Commissions for One & Many

Featuring new works by Lydia Gardiner and Rebecca Erin Smith commissioned by Tura New Music

The One & Many concerts will be performed under the magnificent Blue Whale skeleton in Hackett Hall in the WA Museum Boola Bardip featuring two of WA’s most esteemed musicians – violin virtuoso Shaun Lee-Chen and soprano Sara Macliver.


Violin virtuoso Shaun Lee-Chen performs from the floor before being joined from the balconies by St George’s Cathedral Consort. An internationally celebrated performer, Shaun Lee-Chen is 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 by Tura New Music from WA composer Lydia Gardiner complete this beautiful program.

WA Museum Boola Bardip
6pm, 6 & 7 Feb 2021
$49 (+BF)
Tickets from Perth Festival


WA soprano Sara Macliver, performs from the floor before being joined from the balconies by Wind Quintet Plus. Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most revered and versatile artists, with a pure, pitch perfect, silvery soprano that is instantly recognisable. She begins and ends this concert with female composers – Hildegard von Bingen and a new work from WA composer Rebecca Erin Smith commissioned by Tura new Music – a response to the whale’s presence. In between, she is joined by wind and percussion ensemble WQ+ for a stunning performance featuring Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a selection of lieder from Richard Strauss, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and moments from Mozart’s Wind Serenades.

WA Museum Boola Bardip
6pm, 27 & 28 Feb 2021
$49 (+BF)
Tickets from Perth Festival



Lydia Gardiner

A violin player since age six, Lydia also learnt electric guitar and voice in high school. Since graduating school, she has been involved in Perth choirs such as Voyces, the Giovanni Consort, The St George’s Cathedral Consort and the St George’s College Consort, as well as the national choir Gondwana Chorale. Lydia is currently studying composition at UWA.



Rebecca Erin Smith

R. E. Smith is an award-winning Australian composer who specialises in collaborative media and concert works. She works primarily with orchestra and large ensembles of acoustic instruments (at times electronically manipulated and augmented with found sounds) and the human voice, exploiting its full spectrum of sound from speech to song. A Fulbright Scholar, her most recent commissions include works for the WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Edith Cowan University, WA Youth Orchestra, Phoenix Ensemble (USA), and GreyWing Ensemble. Smith is a current faculty member of WAAPA lecturing in composition, theory, and music analysis. More info