Collusion will be conducting viola and cello workshops from Midday in Gallery 2 of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Participating performer/teacher ($22):
Primary and secondary school aged viola and cello students (from AMEB Grade 2 equivalent and above) are invited to perform and receive coaching from Collusion musicians Bethan Lewis and Dr Danielle Bentley, under the observation of a friendly audience. Each student will receive 20 minutes tuition. Studio teachers may also apply for a place if they wish to discuss teaching strategies and ask questions in an extended open forum.
There will be only 6 places offered - first 6 students/teachers will receive a performance/discussion place. If there is demand a 2nd workshop may be offered for Sunday the 12th March (please enquire if places fill).
Each student should prepare a short performance of musical work/s which lasts no more than 7 minutes (an excerpt of a longer work is okay). A piano accompanist will be engaged for the event (please email Collusion piano part to firstname.lastname@example.org). Students are also welcome to perform with their own accompanist. Accompaniment is not essential, however is encouraged.
Observing student/teacher/parent ($12):
All ages of students are welcome to observe, from beginners to advanced. To make these workshops possible and the following concert free, we ask that all observers respect the attendance fee.
The Collusion concert following the workshop/s at 3pm (Gallery 1) is FREE. Seating may be limited.
Bethan Lewis - Bmus MMusPerf
Having completed studies with the New Zealand String Quartet (BMus), Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland (Masters in viola performance), and Peter Lale (former violist of the Britten String Quartet), Bethan Lewis has since worked in Australia, UK and Europe as a freelance violist.
Her work has been mainly in the classical field, with symphony orchestras (BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, Ulster Orchestra), chamber orchestras (Orchestra of the Swan, English Chamber Orchestra, Bristol Ensemble, Welsh Chamber Orchestra) and ballet and opera companies (English National Ballet, Opera Project, Mid Wales Opera – Principal Viola). Session/pop work has included Paolo Nutini, Sharleen Spiteri, Missy Higgins, Jherek Bischoff, Kathryn Jenkins, Diana Krall and The Priests. Bethan featured on the Great American Songbook Session on BBC 4 and toured the UK with Tango Siempre for their Tangents project. She was also an onstage musician for the Hofesh Shechter Dance Company’s productions Survivor and Political Mother – Choreographer’s Cut. In 2012 Bethan moved back to Brisbane and has been a member of Collusion since 2014.
Dr Danielle Bentley BMus MCI PhD - Cellist
Winner of the prestigious national APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual, Danielle Bentley has worked extensively in both classical and popular music.
She has performed with the Paris Opera Ballet, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Australian Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Philharmonic and Camerata of St John’s. In 2011, her quartet Bentley Strings performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Danielle has recorded, performed and toured with some of Australia’s and the world’s most popular stars including Madeleine Peyroux, Pete Murray, Harry Connick Jnr, Kanye West, De La Soul, Missy Higgins, Xavier Rudd, Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington, Pavarotti, Nigel Kennedy, Jon English, Il Divo, Jerry Lewis, Sarah Blasko, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Amici Forever, Grace Knight, Rhonda Burchmore, Dionne Warwick, Marcia Hines, Kate Ceberano, Alfio, Aled Jones, Butterfly Effect, The Waifs, Sarah Blasko, Tommy Lee, Chrissy Amphlett, Hugh Jackman (The Boy From Oz) Chris Cheney, Tim Rogers, Phil Jamieson, Josh Pyke, Mark Seymour , Irwin Thomas (Jack Jones), Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Jon Toogood (Shihad), Dean McGrath (Hungry Kids from Hungary) and Tim Morrison (Trial Kennedy), Glen Shorrock (Little River Band), Wendy Matthews, Doug Parkinson and Kristen Chenoweth.
Danielle has a Bachelor of Music (cello), Masters in Creative Industries (Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) and completed her PhD in 2011 on the Restrung New Chamber Festival: an exploration of contemporary string practice and festival programming. Danielle was nominated for an Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis. The inaugural Restrung – which Danielle funded, managed and curated - took place in 2008 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Restrung’s focus is to promote Australian art music within a mixed program featuring alternative pop, rock and cross-genre music. Visual, spatial, educational, interactive and social features are used to increase the quality and intensity of audience experience and authorship e.g. live-mixed video art, workshops, forums and interactive installations. Previously, in 2005, she curated and managed the Australian Music for Strings Weekend - sponsored by Rockhampton City Council - another festival research project.
Grants and scholarships for Danielle’s research and festival work include an Institute for Creative Industries & Innovation (iCi) scholarship, a QUT Postgraduate Research Award and QUT Grant-in-Aid to fund a 6-week European festival research trip, and two Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre grants for Restrung (2012) and to assist her participation in the European Festival Association’s Atelier for Young Festival Managers, being held in Edinburgh in 2014. She has been awarded three Australia Council grants for Restrung in Promotion and Presentation and New Work (Media Arts).
An active musicologist, Danielle has been Secretary of the Musicological Society of Australia (QLD Chapter) (2010-2011), as well as being the Student Representative for the Society’s National Chapter (2010-2011). She has delivered research papers for the Musicological Society of Australia and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, was a guest lecturer in festival studies at the University of Glamorgan (Wales), and has sat on a number of panels at the National Young Writers’ Festival (2008 and 2010).
As an educator, Danielle has taught private cello students since 2002 and tutored academic work at tertiary level in World Music and Creative Industries at QUT (2009-2010).
Danielle is a published poet, having won an award from the University of Sydney for her piece Oceanic Grief, and writer, with articles appearing in World New Music Magazine, Music Forum (Music Council of Australia) and the Conference Proceedings for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.
In 2012, Danielle led several lives: she was Festival Manager for Crossbows – the Queensland Conservatorium small ensembles festival (May 10-13 2012), Curator of Restrung: Sounds Unbound (Brisbane Powerhouse October 26-28 2012), Manager of Bentley’s Agency (providing music for weddings and events since 2002), and core cellist with Camerata of St John’s and Collusion. She recorded two CDs with Collusion in 2012: Flashpoint – featuring Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Hindemith’s clarinet and piano trio; and I Read the Old Dream Slowly: a collection of Australian works.
2013 saw Danielle managing the International Music Council’s 5th World Forum on Music (WFM5) at the Queensland Conservatorium. WFM5 was host to over 150 panels and performances, 12 satellite conferences, a music bazaar and several other major events. In August 2013, Danielle won the prestigious national APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual for Dedication and Commitment to Australian Art Music and Chamber Music. In 2014, she managed and curated the second edition of Crossbows and in 2015 worked in Philanthropy at Queensland Theatre Company, as a musicological writer and editor, whilst maintaining a busy performance schedule. Currently, Danielle is a freelance arts consultant, concentrating on her work in Collusion, and planning Restrung 2016
This event is supported by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and Arts Queensland.
The event is also made possible due to the generous endeavours of Collusion Music Australia LTD, it's board, administrators and dedicated musicians.
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