Sydney Symphony Fellowship Ensemble coming to the Roxy

June 10, 2008

On Saturday June 21 The Roxy is delighted to host a concert by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  The performance by the ensemble of six emerging professional players from the Sydney Symphony, known as Fellows, will be the absolute highlight of the year’s calendar.  The ensemble comprises an elite group of emerging professional players auditioned from a national field. 

The Sydney Symphony Fellowship program is the most prestigious Artist Development program within the Australian instrumental scene.  It provides an opportunity for emerging professional players to be part of the Sydney Symphony for one year. 

The Fellowship was formed in 2001 at the request of the orchestra to further support elite level young Australian instrumentalists.  The participants are mentored by musicians from the Sydney Symphony in orchestral technique, musicianship and chamber music.

During the course of their year with the Symphony the young artists work on chamber music repertoire with acclaimed international soloists and members of the Sydney Symphony.  They also receive a stipend and support that enables them to further their musical career and to gain a greater understanding of the culture of an orchestra. 

The 2008 Fellowship is made up of a string quartet, an oboe and a flute player.  Roger Benedict is Artistic Director of the Fellowship Program and Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He was formerly Principal Viola with the London Philharmonia Orchestra.

Rohana Brown (Violin) is a casual member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. In December 2007 she toured to China with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Manu Berkeljon (Violin) is a member of Arco Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of Live Music Sydney Chamber Orchestra. In 2007 she performed as a soloist with the Mosman Sinfonia and in South Africa with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Kate Lawson (Flute) has played with the Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestras, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Sydney Symphony, and has been a member of the Sydney Sinfonia for 2 years.

David Papp (Oboe) has been a member of Sydney Sinfonia since 2005 and was chosen to perform the third movement of the Mozart Oboe Concerto.

Patrick Suthers (Cello) has played cello with the Sydney Sinfonia and casually with the Sydney Symphony since 2006. He has been a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra since 2004, and the Canberra POPS Orchestra since 2006, acting as Associate Principal for both during 2007.

Yilin Zhu (Viola) has been a member of Sydney Sinfonia for three years. She is a casual player at the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Tasmanian Symphony and is currently a member of the Sapphire quartet.

The Roxy concert given by the Fellows will be the only public performance by the ensemble in the region.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the magnificent sounds of this stunning group of musicians.

Tickets:  Adults $30, conc $25, child (up to 16 years) $20, family (2 adults + 2 children) $90, groups of 20 or more $25.  Bookings can be made at the Bingara Tourist Information Centre on tel:  6724 0066.  All enquiries to Sandy McNaughton mobile  0427 241 582 or roxy@gwydir.nsw.gov.au