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about

Based in Melbourne, Australia, the members of The Westgarth Ensemble have been singing together since 1997.

Graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio, they have all worked for a range of Australian opera companies and ensembles.

In recent years they have been presenting themed vocal concerts in venues around Victoria. 

KERRIE BOLTON graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music, furthered her studies in the UK and completed a Masters of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Kerrie performs regularly with the choruses of both Opera Australia and Victorian Opera and as a soloist with many companies including Melbourne Opera, Lyric Opera, Chamber Made and with the Royal Philharmonic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLAIRE MCDONALD commenced her tertiary studies at the Melba Conservatorium of Music un der the Amelia Josceylene scholarship and continued post-graduate study at the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio. She is currently instrumental department co-ordinator of voice at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and works frequently as a soloist in recitals and concert performances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATRENA MITCHELL is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio. A fellowship at the State Library focusing on baroque vocal music has resulted in a series of concerts exploring aspects of this rich music period. As well as concert performances, Katrena has performed various operatic roles with Eastern Metropolitan Opera. She also occasionally programs music for ABC Classic FM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIAN PRIOR graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio in 1999. She has performed with Operative, More Than Opera, Opera Sessions, Divas Inc., and at the Macedon Music and Castlemaine Festivals. Sian is also a writer and broadcaster who can be heard presenting on Classic FM and 774 ABC Melbourne. Her memoir Shy was published in 2014.