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Of which French composer was it said, “he had a fertile pen…”

Question: Of which French Baroque composer was it said: “Happy be ‘Composer X’ whose fertile pen can give birth without pain to a whole new book or piece of music every month!” Read on for the answer. We’ve had a great few rehearsals working way through this interesting and rich

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Who was André Campra? The Marais Project present “The French Flute”

Who was André Campra?  Campra was the son of an Italian surgeon and violinist and a French mother. He went on to be music master at Arles and Toulouse cathedrals from where he moved to the famed Notre Dame cathedral, Paris.  In a radical move for the time, he added

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Music making and fact-finding in the Far North

Musical ambassador meets a real ambassador! I am just back from three weeks of concerts, workshops and musical “fact finding” in Sweden and Norway.  Although my grandfather was Swedish and I have visited many times over the years, this was the first time I have performed professionally there. Besides appearing

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Master and Pupil: an interview with James Fraser – actor, writer and director

The interaction between master and student is a complex and fascinating one.  The famous French novel and film “Tous les matins de monde” (All the mornings of the world) is an acutely sensitive, fictional exploration of the relationship between two great artists: the famed viola da gambist and composer, Marin

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Program – Marais and the Operatic Muse , August 16, 2015

However far The Marais Project wanders into the realms of Swedish folk music, jazz or even newly composed works, we always come home to our passion and reason for being: the music of Marais and the French Baroque. This was the great era of the viola da gamba as a

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Marais and the Operatic Muse – Getting to know Mikaela Oberg

We are so pleased to welcome baroque flautist Mikaela Oberg to this performance. Recently returned from post graduate study in The Netherlands, Mikaela is already making a name for herself as a member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and as a guest in other ensembles. She kindly took a moment

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Marais and the Operatic Muse – Getting to know Soprano Belinda Montgomery

Soprano Belinda Montgomery has performed with The Marais Project since its inception and has appeared on 4 of our 5 CDs. Whether as a soloist or ensemble member Lindy is widely respected in the music world for her musicianship, versatility and professionalism. She is also a pleasure to work with!

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Marais and the Operatic Muse – getting to know our performers

Guest baritone Alexander Knight is fast developing a reputation as a leading light in the younger generation of Sydney singers. Soon after the Marais Project concert on August 16 he heads overseas for further study. Alex kindly took some time recently to answer a few questions on his background, likes

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“Smörgåsbord! CD launch” – an interview with Jenny Eriksson and Tommie Andersson

On Saturday 30 May 2015, The Independent, North Sydney, will be filled with the rare sounds of Swedish baroque and folk music when The Marais Project launches their new CD. The event has long been a dream of musical partners and Marais Project members, gambist Jenny Eriksson and lutenist Tommie

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Smorgasbord! The Marais Project (Review from Early Music News)

Smorgasbord by both title and substance. Although the fare has a predominantly Swedish focus -inspired by the descent of Jenny Eriksson and Tommie Andersson – there is content that brings to mind old English dance tunes, and stirs the ghosts of Handel and Vivaldi. Naturally, a substantial work of Frenchman,

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