17th February 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Australia House Ensemble,

Thankyou for your support this last year. There are signs of spring emerging in London, the vaccine is rolling out and hopefully this heralds the return of live music and the resumption of AHE activities.

We had hoped to present a live concert as a quintet at the end of February 2021 but of need this has had to be rescheduled- we will keep you informed about when this next concert will be- whether it be live or online, or both!

Wishing you all stay safe and well as we navigate through the challenges of covid-19 in 2021. We look forward to seeing you at our next concert soon. In the meantime please stay in touch and visit the website to enjoy some of our past work such as the memorable Anzac Day concert which was part of the High Commission’s Anzac Day programme of recorded events.  Or enjoy listening to Australian Percy Grainger’s ‘Handel in the Strand’ with the usual piano part arranged for strings by Peter Tregear OAM and performed at the inaugural concert of the Australia House Ensemble in the Exhibition Hall at Australia House. This was a first for the Grainger piece and the first event of the Ensemble!

With all good wishes

Dr Margaret Mayston AM, AHE Founder

James Hancock, AHE Operational Manager

Rebecca Chan & Naoko Keatley, AHE Leads, and all the wonderful AHE musicians.

Night & Day


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Australia House Ensemble


in association with the Tait Memorial Trust

Tait Tuesdays at Home

with guest Jeremy Kleeman, baritone

Tuesday 23rd June – 9pm AEST | 8pm NZST | 7pm BST

In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists

Night & Day


‘Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy’ (Matthew Hindson 1968- ): Rebecca Chan and Naoko Keatley (violin duo)

BWV 731: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Johannes Bach 1685-1750): Rebecca Chan (Lead, violin), Iona Allan (violin), Sascha Bota, (viola), Daniel Pini (cello)

Die Nacht (The Night) (Richard Strauss 1864-1949): Rebecca Chan (violin), Iona Allan (violin), Sascha Bota, (viola), Daniel Pini (cello), Jeremy Watt (bass). Baritone: Jeremy Kleeman

Violin Sonata Op. 115 (Sergei Prokofiev 1891 -1953): Iona Allan, solo violin

Morgen (Morning) (Richard Strauss 1864- 1949): Rebecca Chan (Lead, violin), Sascha Bota, (viola), Daniel Pini (cello), Jeremy Watt (bass). Baritone: Jeremy Kleeman

Irish Tune from Country Derry. (Percy Grainger 1882 – 1961); Rebecca Chan, Naoko Keatley & Iona Allan (violins), Sascha Bota, (viola), Daniel Pini (cello), Jeremy Watt (bass)

Cavatina from String Quartet no. 13 in B flat Op 130 (L van Beethoven, 1770-1827): Rebecca Chan (Lead, violin), Naoko Keatley (violin), Sascha Bota, (viola), Daniel Pini (cello)


Rebecca Chan, violin (leader)
Naoko Keatley, violin
Iona Allan, violin
Sascha Bota, viola
Daniel Pini, cello
Jeremy Watt, double bass
Jeremy Kleeman, baritone

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Hope and Remembrance

Broadcast on the Australian High Commission UK Facebook page on Anzac Day 2020.

The AHE full concert is available here on our Facebook page and YouTube here at 4pm BST

For this performance the AHE, who are currently located in both London and Australia, are joined by friends in Australia and New Zealand to bring you this concert on Anzac Day, thanks to the wonder of modern technology. Our web version will also include messages and readings. We are extremely grateful to Lt Gen Greg Bilton AO CSC, Chief of Joint Operations Australia for his message, who only recently headed up the Bushfire operations in Australia on behalf of the Australian Defence Force.  We are pleased to partner with the Australian High Commission to bring this concert of music for Anzac Day, to enable Remembrance of the struggles of the past, and to inspire Hope as we chart our way through this current crisis to the future.

Please stay safe and well- follow all the Government guidelines- and together we can walk into a new and positive future.

With all good wishes

Dr Margaret Mayston AM, AHE Founder

James Hancock, AHE Operational Manager

Rebecca Chan, AHE Lead, and all the wonderful AHE musicians

Australia House Ensemble

Australian musicians travel to Australia each year to perform in the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) and the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and highly value and enjoy the opportunity to perform with fellow Australians. This is an opportunity for London/UK based musicians to have a similar experience in the place where they are living and working.

The ensemble aspires to be a world-class ensemble featuring the finest Australian musicians in London, UK and worldwide, named the “Australia House Ensemble. This ensemble will be a flagship for Australian musical excellence of which it is hoped Australia will be proud.