Three Piece Suite – an encore Moruya show

Join Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello, are coming to play in Moruya as Three Piece Suite.In their first concert series for 2017, the musicians of string trio Three Piece Suite will be in a nostalgic mood, looking back over four years of performances in Moruyato choose a program of their own and audience favourites.
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Visiting Moruya.

Join Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello, to celebrate some musical memories and the release of their first CD, Short and Sweet, at St John’s Moruya.

To start, the trio have selected some of the English Country Dances by Playford, ranging from wistfully elegant to rustically energetic and they have also chosen their favourite movements from Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

While they have played many pieces by Haydn over the years, the charming and sunny G major Trio op. 55 no.1 has been a particular favourite with audiences. Old will be new when Divertissement by van der Struik, the first piece written specifically for the group, will be given its first outing in a new revision.

Shorter gems by Schubert, Kreisler, Joplin and others will provide a variety of popular styles – as usual expect anything from lieder to tango! All in all, revisiting the past will be the perfect way to start the musical year!

The musicians hope you can join them and look forward to meeting you at the post-concert afternoon tea in the hall on Sunday,February 26 at4pm.

Rachel Westwood (violin) was born in Australia, and studied inter alia with Alice Waten, Dana Pomeranz-Mazurkevich, John Harding and Laszlo Kiss.

After seasons in each of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Rachel began freelancing, with the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and various studio orchestras.

Valmai Coggins (viola) studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, receiving both a Bachelor of Music with merit and a Master of Music degree in viola performance.

She has performed with all the major Sydney orchestras as well as the Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She was a permanent member of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1989 to 1994, and in 1996 and 1997 toured Australia with Ozopera.

Deborah Coogan (cello) after completing a Bachelor of Music in 1987 at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, Deborah travelled to France and studied cello with Maude Tortelier. On returning to Australia she played regularly with both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet Orchestra.

In 1992 she was a founding member of the string quartet Crisantemi and travelled for Musica Vivagiving concerts as part of their music in schools program.

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