Don’t miss – Bourbaki Ensemble in June

Artist: Bourbaki Ensemble with soloist Rachel Tolmie
Venue: St Stephens Anglican Church, Newtown
Date: 4 June 17

The Bourbaki Ensemble’s March concert was a huge success, with ravishing performances of Debussy, Gershwin, Finzi and others. The group’s next program promises more wonderful music, with two of the great string works from the early 20th century. It will take place on Sunday June 4, commencing at 2.45 pm, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 189 Church St, Newtown.

Soloist Rachel Tolmie Photo: Supplied

Soloist Rachel Tolmie Photo: Supplied

Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”.

Belá Bartók, “Divertimento”.

Jean Sibelius, “Romanze”.

Alan Ridout, “Concertino for Cor Anglais and String Orchestra” (Rachel

Tolmie, cor anglais).

Richard Percival, “Sicilienne” (Rachel Tolmie, cor anglais).

Kim d’Espiney, “Con Fuoco”.

The June Bourbaki Ensemble concert will feature two of the major string works of the last century. Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia” reinvents for a later age the world of early English church music, while Bartók’s “Divertimento” draws on the Hungarian composer’s national folk music heritage.

The ensemble’s good friend and long-time musical collaborator Rachel Tolmie performs cor anglais solos from English and Australian composers. There will also be Sibelius’ brief and charming – but on occasion suddenly disturbing – “Romanze”, and a new work for strings, brass and percussion by Sydney composer Kim d’Espiney.



To keep up to date with the Ensemble’s activities, the best thing you can do is to join the mailing list. Just send an email to David Angell ( and you’ll receive a reminder about a month before each concert.


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