Conservatorium of Music

Irwin Street Collective

From the head of Conservatorium

"Whether your aspiration is a life in music

or music in your life,

we dare your to play on our stage."

Alan Lourens
Head of Conservatorium

Further information




Our 2018 series brochure is available to here to view online or print:

Transford Brochure


All details are correct at the time of printing. UWA Music reserves the right to alter without notice programs, performers, dates, times and venues as may become necessary.

Gabby SheggiaIn 2018 the UWA Conservatorium of Music launches The Irwin Street Collective. This exciting project is led by two of Perth’s most celebrated musicians: Cecilia Sun and Sara Macliver.

For many years UWA Music has been involved in the development and advancement of historically-informed performance. With students having access to worldleading mentors such as Sara and Cecilia, Shaun Lee-Chen (Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Suzanne Wijsman and Emeritus Professor Paul Wright, we have produced some of today's most celebrated period performers.

The Irwin Street Collective aims to build on this reputation and enrich the Australian musical community through interaction with leaders in historicallyinformed performance. We invite you to join us for some exceptional performances and events with world-leaders in the field in the inaugural year of the Irwin Street Collective.


Beethoven Sonata Project

Celebrated UWA music staff Cecilia Sun (fortepiano) and Simon Lee Foundation Artist in Residence Shaun Lee-Chen (violin) will present some of Beethoven’s classic violin sonatas in a series of free concerts across 2018.

Date and time
  • Friday 23 March 2018 | 1pm | Free entry, no bookings required
  • Friday 31 August 2018 | 1pm | Free entry, no bookings required
  • Sunday 25 November | 4pm | Free entry, RSVP here

Converge | Mozart Double Piano Concerto

Talented young honours students Maria Ceccarelli and Adrian Soares join Cecilia Sun, Shaun Lee-Chen and the UWA Chamber Orchestra for a free performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for two fortepianos. The concert will also feature renowned soprano and UWA Conservatorium faculty member Sara Macliver.

Dates and time
  • Wednesday 30 May | 5.30pm | Free entry, no bookings required

VISITING ARTISTS | Jamie Hey (cello)

Jamie Hey is Australia’s pre-eminent period cellist and a passionate researcher of the history, development and repertoire of the cello in 17th century Italy. He has been a member of the celebrated Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 1995 and has been their principal cellist since 2002. 

Converge | Open Rehearsal

Get a unique behind the- scenes look into the rehearsal process as you observe some of Australia's finest musicians preparing for their upcoming performance.

Dates and time

  • Wednesday 7 March 2018 | 5.30pm | Free entry, no bookings required

Callaway Music Auditorium 

Chamber Classics

Some of Australia’s finest period performance specialists, Shaun Lee- Chen (violin), Paul Wright (viola), Jamie Hey (cello) and Cecilia Sun (fortepiano) come together to perform chamber works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Dates and time

  • Sunday 11 March 2018 | 7pm | SOLD OUT


VISITING ARTISTS | Georgia Browne (Baroque flute) and Tom Foster (continuo)

Renowned Baroque flautist Georgia Browne graduated from UWA before studying at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since graduating she has worked as a soloist, orchestral musician and guest tutor throughout Europe.

British harpsichordist Tom Foster studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Saint Catherine's College (Oxford) and at the Royal Academy of Music (London). Alongside numerous chamber music partnerships he is a respected solo harpsichordist, performing regularly in the UK.

Free Lunchtime Concert | Georgia Browne, Tom Foster and UWA Students

Dates and time

  • Friday 28 April 2018 | 1pm | Free entry, no bookings required


Georgia Browne | Baroque Flute Masterclass

Dates and time

  • To be confirmed


Tom Foster | Lecture Demonstration: Continuo Playing

Dates and time

  • To be confirmed


VISITING ARTISTS | Kate Clark (Baroque flute) and Catherine Jones (Baroque cello)

Kate studied at the University of Sydney and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She has performed and recorded as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe. A leading specialist on Renaissance flute, she has been invited all over Europe and beyond to give lectures and courses on this instrument.

UWA graduate and Baroque cellist Catherine Jones enjoys an international and varied career, performing and recording both as a soloist and with ensembles. Catherine is professor of Baroque cello at the Felice Dall’Abaco Conservatorium of Verona and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorium (Milan).

Concert | Kate Clarke, Sara Macliver and UWA Students

UWA voice students and celebrated Australian Baroque soprano Sara Macliver will work alongside guest artist Kate Clarke to present a free concert of Renaissance delights.

Dates and time

  • Friday 28 September 2018 | 7pm | Bookings essential - contact for further information


Converge | Irwin Street Collective Symposium Launch

Join the Irwin Street Collective and guest artists Kate Clarke and Catherine Jones for the launch of the Irwin Street Collective Symposium.

Dates and time

  • Wednesday 3 October | 5.30pm | Free entry, no bookings required


Irwin Street Collective Symposium

Immerse yourself in two days of exquisite music with masterclasses, seminars, open workshops and performances by UWA students, staff and our special guests Kate Clarke and Catherine Jones.

Dates and time

  • 4-5 October 2018


Free Lunchtime Concert Catherine Jones, Shaun Lee-Chen and Cecilia Sun

Dates and time

  • Friday 19 October | 1pm | Free entry, no bookings required


All events are free to attend.

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The UWA Institute of Advanced Studies generously supports the residencies of Jamie Hey, Georgia Browne and Tom Foster. Kate Clark and Catherine Jones’ residencies are supported by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Misha Strassberg Fellowship in the Creative Arts

Shaun Lee-Chen is the Simon Lee Foundation Musician in Residence (violin)