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.
2013 GIVING APPEAL
From small beginnings, we have expanded to present regular concerts in Sydney & Melbourne, two tours to the USA, and very importantly, to present programs in regional NSW & Victoria. In 2013 we began to do concerts in Tasmania and in 2014 in Queensland as well.
We have a committment to presenting innovative programs on historic instruments in unusual and mainstream venues to draw our audiences in to the amazingly broad world of chamber music from the 18th - 21st centuries.We commission composers & new media artists to work with us to explore new sounds and repertoire for historic instruments.
Our education program, which began in 2008, continues to expand. We want to continue to enable our Developing Artists, the next generation of HIP (that's Historically Informed Performance) musicians to embark on forming their own groups and continue to expand a lively & vibrant arts scene in Australia.
And in our schools program, we would like to be able to take our innovative programs into more schools across the country, to provide access to music education no matter where children live,or how much their parents are able to afford, to continue & develop partnerships with with organisations like the Bundanon Trust & Big hART, and to train our Developing Artists in this important work as well.
We need your help to continue this work! Thank you to everyone who has previously donated to Ironwood's Giving Appeal. With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching, we would love to remind you that every tiny bit of your support helps. All support is important and much appreciated, and makes a huge difference to Ironwood, the cultural & education scene in Australia, and most importantly to the next generation of young people, musicians, and audiences. All donations are tax deductible.
To support Ironwood's work, visit the Creative Partnerships Australia website to donate online.
Hola! Ironwood and special guest Simon Martyn-Ellis(baroque guitar) present an evening of clapping, castanets and the fiery fandango rhythms of classical Spain.
The intoxicating colours, rhythms and harmonies of Spain are captured in Boccherini’s beloved Quintet for Guitar and Strings in D, G.448 (“Fandango”). The program also includes String Quartet No 1 by Arriaga (“the Spanish Mozart”) and works by Murcia and Vivaldi.
Comprising some of Australia’s foremost chamber musicians, Ironwood is a renowned historically informed performance group crossing the boundaries of old and new. Taking to the stage in quartet mode, for this performance Ironwood comprises Rachael Beesley and Alice Evans (violins), Nicole Forsyth (viola) and Daniel Yeadon (cello).
Simon Martyn-Ellis (Germany/Australia) performs regularly with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and the Freiburger Barockorchester, and in Australia has appeared with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia, Latitude 37 and Salut! Baroque.
Date Thursday 2 January 2014 5.00pm-6.00pm and 8.00-9.00pm
Venue Moorooduc Estate 501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc
Tickets $55/$50 conc
Bookings Frankston Arts Centre Box Office (03) 9784 1060 or book online here
Enjoy a plate of fabulous homemade paella and a glass of sangria in the winery between 6.00-7.30pm. $35 per person – please book directly with Moorooduc Estate (03) 5971 8506
Festival favourites Ironwood interpret enduring favourites and reveal hidden gems of the late Classical period with their trademark style and vitality.
Natural horn player, Anneke Scott (UK) is described by The Early Music Review as “one of the finest horn soloists I have ever heard”.
She takes to the stage with Alice Evans (violin), Nicole Forsyth (viola),Daniel Yeadon (cello) and Neal Peres Da Costa (fortepiano) to perform Mozart’s Horn Quintet in Eb Major K.407, an excerpt from Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and a Duo for Horn and Cello by the 19th century virtuoso, Giovanni Punto.
Date Sunday 5 January 2014, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Venue St John the Evangelist King St, Flinders
Tickets $45 / $40 conc. Book 2 recitals on the same day for $85 / $75 conc.
Bookings Frankston Arts Centre Box Office (03) 9784 1060 or book online here
Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted to this venue in order to avoid disturbing the performance. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to the performance.
Stay tuned for news of Ironwood's Developing Artists Chamber Music Program in 2014!
The Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music Program in 2013 was 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.
"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
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.
THEATRE - FEATURED ARTISTS
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.