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Austral Harmony - Jane Downer (oboe) & Warwick Cole (harpsichord)

  • The Ascension Church Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead London, SE18 2SG United Kingdom (map)

Harmonische Freude - Music byJohann Sebastian Bach and his circle including pupils and copyists.

 

J S Bach Chorale Prelude Jesu meine Freude BWV713a for oboe d’amore & hpsd

J L Krebs Praeambulum supra Jesu meine Freude keyboard solo

G A Homilius Sonata à Oboe Solo col Basso

J L Krebs Chorale prelude nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein for oboe d’amore & hpsd

J S Bach Schubler Chorale Prelude BWV 650 arr for oboe d'amore & hspd

J S Bach Courante & Gigue from Cello Suite BWV 1010 for oboe da caccia solo

J S Bach Trio BWV 527 arr for oboe & hspd

C G Tag Chorale Prelude Nun danket alle Gott for oboe & hpsd

AUSTRAL HARMONY
Jane Downer - baroque oboes
Warwick Cole - harpsichord

Jane Downer HISTORICAL OBOES & RECORDERS

After gaining a BA (Modern Languages) and BMus Performance (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, Jane won a Scholarship from the David Reichenberg Trust for baroque oboe tuition in the UK. She plays principal oboe with the Oxford Bach Soloists, Instruments of Time and Truth and Orchestra seventeen88, and has performed with Concerto Kőln, Oslo Barokkorkester, Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, State Opera of South Australia and Pinchgut Opera. Jane has appeared at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, New England Bach Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Adelaide Festival Fringe and Canberra International Music Festival. Jane has worked as external specialist examiner for the Royal College of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire, is a regular Presenter, Recitalist and Adjudicator for the Australasian Double Reed Society, and is the official programme-note writer for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

Jane’s main musical focus is as Artistic Director of Austral Harmony who regularly tour Australia, promoting chamber music of the baroque era using historical instruments, and will host an inaugural Early Music Festival in Canberra in 2016. Their CD “Harmonische Freude” released on the Chandos Records label was described as “beautifully, joyously performed” by Gramophone magazine.

"The greatest joy of this disc is simply the sound of Jane Downer’s effortlessly fluid and gracefully phrased oboe playing" - Jane Shuttleworth - North East : Music Monthly

Warwick Cole - harpsichord According to his mum, Warwick Cole tries to do too many things and needs to concentrate on doing less. He read music at Brasenose College, Oxford, and subsequently wrote a Ph D on ornamentation in Bach’s keyboard and chamber music. He plays the harpsichord, cello and organ, and has performed for the CBSO, BBC NOW, and the Philharmonia. Warwick has written extensively on Bach and contributed articles to Early Music, the Musical Times and the American journal BACH. He promotes concerts and fixes orchestras and has a regular round of teaching. Additionally, he makes, repairs and sells violins, is an amateur bookbinder and brews beer in his spare time as well as building extensions on his house. He has a very patient wife and three children who think he is slightly mad. In the words of the song, he’s ‘just a bloke who can’t say “No”.

Warwick Cole - harpsichord

According to his mum, Warwick Cole tries to do too many things and needs to concentrate on doing less. He read music at Brasenose College, Oxford, and subsequently wrote a Ph D on ornamentation in Bach’s keyboard and chamber music. He plays the harpsichord, cello and organ, and has performed for the CBSO, BBC NOW, and the Philharmonia. Warwick has written extensively on Bach and contributed articles to Early Music, the Musical Times and the American journal BACH. He promotes concerts and fixes orchestras and has a regular round of teaching. Additionally, he makes, repairs and sells violins, is an amateur bookbinder and brews beer in his spare time as well as building extensions on his house. He has a very patient wife and three children who think he is slightly mad. In the words of the song, he’s ‘just a bloke who can’t say “No”.