Sunday April 1

Concert 1

2 - 2.45PM

Benefit Concert in Honour of Dr. Ben Leske

The first of the April concerts marks a significant occasion in which a Benefit Concert will be held in memory of Dr. Ben Leske, who was the conductor for Newland's Choir intended to perform on this day at 2pm. In honour of his immense contribution to the community, FOMS is presenting the Benefit Concert in his name, where all proceeds from this concert will contribute to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. More details are available here. FOMS would like to thank the generosity of all performers for this concert, one of the many virtues of which Ben was greatly known for.


1. Jane Ferdinands, piano

Piece: TBA

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Jane performed from a very young age and has played as soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra. 

In 1999, Jane was a National Finalist in the Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition and in the same year was awarded the Dr V H Cooper Memorial Prize from the University of Western Australia for Most Outstanding Student in Music Performance.In 2000, Jane moved to Melbourne to commence studies under Associate Professor Ronald Farren-Price at The University of Melbourne. In her time at The University of Melbourne, Jane won First Prize in the Mozart Concerto Competition, performed with the University Of Melbourne Orchestra, and in her final year was awarded the Maude Harrington Prize for Most Outstanding Accompanist. Since graduating with Honours in 2002, Jane has been in demand as both soloist and accompanist and has maintained a busy teaching schedule. Most recently, Jane was engaged as principal accompanist for the CD release of “Maiden Voyage”, a new song cycle by Australian composer Lorraine Milne.

2. Ensemble Contineo

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 (Brahms)

Ensemble Contineo is a project focused on combining the old and the new. Whether it be through performance practise, application of old and new systems of analysis and general experimentation or through the literal juxtaposition of the classical cannon with modern repertoire/ new-music, the trio aims to highlight the musical and affecting characteristics of chamber music. Having first met in a new music group at Melbourne University, the ensemble formed in the second half of 2017, and under the tuition of Robert Nairn and David Griffiths, spent their first semester together rehearsing and performing the Brahms Clarinet Trio.

3. Ensemble Goldentree

Laudate from "Tres Psalmi Davidis" (Kroeger)

Ensemble Goldentree is a collaborative chamber music project dedicated to the cultivation of engaging experiences with new and rarely performed works. Ensemble Goldentree was founded by Tim Hannah (horn) and Alison McIntosh-Deszcz (soprano) in 2015. The ensemble specialises in presenting rarely performed music and new Australian compositions for mixed chamber ensemble. We aim to broaden audience perceptions of traditional and contemporary chamber music by showcasing the energy and passion of friends making music together. Since its inception the ensemble has contributed to the development of chamber music in Australia with new commissions and collaborations and has worked with some of Melbourne’s brightest young composers and musicians.  The ensemble has performed in numerous local venues throughout Melbourne as part of its 2015, 2016 and 2017 concert seasons, and has travelled to Townsville, Queensland to participate in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Advanced Winterschool in both 2015 and 2016. This annual intensive week of coachings and masterclasses has proven a formative experience for members of the ensemble, allowing them to work with world leaders in chamber music performance. Ensemble Goldentree has also performed live on 3MBS (103.5 FM) as part of The Talent Series 3. Ensemble Goldentree has performed at Beleura House & Garden on the Mornington Peninsula and has presented programs for Surrey Hills Music Festival and the Friends of Music Series at St George’s Travancore. The ensemble is committed gender parity and the promotion of Australian artists in its commissioning and performing activities. 

4. Corey Snoek (Fiddle)

A collection of fiddle tunes from Australia and Prince Edward Island

Corey Snoek is an up and coming traditional fiddle player specialising in Australian style fiddle and

Canadian Scottish fiddle from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. Corey’s interest in Australian fiddle music lies in replicating much of the post gold rush/pre 20th century styles that would have been floating around the country. Also of particular interest to his playing is the periods of Australian traditional fiddling when the style mixed with various American traditions floating around the radio post WW1, the tunes and style of the Stripling Brothers are especially of note in this era. Aside from his interest in Australian traditional fiddle playing, Corey has a keen interest in the Traditional

music of Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island in Canada. There refugees of the Highland Clearances

brought Scottish highland music and culture to Canada. Isolated by geography, many have argued that the fiddle music from this area retained much of the traditions in Scottish fiddle that were lost when classical music became a heavy influence on the style. Of equal interest is the way in which Scottish and French music managed to mix on Prince Edward Island leading to a myriad of styles across the island.

5. Nimbus Trio

Nipper (Xiao)

The piece is inspired by Australian photographer Narelle Autio’s tryptic photographs entitled Nipper I, Nipper II and Nipper III. The series of photos show the elite young Australian life surfing group ‘Nipper'. The photos capture the young lifesavers caught in the surf and give a rare glimpse into the stillness beneath the frenetic waves. The photos for me reveal the fluidity of the human form and examine both the vulnerability and the strength of the human psyche.


Nimbus Trio are composer/pianist Kitty Xiao, flautist Jessica Laird and violinist Chloe Sanger. Lovers of new music, the ensemble commission and perform music of living composers including Kitty’s original works. Nimbus Trio have released their first album Novum as a represented artist of Move Records label. Nimbus was the winning work of Music Society of Victoria’s 2013 David Henkels Composition Award. The Novum trilogy were listed as finalists in the 2016 Areon International Composition Competition. Nimbus Trio have been broadcasted throughout Australia including ABC Classic FM, 3MBS, 4MBS and PBS. The group have performed at various venues and festivals including Deakin Edge, Elder Hall at University of Adelaide, Meat Market, Adelaide Fringe, Mapping Melbourne Festival and look forward to their debut at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2018.

6. Musical Journeys

Piece: TBA

Musical Journeys is a vibrant multicultural ensemble featuring members from all around the world. The current line up includes musicians from Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Pakistan, Guinea, Malaysia and Australia. Musical Journeys perform a mixture of traditional songs and music from each country, as well as original music. Musical Journeys has performed in various venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria, including the Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Town Hall, Footscray Community Arts Centre, The Famous Spiegletent, Federation Square, Ulumbarra Theatre (Bendigo) and our annual sell-out shows at La Mama Theatre.

Concert 2

3.30 - 4.15PM


Beethoven        Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost"

Piazolla            Selection from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Nicholas Buc   Trailer Music II

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