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.
"A Different Sort of Brahms"
Presented by Mairi Nicolson
Broadcast 12:05pm, Sun 14 Apr 2013
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. Includes a performance of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor on historical instruments together with Nicole Forsyth, viola, and Daniel Yeadon, cello (without a spike!). The piano is an 1869 Erard, made in Paris, and originally commissioned by the Ballarat Mechanic's Institute.
Click here to link to the power-point presentation from the lecture-demonstration.
Musica Viva Festival 2013
Neal's book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing is published by Oxford University Press, 2012
Join Ironwood's exciting Concert Season 2013 in beautiful venues throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Launceston in a delightful journey through the Baroque, Classical and Romantic chamber music repertoire, spiced up with Australian contemporary compositions.
Bach wrote fast and furiously – to order, for every occasion in the sacred and secular year. Ironwood brings some of these amazing cantatas to life with UK oboe soloist Alex Bellamy and young Australian soprano Charlotte Betts-Dean. A world premiere for harpsichord & viola da gamba by Melbourne composer Kevin March adds to the celebration.
Ironwood with Alex Bellamy - oboe & Charlotte Betts-Dean - soprano
JS Bach Cantata BWV84 Ich Bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke
Kevin March New Work for viola da gamba and harpsichord - 2012
JS Bach Cantata BWV 199 Mein Herz Schwimmt Im Blut
Tickets & Info: ABC Classic FM Sunday Live FREE entry
Please be seated at ABC Iwaki Auditorium before 2.45pm
Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music Program 2013 announced as part of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of MCM and VCA, music short courses:
The Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music Program in 2013 is a non-residential education program held at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Southbak Campus, focussing on classical string chamber music repertoire, including the string trios, string quartets and string quintets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and their contemporaries. The program is unique in Australia in bridging the gap between student and professional performance for musicians working in historically informed performance, and offers exceptional study and performance opportunities, directed by Ironwood's specialists musicians.
Dates: 1-6 July 2013
Location: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank VIC 3006
Further information and applications can be found online here.
T: + 61 3 9810 3237
Miriam Allan (soprano) & Ironwood
This beautifully packaged CD digipack from ABC Classics contains a stunning collection of English works performed by Australia’s premiere period chamber ensemble, Ironwood and the magnetic UK-based soprano, Miriam Allan. Featuring best-selling tracks such as Music for a While, If Love’s a Sweet Passion and Fairest Isle by Purcell, and chamber works by Handel including Silete venti.
Ironwood is featured on a new Australian play sound design by Jeremy Silver for "I Want to Sleep With Tom Stoppard" written by Toby Schmitz, for Tamarama Rock Surfers Productions."
Sound designer Jeremy Silver
Luke is going out with Sarah, a brilliant actress who’s a bit older than him. And a lot more dangerous.Sarah crashes a dinner at his parents’ house. Tom and Jackie are regular theatre subscribers who know how to put on a gourmet spread. Their opinions immediately unleash the lunatic in Sarah. Or perhaps she was always coming over to detonate some bourgeois domesticity. Perhaps she’s set off by Tom’s worrying views about the death of theatre and the powerlessness of artists, or maybe it’s his hand under the table. Whatever the case, something sets her off and she decides to show them all just how much power a good actress has in her arsenal.