WA Players

PLAYERS PAST AND PRESENT FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Nicola Boud Born in Perth, Nicola was taught by Allan Meyer and obtained her Bachelor of Music with first  class honours from the University of Western Australia in 1999, and was  subsequently awarded the Edith Cowan Prize for performance and musicology.  It was during her studies that Nicola began to  play occasionally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra both on modern and  historical clarinets. Her curiosity for early clarinet took her to the  Netherlands, where in 2004 she completed her Masters in historical performance  at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, with Eric Hoeprich.  Now based in Paris, Nicola plays with many orchestras and  ensembles, including l’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées (Philippe Herreweghe)  where she is principal clarinet, Freiburger Barockorchester , Le Cercle de  l’Harmonie, La Chambre Philharmonique, Le Concert Spirituel, Il Gardellino,  l’Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, and Anima Eterna. Nicola is  also an active chamber musician, appearing at the  festivals of Utrecht, Bruges, Saintes, Accademia delle Crete Senesi,  Uusikaupunki, and Deauville. She plays regularly with the Cambini and Edding  String Quartets, the latter with whom in 2009 she recorded the Mozart Clarinet  Quintet for the label Etcetera.  In 2009 she performed the Mozart concerto at the Theatre des  Champs Elysées in Paris, and at the festivals of Lessay, and Athens. She also  teaches regularly at the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes, France, for the Formation  Supérieure, a course specializing in late classical and romantic repertoire,  and is a guest teacher at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen.

Alex Boyd was born and raised in Perth W.A and attended Churchlands Senior High School on a music scholarship studying saxophone followed by some study at WAAPA and University of Western Australia.  He was a member of both the WA Youth Concert Band and WA Youth Jazz Orchestra in the late 1980’s. In 1990 he joined the Australian Army Band Corp and had postings to Wagga Wagga, in central NSW, and Melbourne over a 5 year period. The bands toured extensively throughout NSW and Victoria, and performed with artists including Simon Gallagher, Chelsea Brown, Barry Crocker and Larry Adler.  Returning to Perth in 1995 he taught at Penrhos College before commencing as a fulltime woodwind tutor at Wesley College where he is still working. He also works as a freelance musician and has recently performed with the WA Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and local jazz group the Hip Mo’ Toast Big Band.

Catherine Cahill graduated from the University of WA in 1994. Her postgraduate studies have included lessons in London and New York, studying with clarinettists from the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and Ricardo Morales from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She won a scholarship from the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York, and gained her Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies (Clarinet) in 1999. Catherine has played professionally with orchestras in New York and London, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and works frequently with the WASO. She also runs the Elandra Ensemble and teaches at the University of WA School of Music and the WA Conservatorium.

Philip Everall gained a Bachelor of Music from UWA (studing with Alex Millier) and then a Masters from Amsterstam Conservatorium (with Harry Sparnaay and Erik van Deuren) and New York’s Manhattan School of Music (with Michael Lowenstern and David Krakauer).  Philip is one of the most versatile bass clarinetists of his generation and explores the more recent repertoire for his instrument in the electronic realm – from ambient soundscapes, to eastern rhythms and melodies, to rough-edged funk. Philip has performed in venues such as The Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Clancy’s Fish Pub.

Jack Harrison remains the longest serving musician of the WASO with 42 years service.  From the age of 7 in 1939 Jack has been contributing to Australian music. Initially Jack’s career was on the harmonica, the instrument on which he won the 6ML 1940 Search For Talent Competition and the 1941 Australia’s Amateur Hour. During his primary years he attended Nedlands Primary School and also performed at hundreds of fundraising and community events, including entertaining at orphanages, servicemen and prisoner of war camps during World War Two.  Jack’s musical career moved to clarinet and saxophone after purchasing a clarinet from some US troops whilst performing to raise funds for the Castledare Orphanage.  His talents on these instruments were recognised in 1945 by E.J. Roberts, conductor of the Amateur Youth Orchestra, when Jack gained a place as the youngest member in this orchestra.  Jack formed a jazz trio with his sister, Jill, and brother Ray, and their success quickly rose to pop star popularity as a result of their appearance on National Fair an Australia wide radio show.  Jack was offered his own half hour weekly ABC radio program and in 1948 the trio won the “Battle of the Bands” at the Capitol Theatre.  In 1949 Jack was asked to join Frank Coughlan’s prestigious ensemble at the Sydney Trocadero, but Jack declined the offer, preferring to live in Perth.  Jack’s jazz ensemble was in demand for many years.  Jack’s classical clarinet career spans 42.5 years service in Australian Orchestras during which time he has performed many times as soloist.  During that time he has performed all over Western Australia, from country venues to the Derby leprosarium.   He has performed as soloist conducted by Arthur Fiedler, played The Facade Suite in front of the composer, William Walton and the Bliss Quintet also with the composer present.  Jack gave the World Premiere performance of David Tunley’s Clarinet Concerto, which was also dedicated to him.  He performed the Australian premieres of the Clarinet Concerto by Copland and the Richard Strauss Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon. He performed with Stephen Dornan on the recording of Margaret Sutherland’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and the first Australian performances of the Richard Strauss Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon, the latter instrument being played by his twin sister, Jill, and the Copland Clarinet Concerto.  Jack has performed as soloists with many famous artists, such as Viennese soprano, Rita Streich and Dame Janet Baker.  He was invited to play as guest Principal Clarinet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and as guest artist at the Canberra School of Music appearing with Don Westlake and Larry Sitsky.  He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1971 to study advanced clarinet teaching techniques in Britain and America, techniques which have produced some of Australia’s current leading clarinet players.  Most notable students are Allan Meyer  who is currently the Principal Clarinet of the W.A. Symphony Orchestra and Catherine McCorkhill who is in the Australia Ensemble.  A career highlight for Jack occurred in 1985 when the W.A. Symphony Orchestra released a sell out recording conducted by Richard Mills with Jack featured on both clarinet and harmonica.   This CD was rereleased by the ABC entitled “Moon River” as it had sold out and was still in demand.  Another highlight was performing in 1987 with the World Philharmonic with Sinopoli conducting.

Matthew Kidd was born and raised inPerth, where he took up the clarinet at age 10. He played in various school and community groups throughout his high school years before entering theUniversity ofWestern Australia, where he studied with the WASO Principal Clarinet, Allan Meyer.  Whilst at University, Matthew regularly performed in orchestral and chamber music groups and was a member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra.  Since leaving University, Matthew has performed most of the clarinet chamber music repertoire in concerts throughout WA, featuring works by Messiaen, Mozart, Brahms, Bartok and Weber, as well as the solo repertoire of Weber, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc and Schumann with regular accompanist Adam Pinto.  Matthew has been broadcasted by ABC Classic FM in Young Australia with the Messiaen ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, the Friday Recital and the Sunday Live segments, as well as performances    of Australian solo and chamber music works at ‘New Music Week’, the ‘Totally Huge New Music Festival’ and the ‘Hearnow! Festival of new music’ in Perth.  In 2003, Matthew performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major K. 622 at St Georges Cathedral inPerthto critical acclaim.  During 2004, Matthew has performed Perth International Arts Festival in their chamber music series, as well as the Hale School Visiting Artists series in Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of Time with Adam Pinto, Paul Wright and Jon Tooby.  He currently maintains a busy schedule of teaching, chamber music performances and augmenting the WA Symphony Orchestra on all sizes of clarinets.

Carl Mackey After his early beginnings on piano and clarinet, Carl Mackey took to the saxophone at age 14. By 15 he was gigging regularly around Perth and was playing alto with WAYJO. Upon leaving Churchlands High School, he entered the Bachelor of Jazz course at WAAPA.  Carl was a finalist in the James Morrison Scholarship in 1989 and ‘90.  He won the award for “Most Outstanding Soloist” at the 1994 Jazz Australia Showcase.  He has toured to India, New Zealand, England, Singapore, Cambodia and the United States as well as extensively throughout Australia.Carl has performed with Bernie McGann, Don Burrows, Mark Levine, Kitty Margolis, Terrell Stafford, Richie Cole, Barnie McAll, Phyliss Dyller and Lionel Hampton and has supported John Sc ofield, Ricki-Lee Jones, Tom Jones, Harry Connick Jnr, Ray Charles, James Brown and The Yellowjackets to name a few.  He has recorded with Dale Barlow, Trilok Gurtu and James Morrison. He is currently teaching Saxophone at WAAPA. Carl has earnt a reputation as an energetic and exciting saxophonist and can be heard in some of Perth’s leading groups including, Speedball, Spur, The MPS and various sized outings under his own name.

Allan Meyer has been Principal Clarinet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 1990. His distinguished career has seen him perform in many parts of Australia. He has performed in numerous broadcasts for the ABC and for the Universities in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. In 1997 and 1999, Allan performed and taught in Massachusetts. He was also Guest Principal Clarinettist for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performed in the Musicorda, Mohawk Trail and Williamstown Chamber Music Festivals. Allan was born in Perth and studied with WASO’s Principal Clarinet, Jack Harrison, graduating from UWA with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree with first class honours. He went on to complete a Master of Music (Performance) degree and complete post graduate studies in London with John McCaw, Antony Pay and Jack Brymer. After 8 years with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Allan returned to Perth as Principal Clarinet. He teaches at the School of Music at the University of Western Australia and has appeared regularly in lunchtime recitals and chamber music concerts.  He performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto to full houses in April 2005 as part of the WASO’s Master Series. In April 2007 Allan performed in the Australian Premiere of Richard Mills’ Concerto for Violin and Clarinet and in December 2009 performed the World Premiere of James Ledger’s new work for Clarinet Quintet at the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House.  In 2011 Allan premiered Iain Grandage and Kevin Gillam’s work Blackwood with Sara Macliver and Graeme Gilling with art work by Brendon Darby. In the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival, Allan was invited to perform the Brahms Quintet with the internationally renowned Escher String Quartet. Allan is the President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Western Australia.

Alex Millier has been a member of the WA Symphony Orchestra since 1996. During that time he has performed with WASO as acting Associate Principal Clarinet, Rank and File, and E flat Clarinet. In March 2001 he did a 3 month work exchange with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norway.  While there with the orchestra, he recorded a CD for Simax of the Norwegian Opera, Thora paa Rimol by Hjalmar Borgstrøm. In late 1998 he was Principal Bass Clarinet for 3 Cycles of Der Ring Des Nibelungen with the State Opera of South Australia. In addition to his classical work, Alex features in the folk band “Musica del Mondo”.

Percy Newton was the first Principal Clarinet in the Perth Symphony Orchestra (now WASO) from 1928 until 1946. Percy Newton taught the next Principal clarinet player, Alan Rule, as well as Jack Harrison.  Alan Rule and Jack Harrison taught the current Principal Clarinet of WASO, Allan Meyer!

Troy Roberts was born and raised in Perth, West Australia and began playing the saxophone at age 13. He was granted an early entrance into the Conservatorium of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Graeme Lyall, Roger Garood and Jim Cook and won the PJS Encouragement Award for two consecutive years. Troy also performed in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics and Manly Jazz Festival as a soloist with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2001 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree winning the acclaimed Bob Wyllie Jazz Scholarship, the Melville Toyota Jazz Scholarship and traveled to Mount Gambier, South Australia winning the 2001 James Morrison Jazz Scholarship. The following year he traveled to the United States to survey the New York music scene and to complete an Honors Degree at the University of Miami, studying with Ron Miller, Garry Keller, Whit Sidner, James Moody, Dave Leibman, Frank Foster and performed with names such as Ernesto Simpson, Silvano Monasterios and Kevin Mahogany. Troy also won 2 Downbeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Soloist and Best Group Performance.  Upon Returning to Australia in 2003, Troy recorded live at the Sydney Opera House with James Morrison and over the next two years he toured Europe several times with Morrison, Sunil D’Silva (Sri Lanka), Simon Stockhausen (Germany) along with fellow WA musicians, Matthew Jodrell, Dane Alderson and Andrew Fisenden.  In 2004 Troy performed at the Fremantle Jazz Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival with trumpeter Ingrid Jenson (Canada) and drummer Jon Wikan (New York) before heading back to Europe with James Morrison to headline the Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany. Other performances during 2004 include Troy as a soloist in front of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, performances with Gary Bartz (NY), Christoph Spendel (Germany), and his home residency at the Llama Bar with his new original band, “VOID” who performed Troy’s original compositions to a full house every week for 4 years.  More recent awards include the 2005 WAMI (West Australian Music Industry) Award for “best jazz act” with Libby Hammer’s “Hip Mo Toast”, and the “2005 Perth Jazz Society’s Best Original Jazz Act” with his original project, “VOID”.  In between touring, session work, and maintaining a busy freelance schedule in Australia, Troy completed hist first album under Morrison Records and also recorded VOID’s debut album in July before relocating to the USA in August 2005 where he is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami and is keeping busy working around Miami with original soul/R&B/hip-hop project, “Hot Pockit”, R&B legend, Lauryn Hill, and jazz trumpet legend, Melton Mustafa.  Troy was back in europe three more times in 2006 with Australian jazz guru James Morrison, and again with VOID, and has just won yet another “Best Soloist Award” in Downbeat Magazine.

Alan Rule came from Melbourne in 1949 to fill the position of Principal Clarinet in the Perth Symphony Orchestra (which changed its name in 1951 to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra), a position which he held until he stepped down to second clarinet in 1966. Alan was also a dedicated teacher and taught Donald Westlake, Jack Harrison and Duncan Abercrombie.  Alan retired from the WASO in 1971.

Ashley Smith  West Australian clarinetist Ashley Smith’s performances have been described as “incandescent… a masterly display of skill and insight… as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinetist’s equal” (Clive O’Connell, The Age). Identified as a “rising star” by the world’s major clarinet manufacturer, Ashley is currently Australia’s only Buffet-Crampon Classical Artist.  An alumnus of the University of Western Australia, Ashley graduated with First Class Honours and all of the school’s performance prizes including the Vose Memorial Concerto Prize, the Lady Callaway Medal and the Edith Cowan Prize. In addition he was awarded the Sir Harold Bailey Award and was nominated for the J.A. Wood Prize – the University’s most prestigious honour. Ashley is also an alumnus of the Australian National Academy of Music where he won the jury and audience prizes of the 2009 ANAM Concerto Competition, as well as being granted the 2010 Academy Fellowship and the inaugural Harold Mitchell Fellowship. In 2010, Ashley was the winner of the ABC Symphony International Young Performers Award in the Other Instruments category. Ashley has performed as a soloist with several Symphony International network orchestras and has performed extensively as a recitalist throughout Australia and in the USA. Career highlights include performing the Lindberg Clarinet Quintet at the World Congress of Chamber Music Competitions and in 2012 Ashley shall present a recital of Australian music as part of Trinity Wall Street Music in New York. Ashley is currently pursuing a Master degree on a full scholarship at Yale University, studying under the tutelage of David Shifrin.

Matthew Styles has built a local and international career as classical and jazz saxophone and flute player studying at the Royal College of Music and teaching and performing in the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. He is a Yamaha Artist, has a sponsorship from Ligaphone ligatures and products (Paris), was a featured artist at the 2002 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in Sydney and at the 2005 Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds.  Matthew continues to build his local and international profile with ongoing performances and masterclasses in Singapore and Malaysia and will be touring and performing with French master saxophonist Jean-Pierre Baraglioli in Perth in September 2006.  He has appeared with such performers as Diana Ross, Dave Weckl, Mickey Tucker, Gary Husband, Carl Orr, Rhonda Burchmore, Rob Guest, Marina Pryor, Tommy Tycho, Kate Cebrano, Wayne Newton, Olivia Newton-John and The Manhattan Transfer.  He also regularly performs with the Russell Holmes Trio with whom he will be touring Australia in September 2006, and the multi-WAMI Award winning Hip Mo’ Toast with whom he has returned from Italy where he performed in the Villa Cellimontana International Jazz Festival in Rome.  Matthew is the saxophone lecturer at The University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University and specializes in the interpretation, pedagogy and performance of classical, jazz and multi-genre or ‘cross-over’ works.  The Western Australian Symphony, Singapore Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras – with whom he will touring China in late September 2006 – also employ Matthew as their principal saxophonist.  In 2004 Matthew returned from a Churchill Fellowship where he spent 3 months studying in New York, as ‘Visiting Scholar’ at Indiana University Bloomington, working with Otis Murphy and Tom Walsh, and with Dr. Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota.

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