One & Many: Shaun Lee-Chen
With St George's Cathedral Consort
This beautiful series acknowledges our journey through 2020. Starting in a place of solitude – a single voice, a single violin – these concerts end in a joyous affirmation of community and shared music-making.
Under the magnificent Blue Whale skeleton in Hackett Hall, violin virtuoso Shaun Lee-Chen performs from the floor of this striking venue before being joined from the balconies by St George’s Cathedral Consort.
Perth violinist Shaun Lee-Chen is an internationally celebrated performer universally lauded for his performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire. The centrepiece of this concert is one of the masterworks of western music – Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor. Joined by St George’s Cathedral Consort under the direction of Dr Joseph Nolan, this solo violin work is illuminated with entwined chorale melodies in an extraordinary reinvention by German musicologist Helga Thoene. Works by Arvo Pärt and a new commission from WA composer Lydia Gardiner, responding to the majesty of the whale above, complete this beautiful program
Shaun Lee-Chen is an internationally celebrated performer with a special interest in historical performance and 19th century violin pedagogy. He is equally at home on both period and modern instruments. Shaun is the Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Artist in Residence at the UWA Conservatorium of Music where he is the Chair of Violin Studies. He was the recipient of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award in 2007 and has appeared as soloist and guest principal with most major Symphony Orchestras in Australia.
St George’s Cathedral Consort
St George’s Cathedral Consort is the premier mixed choir in Western Australia and one of the leading choral ensembles in the country. The Consort have been described as ‘elite, world class and producing a sound akin to evanescence of snow’ by The Australian and The West Australian.
The Consort was founded in 2008 by Dr Joseph Nolan upon his arrival as Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth. A professional choir of up to 26 singers, the group complements the liturgical work of St George’s Cathedral Choir. The Consort are the foundation stone of the St George’s Cathedral Concert Series, which is now regarded as a musical jewel within the City of Perth.
During the 2019 St George's Concert Series, the Consort performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion with West Australian Symphony Orchestra live on ABC Classic under the direction of Dr. Joseph Nolan to rave reviews. The ensemble has sung on numerous occasions at Perth Festival, with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and with highly regarded UK ensembles: The Academy of Ancient Music and vocal groups The Hilliard Ensemble and The King's Singers. They will also be singing Bach’s Easter Oratorio with WASO under the direction of Dr. Joseph Nolan in March 2021 at Perth Concert Hall.
British-Australian organist and choral conductor Joseph Nolan has been hailed by ABC Classic FM as ‘an extraordinary musician’, by BBC Radio 3 Record Review for ‘his miraculous playing', by Limelight Magazine as ‘a Colossus’ and by Gramophone for his ‘towering technique, vivid virtuosity and inspired interpretive insight’.
Twice nominated for Artist of the Year in 2016 and 2018, Limelight Magazine has also awarded Joseph its coveted ‘Recording of the Month’ for his ninth disc for Signum Records from St Etienne du Mont, Paris, the church and organ of Maurice Duruflé. This is the first time in the history of the magazine that an organ disc has been awarded this distinction.
Joseph enjoys widespread international acclaim as a recording artist for Signum Records. These discs have received editor’s and critics’ choice, Recordings of the Month and Year and innumerable five-star reviews in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Limelight and Musicweb International.
A Countess of Munster scholarship student of the legendary organist Marie Claire Alain in Paris, Joseph was then appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace in 2004. Joseph performed on numerous occasions at Buckingham Palace, most notably giving the opening concert of the refurbished Grand Ballroom organ to a distinguished audience.
Joseph was invited to take up the position of Organist and Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia in 2008. Under Joseph’s leadership the Cathedral music program has been described as ‘elite’ and ‘world-class’ in The Australian and The West Australian newspapers.
Joseph Nolan was made a Chevalier l’ordre des arts et des Lettres by the French Government for services to French music in 2016 and became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Australia in 2013. The University awarded Joseph its prestigious higher doctorate, the Doctor of Letters, in 2018.
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Sat 6 & Sun 7 Feb
Eligible for package discount
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