Churchill Fellows in Concert at the High Court

Come along and enjoy a unique concert presented by talented Churchill Fellows

High Court Concert
Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop


VenueHigh Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin between the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) and the National Gallery of Australia. Please note that entry to the High Court will be from the ground entrance only. The concert takes place on Level 2 in the Great Hall. 

Date: Sunday 29th October

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

As part of the 2017 National Convention of Churchill Fellows, join Churchill Fellows Margaret Wright OAM with the Canberra Recorder Orchestra (CRO), Judith Clingan AM with the Wayfarers Choir, Alice Giles (harp) and Chris Pidcock (cello) as they each explore the beauty of the acoustic space at the High Court of Australia.

This unique concert will feature Margaret Wright OAM conducting the Canberra Recorder Orchestra, who will perform music from the 17th century through the centuries to contemporary times, together demonstrating the range and beautiful tone of recorders in large ensemble.

Judith Clingan’s (AM) Wayfarers Choir will present moving pieces from Judy’s latest composition for music theatre, Harmonia Mundi, which recently toured around Asia and Europe.

Alice Giles AM will present pieces from her latest recording of Christmas carols, and Christopher Pidcock will conclude the concert with Bach’s Cello Suite No 5. 


Margaret Wright OAM (Churchill Fellow, 1991) travelled to Britain to study the teaching of primary school musical literacy using the recorder. She has spent the past 20 yrs since retiring voluntarily teaching adults to read music and play different recorders for the U3A.  Her 60-strong Canberra Recorder Orchestra has 9 sizes of recorders, and is unique in having the only 8 ft. tall sub contra bass in Canberra, to give the deepest sound from a recorder. The repertoire ranges from Mediaeval to Contemporary, and several English and Australian composers have written works dedicated to Margaret and the CRO. Here are recorders as you’ve rarely heard them! The CRO will play music from the 17thcentury (Lully) to contemporary works; including a Chaconne written and arranged especially for the CRO by Australian composer, Lance Eccles, who will join the orchestra to play his sub contra bass recorder.


Judith Clingan AM (Churchill Fellow, 1998) travelled to UK, France, Iceland and Finland to study the composition and production of works for music theatre. She is well known in Canberra, and during her 54 years of residence, founded many of the musical organisations which continue to flourish here. She has many Outstanding Awards for her work as a composer, conductor and music educator .These include Creative Arts Fellow (ANU) was the inaugural Canberra Times Artist of the Year, and in 2014 gained the Individual Excellence Award from the Australian Music Centre. Her musical studies and performances continue to take her around the world. She is also a graduate of the Kodaly Institute of Hungary. She works with local groups here and abroad to produce her music theatre works to take throughout Australia, Europe and Asia.  Her International choir is Wayfarers. Judy’s ‘Wayfarers’ Choir will sing pieces from her latest composition for music theatre, ‘Harmonia Mundi’, which they took on their recent tour of Asia and Europe.


Alice Giles AM (Churchill Fellow, 1981) travelled to USA for her Fellowship to continue her harp studies. Celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists, Alice first attracted international notice when she won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. She made her New York debut recital at Merkin Hall in 1983. Since then she has performed extensively both in recital and with orchestras in Europe, America, Australia, and Israel. In 2011 she was the first professional musician to perform in Antarctica, for Davis and Mawson Station, as an Antarctic Arts Fellow. She has made numerous recordings. Alice teaches in Sydney and Melbourne, and is a member of the Australian World Orchestra.  Alice will play a selection of music from her latest recording of Christmas carols.


Christopher Pidcock (Churchill Fellow, 2007) travelled to Europe to continue his cello studies. He has performed and studied extensively internationally. His awards include 1st prize 2007 Gisborne International Music Competition, the 2009 Nelson Meers Foundation Scholarship at the Sydney Eisteddfod, and Semi-finalist in the 2010 ABC YPA. In 2012 Christopher returned from Chicago where he completed a Performance Certificate at Northwestern University.He was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing with Yo-Yo Ma and Riccardo Muti. On his return, Christopher became a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Founding member of the Sydney Piano Trio, he regularly performs across Australia and the US. Christopher will perform Bach’s Cello Suite No 5.



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