The Oxalis Wind Quintet has played in Shepparton, Benalla, Euroa, Seymour, Melbourne, Kilmore, Tallarook, Tatura, and now it’s Avenel’s turn as a fundraiser for the Avenel Market and Jubilee Park.
Julie Holmes, the bassoonist, is principal bassoon in the Heidelberg Orchestra and also plays in the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra.
Steve Sargant is well known in the Shepparton area as head of music of Wanganui Park Secondary College. He studied horn with Graeme Evans at the Victorian College of the Arts, is involved in many ensembles and is the conductor of the Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra.
Marla Swift won a scholarship to study clarinet in Germany. She has played for many great orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, the Australia Opera, the Australian Ballet as well as performing throughout Europe.
Eric Andersen, the group’s oboist, enjoyed a career as an army musician for 28 years. He was chosen to study at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in London. As Major Andersen he led army bands in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and was eventually promoted to be in charge of the Defence Force School of Music. Now retired from the army, Eric is pleased to have the time to devote to his beloved oboe and to pursue his interest in composing.
Sandy Sexton is an enthusiastic amateur flutist who was the Victorian Band League’s Champion Woodwind player for two years running. She teaches instrumental music in Seymour and as assistant music director of the Mitchell Shire Concert Band has trained many groups of budding instrumentalists.
Oxalis will play at the Avenel Memorial Hall on March 18 — tickets are $20/person, including afternoon tea and there is a half price discount for students.
For bookings phone Cynthia Lim on 0403831520 or email [email protected]
Tickets will also be available at Avenel market on Sunday, March 11 from 9am to 1pm.