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ACT Youth Orchestra

Best of British – from Walton to Winehouse, Finzi to Fab Four

Tuesday 21 June 2022
ACT Youth Orchestra

Paying homage to musicians adorning our walls in Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London, the ACT Youth Orchestra will delight us with orchestral arrangements of Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Space Oddity by David Bowie, and some classics from the Beatles. Also on the program is Henry V Suite by William Walton, In a Nutshell (mvts 2 and 4) by Percy Grainger, and a selection of Gerald Finzi songs sung by Sonia Anfiloff and Rohan Thatcher.

And if that wasn’t enough, your ticket also gives you an afterhours viewing of Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London from 6:00pm prior to the concert starting at 7:00pm.

Rowan Harvey Martin
Artistic Director of ACT Youth Orchestra, violinist and conductor

Coming from a famous and formidable Australian musical family, Rowan has won many awards as a violinist, percussionist and jazz drummer before turning her attention to conducting. She studied choral conducting with Micheal McCarthy at the Canberra School of Music and orchestral conducting with Donald Hunsberger at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Rowan has a passion for working with and educating young people and community organisations. She has been Chief Conductor of Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra Youth Singers, and Artistic Director of Canberra Youth Music, where she conducted a broad range of repertoire.

Rowan was the former Associate Concertmaster and Principal First Violin with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra; and has had extensive orchestral experience with the Eastman Virtuosi in New York, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and as Associate Concertmaster with the Australian production of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon.

Rowan Harvey Martin and Sonia Anfiloff
1 Rowan Harvey Martin and Sonia Anfiloff

Sonia Anfiloff
Head of Choirs at Canberra Girl's Grammar School, and Lecturer in Voice at the Australian National University School of Music.

In 2010, Sonia Anfiloff was the recipient of the last Kornfeld Scholarship and completed a Masters of Music at the Australian National University School of Music, majoring in voice performance. While studying, Sonia performed many roles, including Sly in the world premiere of Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl, written by Josh McHugh, and Minna in Rautavaara’s Gift of the Magi for the Canberra International Music Festival. 2009 marked the beginning of Sonia’s touring career, when she revisited her role as a Dame in Co-Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. In 2012 Sonia performed Strauss’s Four Last Songs in Vienna, in 2013-14, performed Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo in Vienna, and then from 2017-19 sang in Verdi’s Requiem and Mass in Blue by Todd. She toured two concert programs throughout the ACT, regional NSW and Melbourne, and was Artist in Residence at The Street Theatre.

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