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Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio

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2 Mar - 13 Mar 2021

Acclaimed worldwide for her unparalleled command of a famously tricky instrument, Sydney oboist Diana Doherty makes a rare national tour in 2021. Diana’s delicious, eyes-alight style of performance finds a joyous match with her friends, the Streeton Trio, performing with Diana and alone in masterpieces of the repertory.

Chamber music for oboe quartet is relatively rare, so this is a unique opportunity to experience this appealing combination in two works. The first is by Martinů, a genial, airy piece, deceptively well-crafted, hinting at his habit of composing while out for a walk. The second is a world premiere by Western Australia’s Lachlan Skipworth, described by The Australian as possessing a ‘rare gift as a melodist’. His new Oboe Quartet is a musical portrait of the couple in whose memory it was commissioned. It reflects their shared love of Bach, their hobbies, and characters, in its vibrant colours, interlaced lines and lively textures. Anne and Alan Blanckensee are part of Musica Viva’s history and it is a joy to bring this work to the stage.


Online concert

On 8 March, enjoy the live streamed Diana Doherty and Streeton Trio concert at Sydney's City Recital Hall from the comfort of your own home. Tickets available now.

Perth Concert

We continue to live in unpredictable times and have made the difficult decision due to border restrictions that we are no longer able to present the concert by Diana Doherty and the Streeton Trio on Wednesday 10 March.

While our plans have had to change, we're happy to announce we've secured some of Perth's most exciting musicians for a wonderful concert at the same time in Perth Concert Hall. Musica Viva has drawn together the compelling artistic forces of Ashley Smith (clarinet), Gladys Chua (piano), Sophie Curtis (cello) and Paul Wright (violin) for a program to inspire and delight.

Learn more and purchase tickets to the Perth concert here.

Program 1

Brisbane, Melbourne Weekend, Newcastle, Sydney Weekend

MARTINŮ Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315 (1947)
SMETANA Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 (1855)
SKIPWORTH Oboe Quartet (2020)*

Program 2

Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne Weekday, Sydney Weekday, Live Streamed Concert

MARTINŮ Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315 (1947)
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op. 49 (1839)
SKIPWORTH Oboe Quartet (2020)*

*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia in memory of Anne and Alan Blanckensee, by their son Andrew, family and friends. World premiere performances. 

Diana Doherty appears courtesy of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


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Lachlan Skipworth

Lachlan Skipworth writes music as though he’s practising a martial art: a rare combination of elegance and strength. Lachlan’s Oboe Quartet will be premiered by Diana Doherty and the Streeton Trio for their national tour beginning in March 2021.

Hailed by Limelight as expressing ‘both exquisite delicacy and tremendous power’, Perth composer Lachlan Skipworth writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and experimental music. His vivid musical language is coloured by three years spent in Japan where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse. Winning the 2014 Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition established Skipworth’s reputation and led to a string of major commissions.

To our Ensemble Patrons the Australian Music Foundation for their support of this tour.

And thanks to our Concert Champions:

  • Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman in memory of Barbara Gibbs (nee Spencer) (Adelaide)
  • Andrew and Kate Lister (Brisbane)
  • Helen Kerr and John Ratcliffe (Brisbane)
  • Malcolm and Lachlan Snow, and Jo Ferguson (Canberra)
  • Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann (Melbourne)
  • Megan and Bill  Williamson (Newcastle)
  • Deborah Lehmann AO and Michael Alpers AO (Perth)
  • The Darin Cooper Foundation (Sydney)

Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio

Listen to Diana, Emma, Umberto and Benjamin talk about their history playing together over the years, the world premiere of the Oboe Quartet by Lachlan Skipworth and working with him on the piece and what they're most looking forward to in the program.

In Conversation: Diana Doherty & Lachklan Skipworth

Watch as Diana Doherty and Lachlan Skipworth speak in depth about his new composition ahead of its premiere. They touch on the uniqueness of oboe quartets, writing for this combination of instruments, and much more. 

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Event Dates

  • Adelaide 02 Mar 2021 7:30 PM
  • Adelaide 03 Mar 2021 11:00 AM
  • Brisbane 04 Mar 2021 7:00 PM
  • Sydney 06 Mar 2021 2:00 PM
  • Sydney 08 Mar 2021 7:00 PM
  • Melbourne 09 Mar 2021 7:00 PM
  • Newcastle 11 Mar 2021 7:30 PM
  • Canberra 12 Mar 2021 7:00 PM
  • Melbourne 13 Mar 2021 7:00 PM

Online Concert

Live Stream 08 Mar 2021 7:00PM AEDT

Enjoy a live streamed Diana Doherty and Streeton Trio concert from the comfort of your own home.

Ticket information

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Download the concert guide here.

Listen to the tour playlist