2010 Performances

Eclipse

Saturday 10th July 2010, 7pm

St Peter’s Cathedral,
North Adelaide

Further Information

Bookings

Tickets $30/$20(conc) available through BASS 131 246 (service fees apply), or at the door.

For all enquiries please contact us

Bridget Warnes – soprano

Bridget Warnes

Bridget is a founding member of Syntony and one of the most highly regarded ‘Early Music’ Sopranos in South Australia. She has performed as a soloist with many of Adelaide’s major choirs including the Adelaide University Choral Society, Corinthian Singers, Certaine Notes and St Peter’s Cathedral choir. As a core member and soloist of the Adelaide Chamber Singers from 1996 to 2002 she toured Tasmania, Singapore and Europe (twice). She also sang in many performances for ACS with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Festival and for radio broadcasts by ABC Classic FM.

The purity and brilliance of Bridget’s vocal tone is a defining factor in the make–up of Syntony’s unique sound. In her other life she works as a doctor in some of Adelaide’s busiest hospitals. She is married to Ben (Whittall) and both are enjoying being parents to Thomas born April 2008.

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Emma Horwood – soprano

Emma Horwood

Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Elder Conservatorium at Adelaide University in 2001 and now works as a freelance harpist, singer, teacher and conductor. An avid ensemble singer, she relishes her role in Syntony as second soprano, bringing an expressive vocal tone and highly tuned ear to the group. Emma is also a core member and soloist with the acclaimed Adelaide Chamber Singers, with whom she has toured internationally, and a member of female vocal trio Eve, with whom she has made two successful CDs. A well–known solo singer in Adelaide, she has been soprano soloist with the composers’ collective known as The Firm since 2001, recording her debut solo CD Night Dreams as their artist–in–residence for 2005. Emma presents frequent solo recitals, including performing in the highly specialized art of singing whilst accompanying herself on harp. She was featured as vocal soloist on ABC Classic FM’s Rising Stars programme in 2006 and is the invited soloist of many choirs including the Graduate Singers, Philharmonia Chorus and AUCS. She performs regularly as harpist and vocalist at weddings and functions, teaches harp and tutors for the Australian Girls Choir. When not making music, Emma loves reading, craft–making and watching old movies.

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Matthew Rutty – countertenor

Matthew Rutty

Matthew started singing in England where he sang as a boy treble with the London Boy Singers and later as bass with the English Baroque Choir. Having settled in Adelaide, he became a core member of the Adelaide Chamber Singers and sang with them for 13 years, which included three international tours.

Matthew studied countertenor with Keith Hempton at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. He sang the principal role of ‘Akhnaten’ for State Opera’s production of the Philip Glass opera in 2002 and has performed as countertenor soloist with many of Adelaide’s leading choirs including Graduate Singers, Adelaide Chamber Singers and Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus.

Matthew is a founding member of Syntony, and really enjoys the opportunities of interpreting one–voice–to–a–part singing with other leading ensemble singers in Adelaide. Outside of Syntony, he works as a software developer and enjoys spending free time with his family, going to the theatre and tasting fine ales.

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Ben Whittall – tenor & artistic director

Ben Whittall

Ben is one of Adelaide’s leading choral tenors. His experience started in his late teens, singing in various church choirs, including Certaine Notes, the chamber choir of St Peter’s Cathedral. From 1998–2002 he was a core member and soloist in the acclaimed Adelaide Chamber Singers, with whom he toured Melbourne, Singapore and the U.K. Highlights with ACS included solos in Bach’s St John Passion, Schütz’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and recordings Celebration and Voices of the Spirit. Other solo engagements include work for Flinders University Choral Society, St Peter’s Cathedral Choir and The Graduate Singers.

Ben is also a highly accomplished ensemble director and music administrator. He started and directed a specialist Early Music chamber choir, The Gallerie Consort from 1996–2003. He is the “engine-room” behind Syntony, responsible for repertoire programming, concert planning, personnel management, rehearsal flow and appearance negotiations to name a few. He is perhaps most happy musing on a program, finding symmetries and links between composers, works and concert themes.

Ben’s “day job” is a chiropractor. He recently set up his own practice, Lifewise, in the South Eastern corner of the city. His passion for this grew from studying the workings and intricacies of the body, mind and soul through singing.

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Timothy Marks – bass

Tim Marks

Tim was born in Mount Gambier and was initially a keen violinist. He later chose to study the viola with Keith Crellin, graduating from the Elder Conservatorium with a Graduate Diploma in Music Performance. Whilst still a student he was principal viola with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Youth Chamber Orchestra and South Australian Youth Orchestra. He has also played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. His interest in early music performance led him to become principal player for Ensemble Esterhaza (Melbourne), New Holland Baroque (Adelaide), and he was a member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (Sydney). As a singer, he pursued his vocal studies under Robert Dawe and has been a soloist with many Adelaide Choirs including the Festival Chorus and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus, Graduate Singers, Adelaide Harmony Choir and the University Choral Societies.

Tim is kept extremely busy in his role as a Musical Director and currently works with the Graduate Singers, In Unitate, Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus and the Australian Youth Choir of which he is the National Artistic Director. In this role he has performed in concerts with the Vienna Boys Choir (1994/99/02/03/05), Philadelphia Boys Choir (1995/98) and the English Chamber Singers (2000). He has been involved in several International tours performing throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Mediterranean; including performances in Disneyland, Independence Hall (Philadelphia), St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (London), St Marks (Venice) and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2005 he gave his debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Tim has been involved in performances across all styles of music including concerts with Meatloaf and Alice Cooper. In recent years he has also enjoyed being the bass player in a rock band.

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