JULY 7th- JULY 10th


Works to be studied and performed

• Rossini – Overture to the Barber of Seville
• Grieg – Piano Concerto
• Dvorak – Symphony No 8



Our conductor for the Cairns Winter Music School is Mark Eager, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Welsh Sinfonia. Mark is a highly experienced conductor and has appeared as guest conductor throughout the world having toured extensively to Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, France and Italy. Previously he worked full time with the BBC National Orchestra, Wales as Principal Trombonist and soloist for 14 years. We are privileged that he has committed himself to a long term involvement with the Cairns Winter Music School. Mark’s Website –




Our soloist for the 2014 Cairns Winter Music School is the exciting young Australian pianist Benjamin Austin who is looking forward to performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with us. Ben is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he was awarded a First Class Honours in Advanced Performance. In 2012 he won the People’s Choice Prize at the 2012 Australian National Piano Award and First Prize in the Australian Society of Keyboard Music competition. An accomplished performer Ben has appeared as a soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Edvard Tchivzel, and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra conducted by Luis Haza.


The 2014 Cairns Winter Music School


The 2014 Winter Music School will follow a similar format to previous years. We will have intensive sectional rehearsals and then spend time perfecting this orchestra of players from across the country. It is expected that players will learn their music in advance of the course to enable Mark to work with us on aspects of musical interpretation and performance.
Other aspects of the 2014 CWMS will include the popular Welcome Event – sponsored by our major sponsor Trinity Anglican School – and the public Finale Concert to be held in the Centre of Contemporary Arts.




1st Violin – June Campbell


We are delighted to welcome back our 2012 Concertmaster, June Campbell, to the 2014 Winter Music School. June studied in Melbourne and the Queensland Conservatorium under Jan Sedivka and Kerry Smith. She was Professional Musician with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for 15 years during which time she performed Bela Bartok’s second Violin Concerto with the QSO. She is currently Leader of the North Qld Philharmonic Orchestra, the Palmerston Ensemble, the Cairns String Orchestra and Nth Qld Chamber Orchestra.


2nd violin – Caroline Lloyd Doolan


Caroline has enjoyed a rich tapestry of performance and teaching over her career. Based in Townsville she was a founding member of the Barrier Reef Orchestra, where she has held the positions of Concert Master, Principal Viola and Principal Second as well as being a soloist. She is also part of StringsTropicana and has recently formed the AVIVA Quartet.
For the past 17 years, Caroline has run a successful multi string program with Education Queensland and teaches nearly 200 students annually the art of string playing. She has also written a number of orchestral works and solos for young string players.


Viola – Amy Stevens


Amy commenced her musical studies in regional NSW and is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has presented several solo recitals and worked with a number of orchestras across NSW. In 2008, Amy attended the prestigious International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove, UK as a soloist. After working abroad for a year with her string quartet, Quartet Australis, Amy settled in Cairns for several years where she performed as soloist with several local groups before recently relocating back to NSW. In 2013 she was Concertmaster for the Winter Music School.


Cello – Ivy Wu


Ivy graduated at the Conservatoire National de Rueil-Malmaison in France with Jean-Marie Gamard and graduated with 1st Prize in cello and chamber music. She later specialised in orchestral playing with Daniel Raclot, Principal Cello of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and graduated from the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris CNR in 2007. During her studies in France, Ivy also participated in numerous master classes and performed in various concert venues such as Theatre de Champs-Elysee and Radio France in Paris. Currently, Ivy enjoys being involved in the music scene in North Queensland.


Wind Section Leader – Jane Linstead


Jane studied the flute at the Canberra School of Music with David Cubbin and Vernon Hill, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree. She has been selected to attend & perform at prestigious flute master-classes in the UK, Europe & USA and has studied with renowned flautists Louis Moyse and Peter Lloyd. Jane has a successful professional music career, being much in demand as a soloist & with her ensemble ‘Orchid Quartet’. Jane is a passionate and dedicated wind teacher and conductor, achieving outstanding results, with many of her students going onto becoming music professionals.


Brass Section – Mark Eager


With his wealth of experience as a trombone soloist and orchestral player our conductor, Mark Eager, will provide leadership and training for brass sectional rehearsals.

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