06 July 2024 – Lunch Hour Series – Autumn Awards Final

Recitals Australia Presents
The Final of the 2024 Autumn Lunch Hour Series
North Adelaide Baptist Church Hall – Tynte Street, North Adelaide


Megan Robson, guitar
Carlo Domenico (1947-)
Koyunbaba (shepherd)
i. Moderato
ii. Mosso
iii. Cantabile
iv. Presto

Bridget McCullough, viola
Carl Stamitz (1745-1801)
Concerto in D Major
I. Allegro

Paula Custodio and Haowei Yang, flute and piano
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Suite Paysanne Hongraise for flute and piano
Arrangement of nine pieces based on the “15 Hungarian Peasant Songs for

James Skelton
Carl Maria Von Weber (1786-1826)
Clarinet Concerto no.2
ii.  Andante
iii. Alla Polacca

Guest Artist (While Judges deliberate)
Jonathon Wong
J.S.BACH (1685-1750)
Concerto in the Italian Style BWV 971
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
La Campanella

New Zealand classical guitarist Megan Robson has recently completed her Master of Philosophy at The University of Adelaide with Dr Oliver Fartach-Naini. She has a particular interest in performing contemporary works for the classical guitar that involve alternate tunings. Megan has been a prizewinner in several competitions including the New Zealand Aspiring Guitarist of 2020, first place at the New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition, and the SOUNZ prize for Best Performance of a New Zealand Work. Megan also performs regularly as a member of the Opal Guitar Quartet. Join us next week for a recital by: Haowei Yang, piano

Bridget McCullough is a classical violist who is currently undertaking her final year of Bachelor of Music Honours (Advanced) at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
She was under the tutelage of Keith Crellin from 2016-2022 and is currently studying with Stephen King. Bridget is a participant of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 2024 Fellowship program. She is passionate about chamber music and has received the Elder Conservatorium Recording Fund with Serendipity Trio and regularly performs with the Torrens String Quartet. Bridget enjoys performing solo recitals and has performed for a variety of lunchtime concert series’ including Recitals Australia, Baroque Hall and Flinders Street. Bridget is principal viola in the Elder Conservatorium Baroque Ensemble and in 2023 attended the Young Mannheim Symphonists National Academy.

In 2023 and 2024, she attended the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and in 2023 she was principal viola in the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. In 2022 and 2023, Bridget was the recipient of the Varley Scholarship and Exhibition.
When Bridget is not performing, she enjoys teaching music at St Ignatius Junior School and Nazareth Catholic College.

Paula Custodio, flautist and piccolo player, has recently completed her Bachelor of Performance (Classical) and was awarded First Class Honours in the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide). Paula has studied under Elizabeth Koch OAM, Kathryn Moorhead, Dr Juila Grenfell (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) and Melissa Farrow (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra). Performance-wise, Paula has had extensive experiences in both symphonic and woodwind orchestras and has worked under the baton of Luke Dollman, Bryan Griffiths and Nicholas Braithwaite.Paula is very passionate about chamber performance, which has seen her learn under members of the Australian String Quartet and Dr Konstantin Shamary with her trio, Apricus, where she is both a founder and core member, alongside Bridget McCollough (viola) and Haowei Yang (piano).

Haowei Yang has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout Australia. Formally starting his music journey with piano at the age of seven, Haowei has shown great enthusiasm through persistent efforts and outstanding achievements, under the tutelage of Konstantin Shamray and previously Stefan Ammer, Gil Sullivan and Karen Davis. Haowei has received First Class Honours for classical performance in the Elder Conservatorium and is currently studying with Luke Dollman and Konstantin Shamray for his Master of Philosophy, while aiming to continue to PhD in the future.

Haowei has performed at many events across Adelaide, including at the PianoLab with Recitals Australia, at locations such as North Adelaide Baroque Hall, Flinders Street Baptist Church, Government House and Elder Hall. Most recently, he joined the incredible New World Players chamber ensemble and returned from the sold-out shows across Australia led by acclaimed conductor Eric Roth. Haowei Yang is also a part of the chamber ensemble, Apricus with Paula Custodio (flute) and Bridget McCullough (viola) who are working on a recording project for newly commissioned works. Haowei will also be performing Ravel’s Left-Hand Concerto with the Elder Conservatorium Orchestra in September of 2024.

James is a Year 12 student at Trinity College, and studies the clarinet with his father, ASO clarinettist Darren Skelton. In 2023, James achieved L.Mus.A (Clarinet) and A.Mus.A (Piano) (studying with Monika Laczofy OAM), both with Distinction, and was awarded the AMEB’s Licentiate Prize for 2023.

Following his performances at the Adelaide Eisteddfod, James won the Music Teachers’ Association of SA Grace Barbara Turner Award for Excellence in Performance (2022 and 2023), and won the Wind Division in the 2022 and 2023 5MBS Young Virtuoso Awards.
James has performed concertos with the Norwood Symphony Orchestra, the Unley Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Male Choir Orchestra, and has performed both as a soloist and as a member of the JamSam Duo for Recitals Australia. Earlier this year, James participated in the AYO National Music Camp as a member of the Bishop Orchestra. James achieved SACE Merit Awards for Solo and
Ensemble Performance in 2022 (whilst in Year 10), and hopes to study either Music or Medicine upon completing Year 12 this year.



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