Ray Smith - Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Cittern
Ray Smith is an acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist who has been a working musician for forty years since moving to Australia from Cumbria. He is the creative force behind highly successful Australian groups playing medieval acoustic to progressive rock. Equally at home with a rack of electronic keyboards or a hurdy gurdy, his autobiographical songs tell the story of his life with integrity and honesty.
“What struck me...was the unique flavour of Cumbria... There is a real sense in which he is able to clearly see his home county and native music from across the world... Maybe distance lends clarity, and this collection has a sense of being both a valediction and love song to what is left behind.”
Helen Adam, The Eye Magazine, Wales.
Ali O'Connell - HANDBELLS
Ali O’Connell is one of Australia’s leading handbell musicians, and is the director of Synergy Handbell Ensemble and the handbell program at St Andrew’s School. Ali has attended a number of national and international festivals as a performer, clinician and conductor, including many Australasian Handbell Festivals and International Symposia.In 2013, she was selected to perform in the All-Star Handbell Choir at the National Seminar held in Portland, USA. Ali also is an adjudicator at the annual Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation.
Ali is passionate about excellence in handbell ringing and music education. When not ringing or conducting, Ali works as an arts administrator, currently at Pulteney Grammar School, but formerly with the Australian String Quartet, Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Festival of Arts. She is also a stage manager specialising in classical music concerts, predominantly with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
MAtthew Lykos - guitar, mandolin
An alumnus of The Elder Conservatorium of Music, having read in ethnomusicology and with a degree in Classical Voice Performance, Matthew Lykos combines his formal training with the life-embracing experience of his lifelong participation in the folk music community to weave performances of great richness and extraordinary beauty and energy. A multi-award-winning musician, both solo and in ensemble, a capella, self-accompanied, and in collaboration with other musical creatives, he is recognised for imaginative artistry and genuine connection with his audiences.
Hilary Kleinig - Cello
Hilary works in live and recorded performance as a freelance musician for ensembles, orchestras and contemporary music & jazz artists. She performs regularly on baroque/classical cello with period specialist chamber ensembles such as Ensemble Galante, Adelaide Baroque, Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. At the other end of the musical spectrum she also is a skilled improviser and plays amplified cello with various experimental and improvising ensembles such as Zeitgiest Orchestra. Hilary works as a composer, sound designer, performer and musical director for theatre and dance productions with companies such as State Theatre Company of SA, Brink Productions and Restless Dance Theatre.
Bethany Hill - Soprano
Bethany has performed with State Opera of South Australia, Co-Opera and Gertrude Opera. She is a regular artist for the Adelaide Festival and Fringe, including performing in Barrie Kosky's Helpmann Award-winning production of Handel's Saul. For the 2018 Festival Bethany made her principal debut in Patch Theatre's Can You Hear Colour? Her roles include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Dido (Dido & Aeneas), Sesto (La Clemeza di Tito), Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte, National Tour), Ines (Il Trovatore), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado, National Tour) and Red (Cloudstreet, Workshop Season). Bethany has studied with Early Music Vancouver, at the University of British Columbia. In 2017 she performed in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, directed by Sophie Daneman of Les Arts Florissant, for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, and returned in 2018 as a featured artist. She recently performed Bach cantatas under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki in Nelson, NZ. Bethany is a State Opera of South Australia Emerging Artist.
Jodie o'Regan - composer
Jodie creates text and music for singers, from pedagogical songs to bespoke pieces for soloists to full concert works. Her larger works include the oratorio Letters To A Queen, a chamber opera Polly (who put the kettle on), and a children’s cantata of Potter’s The Tailor Of Gloucester.
Jodie regularly publishes pieces on her blog at songaweekbyjodie.com. In 2016 Jodie was awarded an Australian Kodaly Scholarship to compose a collection of pedagogical choir songs. The resulting books Singing The Dots were published online in March 2018.
In her composing, Jodie draws on a lifetime of singing and working with singers. Jodie has an enduring love of folk music and with her baritone husband has performed at folk festivals throughout Australia. The duo sang in the recent film When We Sing.