Royal Australian Navy Band Chamber Ensembles
The Commodore's Chamber Ensemble from the
Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band
Trois Pièces Brèves - Jacques Ibert (1890 - 1962)
Early Hungarian Dances - Ferenc Farkas (1905 - 2000)
2) Slow Dance
3) Shoulder Blade Dance
5) Leaping Dance
Quintet No. 1 - Giuseppe Maria Cambini (1746 - 1825)
A Klezmer Wedding - Mike Curtis (1939 - )
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY BAND
'One of Australia's premier military ensembles'
We recognise and value the investment given us by the Australian people and Navy, and strive to exceed the expectations of the people with whom we do business. We also recognise that teamwork is imperative to our success and support the unique role of the individual within the team. We give our personal commitment to ensuring that our workplace remains free of discrimination and is one that allows equal opportunity for all members, and our culture reflects Navy's values of honour, honesty, courage, integrity and loyalty. To that end, we aim to be a world class military organisation that provides quality ceremonial, musical and public relations support for the Royal Australian Navy.
The Royal Australian Navy Band is a prestigious ceremonial unit of the Australian Defence Force, and is one of Australia's premier military ensembles. Its history can be linked to the various bands of the colonial naval forces, which were in existence prior to Federation, and to the bands of the Royal Marines. Throughout its history, the band has performed for thousands of audiences within Australia and around the world. Today, it continues a proud tradition of providing ceremonial, musical and public relations support for the Royal Australian Navy.
There is one RAN Band which consists of two permanent detachments and five reserve detachments. The permanent detachments are stationed at the naval establishment HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, New South Wales and HMAS Cerberus, Westernport, Victoria. Five reserve detachments are stationed in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, and Perth.
To assist in fulfilling its mission, 'promote the Royal Australian Navy', the band incorporates a fleet of ensembles. All members of the band are required to perform in a ceremonial capacity. However, to ensure versatility, each detachment maintains other capabilities including wind orchestra (Sydney detachment only) and concert band (Melbourne detachments only), wind chamber ensembles, and popular music combinations.
The Commodore's delivers a wide variety of woodwind and brass ensemble repertoire for concert and ceremonial occasions.
When performing in concert the variety of music covered by the band includes marching and traditional repertoire, music from the swing era, chamber music, vocal presentations and music with a modern beat. In a word, the band is versatile!
Ronald Woodcock - violin
Lillian Camphausen - piano
Sonata in A, Op. 12, No. 2 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770- 1827)
Andante, più tosto allegretto
Sonata for violin and piano H.127 - Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916)
Saudades do Brasil - Darius Milhaud (1892 - 1974)
Ronald Woodcock has toured in 95 countries during a distinguished career as concerto and recital soloist, chamber player, teacher and orchestral conductor. He has performed in world musical centres such as London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Budapest, Lisbon, Brussels and Buenos Aires.
In remote countries such as Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Peru, the Solomon Islands, Bhutan and St. Helena Island, he has introduced audiences to Western classical music, often for the first time.
He has brought to a lifetime of performing the works of composers from Bach to Penderecki and beyond, a wealth of musical experience gained first from his teachers Arthur Grumiaux and Pablo Casals in Europe and then from orchestral playing in the Philharmonia, BBC and Royal Philharmonic orchestras under conductors such as Karajan, Klemperer, Ormandy, Beecham and Goossens.
His wide-ranging repertoire encompasses all the mainstream violin concertos and sonatas while also including the avant-garde and virtuoso showpieces – and he promotes works by Australian composers on many of his tours.
Since early retirement from the University of Adelaide, where he was for twenty years Associate Professor of Violin, he now tours internationally giving recitals, concerto performances, radio recordings, violin masterclasses and workshops and also adjudicating at national concerto competitions and eisteddfods.
Malaysian born Lillian Camphausen migrated to Adelaide in 1969. She studied piano with Noreen Stokes and Clemens Leske. After completing her Bachelor of Music (Hons.), she studied piano with Prof. Detlef Kraus in Germany and later, lied interpretation with Hartmut Höll, harpsichord, and chamber music, attending master-classes and courses with Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Paul Badura-Skoda, Joaquín Achúcarro, Norman Shetler, Geoffrey Parsons, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christiane Jaccottet and the Amadeus Quartet.
After finishing her studies, Lillian freelanced as a teacher, accompanist and chamber musician. She was an official pianist for numerous international master-classes and competitions. In 1988 she translated "Johannes Brahms - Klavierkomponist" ("Johannes Brahms – Composer for the Piano") by Detlef Kraus.
In 2004, Lillian moved to Brisbane and in 2009, to Sydney. She works as an accompanist, language coach (for singers) and chamber musician.
Stacey Yang - piano
Michaela Leisk - soprano
From 12 Canzonette Hob.XXVIa - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
The mermaid's song
The sailor's song
She never told her love
From Le tombeau de Couperin - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Stacey Xiaoyu Yang started to learn the organ with Kurt Ison in 2007 and received her Licentiate Diploma in Organ Performance from Trinity College London (LTCL) in 2011. She is the current organist at St Peter's Anglican Church, Cremorne. She was granted both organ and carillon scholarships by The University of Sydney. She has given many organ recitals in Sydney including Christ Church St Laurence, St James, King St, St Andrew's Cathedral, The University of Sydney and Sydney Opera House and in overseas she has played in Cathedrals in Anterwep, Madrid, El Lescorial, Burgos, San Sebastian and Royal Versailles Chapel. She gives regular carillon recitals at The University of Sydney and has played carillons overseas in Leuven Catholic University, Mechlen Cathedral, Royal Belgium carillon school, Catalonia Parliament House in Barcelona and Marktkirch in Wisebaden, Germany. She studied piano with Lyall Duke and currently, under Stephanie McCallum's tutelage, recently received her LMusA on piano. She has been a piano tutor at MLC School Burwood since 2007.
Stacey came to Australia in 2001 and received both Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Nursing degrees from The University of Sydney.
Michaela Leisk commenced musical studies in Sydney before moving to England where she studied voice with Deborah Miles-Johnson. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) under the tutelage of Welsh soprano Eiddwen Harrhy. During her time in the UK she performed solo roles in many operas, oratorios, cantatas and G & S.
Upon returning home to Australia in 2007, Michaela held the post of Cantor at St Peter's Anglican Church, Cremorne, for five years.
In 2011 she won the 25 and over Lieder Section of the Sydney Eisteddfod and joined The 7 Sopranos, performing at awards ceremonies and corporate events. Michaela sang on The 7 Sopranos first, self-titled CD which was released to the public in November 2013, on the ABC Classics label.
In 2013, Michaela postponed singing activities following the birth of her daughter, and returned to the stage in February 2014.
Joshua Ryan - organ
(Organ Scholar, St Stephen's)
Prelude and Fugue in E flat BWV 552 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Sonata No. 8 in E minor Op. 132 - Joseph Rheinberger (1839 - 1901)
Joshua Ryan commenced organ studies in late 2009, under the direction of Mark Quarmby. Since then his teachers have also included Oliver Brett and Thomas Wilson.
In 2011, Joshua received a scholarship to study at the 'Prospective Organ Scholar Course', which was held in Oxford University. There he received lessons from Susan Landale, James Parsons, David Goode and Daniel Hyde.
During his time in England and Holland, Joshua was given the opportunity to play many prestigious instruments including King's College Chapel, Cambridge; Durham Cathedral; Westminster Cathedral; St Bavo's, Haarlem and St Michael's, Zwolle; as well as organs at other Oxford and Cambridge University colleges. He also performed in a recital at St Mary's, Warmington in the UK.
In October 2011, Joshua received first prize in the Intermediate Section of the 'Sydney Organ Competition'.
Performances have seen Joshua play in major Sydney venues such as the Sydney Opera House (as part of its open day celebrations in 2010 and 2011), the Sydney Town Hall, St Andrew's Cathedral, St Mary's Cathedral and St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.
In late 2012, Joshua was appointed Organ Scholar at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, and since August 2013, has been the Organ Scholar at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
In 2014, Joshua began a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Organ, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney).