Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio

Acclaimed worldwide for her unparalleled command of a famously tricky instrument, Sydney oboist Diana Doherty makes a rare national tour in 2021. Diana’s delicious, eyes-alight style of performance finds a joyous match with her friends, the Streeton Trio, performing with Diana and alone in masterpieces of the repertory.

Chamber music for oboe quartet is relatively rare, so this is a unique opportunity to experience this appealing combination in two works. The first is by Martinů, a genial, airy piece, deceptively well-crafted, hinting at his habit of composing while out for a walk. The second is a world premiere by Western Australia’s Lachlan Skipworth, described by The Australian as possessing a ‘rare gift as a melodist’. His new Oboe Quartet is a musical portrait of the couple in whose memory it was commissioned. It reflects their shared love of Bach, their hobbies, and characters, in its vibrant colours, interlaced lines and lively textures. Anne and Alan Blanckensee are part of Musica Viva’s history and it is a joy to bring this work to the stage.

DIANA DOHERTY OBOE
EMMA JARDINE VIOLIN
UMBERTO CLERICI CELLO
BENJAMIN KOPP PIANO

Listen to Diana, Emma, Umberto and Benjamin talk about their history playing together over the years, the world premiere of the Oboe Quartet by Lachlan Skipworth and working with him on the piece and what they're most looking forward to in the program.

Artists

DIANA DOHERTY OBOE
EMMA JARDINE VIOLIN
UMBERTO CLERICI CELLO
BENJAMIN KOPP PIANO

About the composer

Lachlan Skipworth

Lachlan Skipworth writes music as though he’s practising a martial art: a rare combination of elegance and strength. Lachlan’s Oboe Quartet will be premiered by Diana Doherty and the Streeton Trio for their national tour beginning in March 2021.

Hailed by Limelight as expressing ‘both exquisite delicacy and tremendous power’, Perth composer Lachlan Skipworth writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and experimental music. His vivid musical language is coloured by three years spent in Japan where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse. Winning the 2014 Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition established Skipworth’s reputation and led to a string of major commissions.

PROGRAM 1

Brisbane, Melbourne Weekend, Newcastle, Sydney Weekend

MARTINŮ Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315 (1947)
SMETANA Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 (1855)
SKIPWORTH Oboe Quartet (2020)*

PROGRAM 2

Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne Weekday, Sydney Weekday, Live Streamed Concert

MARTINŮ Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315 (1947)
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op. 49 (1839)
SKIPWORTH Oboe Quartet (2020)*

*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia in memory of Anne and Alan Blanckensee, by their son Andrew, family and friends. World premiere performances. 

Diana Doherty appears courtesy of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Lachlan Skipworth

Lachlan Skipworth writes music as though he’s practising a martial art: a rare combination of elegance and strength. Lachlan’s Oboe Quartet will be premiered by Diana Doherty and the Streeton Trio for their national tour beginning in March 2021.

Hailed by Limelight as expressing ‘both exquisite delicacy and tremendous power’, Perth composer Lachlan Skipworth writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and experimental music. His vivid musical language is coloured by three years spent in Japan where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse. Winning the 2014 Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition established Skipworth’s reputation and led to a string of major commissions.

To our Ensemble Patrons the Australian Music Foundation for their support of this tour.

And thanks to our Concert Champions:

  • Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman in memory of Barbara Gibbs (nee Spencer) (Adelaide)
  • Andrew and Kate Lister (Brisbane)
  • Helen Kerr and John Ratcliffe (Brisbane)
  • Malcolm and Lachlan Snow, and Jo Ferguson (Canberra)
  • Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann (Melbourne)
  • Megan and Bill  Williamson (Newcastle)
  • Deborah Lehmann AO and Michael Alpers AO (Perth)
  • The Darin Cooper Foundation (Sydney)
"Diana Doherty played like an incarnation of an exotic woodland bird, a mercurial animal of alert and sometimes savage energy, and force of creation all in one…a tour de force."
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Performance Details

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With special thanks

And thanks to our Concert Champions:

  • Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman in memory of Barbara Gibbs (nee Spencer) (Adelaide)
  • Andrew and Kate Lister (Brisbane)
  • Helen Kerr and John Ratcliffe (Brisbane)
  • Malcolm and Lachlan Snow, and Jo Ferguson (Canberra)
  • Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann (Melbourne)
  • Megan and Bill  Williamson (Newcastle)
  • Deborah Lehmann AO and Michael Alpers AO (Perth)
  • The Darin Cooper Foundation (Sydney)