Past Concert Programs


Love and Loss - Sunday 30th March at 3pm, Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT. songs in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish, this concert includes Italian songs by three nineteenth-century female composers: Marietta Brambilla (contralto), Isabella Colbran (Rossini's first wife and creator of many roles) and the great romantic, Maria Felicité Garcia de Bériot  (better known as ‘Malibran’).  The program also includes songs by Duparc, Elgar, Strauss and Granados. The recital was part of the concert series for Art Song Canberra.


A Winter Romance —Sunday August 11th, St Peter's Prebyterian Church, North Sydney. The concert featured Italian songs by three nineteenth century female composers: Marietta Brambilla, Isabella Colbran (Rossini's first wife) and Maria Malibran, as well as songs by Duparc, Elgar and Strauss.


Youth and Love —Sunday August 12th,  St John's Uniting Church, Neutral Bay, NSW.  The program featured Debussy's Trois Chansons de Bilitis and Schumann's Sieben Lieder von Elisabeth Kulmann, as well as music by  Barbara Strozzi, Marco da Gagliano and Sibelius. 

A Tribute to Kathleen Ferrier —Sunday June 17th, St John's Uniting Church, Neutral Bay, NSW. Repertoire included songs and arias by Handel, Purcell, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Bridge, Quilter, Hughes and Gluck. All proceeds went to ‘Act for Peace’, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. 



‘Sweeter than Roses—A Musical Bouquet’ —Sunday September 18th,  St John’s Uniting Church, Neutral Bay, NSW. The program featured songs and piano works by English, French, German and Spanish composers, from the Baroque to the Twentieth Century. All proceeds went to ‘Act for Peace’, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

‘Robert, Clara and Johannes: Love and Friendship’—Sunday 26th June, at St John’s Anglican Church, Darlinghurst, NSW. This recital featured the songs and piano compositions of Robert and Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. The program included Robert Schumann’s song cycle, Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart (Poems of Queen Mary Stuart) Op. 135 and Johannes Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs) Op. 121.  The recital was part of the inaugural music series The Music Project.


‘Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness’—Sunday August 1st, St John’s Uniting Church, Neutral Bay, NSW.

A recital of spiritual Songs by Handel, Beethoven, Brahms, Barber & Burleigh. The program included Beethoven’s Sechs Lieder, Op. 48 and selections from Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, Op. 29. Proceeds to ‘Act for Peace’.


32nd National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Newcastle, September26th–29th.  Paper and performance: Bridging three Languages: Creating a singable translation of Dvorak’s Zigeunermelodien, Op. 55, (1880).

‘Reflections of Nancy Thomas’—Sunday September 6th, Pilgrim Church, Adelaide, SA. Concert to raise funds for the Adelaide Eisteddfod Society. Music by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Villiers Stamford, Hamilton Harty, Quilter, Dvořák, Gretchaninov, Rachmaninoff, Burleigh. The program featured Prudence’s new English version of Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs, Op. 55.

‘Reflections of Nancy Thomas’—Sunday August 16th, St John’s Uniting Church, Neutral Bay, NSW.


Australian Conference of Accompanists and Associate Artists, Adelaide, May 30th–June 1st. Schoenberg: Fünfzehn Gedichte aus ‘Das Buch der hängenden Gärten’ 

“The presentation of Schoenberg's Book of the Hanging Gardens  was certainly the most serious and thought provoking single performance in the Conference. The many pianists in the audience were clearly impressed by the technical expertise and interpretive insights of Maryleigh Hand's contribution to the ensemble. Pianist and mezzo-soprano (Prudence Dunstone) performed as one.” (Diana Harris  OAM, Convener, Festival of Accompanists 2008)

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