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Letters Of Support

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From Cheryl Pickering

Director - Various People
Chair - Chamber Music Adelaide

14th April 2018
To whom it may concern:

I write in support of the application by Bethany Hill and Jodie 0’Regan for a residency at Ukaria in 2018 to develop their project ReBirth.

Bethany Hill has a soprano voice of considerable versatility and range, and a charismatic stage presence. Bethany has taken part in several productions which I have produced and directed, most recently as Eurydice in a version of the Orpheus myth created for the Treasury Tunnels in central Adelaide, and in the French Soirée as part of the 2018 State Opera Emerging Artists program. She brings a keen curiosity and musical intellect to her work, and a desire to be the best she can be.

Bethany’s recent performances of music by Jodie O’Regan have had considerable success, in South Australia and interstate. Inspired by the upper register of Bethany’s voice, as well as by her compelling stage presence, Jodie has created works of imagination and beauty which explore aspects of the feminine experience.

I commend these artists as skilled musicians of integrity and conscience, with a considerable range of musical experience between them and a desire to explore the boundaries between genres and to find a new joint musical language. In an industry dominated by male composers, this project promises to contribute strongly to the feminine perspective within contemporary classical music.

Cheryl Pickering
BA, BSc (Hons), AMusA, CTABRSM


From Ewart Shaw

Education/Arts Producer - University of Adelaide

To Whom It May Concern

I am writing in support of two very fine Adelaide musicians who aspire to being resident at the Ukaria Cultural Centre.

For some years now I've been a great admirer of Bethany Hill. Her Susanna for Co*Opera and her Dido in the Queen's Theatre were memorable for her vocal ability and dramatic power. Her recent performance as the soprano soloist with the Philharmonia Chorus under Aldis Sils of the Haydn Missa in Angustiis was powerful. I can't get it out of my head, and don't want to.

Jodie O'Regan and I have sung together, but I've always been aware of her commitment to composing for the voice. I have a recording of her oratorio 'Letters to a Queen' which I think I can describe as an early work. It is finely crafted and approachable music. More recently I've been impressed by her ability to compose songs and choral pieces that are both engaging and educational. Recent concerts of her work, especially pieces individually tailored to specific individuals have encouraged me to broach the subject of having her compose for me.

They have begun to work together which is a collaboration I heartily support. I've been to Ukaria for concerts, and have performed there in my own work 'The da Ponte Project: Making Mozart'.

It's an excellent environment for performances and would provide a stimulating environment for composition and collaboration. I'm sure it will spur the creation of new work and new opportunities for both these musicians.

If you require any more from me, and I have lots of adjectives I haven't used yet, i'm available on 0449 567 138.

Regards

Ewart Shaw


Peer Response To Initial Performances

“Very powerful.”
Marshall McGuire - Co-Artistic Director of Ludovico’s Band, Director of Programming at Melbourne Recital Centre.

“Beautifully done Beth, Jodie and choir.”
Carl Crossin - Director Adelaide Chamber Singers, Associate Professor Elder Conservatorium of Music

“What an incredibly stunning work, congratulations! Beth sounded incredible, what a range!”
Emma Horwood - Soprano and Harpist

“Bethany's stunning voice soared singing Jodie's beautiful and haunting music. A moving and magical experience.”
Nicholas Cannon - Director Mopoke Theatre Company

"Be prepared to go through extremes of emotions - from joy, to the deep love of a mother for her son, through gut wrenching grief, finishing with the soaring high notes as Brigid ascends to the sky in flame."
Michele De Courcy - Director Sacred Hearts


Select Audience Response To Initial Performances

“Bethany Hill's performance of Jodie's "The Morning Star" left us without words.”

“What beautiful harmonies - and you've left a generous gift of such knowing, reflective space between melodic arcs. Wonderful.”

“Simply beautiful.”

“Beautiful. So Beautiful.”

“This is astonishing and wonderful music.”

“Glorious and it was a privilege to be there. Wonderful music, wonderful singing. The world has benefitted, and should be mightily grateful.”

“It's still all in my head!”

“Rehearsing and performing Jodie O'Regan's work in recent weeks was food for my soul.”

“A voice like pure crystal and the perfect song and choral arrangement to show it off.”

“I can't speak highly enough of the concert. The music is riveting. Jodie's musical imagination is stupendous. The performances were superlative.”

“We just witnessed Jodie O'Regan's concert, "And in the Centre We Dance" at Church of the Epiphany, Crafers. Jodie's outstanding compositions, delivered by outstanding singers were a delight”

“It was such a privilege and pleasure to sing in the Jupiter Choir, with many beautiful voices, supporting Vocal Goddess Bethany Hill and Jodie’s divine compositions.”