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Utzon Music Series, Sydney Opera House

Biennale of Sydney

Wollongong Conservatorium Chamber Music Series

Australian Concert venues

The Art Gallery of NSW

Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale, Bundanon Trust

Sapphire Coast, NSW

St George's Anglican Church, Battery Point, Hobart

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

The Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre

Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne

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Concert sEASON 2016

Ironwood Celebrates 10 years!!

Ironwood 2016 Sydney concert series 
at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Friday May 27 6:30pm
Schubert's Trout

Schubert String trio D.471
Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (the Trout)

Anna McMichael (violin) , Sascha Bota (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres da Costa (piano), Rob Nairn (double bass)

Monday 5 September 6.30pm
Mozart's Fantasy

Mozart Fantasie K.397 for keyboard
1st movt Beethoven G major String trio Op. 9 no 1
Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K478

Anna McMichael (violin), Nicole Forsyth (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres da Costa (piano)

Tuesday 11 October 6.30pm
Prussian Inspiration: string quartets for King Wilhelm

King Friedrich Wilhelm II, an enthusiastic amateur cellist was the inspiration for these three works by the masters of the Classical string quartet, Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart. All composed in the late 18th century, these quartets offer a dazzlingly display of virtuosity and charming solos, notably for the cello part. In 2016, Ironwood celebrates 10 years committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments. We are thrilled to present this special concert in Melbourne to celebrate musical friendships and 10 years of music making, exploring and sharing the music we love.

Boccherini opus 32
Haydn opus 50 
Mozart Prussian quartet

Rachael Beesley (violin), Peter Clark (violin), Katie Yap (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello)

Special Event
Wednesday 12 October 6.30pm
Prussian Inspiration: string quartets for King Wilhelm

Boccherini opus 32
Haydn opus 50 
Mozart Prussian quartet

45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000
Box Office 03 9662 9966

Sunday 20 November 3pm
Elgar's piano quintet

Elgar's Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84

Robin Wilson (violin), Rachael Beesley (violin), Simon Oswell (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres da Costa (piano),  

Single Ticket prices
Adult $40, Concessions (including pensioners) $25, Students/children $10
Subscriptions: 4 concerts
Adult $140, Concessions $90

Concerts at Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Tickets available through Classikon book here




“Broken Consorts”
Ironwood – Ensemble Offspring

Surprise meetings, unexpected vistas, unusual sounds. Ensemble Offspring & Ironwood bring their unique sounds together in this program of mix n match, old meets new. The seventeenth century consort of viols could be ‘broken’ and played by any instrument at hand. Hear what happens when Ensemble Offspring & Ironwood use this idea in a delicious mix of old and new sounds, with works by Mary Finsterer, Damien Ricketson, William Lawes, Matthew Locke and a world premiere by Felicity Wilcox.

Mary Finsterer Silva (2013)  
William Lawes Consorts in 6 Parts (1660’s)    
Damien Ricketson Trace Elements (2010-12)
Matthew Locke Suite in Fower Parts; Suite from the Tempest (1660s)
Felicity Wilcox Uncovered Ground – World Premiere (2015)

Friday 20 February 7.30pm Hobart, Bahai Centre for Learning
Saturday 21 February 2pm Burnie Arts & Function Centre – Art Gallery
Monday 23 February 6.30pm Melbourne, fortyfivedownstairs,
Saturday 28 February 3pm & 6pm Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Sunday 1 March 3pm Newcastle Museum, presented by Newcastle Youth Orchestra


Mozart: Stolen Beauties
Ironwood with Anneke Scott, natural horn

“Sweet beauty to be stolen” Don Giovanni - Mozart
Ironwood teams up with Anneke Scott, historic horn (UK) to launch their new ABC Classics recording – some rediscovered world premieres of Mozart – stolen by him and by others. Playing detective in the British Library, Anneke discovered some great arrangements of some Mozart gems, by Covent Garden entrepreneur Barham Livius, as well as mysterious & cheeky horn players known by Mozart - Giovanni Punto, and Giovanni Puzzi. Informed by 19th c performance practices, Ironwood brings a new sound to Mozart, the opera, and the historic horns of the early nineteenth centuries in this superb virtuoso concert for horn, strings & fortepiano.

Mozart arr. Barham Livius Kegellstatt Trio arr for horn, viola, cello & fortepiano
Puzzi-Finke Grand Variations on a Mozart Aria for horn, strings & fortepiano
Mozart arr M.Haydn Romance for horn & strings

Friday 1 May 7.30pm Newcastle Christ Church Anglican Cathedral
Saturday 2 May 7.30pm Glenbrook, St Finbars Catholic Church
Sundau 3 May 3pm Sydney, Glebe Town Hall,
Monday 4 May 6.30pm Melbourne, fortyfivedownstairs

“Haydn & Boccherini - Early Gems”
Ironwood String Quartet

Haydn Quartet in D major Op 2 No 5
Richter Quartet in G minor Op 5 No 5b
Boccherini Quartet in C minor Op 41 No 1 G 214
Haydn Quartet in D minor Op 9 No 4

Friday 28 August 7.30pm Glenbrook, St Finbars Catholic Church 
Saturday 29 August 6.30pm Sydney, Glebe Town Hall
Saturday 5 September 8pm Newcastle Christ Church Anglican Cathedral (Annual Flower Festival Gala Concert)
Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September Tyalgum Music Festival 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)

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

Peninsula Music Society Victoria – Winter Solstice Festival
Friday 19 June – 7pm
Ironwood Quartet
Lecture-recital Beethoven/Onslow/Haydn

Tyalgum Music Festival NSW
Ironwood with Damian Barbeler, composer
September Fri 11 – Sun 13

UK Tour June 25 – July 2 Brahms Revealed  
Workshops, lecture-recitals & concerts @ RCM London, RNCM Manchester & Leeds University.

Leeds University “Performing Brahms in the 21st Century” Conference June 29-July 2

Brahms Revealed (Brahms Piano Quintet F Minor)
Sat 27 June 7.30pm
Carole Nash Recital Room, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Weds 1 July 6.00pm
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds University
part of the Performing Brahms in the 21st Century Conference

Mozart: Stolen Beauties
with Anneke Scott, historic horns and special guest Jane Rogers, viola
Tues 21 July 7.30pm
St Georges Church, St George St, Mayfair W1S 1 FX
Hanover Square, London



Sunday 19 October, 3.00pm (Sydney)
Saturday 25 October, 6.00pm (Canberra)
Thursday 23 October, 7.00pm (Newcastle)

In a rare soloistic performance, the singers of The Song Company and chamber ensemble, Ironwood combine to present Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnificent Mass in B Minor featuring one voice per part vocal scoring. It took a Lutheran composer to write the most expansive and profound setting of the Latin Mass ever conceived. Initiated in 1733 in order to obtain the title ‘Electoral Saxon Court Composer’ from the Catholic sovereign Augustus III, the full mass was only completed towards the end of Bach’s life. Widely regarded as one of the supreme achievements of classical music, this monumental work combines Bach’s stylistic and technical brilliance.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B Minor BWV 232


As part of the second year of Haydn For Everyone, Melbourne Festival welcomes some of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles for Quartets at Sunset, a spellbinding series of twilight performances staged in the acoustically sublime surrounds of the Collins Street Baptist Church.

Following its inaugural 2013 season, this year sees the Quartets at Sunset program take on the string quartet in all its forms, from Haydn’s earliest arrangements through to the opuses of Mozart, Shostakovich, Bartók and others, along with contemporary deconstructions and even a selection of new and rarely heard compositions from Australia and abroad.

Wildly diverse and consummately performed, Quartets at Sunset is an intoxicating, not-to-be-missed showcase of the past, present and future of chamber music.

Haydn String quartet Op 33 No 6
F.X. Richter Quartet Op 5 No 5b
Haydn String quartet Op 2 No 5

Boccherini String quartet Op 41 No 1 G 214
Albrechtsberger Fugue for quartet in C major
Haydn String quartet No 11 Op 9 No 4


Assisted by Arts NSW Regional Tour Fund and
Musica Viva Countrywide

Wednesday 4 June
Glebe Town Hall
160 St Johns Rd Glebe

Monday 2 June
Port Stephens Schools Workshops

Sunday 1 June 2.30pm
Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle

46 Newcomen St Newcastle

Saturday 31 May 4pm
Singleton Arts Society

Friday 30 May 8pm
Coffs Harbour Music Society

Thursday 29 May
Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium

Youth Music Workshop

Monday 26 May
Somerville House Schools Workshop

Sunday 25 May 6pm
Sandgate, Brisbane

Saturday 24 May 7.30pm
Noosa Music Society

Friday 23 May
Noosa Schools Workshops


Brahms Piano Quintet Op 73 F minor
Brahms Piano Quartet Op 25 G minor

Sunday 13 April 4pm
Pegasus Early Music Series Rochester NY
Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium
500 University Ave, Rochester, NY

Saturday 12 April 7.30pm
NYS Baroque Series Ithaca NY
First Unitarian Society
Aurora St, Ithaca, NY

Friday 11 April 7.30pm
NYS Baroque Series Syracuse NY
First Unitarian Universalist Church
109 Waring Rd, Syracuse, NY

Wednesday 9 April 5.30pm
Yale University New Haven NY
Collection of Musical Instruments
15 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut

Saturday 5 April 7.30pm
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
“Reactions to the Record” Conference

Monday 31 March 7.30pm
University of Colorado, Boulder CO
Main Campus - Imig Music Grusin Music Hall (C112)
1020 18th Street Boulder, CO

Sunday 23 March 2014 2.30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
46 Newcomen St Newcastle NSW
Pre-concert talk 2pm, with instrument 'show & tell' immediately after the concert for our younger audience.


Fandango ¡Viva España!

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.

Thursday 2 January 2014 5.00pm-6.00pm & 8.00-9.00pm
Venue Moorooduc Estate 501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc

The Virtuoso Horn

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.

Sunday 5 January 2014 2.30pm-3.30pm
Venue St John the Evangelist King St, Flinders



Presented by Melbourne Festival
Boccherini, Dittersdorf, Haydn

Collins Street Baptist Church
174 Collins St, MELBOURNE
Thursday 24 October 6pm

Reviving Melbourne Festival’s tradition of sunset chamber music, this series sees acclaimed local and international quartets performing in the acoustically delightful surrounds of the Collins Street Baptist Church.

In this series some of Australia’s and the world’s preeminent string quartets play the master’s revered works, along with compositions inspired by them. From Shanghai to New York to Melbourne, the series sets some of the most important voices in modern classical music alongside an array of Haydn’s own opuses, creating a vibrant snapshot of contemporary chamber music.

Thu 24 Oct 6pm
Boccherini Quartet in G minor, Op. 24 No. 6
Dittersdorf Quartet No. 5 in E fl at major
Haydn Quartet No. 35 in D minor, Op. 42

Haydn for Everyone is an ambitious, three-year program: unfolding over three successive Melbourne Festivals, it will see all of Haydn’s quartets performed, along with an exploration of the evolution of the string quartet by composers the world over, past and present.

Old Masters, New Sounds
Monday 2 September, 6pm

The Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne

Listen closely and change your mind about some old masters. Prepare to have Ironwood transform the previously known sound of this masterwork of chamber music. The result of years of performance research, and the subject of a new book "Off the Record" by Neal Peres Da Costa, Brahms Piano Quartet beguiles and delights in a totally new approach to the romantic era.

Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Quartet Op 25 G minor

Mozart: Arranged
Monday 27 May 6pm

The Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne

Sunday 26 May 5pm
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Recital Hall East

A gem of Mozart and a gem of an arrangement. Neal Peres Da Costa, fortepiano & Alexandra Bellamy, oboe join with Alice Evans, violin, Nicole Forsyth, viola & Daniel Yeadon, cello to conjure Mozart's symphonic colours in the perfectly formed & dramatic G minor fortepiano quartet plus a contemporaneous arrangement in minature of Mozart's Gran Partita by Christian Schwenke.

Ironwood with Alex Bellamy - oboe
Mozart (1756-1791)
Fortepiano Quartet in G minor
Serenade in B Flat Gran Partita

Everything old is new again
Sunday 12 May 3.00PM
ABC Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne
for ABC Classic FM Sunday Live

Friday 3 May
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney

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

April 4 - 7
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

"A Different Sort of Brahms"
Thursday 4 April 3pm
Recital Hall East
, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie St, Sydney

Neal Peres Da Costa, Robin Wilson and colleagues from Ironwood were hailed at the recent New York conference on Brahms for their fresh and insightful interpretative discussion of the contemporary performance practice of this beloved composer. It’s not a question of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – but recent research throws a fascinating light on some of the ways Brahms might have expected his music to be played.

This lecture-demonstration on Brahms includes a performance of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor on historical instruments.

Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Quartet Op 25 G minor

Influences from the East
Wednesday 13 March 6pm

The Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne

Ironwood joins the Melbourne Recital Centre Local Heroes in 2013 in The Salon and travels east with Haydn, Hindson & Lex Marinos, to explore the spicy influences of folk and gypsy music of the classical period. An evening to tantalize your senses with the stories behind the music brought to life by Australian stage legend Lex Marinos.

Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet Op 20 No 4 Minuet Alla Zingarese
String Quartet Op 76 No 3 ‘Kaiserquartett’ Adagio

Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet Op 59 No 2 E minor ‘Theme Russe’
‘Turkish March’ from The Ruins of Athens Op 113

Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Sonata No 11 A major K331 arr  ‘Rondo Alla Turca’

Matthew Hindson (1968 - )
Balkan Connection arr for String Quartet (2005:2013)

Influences from the East
Saturday 9 March, 5pm

St George's Anglican Church, Cromwell St, Battery Point, Hobart

Ironwood travels east with Haydn, Hindson & Lex Marinos, to explore the spicy influences of folk and gypsy music of the classical period. An evening to tantalize your senses with the stories behind the music brought to life by Australian stage legend Lex Marinos.

Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet Op 20 No 4 Minuet Alla Zingarese
String Quartet Op 76 No 3 ‘Kaiserquartett’ Adagio

Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet Op 59 No 2 E minor ‘Theme Russe’
‘Turkish March’ from The Ruins of Athens Op 113

Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Sonata No 11 A major K331 arr  ‘Rondo Alla Turca’

Matthew Hindson (1968 - )
Balkan Connection arr for String Quartet (2005:2013)



Government House Ballroom, Perth WA

Friday 28th September 7:30pm
Saturday 29th September 2:30pm

Chamber music – the music of friends. Enjoy an evening of intimate, sophisticated music with the musicians of the Australian Youth Orchestra. Under the guidance of Australia’s own Dale Barltrop, Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, our string quartets and piano trios will immerse themselves in chamber music favourites, bringing to life a selection of stunning works for the audience.

Beethoven String Quartets Op.18 and Piano Trios Op.1
Haydn String Quartets Op.20
Britten String Quartet No.1 in D major Op.25
Ligeti String Quartet No.1 "Metamorphoses Nocturnes"
Schumann String Quartet No.1 in A minor Op.41, No.1
Mozart String Quartet in D minor K421
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op.49
Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor Op.65
Brahms Piano Trio No.2 in C major Op. 87

Ironwood Developing Artists Winter Concert
Riversdale, NSW 2.30pm Sunday July 29

As part of their residency at Bundanon, Ironwood and Developing Artists will perform a Sunday Winter Concert including works by JS Bach, Handel, Geminiani & Vivaldi. A celebration of the next generation of HIP musicians, in concert with their mentors, Alice Evans & Daniel Yeadon, course directors, Neal Peres Da Costa, & Nicole Forsyth.

Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale, Bundanon Trust, Riversdale Rd, Cambewarra West.
Sunday July 29, 2.30pm

Wollongong  Regional Conservatorium and The Art Gallery of NSW presents Ironwood in FANDANGO!

Jamberoo, NSW 7pm Saturday June 16
Sydney, AGNSW 7pm Friday June 22

Hola! Ironwood and Simon Martyn-Ellis on baroque guitar/lute present the fiery fandango rhythms of classical Spain with Boccherini’s famous “Fandango” Quintet for guitar & strings, along with ‘the Spanish Mozart’ Arriaga’s String Quartet No 1. Join us for an evening of classical castanets, tempered by the elegance of Haydn, Hagen and Vivaldi, in arrangements for guitar and lute.

Arriaga String Quartet No 1
Haydn Cassation for lute, violin & cello
Hagen Concerto for baroque lute D Minor
Vivaldi Lute Concerto in D minor
Boccherini “Fandango” Quintet No 4 in G Major

Jamberoo, NSW Wollongong Conservatorium Chamber Music Series 7pm Saturday June 16
Jamberoo School of Arts, 28-30 Allowrie St Jamberoo

Sydney, AGNSW ‘Resonate’ Music Series 7pm Friday June 22
The Art Gallery of NSW

Ironwood presents REVOLUTION

Bellawongarah NSW: Villa Musica 29 April
Melbourne: fortyfivedownstairs 30 April

Join us for an evening of enlightenment discourse and discussion in musical form as Ironwood visit the revolutionary 1770-80’s of Mozart, Haydn and Pleyel. The winds of change and outward expansion refreshed Europe and the new world as Haydn’s student Pleyel drew upon Haydn’s Op 20 Quartets in his Op 1 (1783), which were in turn commented on by the young Mozart, in his own six ‘Haydn’ quartets of 1784.

Pleyel String Quartet Op 1 No 2 in C major
Mozart String Quartet K421 in D minor
Haydn String Quartet Op 20 No 4 in D major

Bellawongarah, NSW:
3pm Sunday 29th April
Villa Music Series, Bellawongarah

7.30pm Monday 30th April
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Sponsored by the American Brahms Society and hosted by the Brook Center for Music Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY, USA

Wednesday March 21 Session 3: 4:00-5:30
Performance Practice I: The Piano

Weekly Meetings with Brahms at Home: Etelka Freund's Interpretations of Brahms's Piano Music, Dr. Neal Peres Da Costa (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney)

Thursday March 22 Session 7: 5:30-6:30
Performance Practice II: Piano and Strings Chamber Music

Brahms Revealed - A Lecture/Demonstration, Dr. Neal Peres Da Costa, piano (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney) and Ironwood

Brahms Revealed - A Lecture/Demonstration

Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall, EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ROCHESTER, USA
Monday, March 19, 2012 8:00 PM

Guest Artist Lecture Demonstration - Ironwood
This event is free and open to the public

Dr Neal Peres Da Costa, author of Off The Record: Performing Practices of the Romantic Pianist (Oxford University Press, April 2012) and PhD scholar Robin Wilson, co-present a lecture/recital of Brahms's beloved 1864 Piano Quintet Op.34 in F minor. Joined by other members of Australia?s acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Ironwood, the presentation will explore evidence of string and keyboard performing practices preserved in written texts and early sound recordings emanating from Brahms, his circle and the German school. The performance will experiment with the addition of portamento, a narrower-style of vibrato (used ornamentally), dislocation, arpeggiation, various types of rhythmic alteration and tempo modification - practices that were indispensable in late-nineteenth-century performances, particularly those of the German School - to reveal Brahms in his true colours.

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival

Sunday 15th January 3.00 pm

Ballarat Mechanics Institute
117 Sturt Street, Ballarat VIC

Mozart Quartet No 428 in Eb
Mozart Fortepiano quartet No 478 in G minor

Ironwood is one of Australia's most vibrant ensembles exploring music using early string and keyboard instruments.


May it please you to be their father and friend

Dedicated to the “father” of the string quartet, Mozart’s six “Haydn Quartets” stand alone for their bold vision and expressive qualities.

Performing on authentic instruments of the period, Ironwood present the third in the series of "Haydn Quartets", the String Quartet in Eb Major K428. This joyous program also includes the dramatic Quartet in G minor K478, featuring Neal Peres da Costa on fortepiano.

Sunday 8 January 2.30-3.30pm
St Johns, King St, Flinders VIC


At home with Brahms and his milieu

In 2012 we’re delighted to welcome Festival favourites Ironwood Chamber Ensemble back to the Peninsula to perform in the wonderful acoustic of our newest venue, Moorooduc Estate.

Together with Neal Peres da Costa (piano) and Robin Wilson (violin), they apply recent research into 19th century performance practice to Brahms’ beloved F minor Piano Quintet, revealing its original colours like a painted masterpiece. This enchanting program also includes a rarely-heard string quartet by Josef Rheinberger – a prolific contemporary of Brahms whose works are now being being rediscovered.


Saturday 7 January 7.00-8.45pm
Moorooduc Estate
501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc VIC




Saturday October 15, 7:30pm
Carriageworks, Redfern

Sunday October 16, 2:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle

Ironwood Classical Orchestra (with Developing Artists)
Neal Peres Da Costa - director/soloist

HAYDN Symphony No.31 in D Major “Hornsignal”
MOZART Piano Concerto No.16 K451 in D major
MOZART Symphony No.25 K183 in G minor


Thursday 22 September, 7pm
Saturday 24 September, 5pm
St James, King Street, Sydney

The Choir of St James’ & the Ironwood Chamber Orchestra (with Developing Artists)
Warren Trevelyan-Jones - director

JS Bach has had a far reaching influence on many composers, past and present. This program explores the connections between Bach and contemporary composition and includes Jonathan Dove’s Köthener Messe (2002), written especially for recorders, harpsichord and baroque string instruments and Bach’s exuberant setting of the Magnificat.

BACH Singet dem Herrn
DOVE Köthener Messe
BACH Magnificat
and music by BRAHMS and STANFORD


Friday 16 September, 7:30pm
Richmond VIC

Sunday 18 September, 6pm
Main Ridge Estate, Flinders VIC

Join Ironwood in string quartet guise for an evening of visionary horizons. The program features Haydn’s Opus 20 - developing the equality of the voices in the classical string quartet in a new way for the 1770’s; Beethoven’s groundbreaking Op 18, as well as Melbourne composer Katy Abbott's “Vertical Horizon" for string quartet. The concert will be performed in the intimate surrounds of a private Richmond gallery and on the Mornington Peninsula’s Main Ridge Estate.  Please join us for some wine, music and to discover new horizons of string quartet writing in the 18th, 19th & 21st centuries.

HAYDN String Quartet Op 20 No 2 C major
KATY ABBOTT Vertical Horizon
BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op 18 No 4 C minor


Monday 6 June, 8.30pm
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall

Join Ironwood for a late evening of chamber music “at home” with Brahms, based on recent research into 19th century keyboard and string performance practices by Dr Neal Peres Da Costa and Robin Wilson. Together with a chat by Robin Wilson, which will explain the working methods and performance practices of Brahms’ time, hear the beloved F minor Piano Quintet, revealed like a painted masterpiece in its late 19th century colours, using a recently conserved 1878 Streicher piano. Witness Ironwood in their 19th century drawing room, and hear some extraordinary new music revealed from old. The concert will go for one hour, and join us for a glass of wine beforehand (and after..)

Brahms Piano Quintet Op 34 F minor (1864)
With an introductory talk by Robin Wilson


Sunday 15 May, 5pm
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

Ironwood is one of Australia’s most vibrant ensembles who continually explore the boundaries of old and new. They hold a special affinity for music from the classical period so their interpretation of Mozart’s String Quartet K428, the third of his set dedicated to Haydn, is most exciting. A quartet by the ‘Spanish Mozart’, Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga is not to be missed. A new piece by Australian composer Kevin March displays perfectly the breadth and accomplishment of this ensemble.

ARRIAGA Quartet No. 3 in E-flat major (1st movement only)
KEVIN MARCH Water Dreamers
MOZART Quartet in E-flat major, K428


Saturday 30 April, 5pm
Thursday 5 May, 7pm
St James, King Street, Sydney

HANDEL Coronation Anthems (selected) and music by WALTON, PARRY and PURCELL

The Choir of St James’ & the Ironwood Chamber Orchestra (with Developing Artists)
Warren Trevelyan-Jones - director

Everyone loves a celebration, particularly British royalty - be it a coronation, wedding or birthday. In the first of two programs which showcase the milestones of composition for royal occasions past and present, The Choir of St James’ and Ironwood don their finery to mark the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.



Sunday 17 April, 2pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

BACH St Matthew Passion

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Bach's monumental setting of the Passion story for Holy Week in the glorious acoustic and visual setting of the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall led by world-renowned expert in sacred choral music, Jeremy Summerly (Royal Academy of Music, London). The combined forces of The Consort of Melbourne, The Choir of Trinity College Melbourne, Ensemble Gombert and the critically acclaimed Ironwood Chamber Orchestra, on period instruments, will bring this magnificent and rarely performed work to life. Together with an outstanding cast of soloists this is a rare presentation of one of the great masterpieces of Western music.

Concert sEASON 2010


3.00pm, Sunday 7 November
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Ironwood, with guest Darryl Poulsen, natural horn, presents three of the masterworks of the late Enlightenment: Beethoven’s Sonata for fortepiano & horn, reputedly dashed off by the composer a day before its premiere by horn virtuoso Giovanni Punto in 1800, along with Mozart’s Dissonance String Quartet and G minor Piano Quartet of 1785. On the brink of a new century, hear the restlessness and repose of two of the greatest creative minds of the European Enlightenment.

MOZART String Quartet in C major K465 "Dissonance"
BEETHOVEN Sonata in F major for fortepiano and horn, Op.17
MOZART Piano Quartet in G minor, K478


7.00pm, Thursday 4 November
Collins Street Baptist Church, 174 Collins Street, Melbourne

String players Alice Evans, Julia Fredersdorff, Nicole Forsyth & Daniel Yeadon take a journey through the sunlight and storms of the beloved Haydn influenced ‘Dissonance’ and ‘Hunt’ Quartets, as well as one of the early Milanese quartets, written in downtime from his opera – Lucio Silla. Ironwood invites you to take a break – home or away – with us, and experience the highways and byways of Mozart’s own touring days around 18th century Europe.

MOZART String Quartet G major K156 (1772)
MOZART String Quartet Bb major K458 ‘The Hunt’
MOZART String Quartet C major K465 'Dissonance'


2.30pm, Sunday 31 October
Narooma Golf Club
, Sapphire Coast, NSW

3.00pm, Saturday 30 October
Wolumla Community Hall, Sapphire Coast, NSW

Neal Peres Da Costa joins Ironwood with fortepiano for the dramatic Quartet in G minor, while string players Alice Evans, Julia Fredersdorff, Nicole Forsyth & Daniel Yeadon take a journey through the sunlight and storms of the beloved ‘Dissonance’ Quartet. Ironwood invites you to take a break – home or away – with us, and experience the highways and byways of Mozart’s own touring days around 18th century Europe.

MOZART String Quartet G major K156 (1772)
MOZART Piano Quartet in G minor K478 (1785)
MOZART String Quartet A major K169 (1773)
MOZART String Quartet C major K465 'Dissonance'


6:45pm, Sunday 17 October 2010
Government House, Sydney

The ballroom of Government House is arguably Sydney’s most elegant concert setting. Ironwood presents a vice-regal evening of music for parlour and park: two quartets by Haydn and Onslow based on national anthems, and Mozart’s rollicking quartet ‘The hunt’. Playing on period instruments, Ironwood invites you to share their corner of the music room, as the musicians talk about the music, context and instruments of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and share some of the gems and curiosities of the
classical period.

HAYDN Quartet, op 76 no 3 ‘Kaiserquartett’
ONSLOW Quartet, op 9 no 1 ‘God save the King’
MOZART Quartet in B flat major, K458 ‘The hunt’


3:00pm, Sunday 18 July 2010
3:00pm, Saturday 24 July 2010
3:00pm, Sunday 25 July 2010
Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Ironwood, in association with the 17th Biennale of Sydney, present 3 performances this July:

Ironwood with Developing Artists presents "A Cabinet of Curiosities"
Sunday 18 July at 3pm, Biennale Performance Space (building 74)
Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Ironwood with Jane Sheldon, soprano “Water Dreamers”
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July 2010 at 3pm, Biennale Performance Space (building 74)
Cockatoo Island, Sydney

One of Australia’s most vibrant ensembles, along with developing artists from their education program, will perform 3 concerts in July. The concerts will be a musical-visual exploration around the coves, cliffs and songlines of harbours native and foreign. New Australian and old colonial compositions will be played on instruments of the 18th century, integrated with Cockatoo Island’s own layers of time, and the Biennale’s multi-media works by Australian and international artists.

On Sunday 18 July, Ironwood and the Developing Artists from their highly successful Education Program will form a small orchestra, performing works Geminiani, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, CPE Bach and other bizarre curiosities of the baroque.

Australian singer Jane Sheldon will join the string quartet on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July, to perform the world premiere of ‘Water Dreamers’ by Australian/US composer Kevin March and ‘Sea Chronicles’ by Paul Stanhope.


3:00pm, Sunday 6 June 2010
St. Patricks Cathedral, Parramatta

Sydney Youth Orchestra
Max McBride - conductor
Rachael Beesley & Ironwood - guest directors

BACH, Partita No.3/Sinfonia from Cantata No 29
BOZZA, Jour d’été à la Montagne
STRAVINSKY, Concerto in Eb Dumbarton Oaks
BACH, Suite No.4 BWV 1069

Get to know the SYO’s talented young musicians a little better with their kaleidoscope of performances celebrating the true genius of Gabrielli, Bach and Bozza - with a little Stravinsky on the side. Presented in one of Sydney’s most beautiful churches, the SYO will harness the architecture and acoustics to bring this music into being – just a glimpse into the musical beauty of our musical heritage.

“I played Bach very regularly during the composition of the concerto and I was greatly attracted to the Brandenburg Concertos. Whether or not the first theme of my first movement is a conscious borrowing from the third of the Brandenburg set, however, I do not know. What I can say is that Bach would most certainly have been delighted to loan it to me; to borrow in this way was exactly the sort of thing he liked to do.”

Presents Via Crucis

7:30pm, Saturday 3 April 2010 (Easter Saturday)
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

As a tribute to Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Pärt, who turns 75 this year, there will be a special Easter Saturday performance of the Berlin Mass, one of his best loved works. Leading Australian choral ensemble, Sydney Chamber Choir, joins forces with renowned historically informed ensemble, Ironwood, to present a different Easter celebration. Arvo Pärt's music creates the perfect contemplative space for the Easter season. His Berlin Mass is at once solemn and uplifting, sparse and rich, exploring the heights and depths of human experience. This is the focal point of a concert of sacred music combining the exquisite sounds of voices and strings. The program also features the Australian premiere of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s Tenebrae Responsories, inspired by the strikingly dramatic harmonies of the Renaissance master Carlo Gesualdo, whose own celebrated work for Easter Saturday will also be presented. As well, Ironwood will present a movement from Haydn's Seven Last Words.

ARVO PÄRT Berlin Mass
CARLO GESUALDO Selections from the Tenebrae Responsories for Easter Saturday
JAMES MACMILLAN Tenebrae Responsories – selections (Australian premiere)
JOSEPH HAYDN Consummatum Est from The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
ANTONIO LOTTI Crucifixus a 8


Sydney: 8:00pm, Monday 15 March 2010
Melbourne: 7:30pm, Thursday 25 March 2010

Love and Loss; Storm and Stress; Classical Symmetry and the emergence of Romantic Spirit.
This is the story of Haydn’s little heard Opus 20 quartets and his later regal Opus 77 quartets, with the beautiful textures and warm sounds of gut stringed instruments. Visit an age of eighteenth century elegance and intrigue with twenty-first century time-travellers Ironwood, as we take you on a dramatic musical journey with Haydn The Bold, Haydn The Beautiful.
Australia's renowned historically informed ensemble will perform early and late Haydn string quartets, a beautiful miniature by Boccherini, and a world premiere by Australian composer Damian Barbeler, Silk Panels for gut stringed instruments of the classical age.

BOCCHERINI String Quartet
HAYDN String Quartet Op 20 No 3 in G minor
DAMIAN BARBELER ‘Silk Panels’(world premiere)
HAYDN String Quartet Op 77 No 1 in G major

Sydney: 8pm Monday 15th March 2010
The Barnet Long Room, Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney

Melbourne: 7.30pm Thursday 25th March 2010
Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne