Australia Ensemble subscription concert | Folksong

Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW
Fiona Campbell tint
Guest mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell


Saturday June 8 at 8pm


Witold Lutosławski | Dance Preludes

Ralph Vaughan Williams | Six Studies in English Folk Song

Luciano Berio | Folksongs

Andrew Ford | Northumbrian Songs

Antonín Dvořák  | Trio in E minor Op.90 'Dumky'

with guest artists Fiona Campbell, mezzo soprano; Alice Giles, harp; Joshua Hill, percussion; Bree van Reyk, percussion; and Lerida Delbridge, violin


Tickets available online



Folksongs can evoke a sense of place and identity, nostalgia and connection to other times and spaces. For centuries composers have tugged at heart strings and celebrated national identity through quotations of song. Our diverse program reveres this compositional feature. We welcome one of Australia’s most sought-after mezzo sopranos, Fiona Campbell, together with world-renowned harpist and regular guest, Alice Giles. Alongside Australia Ensemble members, Fiona and Alice premiere Andrew Ford’s evocative Northumbrian Songs, and charm us with Berio’s rustic Folksongs. Music by Vaughan Williams draws on pastoral themes while Witold Lutosławski’s Dance Preludes offers twists on seductive rhythms from Poland. Capping off the program, Dvorák’s much-loved Dumky Trio highlights his Bohemian heritage in a delightfully lively finale.