Kettering Concert 2018-04-29
Satin Winds with Jennifer Marten-Smith
Jennifer Marten-Smith (piano), Dinah Woods (Oboe), Andrew Seymour (Clarinet), Tahnee van Herk (Bassoon), Greg Stephens (Horn)
Piano and Woodwind Ensemble
Quintet for piano and winds in E flat major, Opus 16 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano , Opus 43 – Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Quintet in E flat major, K. 452 – Quintet for Piano and Winds – Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Sunday 29 April 2018, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets available at the door
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Jennifer grew up in Tasmania and at age 12 was invited to study with
Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. At age 16 she
made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in
Schumann's A minor Piano Concerto, having previously recorded the
Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with the TSO. Two years later she performed
Rubinstein Piano Concerto No 4 with the TSO and, that same year, was the
youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was
awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and
accompaniment. Other concertos in her repertoire include works by
Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared
as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches
In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South
and subsequently joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme.
Between 1997 and 2001 she was repetiteur at the Staatsoper Hannover and was a
full-time member of the music staff with Opera Australia from 2001 to 2012.
She has more than 90 operas in her repertoire. Jennifer, a member of the
Kettering Piano Quartet, is now living in Hobart, and is in demand as a
soloist, accompanist and vocal coach.
Dinah Woods has been a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2001, holding the position of 2nd oboe/Principal Cor Anglais. Previous to this Dinah was in Melbourne where she studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and subsequently performed with many orchestras, including the Australian Pops Orchestra, the State Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra. Since joining the TSO, along with her orchestral work, Dinah has performed concertos with the TSO and Hobart Chamber Orchestra as well as many chamber concerts with Virtuosi Tasmania, Elanee Ensemble and ABC Classic FM Sunday live programs.
Principal Clarinet with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) since 2012,
Andrew Seymour studied with Robert Schubert at the Victorian College of the
Arts (VCA) where he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2001. He is a
former member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and first performed with
the TSO as part of the TSO-AYO Orchestral Development Program in 2005. He was
active as a freelance musician in Melbourne, having performed with the Royal
Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Classical Players and Lyric Opera
of Melbourne, as well as The Phantom of the Opera and Dr Zhivago. Between 2009
and 2011 he toured nationally as a member of the orchestra for OzOpera, Opera
Australia’s touring company. Andrew was singled out by The West Australian
review of OzOpera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata, saying “his every note
was meaningful.” In 2010 he performed Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock with
Sara Macliver and Amir Farid at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2014 Andrew
was featured in recital on ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live program, his
performance praised by Limelight Magazine as being “soaring and colourful” and
by the Hobart Mercury as “an astonishing display of instrumental virtuosity.”
Recently, Andrew has performed as guest principal Clarinet with the Australian
Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, West Australian and
Canberra Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed as guest principal Eflat
Clarinet with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. In 2016 Andrew
made his solo debut with the TSO performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto under
the baton of Chief Conductor Marko Letonja. His performance was described by
The Hobart Mercury as “sensitive and beautifully shaded” and “gloriously
Since 2017 Andrew has been a profile staff member at the University of
Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, where he is Lecturer in Clarinet and
Coordinator of Woodwind.
Tahnee van Herk
Tahnee van Herk assumed the position of Principal Bassoon with the
TSO in January 2014. Her tertiary studies began at the
Victorian College of the Arts followed by post-graduate studies at the
Sweelink Conservatorium (Netherlands).
Her teachers included Joep Terway, Brian Pollard and Jos de
Lange, all members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Prior to her appointment with the TSO, Tahnee held the position of
Associate Principal Bassoon with Orchestra Victoria for twelve years and
has been guest principal with the MSO, ASO, Australian Opera & Ballet
Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Regarded as one of the
finest opera and ballet bassoonists in the country, Tahnee led the bassoon
section for the 2013
Melbourne Ring Cycle. She has a continuing interest in chamber music, and
has performed in a number of ensembles in Melbourne with a focus on wind
music. Tahnee teaches bassoon performance at the Conservatorium of Music
(UTas), and was previously a member of faculty at the
University of Melbourne. When she is not playing the bassoon Tahnee loves to
in particular, creating socks from wool sourced on her travels both locally and
My artwork is ever evolving, resulting in fluid linear strokes with each colour unique and individual to the composition of the work, the combination of each unique stroke building the image. I progress through shades to provide the illusion of blended colour, thus simplifying the environment to basic form. Much of the resulting brushwork represents the world we move through, enhancing the natural environment with bold colour which draws me deeper into the canvas, searching the palate for the perfect hues.
Painting is my conduit to peace and harmony, stepping away from the illusions and delusions of everyday life to be in the moment, to be the brush, to be the paint and to be the painting.