21-24 May 2015


Concerts/masterclasses and workshops at the Orange Conseravtorium and Dubbo Conservatorium.

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Recording project 2015.

Watch this space.

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27 September 2015


John BellThere will be a performance of a new work in celebration of the 75th anniversary of John Bell.

The new work, ‘Music for John Bell’, was composed for wind quintet and actor, as a gift for John Bell from the Bell Shakespeare company, by the Australian composer Robert Keane.

It is a suite , based on 5 Shakespearian characters and it is a great honour for NSWQ to perform this work with John Bell himself on the 27th September at the Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Manly.

Music for John Bell, Wind Quintet

‘Five Shakespearean Portraits’ Robert Keane

The Quintet came about as a result of my String Quartet Ornithology, completed in 2005. After that I thought I should do a Quintet for Winds, and was looking for a suitable subject. I like to base my music on “something”. My mind went to my old pal John Bell, whom I had first met in 1975 when I was musical director at Queensland Theatre Company. John asked me to come to his Nimrod Theatre Company in Sydney and do some singing work with the actors there. Amazingly, we remained friends!

I wrote to John 30 years later in 2005 and asked him if he could select his 5 favourite Shakespearean roles. He replied very soon and listed Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Prospero (The Tempest), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Shylock (The Merchant of Venice), and Petrucchio (The Taming of the Shrew) as among his favourites.

Alas, I let the idea go, as I had too many other things on my plate, but in 2014, 9 years later, I thought it was time to write the work. John had announced that he was retiring from the Bell Shakespeare company in 2015, and that he would celebrate his 75th birthday. He also said that he thought years ending in 5 were auspicious.

So a Quintet with 5 movements, for a 75-yr old in 2015, whom I had met in 1975, seemed a fitting choice for a special gift to this great legend of Australian Theatre.

Each of the movements features one of the wind soloists, and is an attempt to portray the psychology of the Shakespearean character. The movements are preceded by a short prose description of the character and his role in the play. Then within each movement there is a quote from the character’s lines in the play, at a crucial, defining moment.

I am delighted to say that John Bell has agreed to deliver these texts in the complete World Premiere at the Manly Art Gallery, as part of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival, in September 2015.

‘Music For John Bell’

A Celebration for the 75th anniversary of John Bell.

Actor: John Bell
Narrator: Guy Noble
Piano: Andrew West
New Sydney Wind Quintet: Bridget Bolliger – flute, Matthew Tigue – Oboe, Peter Jenkin – clarinet, Robert Johnson – Horn, Matthew Ockenden – Bassoon

Peter and The Wolf – Sergei Prokofiev
Arranged for wind quintet and narrator by Joachim Linckelmann


Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 – W.A. Mozart
Largo – Allegro moderato

Music for John Bell – Robert Keane
Five Shakespearean Miniatures for Wind Quintet and Actor
I Malvolio (Twelfth Night)
II Prospero (The Tempest)
III Romeo (Romeo and Juliet)
IV Shylock (The Merchant of Venice)
V Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew)

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(date to be advised)


130301_new-work-Lyle-ChanWorld premiere performance of THE ONLY FAIRY TALE THERE EVER WAS by Lyle Chan.

Fund raising for this event is in process.
To assist with this project please contact

More details coming soon.