A Song & Dance
Marshall McGuire and Ben Opie at St Ambrose Church
Sunday 9th June, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A special recital from two of Australia’s leading performers. Harp and oboe are perfect partners, often used to depict pastoral or love scenes. In this program, Marshall and Ben present a recital of works ranging from the energetic dances compiled in the 17th century by John Playford, through the timeless beauty of JS Bach, to a collection of Romantic songs, and some new works from Australian composers.
Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. His London debut recital was presented at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group. He has commissioned and premiered more than 100 new works for harp, and has been a member of the ELISION ensemble since 1988. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and Australia Ensemble and has appeared at international festivals includingAldeburgh, Melbourne, Milan, Geneva, Brighton, Moscow, Vienna, Huddersfield,Huntington and Adelaide.
Marshall is founding President of the New Music Network, a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra Artistic Advisory Committee, a trustee of theHephzibah Tintner Foundation and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House, and was head of artistic planning with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2011.
In 2019, he performs for Adelaide Festival, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Woodend Winter Arts Festival, and with Ludovico’s Band and ELISION ensemble.
He has performed in caves, on the beach at Orpheus Island, at the Chateau de Chantilly, in shearing sheds, and in a 12th century chapel in Wales. Playing music in exotic and beautiful locations is his passion.
Tackling mind-blowing innovation with the class and sensitivity of a veteran, Ben Opie is a young oboist of matchless capacity performing at the cutting edge of classical music’s fresh-faced evolution. With a big emphasis on innovation and meaningful collaborations, Ben’s approach has the power to keep classical music connected and relevant to its audience. He does this not only in his performing career but also in his new role as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival.
You’d take him for a Melbournian, of course. Bearded, sharply dressed, and with a warm and generous demeanor, but you were certain of your opinions on what classical music is, and the effects it can have, right? Think again. Not in recent history has an Australian classical musician moved so courageously between projects. Bach from a three-tonne truck in a gritty Melbourne pop-up venue? No problem.
Amongst a history of solo performances throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America, Ben’s boundary-obliterating chamber group, Inventi Ensemble has featured at the heart of the Australian music scene since early 2014. A champion of contemporary repertoire and mixed-media works, Ben has collaborated with Gretchen Miller (ABC Radio National) and artist Cecilia White (‘The Breathing Space Projects’), and has appeared in various other multimedia performances, both locally and internationally.
Ben has featured around the world as an expert music mentor. His unique approach to pedagogy and practice seeks to encourage in young musicians not only the development of their musicianship but their creative entrepreneurial skills to boot.