Concert 5: Venetian Masters

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Venetian Masters

The early music period of one of the most recognisable of european cities is equally amazing and involves a very pleasant listening experience. The Venetian compositions are very accomplished and quite beautiful works, with a possibility to imagine yourself at a banquet in Venice while you listen to this music.

The city of Venice in Italy has played an important role in the development of the music of Italy. Today’s concert will share the compositions of the Venetian masters prior to Vivaldi. Their pleasing unique harmony will take you back in centuries to the appealing Venice.


Dario Castello   Sonate in Stillo Moderno

Barbara Strozzi   Il cuore che reprime  

Biagio MARINI   Passacalio a 3 & a4   Sonata sopra la Monica  Sonata la Candella

Claudio MONTEVERDI   Quel sguardo   Ohime dov'e il mio ben

Giovanni PICCHI   Saltarello del pass’e mezo & Ballo alla Polacha    

Tarquinio MERULA   Ciaccona                                                                   

Antonio VIVALDI    Vengo a voi luci adorate  RV682      


  • Amy Moore soprano
  • Matthew Manchester cornetto
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Fiona Ziegler  baroque violin
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord



Originally from Orange, NSW, Matthew Manchester holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) with Honours, a Master of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is currently completing his PhD. A specialist early wind and brass player, Matthew is in demand as a performer on a wide range of early instruments, most notably cornetto and baroque trumpet.

Living in London from 2008-2012, Matthew performed with numerous European early music ensembles, including the Gabrieli Consort, His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts, London Early Opera, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Gandersheim, Little Baroque Company, Manchester Baroque, Charivari Agreable, Oxford Baroque, and the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Matthew performs regularly as principal cornetto and guest principal trumpet of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and as a freelance soloist and ensemble musician throughout Australia. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and ensembles including Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, Latitude 37, The Australian Haydn Ensemble, The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, An Unholy Rackett, and the Academy of St James. He is a founding member of the Australian Baroque Brass, and features on the critically acclaimed ‘Music of A Golden Age’ series of recordings. His discography includes dozens of recordings in both the U.K. and Australia, as well as numerous ABC Classic FM broadcasts. Matthew performs regularly in duet with his wife, soprano Anna Sandström, with whom he formed Camerata Antica in 2010. ( The group has since gone on to perform throughout the UK, Europe and Australia.

Matthew is also in demand as a choral, orchestral and band conductor. In the UK he was artistic director and conductor of the QC Chamber Choir, with whom he performed regularly in venues including Westminster Abbey. As part of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, he conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. A passionate music educator, Matthew has taught in the classroom and conducted numerous university and school ensembles in Australia, including the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Matthew is co-conductor of the NSW Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra at the NSW Arts Unit, regular guest conductor of the NSW Schools Senior Singers, and assistant choral conductor of the Schools Spectacular. He has also been engaged as guest director with the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble and as artist in residence at the Australian National University Faculty of Music. Matthew is currently Director of Bands and the head of the Instrumental Music Program at Fort Street High School, conducting 4 of the 14 ensembles, and leading a thriving program of over 320 students. He also teaches pre-Baroque performance practice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in addition to a busy performance schedule throughout Australia and Europe.


Amy Moore moved to Australia from the UK in 2015, having led a successful career as a soloist and ensemble singer, focusing particularly on early and contemporary music. She performed solo radio broadcast with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Gabrieli Consort, the RTE, the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Hanover Band.

Amy has sung with virtually all the leading UK ensembles, particularly enjoying small-scale performances of major works-such voice performances of Messiah and the St Matthew Passion with (respectively) the Early Opera Company and the Dunedin Consort. With Gallicantus Amy has performed and recorded reconstructed Renaissance works with single voices.

Her work with highly respected vocal ensemble EXAUDI included many premieres. From 2012-14 Amy sang in Norway's Edvard Grieg Kor, where she took the roles of Mrs Paskova in Janacek's.

Since moving to Australia, Amy has performed as soloist with the ABO, in Handel's Messiah with the Trinity College, Melbourne, Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Gloria. Last year she appeared as soloist in Bach's St John Passion with the Choir of the St James King Street.  Amy also performed solo recitals with Salut! Baroque and Thoroughbass.

Amy sings with the Choir of St James', the Australian Brandenburg Choir and as a guest with The Song Company.