Keith Saunders

"As Arcadia Winds took to the stage...I realised I was about to become part of something very special.” – CutCommon

Kiran Phatak, flute
David Reichelt, oboe
Lloyd Van’t Hoff, clarinet
Rachel Shaw, horn
Matthew Kneale, bassoon

Arcadia Winds are trailblazers for Australian wind music. Awarded a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music upon their formation in late 2013, they became Musica Viva Australia’s inaugural FutureMakers musicians from 2015–17. They have brought their brand of energetic, joyful and spontaneous performance to festival stages in almost every state and territory in the country; concert halls across mainland China; and listeners around the world through broadcasts of the BBC Proms Australia chamber music series. And they have revelled in musical partnerships with internationally renowned performers including the Australian String Quartet; piano virtuosi Lambert Orkis, Paavali Jumppanen and Anna Goldsworthy; and woodwind masters Ole Kristian Dahl and Thorsten Johanns.

A desire to celebrate and promote Australian music has led Arcadia Winds to commission and perform works by composers such as Elliott Gyger, Natalie Williams, Andrew Ford, Lachlan Skipworth, Kate Neal, Peter de Jager, Sam Smith and Elizabeth Younan. In 2017, they recorded Lachlan Skipworth’s Echoes and Lines on their debut self-titled EP, released in partnership with ABC Classics and Musica Viva. Equally focused on inspiring a love of, and participation in, wind music in the next generation, Arcadia Winds recently completed a five-year journey with the Musica Viva In Schools (MVIS) program, having toured their show, The Air I Breathe, to tens of thousands of school children across the country.


Classical masterpieces arranged for winds.

The program begins with Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, an iconic curtain-raiser that continues to thrill audiences the world over, its magnificent harmonies transforming into a rollicking, breakneck roller coaster ride. This is followed by Debussy’s charming Children’s Corner. Written for Debussy’s daughter, ‘Chou-Chou’, this endearing set of miniatures will delight adults and children alike. The first half is rounded out with Mozart’s Serenade in E-flat Major, whose opening chords the composer himself described as ‘the most delightful surprise in the world.’ The concert’s second half is dedicated to that beloved masterpiece, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This arrangement for wind quintet captures the delightful colours and textures of Maurice Ravel’s 1922 adaptation, while retaining the intimacy of the original.


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Overture to The Magic Flute, K620 (1791) arr. Linckelmann

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Children’s Corner, L. 113 (1906-1908) arr. Linckelmann

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Serenade No. 11 for winds in E-flat major, K. 375 (1781)


Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) arr. Linckelmann

Artists will bring their own iPad stands. Please provide a microphone for the artists to speak to the audience if required by your venue

A range of workshops and engagement activities are available, including:

  • Masterclasses
  • Ensemble workshops
  • Side-by-side activities


A program to be presented in local libraries is also available. The movements of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite are performed alongside reading the related children's stories.

Dates within September to December 2023

Book an artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring

02 8394 6662