LIVING ROOM MUSIC

Welcome live music into your own living room!

Living Room Music offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy some of Canberra's finest young singers and instrumentalists in the uniquely personal setting of a house concert. You can select from any of the 'musical menus' below, and our artists will work with you to tailor a programme for the evening, perhaps as a prelude to your next dinner party, a stand-alone event, or a special experience for a loved one.

Canapé-  20 minutes
Three course meal - 30 minutes
Full degustation - 45 minutes


Fees and dates are negotiated on a case by case basis depending on the programme. Minimum fee: $1500. 

Venues must have the capacity to adhere to social distancing guidelines: 4m per person, total of 20 people including hosts and artists. Please see the COVID-Safe measures in place for Living Room Music here.

Enquiries and bookings: lcs@luminescence.org.au

Musical Menu 1 : LUMINESCENCE CHAMBER SINGERS (quartet)

Four singers from the Luminescence Chamber Singers present a diverse range of vocal music, spanning renaissance polyphony, folk music, jazz, and pop.

This programme is available in Canberra.
Performances in Sydney are possible pending artist availability and will incur a small additional fee toward travel expenses.

MENU

WILLIAM BYRD, Ave Verum Corpus [4’00]

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA, Sicut Cervus [3’10]

TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA, O Magnum [4’00]

JOHN WILBYE, O What Shall I Do? [4’00]

THOMAS MORLEY, Though Philomela Lost Her Love [1’00]

JOHN BENNET, Weep O Mine Eyes [2’40]

JOHN FARMER, Fair Phyllis [3’00]

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Linden Lea [2’20]

Trad, arr. BOB CHILCOTT, Con amores la mi madre [2’30]

þORKELL SIGURBJÖRNSSON, Heyr Himna [3’00]

Trad, Arr. JOSEPH TOLTZ, Enosh [2’00]

ISOBELLA GEROMETTA, Lay Fallow [4’20]

PAUL SJOLUND, Love Lost [4’25]

GEORGE GERSHWIN, Arr. DAN WALKER, Summertime [3'00]

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, Arr. DAN WALKER, Our Song [3'00]

JOHN CAGE, Living Room Music (II. Story) [2’15]

ARTISTS

VERONICA MILROY, Soprano

AJ AMERICA, Mezzo-Soprano

DAN WALKER, Tenor

CHARLES BOGEL, Baritone

 

Veronica Milroy
Veronica Milroy
AJ America
Dan Walker
Charles Bogle
Charles Bogle

Musical Menu 2: Invitation L'Voyage

Artistic Director AJ America joins one of Canberra's most acclaimed pianists Ella Luhtasaari for a program of French Chanson.

This programme is available in Canberra and is only possible in venues where there is a piano.
Performances in Sydney are possible pending artist availability and will incur a small additional fee toward travel expenses.

AJ America

"finely polished singing [...] and the most skillful accompanying I've heard in many years"

Ella Luhtasaari

ARTISTS
AJ AMERICA, Mezzo-Soprano
ELLA LUHTASAARI, Piano

MENU

HENRI DUPARC L'Invitation au voyage [4'20]

HENRI DUPARC Chanson triste [2'50]

HENRI DUPARC La vie antérieure [4'30]

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Trois Chanson de Bilitis [9'00]
I. La flûte de Pan
II. La Chevelure
III. Le Tombeau des naïades.

FRANCIS POULENC Banalités [10'00]
I. Chanson d’Orkenise
II. Hôtel
III. Fagnes de Wallonie
IV. Voyage à Paris
V. Sanglots

GABRIEL FAURÉ Prison [2'20]

GABRIEL FAURÉ Clair de lune  [3'15]

GABRIEL FAURÉ Fleur Jetée [1'40]

ERIK SATIE Je te veux [4'20]

ERIK SATIE Élégie [3'00]

MAURICE RAVEL Cinq mélodies populaires grecques [7'30]

MAURICE RAVEL Kaddish [5'00]

"It’s rare to see and hear two performers who are so comfortable with each other, almost as one. It’s the way it should be, particularly in the revealing, almost nakedness, of voice and piano together."

Tony Magee - Canberra CityNews Review (2020)

Musical Menu 3: 

Chloe Lankshear and Heathcliffe Auchinachie perform music for classical guitar and voice, including major works by De Falla, Britten, and Villa-Lobos, and a range of art song.

This programme is available in Sydney.
Performances in Canberra are possible pending artist availability and will incur a small additional fee toward travel expenses.

 

Chloe Lankshear
Heathcliffe Auchinachie

ARTISTS

CHLOE LANKSHEAR, Soprano

HEATHCLIFFE AUCHINACHIE, Guitar

MENU

MANUEL DE FALLA Siete Canciones populares españolas

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras no.5

BENJAMIN BRITTEN Six Folk Songs

Various art song by: Hahn, Schubert, Dowland, Rameau, Vaughan Williams, Debussy, and Rutter.

Special repertoire requests considered upon enquiry.

 

ABOUT OUR ARTISTS

 

AJ AMERICA

AJ is a performer, conductor and creative producer. She performs regularly as a soloist and a consort singer in Sydney and Canberra, and has conducted multiple high-achieving community choirs. She performs regularly with the Luminescence Chamber Singers, the Choir of St James King St, Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera, and Vox Plexus (Melbourne). She is a regular collaborator with pianist Ella Luhtasaari, and a member of Ampleya - a multimedia collaboration with pianist/composer Rasa Daukus and visual artist Genevieve Swifte. Recent highlights have included a  performance of early chamber music under the direction of Erin Helyard at Pheonix Central's Dangrove Arts Facility, appearances alongside Tess Said So's live soundtrack for Nosferatu, and appearances at the Canberra International Music Festival and Gondwana World Choral Festival.

AJ  is the Artistic Director of Luminescence, as well as a founding member of the organisation and ensemble. In recent years, AJ has also served as the Musical Director of Canberra Community Chorale, the ANU School of Music H-Course Vocal Ensemble, and the Director of Choirs at Radford College.

 

HEATHCLIFFE AUCHINACHIE

Heathcliffe began his classical guitar studies under Georg Mertens at the age of 10. He then went on to study with Vladimir Gorbach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he obtained his Bachelor of Music. During his studies, he has been nominated for Encore, competed abroad, awarded scholarships for tertiary study, and has given numerous concerts as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. In 2019 Heathcliffe and baritone Brendan Zlatkis were invited to tour with the Avant Trio as part of the Sydney Conservatorium’s Great Southern Tour directed by pianist David Miller. Later that year he was asked to perform at Sydney’s City Recital Hall as part of a lecture given by mathematician Geordie Williamson for National Science Week. Heathcliffe has competed in Australia and internationally, and in 2019 he was a semi-finalist in the Melbourne Guitar Foundation's International Concert Artist Competition. He has received tuition and masterclasses from some of the most highly respected performers in the world, such as Lorenzo Micheli, Tim Kain, Z.o.o guitar duo, Dene Olding and Irena Morozova (Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Goldner String Quartet), Martha Masters, Gian Marco Ciampa, and Matthew Mccalister. Also an avid chamber musician, This year Heathcliffe performed alongside soprano Chloe Lankshear at a live recorded concert as part of Phoenix Central Park’s series ‘Behind Doors’. When not performing or teaching, Heath enjoys writing and his articles have been published with Classikon and Limelight.

 

CHARLES BOGEL

Charles’s vocal training began aged 8 as a boy treble with the St George’s Cathedral Choir in Perth, under the tutelage of Simon Lawford. Here, Charles became a regular soloist and was awarded the Grace Medal for excellence in 2002 and was installed as Head Chorister in 2003. Charles continued to sing with the choir as a lay clerk under Joseph Nolan, performing regularly in concerts including with ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music.  Charles sang with West Australian Opera’s children’s chorus and as a Gentleman of the Chorus in mainstage productions for several years prior to moving to Canberra.

As well as his work with Luminescence Chamber Singers, Charles appears with ensembles such as the Canberra Bach Ensemble, and the Giovanni Consort (Perth).

 

CHLOE LANKSHEAR

Chloe Lankshear is a Canberra soprano who is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Simon Lobelson. In 2017, Chloe made her debut with 'Song Company' and has worked as a guest artist with them for many programs over the last two years. In 2018, Chloe made her debut opera performance with South Australia State Opera in their production of Brett Dean’s ‘Hamlet’ for the Adelaide Festival. In March 2019 Chloe performed a selection of early chamber music under the direction of Erin Helyard as part of Judith Neilson’s ‘Pheonix Central Park’ performance and recording series at Dangrove Arts Facility. In the following months she performed as a featured soloist in a range of programs including R. V William’s ‘Sea Symphony’ alongside Baritone David Greco (Canberra). At the end of 2019 Chloe debuted her first lead role in new opera company ‘Ensemble Polypheme’s’ production of ‘Acis and Galatea’. This year Chloe returned to the Adelaide festival with Song Company as part of the festivals 150 Psalms project. Recently Chloe performed with classical guitarist Heathcliffe Auchinachie in a live concert recording through Phoenix Central Park in their new studio. Upcoming performances feature Bach’s secular cantata ‘Coffee Cantata’ with Bach Akademie Australia, and various projects with Pinchgut Opera.

 

ELLA LUHTASAARI

Ella recently returned to Australia last year after several years’ study in Europe. Last year she graduated with Distinction from the Guildhall Opera School in London after two years of training on full scholarship as a répétiteur and coaching fellow. This followed her Masters studies as a collaborative pianist (Guildhall) and vocal accompanist (Graz, Austria). Whilst at Guildhall, she won the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize and had the privilege of studying with Susanna Stranders (Royal Opera House), Julius Drake, Pamela Lidiard, Andrew West (Guildhall) and Stacey Bartsch (Graz). Her undergraduate studies were at the ANU School of Music with Susanne Powell.

Ella is a passionate and experienced collaborative pianist. Since returning to Australia, she has worked with the Lisa Gasteen Opera School on a production of Carmen, performed with Tobias Cole and his opera company, Handel in the Theatre, and given numerous recitals in the Canberra region. She is also a passionate educator with a burgeoning piano studio.

 

VERONICA MILROY

Soprano, pianist & chamber musician, Veronica grew up in regional NSW and studied at the Mitchell Conservatorium. She was a member of Gondwana Choirs from 2003 – 2017 and has toured both nationally and internationally across the UK & Europe, the USA, and New Zealand. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from the ANU School of Music under the tutelage of Alan Hicks & Louise Page OAM.

An experienced consort singer, Veronica performs with the Luminescence Chamber Singers (Canberra), Coro (Canberra) and the Choir of St James’ King Street (Sydney). Veronica has been an educator for nearly a decade and has worked as a singing tutor, accompanist and director with many organisations across Canberra & Central Western NSW, as well as the Rhapsody Rotorua Festival (New Zealand) . In addition to performing with the Chamber Singers, Veronica is the pianist for Luminescence Children's Choir and was a founding member of the Luminescence Board of Directors.

In her free time Veronica is training as a yoga instructor, and has a keen interest in how yogic principles can be applied to the performing musicians’ life.

 

DAN WALKER

Composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. He has had works commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs and Halcyon. As a performer, Dan is a principal artist at both Luminescence Chamber Singers and the Song Company. He sings regularly with Cantillation and Pinchgut Opera, and has been a member of the professional vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne and was a founding member of early music ensemble, The Parson’s Affayre. He is a keenly sought-after conductor, appearing as chorus master for the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Choruses, and is currently the Artistic Director of Canberra Choral Society, Canberra Community Chorale and Oriana Chorale, as well as Associate Artistic Director of Luminescence Chamber Singers.