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.
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.
A Different Sort of Brahms
Brahms Piano Quintet Op 73 F minor
Brahms Piano Quartet Op 25 G minor
Sunday 23 March 2014 2.30pm
Christ Church Cathedral 46 Newcomen St Newcastle 2300
Pre-concert talk 2pm, with instrument 'show & tell' immediately after the concert for our younger audience
Tickets $35/$25 at the door or reservations call 0419 484 323
School age students free with a paying parent/carer.
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.
Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music School
Music Winter School 2014
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts present the Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music Program.
A creative five-day intensive for young adults: tertiary music students, pre-professional and professional musicians – both period and modern instrument specialists. (Please refer to participant section below for information on your suitability, prerequisites and material to bring)
The Ironwood program focuses on Classical chamber music repertoire (1750 – 1830), including works for strings, winds and fortepiano.
The rigorous yet enjoyable week involves structured daily coaching, private and open rehearsals and lectures/demonstrations. Final day public performances by tutors and participants round out the week.
VCA & MCM short course participants receive constructive individual feedback, aiding student development and improving performance. Our quality courses are performance and improvement-oriented and set within a friendly, supportive group environment. Tutors are practicing educators and industry professionals.
The Ironwood program is unique in Australia in bridging the gap between student and professional performance, for musicians working in historically informed performance. The program offers exceptional study and performance opportunities, led by Ironwood's specialist musicians.
Monday 7 July – Saturday 12 July, 2014
$350.00 (inc GST)
20% discount for University of Melbourne students & staff
10% discount for University of Melbourne alumni
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
The University of Melbourne
T: + 61 3 9810 3276
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