2018 Competition

Preliminary Schedule

Adjudicators and Accompanists

Piers Lane AO – Instrumental Adjudicator

London-based Australian concert pianist Piers Lane AO is a highly regarded international soloist and collaborative artist and is well known to Townsville chamber-music followers through his ten year tenure with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Piers’ has an impressive

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Cheryl Barker AO – Vocal Adjudicator

Cheryl Barker AO is an Australian operatic soprano with a distinguished international reputation. She is particularly noted internationally for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin,

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Peter de Jager – Accompanist

Peter de Jager is a Melbourne-based Pianist, Harpsichordist, and Composer. He enjoys all forms of music, and performs music from all periods of the western classical tradition on a variety of historical instruments, as well as having some experience in

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Catherine Davis – Accompanist

Catherine Davis was educated at the Conservatorium High in Sydney and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won all the major piano and accompaniment prizes, culminating in the Recital Diploma. Since returning to Australia, she took up a

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Maryleigh Hand – Vocal Accompanist

Originally a language teacher, Maryleigh’s passion for music and words inspired her to become an accompanist and vocal coach. At Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, she concentrated on vocal repertoire and technique with Nancy Thomas, studying piano with Lance Dossor. Recent highlights

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Robert Manley – Accompanist

Robert completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Queensland, graduating with a University Medal in 2011. He subsequently spent two years at the Australian National Academy of Music studying the cello with Howard Penny. Robert is a

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2018 Raffle

2018 Raffle

Many thanks to Dr Sylvia Ditchburn for so generously donating this marvellous print of one of her original works. Raffle tickets will be on sale at all 2018 events. About the Artist: Since coming to north Queensland from the Darling Downs in the 1960s, Sylvia has been inspired by the tropical environment for her work. After graduating with a Phd in 2000 at James Cook University Townsville, Dr Ditchburn continues to depict Australian natural environments in her typically vibrant gouache and acrylic palette. A freelance fine artist and essentially plein-air painter, Sylvia brings together images from her extensive painting trips throughout Australia. These include the Kimberley and Broome in West Australia, MacDonnell Ranges, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Devil’s Marbles in central Australia, Simpson and Painted deserts, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges in south Australia, Lost City and Kakadu in the Northern Territory, contrasted with the lush and dry tropics of north Queensland coastal fringe. About the Artwork: The framed art work I am donating to the ACVC Remember Townsville is a reproduction of a painting I created of the marina and buildings with the iconic Castle Hill dominating the city skyline of Townsville. I noticed this view when I was dining with my

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