Meet the Verbrugghen Ensemble

Our fifth concert on Friday 19 August features the newly formed Verbruggen ensemble. 

Director of the ensemble is leading USA conductor Dr John Lynch, Associate Professor of Music and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium’s Wind Symphony. 

Tony Recsei has had a recent discussion with Dr Lynch. The Verbrugghen Ensemble was founded in the Con’s Centenary year.  It is the new ensemble-in-residence and is made up of some of Australia’s top classical musicians.

Dr Lynch says: “Beside the best of the standard repertoire the Verbrugghen Ensemble is committed to performing exciting cutting edge new works from Australia and abroad. We enjoy interdisciplinary works and connecting with our audiences in new and meaningful ways.”

On the subject of our 19 August concert Dr Lynch says: ”We are excited to be performing for the first time for the Sydney Mozart Society this month. We're playing two masterworks of the chamber repertoire: the Schubert Octet and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet.”

Referring to performances in the Vergrugghen Ensemble's own series for the rest of the year Dr Lynch said “Our first season finale will take place in the beautiful historic Vebrugghen Hall at the Con on Tuesday, 4 October at 6:30 pm. Entitled ‘Of Magic and Madness’, this program will feature the world premiere of a new work composed for us by Matthew Hindson: ‘This Year’s Apocalypse’, as well as the hauntingly beautiful ‘Sextour mystique’ by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The season will conclude with Peter Maxwell Davies’ brilliant and twisted ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’ featuring Simon Lobelson under the direction of Kate Gaul.”

We have also been able to secure the Verbruggen Ensemble for a concert in our 2017 season. The final programme details will be available shortly, but it is expected to include, as well as the Beethoven Septet op 20 which was the inspiration for Schubert’s Octet to be played next week, the originally advertised Mozart work for the upcoming concert, the Clarinet Quartet K380/374f. In the meantime, we will be able to enjoy again, in Dr Lynch’s words, the masterwork of chamber music, the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, with Francesco Celata joining with a new ensemble, and in our new concert venue at the Concourse.

We are looking forward with much anticipation to hearing the Verbruggen Ensemble.

With best regards,

Richard Coleman

Hon President