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For centuries composers have been inspired by the folk song traditions of their homelands. Sometimes it is the dramatic landscapes, images of rural life or even the struggles of the people that provide the muse. Elsewhere the source might be a simple folk song, ripe for a musical translation that mines hidden depths of feeling and understanding.

For countless composers including Dvorak, Ravel, Britten, as well as Walton, Rodrigo and Bartok, the folk songs of their native lands have stimulated some utterly enchanting music – just listen to Martini’s "Plaisir d’Amour", Warlock’s "Sleep" or de Falla’s "Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas".


Our programme will stretch from the Renaissance to the 20th Century – a wide range, yet all linked by a common theme:  the genius of the composer inspired by the music of the people.

We are delighted to welcome two musicians from widely differing backgrounds.


Susie Bishop is a soprano who has sung with the Song Company and the Marais Ensemble. She is also a renowned violinist, performing with multi-ARIA award winning ensemble Monsieur Camembert, the Hinterland Ensemble amongst many others, as well as studying Tango music in Argentina.


Ngoc-Tuan Hoang is one of the most celebrated Vietnamese guitarists. He is also a composer, writer, teacher and human rights activist. Since his arrival in Australia in 1983 as a political refugee, Tuan has performed throughout the nation and appeared frequently on radio and television. Meanwhile, many of his compositions have become iconic among virtuoso guitarists in Vietnam.

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Susie Bishop (soprano/violin)
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