July 2013 - What a great concert it turned out to be....
Lucas de Jong has been the Music Director of the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir since October 2007. His choral experience began at the age of 10 when he joined a boys choir. Soon after that he made his debut as a soloist in the Australian Opera. While studying at the Melba Conservatorium and the Victorian College of the Arts he was also performing for Victoria State Opera. In the early 1990s Lucas began his career as an operatic baritone soloist in England and continued to tour the world, performing over thirty-five roles.
Lucas has been a teacher of classical voice at Monash University the Australian Catholic University and in his own studio while continuing his operatic career. He studied conducting with John Hopkins, conducting performances of ‘The Magic Flute’ and ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ for Monash University.
Simon Walters emigrated to Melbourne in April 2010 from the UK lured by his wife who is an Aussie. A professional musician since 1994, he is a practiced sight reader in a variety of styles, and is still in demand for arrangements, transcriptions & backing tracks in the UK despite being on the opposite side of the world. Since arriving in Australia, Simon has musically directed the Frankston Ladies’ Choir, accompanied the Melbourne Welsh, done a saucy cabaret with international artiste Isabel Hertaeg, and played on various functions and event gigs with a multitude of bands. One thing’s for sure, life is never dull finding out where the next bit of work is coming from, and Simon looks forward to working more closely with both choirs in the years to come.
Sarah Aubrey flute player
Sarah was born in the UK and immigrated in 2005 to New Zealand and then to Australia in 2009, all due to her husband’s work! She has played the flute since she was seven covering all genres of music in orchestras, concert bands, church music teams and flute groups. Music has been her relaxation and passion throughout her working life. Sarah has been playing for Frankston Ladies Choir since 2010 and love their varied and wide reaching repertoire. Currently, she is changing career and studying for a Diploma of Music at Monash Uni.