Sara Macliver

Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, and is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire.

Sara is a regular performer with all the Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Musica Viva, and a number of international companies.

Sara records for ABC Classics with more than 35 CDs and many awards to her credit.

In 2017/18 Sara sang with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Opera, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, St George’s Cathedral, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and in several programs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; she also sang with Bangalow Festival, St George’s Cathedral and Collegium Musicum amongst many other projects.  Sara recorded a CD of Calvin Bowman songs which was released last year.

In 2019 Sara sang with the West Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia, Ten Days on the Island, the Peninsula Summer Festival, Brisbane Camerata and ANAM amongst others.

Sara has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Australia in recognition of her services to singing.

Laura Vaughan

Melbourne-based viola da gamba specialist Laura Vaughan is a dynamic and well-recognised member of the early music movement in Australia.  Following her return from studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, she has established an active performing career on viol and violone, encompassing a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire across Australasia.  Passionate about the unique sound world of the viol, Laura is committed to bringing this exquisite repertoire to audiences around the world through music both old and new.  She is also one of the few exponents of the rare lirone.

Laura  can be heard regularly on ABC Classic FM as a soloist and chamber musician and appears on numerous CD recordings, including solo recordings for the Move and Paladino labels.  In addition to solo performances, she works with many Australian early music ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Adelaide Baroque, Accademia Arcadia, Consortium and is a founding member of the multiple ARIA award nominated trio Latitude 37.  Laura has appeared with Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and Auckland Philharmonia.  When not playing the viol, Laura can usually be found in a park with her two young children, her Tibetan Spaniels Abelard and Heloise, and almost certainly a good Melbourne coffee.”

Ruth Wilkinson

Ruth Wilkinson is very active as a recorder, viol and violone player and over her varied career has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. She has a diverse discography of some 20 CD recordings which document Ruth’s musical life from medieval and renaissance music with La Romanesca, to the baroque with the trio Capella Corelli and Cynthia O’Brien, Ludovico’s Band and the 21st century with Trio Avium. Most recently she has begun collaborating with The Recorder Co-op, and the viol ensemble Consortium and Auncient Hermony with Vivien Hamilton.

Ruth studied early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with Hans-Martin Linde and Jordi Savall and has taught recorder and Historical Performance Practice and early music ensembles for many years at the University of Melbourne. In 2012 she was made an honorary associate of the Monash University School of Music.  She has taught a generation of talented professional recorder players.