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Exploring the wealth of appealing repertoire for oboe and strings with the highest calibre colleagues has long been a personal goal. Such a chamber music group is a treat for all performers, producing carefully considered and deeply felt interpretations, gathering together in a break from busy lives around the country, relishing the collaboration with wonderful musicians, venues, recording team, producers, design and videographer.

Artaria’s unique approach aims to set the music within the backdrop of South Australia, inspired by the landscape, heritage, light and synaesthesia, for a visual age, eventually bringing together music and scenery in a sensory package for the twentieth century. Widening the appeal of a classical chamber concert to engage new audiences, young and old, with visual interest and stimulation. Filming performances to reveal the intimacy of chamber music collaboration and eventually producing a complete package for home cinema, DVD, or computer that engages all the senses.

So well received by the community already, our aim is to express the music uncompromisingly and also to include the audience in the intimate detail of rehearsal and performance, providing a new experience of classical music which proudly places this group as originating in the heart of South Australia. Gathering together in Adelaide, nurtured in the splendid acoustic of Elder Hall, produced in the professional surroundings of Jeffrey Kong Performing Arts Centre, Brighton and supported by a number of South Australia’s world famous names, our debut project is dedicated to the memory of one of South Australia’s great characters; lawyer and musician Geoffrey Hackett-Jones, QC.

The composer must not shut himself up and think about art; he must live with his fellows and make his art an expression of the whole life of the community….if the roots of your art are firmly planted in your own soil and that soil has anything individual to give you, you may still gain the whole world and not lose your own souls … Ralph Vaughan Williams, Nationalism and other essays (1934)

Huge thanks to our generous corporate supporters at the heart of South Australian Community:

Coriole Vineyards  The National Trust SA

Brighton High School and Maggie Beer

We have been swept away by Celia’s energy and enthusiasm for a unique contribution to the South Australian musical scene

-Skye McGregor, Music Lover

– Norman Etherington, President of the National Trust of South Australia

 I’m happy to say how interested I am in your project: anything with a connection to music excites me. I know I can help and I would love to. Love the sound of your project…

– Maggie Beer

I’ve worked with Celia Craig over many years as conductor with the ASO. She is passionate and committed, and on top of that a supremely fine player. This project is about bringing the best to Adelaide, and creating something uniquely South Australian. I am particularly interest in the video component about the inner workings of a chamber ensemble. This could be a great resource for students in SA and further afield

-Guy Noble

 Following sold out concerts at Elder Hall, five of Australia’s world class musicians unite to explore some of the extensive English repertoire for oboe and strings. Combining a wealth of musical experiences, Elizabeth, Anne, Caroline, Michael and Celia can list Australian String Quartet, Nash Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, St Martin’s in the Fields, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Players, Selby and Friends, frequent touring, countless BBC and ABC broadcasts, Abbey Road and many other commercial sessions among their credits: continuous experience at the very highest levels of performance. Believing that true chamber music should spring from an intimacy between colleagues keen to explore their chosen music in depth, their performances communicate unity and sensitivity. With a collective approach arising from experience, training, nostalgia, dislocation and the influence of Australian perspectives,  Artaria are uniquely placed to freshly interpret their debut program of beautiful English music. Gorgeous miniatures by Vaughan Williams for cor anglais surround the centrepieces: Benjamin Britten Phantasy Quartet and Gerald Finzi’s unique Interlude and the major Oboe Quintet by Arnold Bax.

The genesis of this project was in the support from one of South Australia’s great characters, lawyer, oboist and musician Geoffrey Hackett-Jones QC, who was Celia Craig’s Chair Sponsor at the Adelaide Symphony until his untimely passing in 2015. Geoffrey was vocal in his support for the recording of this repertoire and this project will be offered as a tribute to his memory. Our generous supporters have realised the dream of making this recording. Can’t wait to launch the final product!

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