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A native of Melbourne, Australian conductor and saxophonist Joseph Lallo returned to his hometown in 2016 after six years in France, and is currently teaching at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.

Before returning, Joseph worked at the Strasbourg Conservatoire de Musique as an assistant conductor to the symphonic orchestra and chief conductor of the Strasbourg Saxophone Ensemble. He was also the chief conductor of the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Brunstatt, and the Annecy Music Summer Camp. He has recently worked as an assistant conductor to Theodor Guschlbauer (Berlioz Symphonie Fantastqiue), and Julia Jones (Poulenc Gloria, Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite No.1, Dutilleux Métaboles).

In 2009, Joseph was awarded The Catherine Grace McWilliam Bequest after achieving the highest result in his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Melbourne. As winner of the 2009 Donovan Johnston Travel Scholarship, he spent two years in Bordeaux, France with Marie-Bernadette Charrier, then obtained a Masters of Saxophone Performance with Philippe Geiss in Strasbourg, France.

He also completed a Masters of Conducting at the Strasbourg Haute école des arts du Rhin, with Theodor Guschlbauer (Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Lyon Opera). Joseph has also studied with Claude Schnitzler and Miguel Etchegoncelay, as well as choir conducting with Catherine Bolzinger.

In 2015, Joseph conducted the sold out world premier of Les Orgues des Sax at the Strasbourg Cathedral, composed by the renowned French musician Jean-Francois Zygel. His collaborations with Zygel have also seen him conduct on the national television series La Boîte à Musique, and in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet. An avid conductor of new music, he has given the world premiers of works by Mark Phillips, Franck Tortiller, Tomas Gubitsch and Philippe Geiss, and the French premiers of Roger Boutry, Gerald Preinfalk and Gordon Tudor. In 2016 he conducted the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra, and is now the Artistic Director and Conductor of Melbourne Saxophone. 

Joseph Lallo

Conductor/ Artistic Director

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Lucas de Jong made his solo debut in ’Tosca’for Australian Opera in 1974. He studied at theMelba Conservatorium, the VCA, MelbourneUniversity and the National Opera Studio, London.He made his Glyndebourne debut in 1994 and hisRoyal Opera House debut in 1995. Lucas hasperformed in England, Ireland, Wales, Canada,Greece, Russia and France. He has performed inAustralia for VSO, OA, WA Opera and OperaQueensland. He has also performed in manyconcerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,Melbourne Chorale and Royal MelbournePhilharmonic Society. Lucas has also beenconducting choirs and orchestras for 10 years andteaches voice from his home studio.

Lucas De Jong

Soloist - Baritone

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Sarah Prestwidge is a young, up and coming aboriginal Australian soprano. She was awarded a partial scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Music (Education and Classical Voice) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, during which time she was awarded numerous scholarships for her excellence.  

Operatic highlights include, Osmina/La Prima Conversa in Suor Angelica (Rockdale Opera), Lady Ella in Patience (G&S Sydney), Purran-Murnin in Buckley (Melbourne), Madam Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor (Bel Canto, Munich) and Arsena in Der Zigeunerbaron (Rockdale). 

Sarah has featured in a number of solo recitals, concerts and orchestral works, including Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Cheetham’s ‘Eumeralla’ (Port Fairy Festival and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), performances at the Utzon room of Sydney Opera House with Pacific Opera, and recitals with Canberra Opera. She has also worked closely with Deborah Cheetham in Short Black Opera, and premiered “Yarran Ngarnga Yinga” as a soloist at the opening of MPavillion in 2018.  

Sarah travelled to Italy in 2018 to make her International operatic debut in the roles of Barbarina/Susanna in Le Nozze Di Figaro with the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival. During these two months, she also worked with coaches from the Royal Opera House and the Jhette Parker Young Artist Program, London. 

In 2017 Sarah travelled to New York City to further her studies. During this time, she had the opportunity to work with coaches from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. 

Sarah is looking forward furthering her studies in Germany this with the Bel Canto Audition Training Program, sponsored by Wagner Society NSW.

Sarah Prestwidge

Soloist - Soprano

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The Cranbourne Lions Choir was formed in July 1991 by the Cranbourne Lions Club. In December that year, the Choir gave its first performance at the Cranbourne Senior Citizen's Christmas party. 1992 saw an increase in both membership and performances. These were mostly unison songs and it was not until Jeremy Richards was appointed as Musical Director that four part harmony became the norm. Jeremy was soon followed by another talented young man, Phillip Smith. This proved to be an exciting year with the Choir learning a great variety of choral numbers under Phillip's unique and entertaining style.

 

In 1994 the Choir had its first taste of competition against other Choirs. A placing of third at the Camberwell Eisteddfod was a wonderful result and set our sights on future competitions. The Choir was also now in demand by the local community and received several invitations to perform locally.  One unforgettable highlight in 1995 was an invitation to perform at the McClelland Gallery in Langwarrin before Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. This was the Choir's best performance to date but Phillip’s last with the Choir.

 

Ms Chris Child was our next MD who started in June 1995, at the same time as Simon Loveless, our talented pianist.  We were delighted to record our first Eisteddfod win - in the Community Groups section of the prestigious Royal South Street Eisteddfod, Ballarat.

 

Chris moved on in December 1995.  Mr Christopher Stock , who came from an Army Music background, was chosen to lead us.  The expansion of our repertoire, together with the enthusiasm of our new Musical Director, set the tone for the beginning of 1996.

 

Since then we have gone from strength to strength.  Our repertoire has been greatly extended and we have been delighted to welcome many new members.  Our musical knowledge has been broadened and we now learn new numbers much quicker.  We again placed at Ballarat in ’96, ’97 and ‘98. Our 10 Year Anniversary Concert was a huge success as we celebrated the growth of the Choir over this period.

 

We have received several Cultural and Initiative Grants from the City of Casey and used them to successfully mount 3 “Casey Stars at twilight” free outdoor concerts at Wilson Botanic Park at Berwick.  The first of these was awarded “City of Casey Community Event of the Year”.

 

Chris Stock remained with us until December 2006.   2007 was an interesting year.  25 members joined with the Yarra Valley Singers, Diamond Valley Singers, Yarra Valley Grammar School Choirs and the Maroondah Orchestra to perform Carmina Burana and Polovtsian Dances.  During the year we were assisted by Cathy Northey but mainly by our wonderful accompanist and Assistant Music Director Simon Loveless.  Towards the end of the year, Anne Credlin, Music Director of the Australian Welsh Male Choir spent several months preparing us for our Christmas performances and we were delighted that in December 2008 Anne was employed as our permanent Musical Director. Simon moved on in 2008 and Tom Buchanan took over. In February ‘09 we welcomed another wonderful accompanist Jonathan Baker.

2010 was an amazing year for the Choir. 34 singers, Anne and Simon and 12 supporters toured 3 cities in China to sing with a local choir in each city.  This visit was an amazing combination of music, friendship, wonderful scenery and cultural experiences culminating with a performance on the Great Wall of China.

 

2012 was our 21st birthday where we celebrated 21 years of Fun, Friendship and Great Music with a retrospective concert featuring some of our favourite numbers from past years and a dinner to which past and present members and families and friends of the choir were invited. It was a wonderful tribute to past and present members. From this concert we produced our first commercial CD – Cranbourne Chorale in Concert.

 

In 2013 we performed the Fauré Requiem with a 12 piece Orchestra as part of our Fauré and Fun Concert.

2016 was the choir’s 25th Anniversary and we celebrated by performing the Rutter “Gloria” with Brass, Percussion and organ. We also published a written history of the choir “25 Years of Fun, Friendship and Great Music”.

 

2017 and 2018 featured concerts “Four Seasons in One Day” and Favourites – Something for Everyone”.

2019 saw the start of a new era with the appointment of Lucas De Jong as the new Musical Director following Anne Credlin's retirement at the end of 2018.

Cranbourne Chorale is a member of ANCA, Australian National Choral Association.

With over 60 members and still registered as the Cranbourne Lions Choir Incorporated and receiving support from members of the Lions Club, we perform as Cranbourne Chorale.  We are justifiably proud of our achievements and look forward to continued success.

Cranbourne Chorale

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Marisa Hatibi took her first violin lessons at the age of 5 with the violinist I.Petrela. Her musical studies continued in Italy, at the Bergamo Conservatorium ‘Gaetano Donizetti’, with prof. Mauro Catalano and prof. Marco Giovanetti. In 2006, she gained her BMus degree from the University of Melbourne, studying with violinist Deborah Fox. In 2012, she accomplished her Masters in Arts (violin performance) from the University of Arts Tirana, Albania, with prof. I. Madhi.

Marisa has performed extensively in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Australia and Albania both as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, she has performed Vivaldi’s Seasons with G.Donizetti Orchestra and Ravel’s Tzigane with RTSH Symphony Orchestra.

In Germany, she has followed intensive chamber music courses and performances with the Mandelring Quartet. In the ‘Cserak Zenei Festival’, in Hungary, she has performed in a duo (Piano-Violine) with pianist Suleima Burrafato.

Marisa has won the first prize in ‘The International Competition of Music Interpretation’ held in Arezano, Italy 2000 and was a semi-finalist at the Kendall Violin Competition held in Sydney in 2002.

From 2008 – 2016 she held the position of Associate Concert Master with the Albanian Symphony Orchestra (RTSH) where she has worked with conductors such as J.K.Bertoli, D.Solomon and L. Nikolaev. Also, in the same period, she was a guest lecturer of violin performance and chamber music in the University of Arts, Albania.

Currently, she teaches violin-viola at the MacRoberston Girls High School and at The Kilmore International School.

She is the Concert Master of The Casey Philharmonic Orchestra.

Marisa Hatibi

Concert Master

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English born, Australia-based countertenor, Hamish Gould, has completed his Master of Arts (Music Performance), Bachelor of Music and Honours at Monash University and also has completed a foundation course in Music Theatre at the VCA.

In 2013 and 2016, Hamish performed on 3MBS radio station for their competition 'The Talent', aimed at tertiary and recently graduated classical music students. In 2014 he represented Monash University as a finalist for the Lyceum Club's Margaret Sutherland Competition. In the Boroondara Eisteddfod, he received 1st place (2015) and 2nd place (2016) in the Oratorio/Cantata Section and 2nd place (2015) and 3rd place (2016) in the Robert Salzer Vocal competition, as well as the Hermann Schilberger Award for Most Promising Young Singer (2015). In 2017, Hamish won the Monash Aria and Concerto Competition, it was his fourth time being in the finals for this competition, and he performed with the Monash Academy Orchestra in a Concert in October this year as a result. Last year he was the reserve finalist for Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition, and performed in their finals at Deakin Edge.

In his Bachelor of Music, he has received the Jean Robinson award for the highest overall mark as a first year vocalist, the Anna Chmiel Memorial fund prize for Voice and the Faculty of Arts Dean's Recognition Award. He has also received a scholarship for his Honours degree and a Stipend Scholarship to fund his Masters degree.

He has performed as a soloist for Box Hill Chorale, Victoria Chorale and the Art of Sound Orchestra numerous times. He also has frequently performed as alto soloist for Bach Cantata Services at St John's Church, Southgate, including the alto solo cantata, "Geist und Seele". He played the Sorcerer in XL Arts' production of Dido and Aeneas, which was described as "a particular highlight [and] especially terrifying in the best of ways". He has also given numerous solo recitals for the Lyceum Club, the Melbourne Club and the Melbourne East Arts Festival. In regards to more contemporary classical music, Hamish was the solo countertenor in Matthew Sleeth's multimedia performance art piece: 'Drone Opera' (vocal music by Susan Frykberg). Last year he played the role of Raphael in Jonathan Dove’s opera, Tobias and the Angel in collaboration with XL Arts and the School of Hard Knocks.

This year, Hamish is participating in the Young Songmakers Development Program and also undertaking freelance performance work and vocal teaching.

Hamish Gould

Soloist - Countertenor

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Singularity Choir was established in 2002 and comprises of around 30 singers of
all ages. This choir is equally at home with unaccompanied music or accompanied by orchestras. The choir has enjoyed
performances with the Melbourne Opera Orchestra, the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra and the Nicholas Chamber
Orchestra and is based at the Coonara Community House in Upper Ferntree Gully.

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The Dandenong Ranges Orchestra (DRO) is a community supported orchestra established in 1984. The DRO is a community orchestra comprised of local musicians of all ages and abilities committed to bringing music to the Dandenong Ranges.

Dandenong Ranges

Orchestra 

A message from our CPO Founder...

The CPO is a group

that provides opportunities

for experienced

professionals and

talented amateur musicians.

We have been blessed with

some exceptional key artists

and passionate support staff with a vision to make our orchestra one of the best regional groups of it's kind and with the help of our sponsors and friends I believe this is well underway.

 

Within a very short period of time the orchestra has gone from being a little-known community group to becoming a highly regarded lively mix of personal that are rich in musical and life experiences, all with a passion to create beautiful music.

 

What you are about to witness at our next performance is the culmination of many hard-working individuals both on and off stage. Together we are proud of where we began, of where we are and excited to look towards a promising future for the CPO.

 

I do hope you enjoy the music tonight and will join us at future concerts journeying into the future with the CPO.

 

 

Sincerely

 

 

 

 

Belinda Bolger

President & Founder

Casey Philharmonic Orchestra