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Louisa Hunter-Bradley – soprano and recorder

                        Louisa Hunter- Bradley is one of Australia’s leading vocalists specialising in
                        music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. She has performed
                        extensively in Australia and Europe with groups such as the Melbourne
                        Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, OzOpera, e21, Lyric Opera of
                        Melbourne, Triptych, Choir of London, St Giles-in-the-Fields, Australian
                        Classical Players, Cantillation and most predominantly as the Artistic Director
                        of Past Echoes and Buxtehude Consort.

                     Festival performances include the Ballarat Organs of the Goldfields,
                     Melbourne Proms, Melbourne Autumn Music Festival and the Melbourne and
Sydney International Festivals. Louisa’s CD collaborations include Ephemera, Words of the Angel,
Begli Occhi, and Schubert’s Winterreise.

Stephen Grant – bass

                      Stephen Grant was born in Montreal, Canada. He studied organ and voice in
                      Canada before moving to Germany in 1987 to begin singing professionally. There
                      he established working relationships with some of Europe’s best-known early
                      music ensembles - Sequentia, the Ferrara Ensemble, Ensemble Organum de Paris,
                      The Huelgas Ensemble and others, concertising widely and making over twenty
                      CD recordings.

                   Stephen's interest in varied repertoires has led him to perform a broad range of
                   music, from the medieval repertoire and baroque opera (Monteverdi’s Orfeo,
Telemann’s Pimpinone) to premieres of a number of contemporary works by Saariaho (Paris),
Fritsch (Bonn), Staub (Göteborg and Saarbrücken), the Australian premiere of Jüdische Chronik, the
Geminiani production of Viktor Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantisas well as mainstream 19th and 20th
century repertoire.

Stephen now lives in Melbourne, Australia, is Lecturer in Voice at the Victorian College of the Arts
and teaches at Melbourne University and the Australian Catholic University. He has given master
classes at Australia’s National Academy of Music and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland
and directs a number of vocal ensembles, including e21, and the university-based Early Voices.

An interest in posture and movement and the influence it has on performing enhancement led him
to study the Feldenkrais Method of movement education in the USA. Since then Stephen Grant has
combined his knowledge of the method with his years of performing and singing teaching to
develop workshops for singers and musicians which he has given in the USA, Norway, Switzerland,
Germany and Australia.

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George Liakatos – mute

George Liakatos commenced studying a Bachelor of Arts degree in the social sciences at the
University of Melbourne before concentrating on his singing. He is an active member of e21, Past
Echoes, Buxtehude Consort, Palestrina Project and e21. He also works with the acclaimed Sydney
based vocal ensemble Cantillation. George has performed at most regional and Melbourne based
festivals including the Castlemaine State Festival, the Antipodes Festival and the Melbourne
International Festival for the Arts.

As soloist George has performed in many oratorios including the Australian premiere of Vivaldi’s
recently discovered Dixit Dominus, Bach’s St.Mark Passion (Evangelist), the Messiah (Handel) with
the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Australian
Classical Players and Independent Classics and the Vespers of 1610 (Monteverdi) at the 2003
Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in Canberra. His roles have included Il Muto (La Serva
Padrona), Anthony (Sweeney Todd) and Tony (West Side Story).

In 2005 George joined the Sydney based Australian Brandenburg Choir in Handel’s Ode for
St. Cecilia and as soloist in the Noël! Noël! series. Recently he appeared as soloist in the Australian
Brandenburg Orchestra’s Magnificent Mozart series performing in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the
City Recital Hall, Sydney. Other 2006 engagements included the role of Vitaliano in Vivaldi’s Il
Giustino for Melbourne Lyric Opera and performances of Cosi fan Tutti and Bach’s St. John Passion in
the inaugural season for Victorian Opera.

Julie Fredersdorff – baroque violin

                      Julia Fredersdorff, born in Melbourne, is one of a new generation of musicians
                      with a passionate interest in historically informed performance of music
                      spanning the 17th, 18th and early 19th Centuries.

                      Having graduated with Honors from the VCA, Julia moved to Europe in 1998
                      to study and further her experience in early music performance practice at The
                      Royal Conservatorium in The Hague with Enrico Gatti, graduating in 2003.

                       Based in Paris over the last 9 years, Julia has performed and recorded with
many of the finest European ensembles in France, Italy, Belgium and Holland, such as Les Talens
Lyriques, Les Folies Françoises, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Parlement de Musique, Il Complesso Barocco,
and Bach Concentus.

Julia has played in many of Europe’s best international festivals, such as Les Folles Journées de
Nantes, the Festival d’Ambronay and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, as well as participating in
over 20 CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC
Classics and Tall Poppies.

In 2007, Julia was nominated for an ARIA award for best classical album, for a CD of Trio Sonatas
with Melbourne based Arcadia for the Tall Poppies label.
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Fiona Furphy – baroque cello

David Macfarlane – p iano

                      David Macfarlane studied organ at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music,
                      and musicology at the University of Sydney where he was the organ scholar.
                      From early in his studies, David has been particularly interested in historically
                      informed performances of keyboard and choral music from the earliest
                      manuscript sources through to the music of contemporary composers.

                   After graduating, David moved to Austria, where he studied in and graduated
                   from the church music and performance departments of the University for
                   Performing Arts, Vienna. There, his keyboard teachers included Michael
Radulescu (organ and improvisation), Gordon Murray (harpsichord), Erwin Ortner (conducting), and
Augusta Campagna (continuo). Masterclasses gave David the opportunity to work with other
leading European musicians, including Ton Koopman, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Gerhard Schmidt-
Gaden, Susan Landale, Peter Hurford, Rudi Meyer and Marie-Claire Alain.

David was active as a performer and repetiteur whilst based in Europe. He was the Director of Music
at Salvator am Wienerfeld where he officiated on the historically classified 1741 Dacci organ. He
has recorded and performed live for a number of national broadcast companies.

Since returning to Australia, David has continued to follow his passion for organ and harpsichord
performance and choir training. He is the Director of Music at All Saints' Anglican Church, East St.
Kilda where the male choir is believed to be the only parish church choir in Australia that has
maintained this tradition. David is also the organist at Newman College, organist and
harpsichordist for Past Echoes and for the Australian Classical Players. With Louisa Hunter-Bradley,
he helped found the Buxtehude Consort, a choir that offers a limited number of younger, promising
singers the experience of rehearsing and performing with a professional choir.

Last year, David presented solo organ recitals for the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields (English
romantic organ music and its influences), the Past Echoes Autumn Festival (organ music of
Buxtehude), the Organ Society of South Australia, Christ Church, Brunswick (to celebrate their
150th anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the organ) and St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
(music of Vierne, Heiller and Fleury).

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