The Annual
Sunday 13 November 2005

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

Sunday 13 November 2005 at the Great Hall University of Sydney


"Fife and Drum"

The Stables Ensemble directed by Emma Knott

Sydney Conservatorium Percussion Ensemble directed by Kevin Man


Gordon Hughes: Reflex
Robert Di Marzo, Anita Cook and Ben Hibbard (percussion)

Kathleen Mayne: Sonata Jubilate
The Stables Ensemble

Nigel Westlake: Malachite Glass
Ben Hibbard, Chiron Meller, Timothy Brigden, Murray Parker (percussion) with special guest bass-clarinettist Greg Turner

Stella Sung: Meditation
The Stables Ensemble, solist Natalie Wood

Peter Schickele: Monochrome
The Stables Ensemble

Kevin Man: Lullaby
Kaylie Dunstan, Alexandra Graham (percussion)

Houston Dunleavy: On the Wire
The Stables Ensemble

Carl Vine: Defying Gravity
Holly Philip, John Douglas, Anita Cook, Daniel Luscombe (percussion)

The Stables Ensemble directed by Emma Knott
Sarah Anderson, Jane Duncan, Simon Chambers, Alistair Howlett, Vanessa Ropa, Jess Lee, Melanie Walters, Natalie Wood, Carly Hush.

The Stables Flute Ensemble: Australia's premier flute choir, the Stables Ensemble performs a unique and engaging repertoire ranging from baroque concerti to newly commissioned Australian works. The ensemble consists of tertiary students, professional and amateur musicians. The group's director, Emma Knott, lectures in flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2002 the Stables Ensemble was awarded first place in the second Australian Open Flute Ensemble Competition.

Trying to convince people that flute ensembles can sound good is part of the mission of the Stables Flute Ensemble. Therefore, they avoid arrangements as much as possible, preferring works written especially for the unique nature of the combination. They steer towards the quirky, unusual and original works that provide a suitable challenge for both audience and performer alike. The group maintains an active interest in developing the repertoire of music for flute ensembles through commissioning, performing and recording new works. See: and the Australian Music Centre

Emma Knott attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she studied with Margaret Crawford and Gerhard Mallon. On returning to Sydney Emma did a Masters Degree in Performance whilst studying with Geoffrey Collins. In 1988, Emma began lecturing at the University of Wollongong and teaching at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. From 1988 to 1999, Emma directed the Wollongong Conservatorium Flute Ensemble, which went on to win the first Australian Open Flute Ensemble Competition in 1999. During 1991, Emma attended master classes overseas with James Galway and William Bennett.

Emma's current group, the Stables Ensemble, is a national leader in its genre. It recently gained third place in an international recording competition, which will culminate in the release internationally of a CD. Currently a Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Emma has been a conductor for the Sydney Youth Orchestra organization from 1994 to 2002. Interested in educating flautists, Emma has given master classes all around Australia and overseas, has played extensively in orchestras and ensembles, and has acted as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Sydney Conservatorium Percussion Ensemble directed by Kevin Man
Robert Di Marzo, Ben Hibbard, Chiron Meller, Timothy Brigden, Murray Parker, Kaylie Dunstan, Alexandra Graham, Holly Philip, John Douglas, Anita Cook, Daniel Luscombe. Special guest bass clarinetist Greg Turner.

The Sydney Conservatorium Percussion Ensemble: The Percussion Unit Ensemble has been operating since before Kevin Man was a student at the Conservatorium and is made up of students studying percussion. The Percussion Unit Ensemble has performed at many prestigious events, including events in the Sydney Spring Festival of New Music, the Art Gallery of NSW concert series, and has performed together with many international guest artists, including Steve Schick. In 2006, the Percussion Unit Ensemble has been invited to participate in the 2006 Commonwealth Games Percussion Mastercourse to be held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme.

Kevin Man: Kevin Man graduated with Bmus (Hons) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has held the position of Rank and File Percussion with the Queensland Orchestra from 1999 to 2003. In 2001, Kevin co-founded the contemporary percussion duo Karak Percussion and in 2002 joined TaikOz, Australia's premiere Japanese drumming group. Kevin is an active teacher, having held teaching positions at The Gap State High School, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology. Since returning to Sydney, Kevin has been performing and teaching with TaikOz and freelances with other ensembles such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australia Chamber Orchestra. For the latter part of 2005, Kevin was Acting Head of Percussion at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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