer-in-Residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
“My experience of late Beethoven is limited to op.130 and op.135 so far, so it’s very exciting for me to be able to unpack the virtuosity and imagination of op.132 with these incredible players. And what a treat to have Lloyd Van’t Hoff join us for the fun and joy that is the Mozart clarinet quintet.” T H I B A U D P AV L O V I C - H O B B A , V I O L I N
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 with guest artist, Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet) In a program that needs little introduction, we continue our association with the much-loved and prodigiously talented Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet). Completing our 20th birthday celebrations with our favourite Beethoven string quartet, Op. 132, we promise to deliver these masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire in an iconically Flinders Quartet way.
Montsalvat Barn Gallery Sunday 11 October, 2.30pm Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon Monday 12 October, 7pm Collins Street Baptist Church Tuesday 13 October, 1pm^ ^ one-hour lunchtime concert series, no guest artist; please refer to flindersquartet.com for program details
“Few works bring me as much joy as Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Within each morsel of music there’s a smorgasbord of different thoughts and emotions that can be dreamt and imagined. Sharing that intimate journey of discovery with such generous musical friends is life-affirming for me; it reminds me why I do what I do.” L L O Y D VA N ’ T H O F F , G U E S T A R T I S T
LLOYD VAN’ T HOFF, CLARINET
Lloyd Van’t Hoff is one of Australia’s most dynamic and versatile young clarinetists, creators and educators. Crowned as ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year in 2015, Lloyd makes regular appearances at festivals all around the nation, as well as in Asia, Europe and North America. He has appeared as soloist with several of the country’s leading orchestras and is also a founding member of the award-winning Arcadia Winds.
Our heartfelt thanks to all Flinders Quartet members over the years who have made us who we are today; so many friends and so many memories. “The creation of our own successful subscription series and the many wonderful festivals and collaborations we were a part of rate very highly on my highlights list as does the opportunity to deeply explore the wealth of amazing music written for string quartet, old and new. But most of all, I will hold onto the joy that, as a group, we managed to bring joy to so many of our audiences. Above all, playing with FQ meant that I had three wonderful friends who shared a joy and passion for string quartets and chamber music, who were enthusiastic, supportive and understanding. We inspired and challenged each other and together we were able to experience music and life in a very special and unique way.” E R I C A K E N N E D Y , V I O L I N (FOUND ING FQ MEMBER, 2000-201 2)
“Being in FQ gave me the chance to play so much of the amazing string quartet repertoire as well as the chance to travel and play with many other fantastic musicians. Playing in a string quartet informs all of my playing - listening, blending, leading, following and communicating. All are integral to the playing of string quartets.” M A T T H E W T O M K I N S , V I O L I N (FO U N DI N G FQ M E MBER, 2000-201 2)
“Playing string quartets is my musical emotional home. FQ has been an amazing ensemble to be part of. It’s stimulating, challenging but also nurturing and forgiving. We all want to help each other achieve our personal best and for the quartet as a whole to achieve that also. Playing with FQ for 20 years has been incredibly formative for me as a musician. When I look back to playing quartets in the early years, my way of listening to myself and the other players was completely different. I am sure my perception will continue to evolve. Both playing with the same people for 13 years and then integrating several new violinists into the group has been hugely influential. I have loved assimilating different ways of looking at music, quartet craft and instrumental technique by working so closely with them all.” H E L E N I R E L A N D , V I O L A (FO UND ING FQ MEMBER, 2000- PRE SENT)
“Playing in a string quartet represents so much of what it is to be human. Communicating with each other and an audience; being part of something that is greater than the sum of its parts; having the opportunity to let our creative juices run wild. At the risk of sounding clichéd, FQ has been my musical family. There are so many memories but the most cherished is a period of 10 days in Geneva when the quartet lived together in a one bedroom cottage (Matt slept in the kitchen) and we were still laughing together at the end of it. Those experiences really kept the hard moments in the rehearsal room in perspective. Of course, the trip to Finland has been a career highlight. I will never forget the privilege of playing the music of Sibelius in his home, Ainola. I have gained so much from everyone who has been involved with FQ, both as friends and musicians. I still feel past members’ approach to music-making and influence in the rehearsal room in such a long lasting way.” Z O E K N I G H T O N , C E L L O (FO U N DI N G FQ M E M BE R, 2000- PRE SENT)
“Without a doubt my favourite experience with FQ was our 2015 tour to Finland and Sweden, where we performed the complete cycle of Sibelius quartets in Helsinki, Stockholm and at the Sibelius festival, Korpo. There was something so genuine about that tour - one of the highlights being an improvised performance at Sibelius’ own house, Ainola, just outside Helsinki. I loved going to bed at midnight with the setting sun and waking up at 2am as it rose. If I had my time again I may not have encouraged the quartet to play quite so fast at the end of the Op. 56 ‘Voces Intimae’. Apologies, guys. For me FQ was about much more than string quartets; FQ tethered my past to my present and, oddly enough, to my future; as I had never had a mirror held up to me in the way a string quartet can do. I love the perpetual and enduring energy of the FQ. There is a real generosity of spirit in the FQ that I have carried with me ever since. FQ is music making as it was and is meant to be - truthful, honest, vibrant, raw, live. How can a musician not be shaped for the better after being part of that world?” H E L E N AY R E S , V I O L I N (FQ M EMBER 201 3 -201 5)
“Joining Flinders Quartet was a big moment in my life. I went from being an export documentation officer in the world’s third largest shipping line to a musician in such a highly esteemed quartet. I learned enormously from playing with these musicians and it helped me discover my own musicality, how to perform, stage experience, how to be patient in rehearsals … the list goes on and on. I would not be the same if I haven’t played with Flinders Quartet and I am so grateful.” S H A N E C H E N , V I O L I N (FQ M E M BE R 2 014 -2 017, GUE ST 201 3 )
“After a difficult morning of rehearsing we came back from a lunch break and played through a Mozart quartet. After playing through the 1st movement, Shane let out with relief ‘Mozart just makes everything better’. We all agreed. I feel I’ve just started to understand how to interpret the language of a composer. Finding meaning in music and learning so much from the playing of my peers. Developing trust and enjoying the experience from the first rehearsal to the last performance.” N I C H O L A S WA T E R S , V I O L I N ( FQ MEMBER 201 5-201 9)
“I’ve really enjoyed the variety of programming, from the rigour of concerts to the mentoring and education programs. It’s also fantastic to play with such dedicated musicians who dig deep and give all through rehearsal and performance. I’ve always felt that chamber music, especially quartet playing, is important for the performing musician as it demands extra intimacy of communication & precision of technique. Being with the Flinders Quartet allows me to continue my love of small chamber music playing.” T H I B A U D P AV L O V I C - H O B B A , V I O L I N (FQ M E M B ER 201 9- PRE SENT, G UE ST 201 8 )
“Playing in FQ will mean I’ll have the chance to explore again some of the greatest music ever written, including late quartets by Beethoven, in his anniversary year. There are still a few of his works I’ve never performed and we’ll be playing two of those, Op 131 and 132 this year. What a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with those great masterpieces! I think the string quartet is the most inherently complete and perfectly balanced ensemble but, ironically, it’s incredibly difficult to make it sound that way. The challenges presented and the rewards to be gained by grappling with those challenges are what makes playing in a string quartet the pinnacle of artistic pursuit for string players. Composers recognised the perfection of the medium and many saved their most personal and profound utterances for this ensemble.” W I L M A S M I T H , V I O L I N (FQ M EMBER 2020, G UE ST 201 8 A ND 201 9)
The original FQ with mentor and friend, Gabor Takacs-Nagy. FQ undertook four intensive residencies between 2004 and 2007 with Gabor in Prussia Cove (UK), Geneva (Switzerland), Melbourne (Australia) and Sion (Switzerland).
Bill was FQ’s very first coach and confidant, guiding us through our international competitions and instilling a love of the medium. Bill’s impact on Australian chamber music with the establishment of the Australian String Quartet, and his profound teaching legacy are testament to his tenacity and vision. FQ’s own tenacity mirrors Bill’s and we seek to carry his vision forward. “The Flinders Quartet was always defined by a wonderful work ethic, genuine love of music, enthusiasm for this consummate medium, consideration of each other, and that absolutely essential quality of sheer stubbornness to keep going. We are all blessed in this as they continue to add great richness to our own musical journeys. Long live the Flinders! They have been a delight for me from day one.” WILLIAM HENNESSY AM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MCO
We have made four commercial recordings with the help of some very generous supporters. All of these recordings have been produced by Stephen Snelleman, whose guidance and words of wisdom throughout the process was sincerely valued. A great snapshot of musical evolution over 20 years, we are very proud of these albums, all available on your favourite download service.
R Reached #1 on the ARIA Core Classical Albums Chart. With grateful acknowledgment of John and Irene Garran who made this recording possible.
R Nominated for 2011 ARIA Best Classical Album. With grateful acknowledgment of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE, Richard Gubbins, and the Robert Salzer Foundation who made this recording possible.
R This recording was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
R With grateful acknowledgment of everyone who supported this recording project through Creative Partnerships Australia and their Plus1 program.
COMMISSIONING Collating a list of the works commissioned and/or premiered by FQ since 2000 was rather overwhelming! There are so many composers with whom we have had long and fruitful relationships. The dialogue between musician and composer is an important one and it is an absolute privilege to bring the notes on the page to life. Some of our composer friends sent us some birthday messages - happy reading!
FQ with longtime friend, composer and collaborator, Calvin Bowman, and FQ chair and patron, Julian Burnside AO QC
“The FQ are startlingly good musicians in their own right and working within a chamber music setting creates circumstances that demand a musician be open, authentic, strong and courageous. The FQ are all these things. Their oozing musicality, strong programming and being delightful humans have impacted the Australian landscape for audience, composers and other performing artists. Happy Birthday to you FQ! I look forward to a toast and bubbles next year. I’m delighted to be writing for you in both your 1st and 20th years. An honour. I hope the twists and turns of the next 20 years are fruitful and surprising.” K AT Y A B B O T T, C O M P O S E R
“I’ve been fortunate - incredibly fortunate - to work with the Flinders Quartet since their inception. In all, they’ve performed and commissioned some half a dozen works of mine over the years. The generosity of spirit, and indefatigable energy of the Flinders Quartet remains palpable twenty years on, and I know that many other composers aside from myself have benefitted from their commitment to new work. Melbourne’s musical landscape would be far poorer without them. Here’s to the next twenty years, Flinders Quartet!” C A LV I N B O W M A N , C O M P O S E R
FQ with dear friends Chris Arnold (inaugural sounding board member) and Margot Costanzo. Artistic supporters and visionaries, Chris and Margot supported the commission of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Piano Quintet No.1 “The Offering”, performed and recorded with Benjamin Martin (piano)
“There is not a lot of string quartet music being commissioned today. It might not be a well known fact, but writing for string quartet is one of any composer’s most important learning blocks and is really vital for growing one’s composing skills, no matter at which stage in their careers. Flinders give this undeniably valuable platform for composers to develop and explore their technique.
“I’ll always be grateful to the Quartet for their artistic vision that gives opportunity to young composers, and their quartet expertise in bringing that work to life. It’s hard to overstate the impact their composer development program has had on my career.”
On a personal level, I adore them and their distinctive sound and each time I worked with them, I went away uplifted, invigorated and optimistic about the future of the music! And so did/does the public!
“Melbourne has really grown artistically as a city over 20 years and Flinders Quartet has grown alongside it. They are one of the most identifiable long term chamber groups in our city. And that in turn is heard nationally as an artistic voice with a strong Melbourne identity.”
Happy 20th birthday Flinders, celebrate in style and I wish you a rich and inspiring next 20 years and beyond!”
M AT T H E W L A I N G , C O M P O S E R
ST UA RT G R E E N BAU M, CO M P O S E R
E L E N A K AT S - C H E R N I N , C O M P O S E R
A full list of commissions and premieres over FQ’s 20 year history can be found at flindersquartet.com/commissions
“For me, I relish the chance to realise someone’s aural vision and be a part of the growth of a piece. Given that I don’t compose myself, it’s the closest I’ll come to that creative process. I love that composers challenge my concepts of what my instrument and I am capable of. A constant kick in the pants to keep my playing evolving! A number of past composers in our emerging composer program have become good friends and this certainly is proof that music really does bring people together. I’m proud of so many things that FQ has produced but the Composer Development Program is one I look forward to most every year. Australia certainly has a wealth of talent - here’s to the future “pin up” composers. One of our discoveries through our program was Ella Macens. Long time supporters Peter and Leila Doyle were so taken with her 2017 work “Resting with Angels” that they commissioned her to write a piece for their 50th wedding anniversary. The new work will be workshopped and premiered in our 2020 Composer Development Program concert.” ZOE KNIGHTON, CELLO
FQ CO MP OSE R DEVELOPM ENT PROGRAM Over the years, the pile of scores sent from composers grew exponentially and we were very conscious of the fact that we could be missing some real gems by not playing them. We decided to devote specific time to develop our Composer Development Program and put out a national call for scores from composers (regardless of age) to be assessed anonymously. Since our first composer program in 2016, we have been privileged to discover some phenomenal talent. Successful participants enjoy time with a composition mentor, workshops with the quartet, a studio recording of their work and a live-streamed concert reaching national and international audiences. All Australian composers are invited to apply. We are delighted to announce our 2020 composition mentor will be Deborah Cheetham AO, and our emerging composer-inresidence will be Ella Macens (2017 FQ Composer Development Program participant). Applications open: 1 April 2020 Deadline for submissions: 29 May 2020, 5pm AEST Program dates to be announced. Sign up to our e-news or social media for announcements. For full details (including submissions T&Cs) visit flindersquartet.com/composer
“What a special thing it is to be commissioned by Peter & Leila to write a work specifically for them in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. I have to say I have never been a part of such an intimate musical project! I look forward to getting to know Peter and Leila more as the months go on and working with their stories to create something truly unique and meaningful. It will also be fantastic to work with the wonderful Flinders Quartet again - our relationship began during the 2017 Composer Development Program and we have stayed in touch since. Between Peter and Leila’s stories, my compositional skills and feedback from the Flinders Quartet, I know we will create something really special to mark this occasion.” ELLA MACENS, COMPOSER
E D UCAT I ON & OUTREACH We have found that one of the best and most enjoyable ways of bringing chamber music into a regional community is by sharing the stage with local ensembles. FQ has been Artistic Patrons for John Noble’s Quartet Program (JNQP) since 2018 and it is a role we undertake with great pride. Our mentoring sessions, rehearsals and concerts with these regional ensembles are always invigorating, and remind us that chamber music is designed to be shared with friends. A real relationship has been formed with our ensembles in Bendigo, Shepparton, Sunshine, Wyndham Vale, Traralgon and Hamilton and it makes our regional touring like visiting family.
“JNQP succeeds and grows because of the collaboration with the generous, talented and gifted members of Flinders Quartet. Their unique style of mentoring and nurturing encourages our members to excel and flourish. Every inspiring session is delivered with passion, fun and excitement enabling them to perform above and beyond their greatest expectations”. JOHN NOBLE, DIREC TOR & CREATOR OF JOHN NOBLE’S QUARTET PROGRAM
“I can’t thank FQ enough for your music direction and your exuberance. It has opened me up to small ensemble playing, which I NEVER saw myself doing. The excitement I feel when I work with you is something I just can’t explain…” K E R R I J E N N I N G S , J N Q P PA R T I C I PA N T
Flinders Quartet regularly opens the doors to our rehearsal room and offers lectures to various University of the Third Age (U3A) chapters. These opportunities to witness the artistry of the creative process and the hard slog that happens in the rehearsal room offer rare insights and often unexpected results!
Zoe Knighton with members of U3A Melbourne City
“... the delight and enthusiasm with which all the audience talked about the event afterwards. Individuals were impressed, not only by the talk and by your playing, but by the fact that you ‘seemed so happy’ to be doing what you were doing.” W I L F S AVA G E , B E N D I G O U 3 A
A D AY A T D E L A T I T E What began as a one-off concert is flourishing into a mini festival. Wine and chamber music have always been great partners and as such, Flinders Quartet is planning a “Day at Delatite” for October 2020. A natural evolution of a long partnership, we invite you come up to the high country for a spring mini festival involving performances, food and plenty of wine. Stay tuned for more information.
“My parents first began our relationship with the FQ back in 2001 (at the time Delatite also supported Musica Viva and Chamber Music Australia). When I took over in 2006 the Flinders was the one group that I continued to support and love doing so. To me the passion and commitment shown by the quartet to play beautiful music is a perfect match to our passion to make great wines. We love having them play at the winery and my one regret is that I rarely hear them play in Melbourne! Congratulations on the past 20 years and we’re looking forward to the next 20.” D AV I D R I T C H I E , M A N A G I N G D I R E C T O R , D E L A T I T E W I N E S
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Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre (three concerts)
4 Mar, 17 June & 12 Oct _____ @ $129 $ 4 Mar, 17 June & 12 Oct _____ @ $105 $
Program One - Standard
Program One - Concession*
_____ @ $51 _____ @ $40
Montsalvat Barn Gallery (three concerts) 1 Mar, 14 June & 11 Oct _____ @ $111 $ 1 Mar, 14 June & 11 Oct _____ @ $90 $
ADDI TI ONAL SI NGLE TI CKETS 1 March _____ @ $45
_____@ $35 _____ @ $45
Program Two - Standard
_____ @ $51
Program Two - Concession*
Program Three - Standard
_____ @ $40 _____ @ $51
Program Three - Concession* 12 Oct
_____ @ $40
Plus transaction fee TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE
Collins Street Baptist Church (three concerts) 3 Mar, 16 June & 13 Oct _____ @ $89 $ 3 Mar, 16 June & 13 Oct _____ @ $63 $
_____ @ $35 $
_____ @ $25 $ _____ @ $35 $ _____ @ $25 $
_____ @ $35 _____ @ $45
_____ @ $35 $
_____ @ $25 $
* Pensioners, Healthcare cardholders, Carer cardholders & full-time students are eligible for concession (Senior cardholders are also eligible for Montsalvat & Collins Street Baptist Church orders). Please include photocopied proof of your status. ** Orders for Primrose Potter Salon, Montsalvat and Collins Street Baptist Church single tickets without a subscription package will incur a $8.50 transaction fee (per order, not per ticket)
P AY M E N T M E T H O D ( ple ase se le c t one )
o CHEQUE/MONEY ORDER payable to Melbourne Recital Centre o CREDIT CARD o VISA o MASTERCARD o AMERICAN EXPRESS o DINERS CARD NUMBER ............................................................................. EXPIRY DATE ...................................................................... CCV .................................................................. NAME ON CARD .................................................................................................................. SIGNATURE .................................................................................................................... M A I L YO U R C O M P L E T E D B O O K I N G F O R M Melbourne Recital Centre 31 Sturt Street SOUTHBANK VIC 3006
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SU P P O RT FQ I N 2 0 2 0 A N D B EYO N D CURRENT FIFTH STRING PATRONS (2018-2019) PLATINUM PATRONS $20,000+ • David & Kaye Birks* • Julian Burnside AO, QC* GOLD PATRONS $10,000+ • Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM • Andrew Dixon SILVER PATRONS $5,000+ • Anthony Adair & Karen McLeod Adair • Beth Brown & Tom Bruce AM* • John & Chris Conquest • Andrew Domasevicius-Zilinskas & Aida Tuciute • In memory of Maggie Dowling • Peter & Leila Doyle* • Carrillo Gantner AC & Ziyin Gantner • Peter Kingsbury • Baillieu Myer AC • Mary Vallentine AO • Kim Williams AM • Anonymous 
CURRENT GENERAL PATRONS (2018-2019) PATRONS UP TO $999 • Andrew Anderson • Margaret Ayres • Joanna Baevski • Matthew Bond • Margot Breidahl • Di Bresciani • Naomi Brown • Eric Bumstead • Greg Coldicutt • Malcolm & Janet Cole • David & Judy Cotterill • Calvin Crisp • Sandra Dent • Anne Frankenberg • Nicholas Garnham • John & Irene Garran
• Kingsley Gee • Sam & Elizabeth Golding • Lois Goodin • Richard Gubbins • Helen Hewison • Frances Higgins • Barry & Judy Hocking • Sarah Hunt • Irene Kearsey & M. J. Ridley • Barbara Kilfoyle • Nancy Lane • Greg & Jenny Lindsay • Judith & Alasdair McCallum • Janet McDonald • Samuel McLean • Barbara Moriarty
• Brendan Murphy • James O’Brien • Anne Patterson • Frederic Pomeranz • Barbara Reed • Brad & Maggie Robinson • Tim Rowley • Nick & Heather Safstrom • Hywel Sims • John Smyth • Jet Shoon Chong • Hon Clive Tadgell AO & Chris Tadgell • David & Elizabeth Thompson • E & E Tucker • Anonymous  (correct at the time of printing)
PATRONS CIRCLE $1,000+ • Chris Arnold & Margot Costanzo* • Australian Communities Foundation through the Benjamin Fund • Australian Communities Foundation through the Scarlet’s Fund • Helen Brack • Dr Cyril Curtain • Sieglind D’Arcy • Morag Fraser • Sylvia Geddes • Geoff Hayes • Robert Heathcote & Meredith King • Dr Garry Joslin & Prof Dimity Reed AM • Val Lindell • Geoff & Jan Phillips • Kate Tribe • Yvonne von Hartel AM & Robert Peck AM peckvonhartel architects • John & Sue Warburton *Ongoing supporter of FQ musician ‘chair’
“… the incomparable Flinders Quartet ... We are indeed fortunate to have resident in Australia a quartet of this very high calibre.” C L A S S I K O N , J U LY 2 0 1 7
SU P P O RT FQ I N 2 0 2 0 A N D B EYO N D
We welcome your support during our 20th birthday celebrations, as we look to the future and the next 20 years of exceptional music making. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. HOW CAN I DONATE? Credit Card:
Cheques payable to: Flinders Quartet Inc. Development Fund Direct Deposit:
Flinders Quartet Inc. Development Fund NAB BSB: 083-636 Account: 84 464 4885 Please enter your surname in the reference field
To ensure your tax receipt for donations via cheque or direct deposit is sent to the correct address, please fill out the donation form available at flindersquartet.com/donate Everyoneâ€™s circumstances are unique. You may not be in a position to support the quartet at the moment but would like to leave a legacy for future generations. If you are considering leaving a gift in your will, please contact Kirsty for a confidential discussion. Kirsty Hillhouse Development Manager email@example.com 0414 347 335
FIFTH STRING DONOR PROGRAM These last 20 years would not have been possible without the belief and investment of our Fifth String donor community (previously known as FQâ€™s Patrons Circle). This incredible group of people are a vital part of the FQ family, underpinning our success with their passion and critical support. They share an intimate relationship with the work that we do and enjoy exclusive events and insights into Flinders Quartet.
GIFT IN WILL We are also grateful to those who have chosen to share their love of FQ with future generations. We would like to make a special mention of Maggie Dowling, a long-time supporter and friend, and the inaugural donor to our bequest program. Leaving a gift in your will has a profound impact on the quartet and provides long term sustainability, ensuring that audiences will continue to enjoy exceptional musical experiences for many years to come. Thank you to those who have entrusted us with their legacy. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 20 years.
FQ in Finland in 2015, standing in front of Sibelius’ home, ‘Ainola’. FQ was invited to Finland to perform the complete works for string quartet by Jean Sibelius.
FQ with Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE in 2003. Dame Elisabeth was a cherished patron of the quartet and we have always felt her presence. (Especially while playing Mozart)
FQ in Finland with Folke Gräsbeck, pianist and recognised Sibelius authority. The pink house in the background was the summer vacation place of Sibelius, and is the home of the Sibelius Festival Korpo.
FQ at the Craven Creek Chamber Music Festival in 2017. A festival that epitomises FQ’s spirit of taking chamber music everywhere and anywhere, FQ performed Schubert in a packed out shed.
”Flinders Quartet played with such ferocious intensity that shredded violin bows and left the audience gasping.” W H A T ’ S O N S Y D N E Y , J U LY 2 0 1 9
FQ with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler in 2002 during our first residency at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
FQ with dear friends & supporters, John (inaugural sounding board member) & Irene Garran
THANKS GOVERNMENT PARTNERS 2018-2019
flindersquartet.com TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS 2018-2019
VENUE PARTNERS 2018-2019 COLLINS STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
QUARTET PARTNERS 2018-2019
FLINDERS QUARTET BOARD OF DIRECTORS Julian Burnside AO QC Chair Ian Roberts Vice Chair Mary Vallentine AO Sarah Hunt Sandra Stoklossa Zoe Knighton Helen Ireland Wendy Avilov
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(correct at the time of printing)
All details correct at the time of publication. Flinders Quartet reserves the right to change program and performance details. Tickets are not available for refund, and exchanges for another venue are subject to availability and the payment of any increase in ticket price. If you are unable to make a pre-booked concert, why not give a friend the gift of chamber music?
”... enjoyable and unpretentious night of high-class music. The program was a reminder of the Flinders Quartet’s unique and refreshing ability to present an exceptional standard of classical music in a way that feels warm and human.” C LAS S I C M E L B O U R N E , AU G UST 2 0 1 8
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