Music in The Sky Mini 2022

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"Why write for the violin when there's the Cello?" 

- Rachmaninoff.

It is almost inconceivable that anyone not be moved by the tenor radiance of the cello. As the instrument that most closely resembles the human tone, the cello's earthy, warm and lyrical timbre has enchanted audiences for centuries. Think Yo-Yo Ma and his Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, or Elgar's Cello Concerto and you get the idea. 

Music in the Sky is a music experience that seeks to celebrate modern neoclassical music while immersing the audience in a Kaleidoscopic experience. This first of six minis celebrates the ciele "heavenly" qualities of the cello. Staying true to Music in the Sky soul, a large part of the 65 minute program will be a blend of immersive neoclassical cello arrangements such as Hans Zimmer Interstellar, tunes from Ólafur Arnalds’s popular Living Room Songs and Gabriel's Oboe from the movie The Mission. The program will also include chamber music such as Dushkin’s Sicilienne In E Flat Major  and Faure’s 3 Mélodies, Op. 7 - Arr. Hazell: 1. Après un rêve, both played at the Royal Wedding of  Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

Performing in an historic, sandstone tunnel at the Coal Loader in Waverton are the most amazing Cello trio: Eleanor Streatfeild, Emily Palethorpe and lower north shore local Andrew Wilson. Supporting them on the piano is the outstanding musician Brieley Cutting.

This performance takes place in Tunnel One of the Coal loader Centre for Sustainability.   Located on the western side of the Waverton peninsula, it is just five minutes' walk from Waverton Station.  Tunnel One is one of the four 180 m- long, coal-loading tunnels, running parallel to each other under the Coal loader main platform. The music will be fully acoustic and beautifully amplified by the crushed sandstone and heritage-condition concrete surface. Tunnel One is only opened to the public on special events, such as this Music in the Sky mini performance.

To enhance the experience of the evening, each patron will be served either a glass of the premium James Estate Reserve Range Shiraz 2019* or Chardonnay 2019*. James Estate Wines are built on a foundation of quality, experience and a sense of “place” that encapsulates the lifestyle and creative spirit of the Upper Hunter Valley.


Eleanor Streatfeild is principal cellist and co-director of the Australian Session Orchestra, and founder of Sydney-based Radu Cello Ensemble. Her cello studies began in Ethiopia where her family lived until 1994, but soon after moving back to Australia, she began lessons with Anthea Scott-Mitchell at the Newcastle Conservatorium. On a cello scholarship from the age of 13, Eleanor also had the privilege of taking part in Hunter Strings, a youth orchestra initiative that put her on the path to her Bachelor of Music in Performance and 8 years of Australian Youth Orchestra programs, including a tour to China and Europe.

Eleanor now performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Nano Symphony, Ensemble Trivium and Little Match Productions. She is also a performer and teaching artist with Sounds Across Oceans, holding masterclasses for improvisation workshops and ‘Tree of Life’, a multi-discipline experience engaging seniors in Brisbane. Her most recent projects include the Queensland Ballet’s ‘Little Green Road to Fairyland’ tour with Camerata, Little Match Productions’ ‘Puffin Palooza’, the Australian Session Orchestra’s ’20 Cubed’ project for Arts Queensland and QMusic, and Music in the Sky with the Nano Symphony in 2020.

Anneliese McGee-Collet grew up in Sydney in a musical family, learning to play the cello and piano at the age of 5. Anneliese undertook her tertiary studies at the Australian National University, studying a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Laws. She undertook her cello studies with David Pereira and was the recipient of the ANU Margot Lewin Prize for Cellists. Anneliese completed her studies in Canberra, graduating with Honours in law in 2015. Anneliese returned to Sydney in 2016 to undertake her Masters in Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Julian Smiles. During her studies, Anneliese was awarded the Patricia Bell Merit Scholarship. Anneliese enjoyed carrying out research for her dissertation looking at audience development strategies for classical music audiences. She further developed her writing skills when undertaking the Australian Youth Orchestra’s ‘Words About Music’ program.

After years of peripatetic instrumental teaching and ensemble conducting, Anneliese became the Education Coordinator at Musica Viva Australia in 2019. And just recently, Anneliese has pursued her legal career ambitions, starting work as an Associate at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the Migration and Refugee Division. Anneliese has continued to balance her other work commitments with a career as a freelance cellist. Anneliese was a founding member of the Foray Quintet, performing across NSW, the ACT and Victoria. Anneliese travelled to Brazil for the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, performing in masterclasses for Alan Rafferty and Per Nyström. Anneliese has also performed with popular contemporary artists including Michael Bublé, Hans Zimmer, Jessica Mauboy and Delta Goodrem and enjoys recording for film and television soundtracks.

Andrew Wilson began his cello studies at the age of seven with Denise Lawrence. After completing undergraduate studies in Meteorology he went on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium with Susan Blake. Andrew played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a couple of years, touring with them to the USA and Malaysia before continuing his studies. After travelling to the USA as a Tanglewood Fellow he went to the UK to undertake postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. Andrew has also performed in Masterclasses with such cellists as Ralph Kirschbaum, Joel Krosnick, Alexander Baillie and Michael Goldschlager.

Andrew has performed with orchestras in Australia, the UK and the USA including the Tasmanian Symphony, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and for fifteen years with the Opera Australia Orchestra, where he has been a Guest Principal. Andrew also has a passion for chamber music, having performed with Ensemble Aark and the Kammer Ensemble before founding and directing Ensemble Vinifera. He is now cellist with the Phoenix Collective. Andrew currently freelances and teaches in Sydney. As well as his own private studio he also teaches at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and is a tutor for the Sydney Youth Orchestras, Suzuki Cello Institute and several highly respected schools in Sydney.

Brieley Cutting is an Australian pianist who brings energy and refinement to her performance and teaching projects. Her playing has been critically praised for its myriad of colours and technical expertise, from her prize-winning performances in the 2006 ABC Young Performers Awards and 2010 Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand, to her numerous appearances as a collaborative pianist with musicians such as Judith Molnar (soprano), Kristian Winther (violin), Ensemble Trivium, Fragments Ensemble, Topology, Australia Piano Quartet, and Collusion. Brieley has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and Nizchny-Novgorod Philharmonic, and regularly performs in music festivals, delivers masterclasses, and recently was an adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod. A Churchill Fellow and an award-winning artistic director, Brieley received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2017. Brieley now lives in Sydney and is an Academic Lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music. 

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Tunnel 1, The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability 2 Balls Head Drive
Waverton, NSW 2060