Concerts and RECITALS
In partnership with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), we host several concerts through the year - often featuring visiting, internationally renowned performers.
the journey sunday 26 august 2018
The ANAM recital at St Silas on Sunday 26 August provided proof yet again of the musical talent within this Academy.
Ably accompanying the soloists, the ‘backing band’ of 13 string players under conductor Fabian Russell provided solid support for the major item in the program – the Concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra by Shostakovich. This featured literally breathtaking performances by pianist Laurence Matheson and trumpeter Sam Beagley, and rightly earned bravos from the audience.
The program selected by Sam demonstrated the range of instruments in the trumpet family, including the flugelhorn and the piccolo trumpet. The former provided a mellow sound in the work by Markus Stockhausen (I was assured that this was not by Karl Heinz Stockhausen who is renowned for his atonal music - which is not to everyone’s taste) and it turned out to be a most pleasant and atmospheric piece.
Traditionalists among the audience of nearly 80 music-lovers were satisfied with a sparkling rendition of a Vivaldi Chamber Concerto arranged for bassoon and two piccolo trumpets - the highest register of the trumpet family.
The recital opened with a duet for two trumpets by Verne Reynolds which Sam tells us he first performed in his first year recital at ANAM and was ‘’a joy to present again in my last concert as a student of ANAM’.
In October, Sam travels to Germany to commence studies at the Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe, We wish our 2017 St Silas prizewinner all the best as he pursues a full-time professional career as an orchestral and chamber musician.
brilliant brass! a resounding success
The first ANAM recital at St Silas for 2018 was a resounding success, with a quartet of trumpets and one of trombones performing before a large appreciative audience. Even a holiday weekend could not keep the music-lovers away!
The brilliant sound of the trumpets and the more mellow tones of the trombone were heard to great effect in the excellent acoustic of the church. Music ranged from the 16th century with a piece by Gabrielli, whose works were written to be performed in St Marks’ Basilica in Venice, to a jazzy little 20th century piece by Brazilian composer Jobim. The second half of the program featured a number of short harmonious works for the trumpet quartet, while for some, the highlight of the recital was an arrangement for the trombone quartet of the first movement from the Dvorak Symphony No. 8, with its echoes of the Czech countryside.