At 40, Aeolus nonetheless has loads of wind in its sails

The Aeolus Wind Trio… from left, Jodie Petrov (flute), David Whitbread (bassoon) and Lis Hoorweg (clarinet).

INSPIRED by the Historic Greek deity Aeolus, “Keeper of the Winds”, certainly one of Canberra longest-lasting musical teams, remains to be going sturdy in its fortieth 12 months.

The Aeolus Wind Trio, based in 1983, was the brainchild of flautist Jane Linstead, but in addition included bassoonist David Whitbread and clarinettist Brian Martin.

Martin moved to Wollongong after solely two years and was changed by Lis Hoorweg in 1985, whereas Linstead moved to Cairns after about 20 years with the trio, first changed by flute instructor Amelia Tyler-Skinner, then by Jodie Petrov, who has been with the trio now for practically a decade.

As they had been busy getting ready for a celebratory live performance in Gunning Courthouse, I caught up with Whitbread, who informed me the story.

He had met Linstead at Stirling School as youngsters, however though he studied bassoon beneath Ric McIntyre, he went to Melbourne to check graphic design, whereas she went to Canberra Faculty of Music.

Again right here once more for a job in 1983, he bumped into Linstead, now a graduate in flute, at a gathering in Woden about forming a neighborhood orchestra (now the Nationwide Capital Orchestra) and so they determined to type a trio, so marketed for a clarinet participant and located Martin.

A wind trio, Whitbread says, is “a bit like a free model of a string trio, the sound blends naturally”.

Aeolus had been shortly engaged to carry out at Sunday within the Park in 1983 and later at Floriade from which, throughout the ‘90s, they had been broadcast stay by ABC FM. They performed for Professional Musica’s chamber music competition within the Polish, Irish and Greek embassies and had been the primary musical group to carry out at The Road Theatre in “Pentagram”, composed by Jim Cotter. They had been a daily characteristic of the Jane Austen balls at Albert Corridor.

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Requested to supply music becoming in with the Twenties origins of the Hyatt Lodge, Hoorweg and Whitbread devised 16 hours of music overlaying film themes, basic songs, people songs and conventional music, recalling the sheet music in folks’s pianos stools.

Whitbread is a well known persona within the Canberra arts scene. The son of the legendary choirmaster, Don Whitbread, he has been for a few years by day a graphic designer and by night time a pianist who carried out 11 seasons on the Faculty of Arts Cafe in Queanbeyan, additionally performing bassoon when wanted with the NCO and different ensembles.

That is the fiftieth 12 months that Whitbread has performed the bassoon and naturally he’s fast to say the characterful nature of his instrument. He’s seen that Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” is all the time backed with bassoon and Jason Bourne, too. 

The grandfather in “Peter and the Wolf” is the bassoon and it was shortly seized upon by Mozart, who wrote it in to his compositions as a solo instrument

Aeolus is his mainstay and to slot in with the historic environment in Gunning, he’s been placing collectively a live performance of common music that options two brackets of music that he reckons might’ve been performed in Gunning in 1875, applicable as a result of the Gunning Railway Station was final 12 months restored to turn into an arts centre.

“We figured there have been tunes that may’ve been performed on pianos in properties, at balls and by touring performers – people songs and tunes from opera and ballet – and they’re all nonetheless common and a few of them are so well-known that we’re buzzing them,” he says.

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There can be their very own association of “Danny Boy”, a contemporary association of “Camptown Races” by Stephen Forster, some tunes from Rossini operas and a sailor’s hornpipe organized by Paul Arden Taylor within the type of Bach.

However they’ll begin off with a baroque trio sonata by Johann Joachim Quantz, which sounds lovely within the courthouse, the place they’ve carried out earlier than. “It simply hangs within the area, it’ll simply soften you,” he says.


Aeolus Wind Trio, The Courtroom, Gunning, 2pm, February 4. 

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Ian Meikle, editor