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Australia House Ensemble present 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

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‘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

Hope and Remembrance

The Programme

Welcome and introduction from the High Commissioner of Australia to the United Kingdom

His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis QC

Quartet for the End of Time, part VIII (Messiaen 1908-1992)

Rebecca Chan and Cameron Roberts

Quartet for horn [cello], violin, viola and piano (F. Septimus Kelly* 1889- 1916)

Rebecca Chan (Lead, violin), Cameron Roberts (piano), James Wannan, (viola), Thomas Rann (cello)


Reading by Major James Swanston (ret.) Australian & British Army

Lachrimae (John Dowland 1562 -1626)

Rebecca Chan, Sascha Bota (viola), Daniel Pini (Cello)

Irkanda I (Peter Sculthorpe 1929-2014)

Iona Allan (solo violin)

Message of Hope and Remembrance

Lieutenant General Greg Bilton AO CSC, Chief of Joint Operations Australian Army

The Ode (Laurence Binyon) 

The Last Post

Jamie Lawson RAN (ret.), bugle

One minute’s silence


Turkish Coffee and Oranges (Michael Bakrnčev 1989- )

Iona Allan (solo violin)

Waltzing Matilda (Macpherson 1864-1936; arr Rebecca Chan)

Rebecca Chan and Sascha Bota.

We’ll Meet Again (Parker & Charles)

Rebecca, Iona, Sascha & Daniel with New Zealand soprano Eliza Boom.

Programme Notes

Quartet for the End of Time, part VIII (Messiaen 1908-1992): Wainwright writes:“ Messiaen wrote the piece in a prisoner of war camp after being captured by the German army in 1940 and was premiered in the camp in front of German officers, with Messiaen himself and other prisoners playing. It’s remarkable music, sometimes fierce and angry, at other times almost hypnotic. What’s incredible is how positive it sounds: there’s sadness there, a huge amount of emotion, but it sounds optimistic. It doesn’t sound destroyed”.

Quartet for horn violin, viola and piano (F Septimus Kelly, 1881-1916 ):  Born in Sydney, he was an Oxford scholar, Olympic gold medallist, but was a casualty of WWI, and a huge loss to Australian musical composition. The Quartet in E flat major was completed in 1904, in Frankfurt-am-Main, where he was studying composition. For this lyrical piece, the horn part is played by the cello.

Irkanda I (Sculthorpe 1929-2014): Irkanda means a remote and lonely place, very apt for Anzac Day remembrance and the challenges of our current times. In the words of Peter Sculthorpe:” ‘Irkanda’ is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning a remote and lonely place, and this work is the first of a series of four pieces bearing this title. Irkanda I is in one movement, and in it, long, melodic lines and bird-sounds are contrasted with brittle, rhythmic sections.

Lachrimae, (Dowland 1562 -1626): Published as ‘Flow my Tears’ in 1596 (Lachrimae pavane) for lute and later remade as a song, Lachrimae was one of his most well-known compositions. The musical form is based on Elizabethan dance, but it has a sorrowful melody and as a song has been recorded by many, including Sting.

Turkish Coffee and Oranges (Michael Bakrnčev (1989- Australian composer of Macedonian origin). “My grandparent’s had a ritual where they would each have a cup of Turkish coffee & would share an orange together every morning. After my grandmother’s passing, my grandfather continued the morning ritual. Seated at the dining table in the morning alone, with two cups of Turkish coffee, and an orange, he drinks one coffee, eats his half of the orange, before getting on with his day, not without a comment to her like: ‘come on Helen, let’s go’. This work is dedicated to those moments. The musical has a Middle Eastern feeling to it in part. It was written for Iona Allan in 2012.

Waltzing Matilda (Macpherson 1864-1936;arr Rebecca Chan): Peter Tregear writes: The words of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ were written by Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Patterson (1864–1941) while he was lodging at a family-owned sheep and cattle station near Winton in Central West Queensland and reputedly refer to an actual incident during the Great Shearers Strike of 1891. Patterson’s verses were quickly set to music by one of the farm’s owners, Christina Macpherson, who herself drew upon a pre-existing melody.

We’ll Meet Again (Parker & Charles):  Made famous in 1939 by Vera Lynn but relevant today as Her Majesty, The Queen in her speech to the Commonwealth on 5th April 2020 said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.” We are all looking to the day when we can meet again, learn to live in a new reality and to present music  in person.

Inaugural Concert – Australian Spirit


Thank you for coming to the inaugural concert of the Australia House Ensemble on 12th November at Australia House. Our next concert will be in April 2020 (date and venue TBC) and will feature Australian music from Australian/British composer Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916) Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke for strings (1915) and songs by Victorian born composer Calvin Bowman (1972-). 

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