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Rachael Beesley
Alice Evans
Julia Fredersdorff
Anna Mcmichael
Robin Wilson

cello/viola da gamba
Daniel Yeadon

Neal Peres Da Costa


2014 Featured Artists

Musica Viva Australia

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Ironwood is an Australian-based ensemble, committed to exploring music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on early string and keyboard instruments. The members are some of Australia’s most respected early and contemporary chamber musicians. The ensemble was established in 2006 as a flexible group of players, drawing on a wealth of experience from across the globe. Ironwood believe that historically informed performance should be complemented with new material and has an active commissioning program for music on early instruments. The group performs widely and has produced recordings for ABC Classics and Vexations840. Ironwood have been Artists in Residence at the Bundanon Trust, NSW since 2007 and also run a Developing Artist program in Victoria and NSW.


“Lost & Forgotten Quartets”
Ironwood Quartet

Ironwood delves amongst the archives for a fascinating concert of the composers who informed Haydn. You might have thought you knew Papa Haydn, but listen again, surrounded by rarely heard opera-humming Hummel, and a Jadin quartet which anticipates the romantic sensibilities to come.

Haydn Quartet Op 42 D minor (1785) (only in Canowindra & Hobart)
H.Jadin (1776-1800) Quartet Op 1 No 2 A major (1795 – dedicated to Haydn)
Haydn Quartet Op 50 No 4 F# minor (1787)
Hummel Quartet Op 30 No.3 Eb Major (1808)

Dates & Tickets
Friday 16 October, 7.30pm
Canowindra BaroqueFest Fine Music Festival
All Saints Church, Crn Belmore Street & Lola Street Canowindra, NSW

Saturday 17 October 7.30pm
Epsom House Concerts
Epsom House, 333 Brighton Road, Pontville, TAS

Thursday 22 October 6pm
Melbourne Festival
Collins Street Baptist Church, 174 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 24 October 6.30pm
Glebe Town Hall
160 St Johns Road, Glebe, NSW

Sunday 25 October 2.30pm
Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Newcastle
46 Newcomen Street, Newcastle, NSW


Ironwood with Anneke Scott

Acclaimed Australian period-instrument ensemble Ironwood and internationally renowned horn player Anneke Scott present a disc celebrating the music of Mozart, and exploring the composers who were seduced by its beauty, inspired by its innovation – and who crafted their own music around its most sublime moments.

iTunes Available online

ABC shop online CD's ready to deliver


Developing Artist Chamber Concert Series
Glebe Town Hall, Small Halls

Annie Gard, violin & Esther Kim, harpsichord Fri 20 Feb
The Abingdon Ensemble – flutes & cello Sat 7 March
Liane Sadler, flute & Hannah Lane, harp Sat 18 April

Click on Education for further details & the rest of 2015’s program, which will be added quarterly.

Tickets: $30/10/5 (BYO Cushion)

A Different Sort of Brahms

Click here to link to the power-point presentation from a lecture-demonstration on a new approach to Brahms' sound world. Neal Peres Da Costa and Robin Wilson from Ironwood talk about and demonstrate how to play Brahms on historical instruments.


Neal's book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing is published by Oxford University Press, 2012

Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing

Neal Peres da Costa

Analyzes Romantic performing practices as preserved on early piano recordings and piano rolls

Challenges accepted ways of performing nineteenth-century piano repertoire

Demonstrates gulf between theory and practice by comparing audible evidence and written texts

Ironwood’s 2013-14 program encompasses a mix of professional performance projects, and professionally led/tutored education projects for students and young people in historically informed performance.

Ironwood has had an annual performance program of 3-6 concert seasons per year since 2007, and an annual education program of between 1-4 projects per year since 2008.

Ironwood’s 2013 performance program includes self presented performances in NSW – Sydney & regional, at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and for Musica Viva Australia Chamber Festival; concerts for Melbourne Recital Centre Local Heroes series, as well as self presented concerts in Hobart, & regional Tasmania, as well as ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, and concerts as part of Melbourne Festival.

Ironwood is working in conjunction with several organisations in 2013-14, including Big hART & Victorian College of the Arts on education projects for community and young people. We are presenting a chamber music program for strings at the Victorian College of the Arts-Melbourne University during the winter semester break, and will develop the project with Big hART further during the latter half of 2013, for delivery in 2014 & beyond.

During 2014, Ironwood’s performance program includes concerts at Peninsula Summer Music Festival, with a recording project of classical works for natural horn & strings for ABC Classics with Anneke Scott (UK-Aust), a tour of their 19thc performance research in Brahms chamber music to the USA (Stanford University, and re-invitations to Eastman School of Music , Princeton, Yale & concert series in NY state) with a recording for ABC Classics from this project as well.

Ironwood is working with Musica Viva Countrywide & local music societies & schools to present a regional tour of Northern NSW & SE Qld in May.

All these performance and recording projects need additional support for artist fees and touring costs.

2014 presents the possibility of expanding the education program once more – as well as collaboration with Big hART in NW Tas on programs for community & young people, we aim to have a larger pre-professional education program in the winter semester break for students studying in the HIP area. We would like to aim to work with Bundanon Trust in the Shoalhaven area again in 2014, and this will require additional development funding to make it equitable & accessible in low socio-economic areas, so we are very grateful for the Australian Cultural Fund’s assistance. Our Education program is multi layered, and in 2014 we are aiming at funding two part-time positions within the company that will run this program for pre-professionals, young people and schools education.

To support Ironwood's work, visit the Creative Partnerships Australia website to donate online.