Bethany Hill and Kate Macfarlane

Let us make the most bRILLIANT music...

By Various People InC

Presented by Carrick Hill
on Sunday 14 January at 5.30pm
as part of A French Weekend at Carrick Hill

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Bethany Hill

Soprano Bethany Hill has performed with State Opera of South Australia, Co-Opera (touring nationally), Gertrude Opera (VIC), and the award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers.

She is a regular artist for the Adelaide Festival and Fringe, and performed in Barrie Kosky's Helpmann Award-winning production of Handel's Saul. For the 2018 Adelaide Festival Bethany will make her principal debut in Patch Theatre's Can You Hear Colour?

Bethany is a passionate exponent of early music and has studied with Early Music Vancouver, at the University of British Columbia, and has attended Dartington International Summer School . She was a participant for the WAAPA International Artsong Academy, under the mentorship of Dr Graham Johnson OBE and Dame Felicity Lott.

In January 2017 Bethany performed in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, directed by Sophie Daneman for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival and returns in 2018 as a featured artist. She made her debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas for Mopoke Theatre Productions in collaboration with Ensemble Galante. A highlight for 2017 was performing Bach cantatas under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki in Nelson, NZ.

Kate Macfarlane

Kate is an Australian Coloratura Soprano specialising in Baroque and Contemporary Classical Repertoire. 

In Germany Kate has sung several world premiere opera productions, including Ole Hübner's Sweetieorpheus_27 and Anno Schreier's Prinzessin im Eis. She performed Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre for Cologne's Acht Brücken Festival.

In Australia Kate has worked with Various People Inc, Independent Theatre, Consort of Melbourne, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Victorian Opera and State Opera of South Australia.

Opera roles include Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Drusilla (Coronation of Poppea), Frasquita (Carmen), Papagena (Magic Flute), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Cupid (Venus and Adonis) Lena (La Princesse Jaune), Bertha (Barber of Seville), Lucy (The Telephone), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel).

She performed in The Shouting Fence, and Vesalius: a requiem (both written by Adelaide based composer Richard Chew), and concert performances as soloist in Messiah (Handel), Miserere Mei, Deus (Allegri), and Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and Hymn to St Cecilia.

anne whelan- harpsichordist

Anne Whelan studied at the Elder Conservatorium, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) and with Ton Koopman in Amsterdam. She was one of three founding members of Adelaide Baroque, the founding harpsichordist for Musica de Camera and, with Miriam Morris, a member of the Duo Versailles. Anne has given harpsichord recitals in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and throughout regional NSW and Victoria, including a tour for Musica Viva with Capella Corelli. She has taught at the University of Adelaide and the University of England, and since her return in 2016 to live in South Australia, has appeared regularly on Adelaide concert platforms.

Various People inc

Under the leadership of Cheryl Pickering the team at Various People Inc are passionate about creating music theatre and music performances that provide a beautiful and unexpected space in which to think a little differently about who we are and how we approach some of the big issues of our times. Cheryl is Artistic Director of Various People Inc and Chair of Chamber Music Adelaide. She is a director, singer and singing teacher, and was selected as one of the 2014 cohort of Australia Council Emerging Leaders.

Carrick Hill

Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact twentieth-century heritage house museum and garden. Aspects of its privately-collected French, British and Australian fine and decorative arts collection are of an international standard, including masterpieces of British modernism and fine examples of seventeenth-century furniture and house fittings. The garden, grounds, house and collections are all integral to the definition of Carrick Hill. It is a significant South Australian cultural tourism attraction and comprises a major heritage building, being the previous home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward; internationally significant art collections; original subsidiary buildings such as stables; and approximately 40 hectares of land which includes approximately 26 hectares of native bushland.