Thanks to the singular generosity of our principal sponsors, Hans and Petra Henkell, we are delighted to offer, in January 2022, a celebration of solo musical artistry with chamber orchestral accompaniment.

Concerto Rhapsody brings a rare combination: solo piano, violin and voice by supreme South Australian performers, accompanied by a distinguished chamber orchestra, all in the one program.

Mozart, Beethoven and Vaughan Williams provide the medium and Adelaide’s own Helen Ayres provides the artistic leadership. In a tri-partite role of violin soloist, strings leader and orchestral director, Helen follows in the large footsteps of Sharon Grigoryan and William Hennessy in our 2021 concerts.
Widely feted on the national stage as violinist of the renowned Seraphim Trio, Helen brings true distinction to these leadership roles.


In keeping with our charter, these concerts will be offered mainly to regional communities in the Central Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and the Barossa regions. And for the first time, Adelaide patrons who don’t find travelling easy, can join us in St Johns Anglican Church, Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Early Bird discounts, available until the end of December, head up a suite of affordable ticket prices. Make up a party. Why not use these exquisite performances as quality Christmas presents? Come and say hello to our artists after the performances....the soloists and the remarkable members of the chamber orchestra who have all dedicated such passion and discipline to bring these offerings to magnificent levels of musicianship.


Adelaide Hills Chamber Players

Orchestra Members


Helen Ayres [Leader]

Belinda Gehlert [Associate Leader]

Madeline Melrose [Leader 2nds]

Freya Davies

Tom Helps

Robert Wallace

Lester Wong

Rachel Richardson


Martin Alexander [Leader]

Rita Reichbart

Aiden Sullivan


Jaqueline Finlay [Leader]

Joseph Freer

Monica Myung

Double Bass

Georgia Gamble


Linda Pirie


Joshua Oates


Dean Newcomb


Andrew Wiering


Chris Buckley


Emma Gregan

Helen Ayres

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Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate of the University of Melbourne and founding member of Seraphim Trio. She has appeared as guest with numerous Australian small ensembles including Flinders Quartet, Syzygy, the Australian Octet and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. After spending two years living in London and studying pedagogy at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Helen has now returned to Adelaide to teach violin at Elder Conservatorium’s Centre for Young Musicians.   While living in London Helen performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of these orchestras she performed across England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and China. Closer to home, Helen is a past member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Orchestra Victoria and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. With Seraphim Trio Helen has regularly performed at various festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide French Festival, the Peninsular Summer Music Festival and in 2013, Opera Australia’s Ring Festival in Melbourne. Seraphim has recorded numerous CDs for ABC Classics and are currently part way through a series of trio recordings for ABC Classic FM titled The History of the Piano Trio.

Brian Chatterton OAM


Brian Chatterton OAM was Musical Director of Co-Opera since its inception in 1990.  He was formerly Head of Performing Arts at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, Director of the Elder Conservatorium and Dean of Performing Arts at the University of Adelaide.  From 1973 to 1978 he worked with State Opera of SA as repetiteur, chorus master and musical director for many productions.  He regularly adjudicates at music eisteddfods and from 1972 – 1986 was a member of the music review panels of The Advertiser, The Adelaide Review, Australian Newspapers, the international magazine Opera and the monthly publication Opera-Opera.  Brian has studied or taught in Essex, Basle, Prague, Milan, Edmonton and London. In 2000 he was awarded an OAM for his services to music and music education and in 2003 he was the recipient of a Centenary Medal. From 1991 – 2017 Brian has been Musical Director of over 1,000 Co-Opera performances covering every State and Territory in Australia. Additionally, from 2005 – 2012, Brian conducted over 30 performances in SE Asia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to generous critical acclaim.

Jonathan Bligh 

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Jonathan Bligh is a passionate advocate for choral singing in Australia. He is a Vocal Coach, Ensemble Singer and Music Educator. He is currently studying a Master of Music at the Westminster Choir College (Princeton, USA) and has a Bachelor of Music (Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide), Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Adelaide) and a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London). Jonathan has worked as conductor for many groups across Australia and musicals including Footloose, Les Miserables, Gypsy and Spring Awakening. Jonathan was Head of Vocal Studies at The Scots College (Sydney) and previously worked as a senior music teacher in the Selective Entry Performing Arts Program at Charles Campbell Secondary School (Adelaide). He has presented workshops at many schools and for many organisations including ANCA, ANATS, Kodaly SA.

Sara Lambert

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Sara Lambert began her musical training playing the clarinet before moving to vocal studies in her final year of school.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) in voice from the Elder Conservatorium and went on to graduate with a Diploma in Operatic Art from the Sydney Conservatorium.   She became a full-time company member of Opera Australia where she performed small roles and covers, and was a member of the chorus.  She was awarded a company travelling scholarship through Opera Australia to continue her professional development in London with opera coach, David Harper and conductors and coaches from The Royal Opera and English National Opera.  Since returning to Adelaide, Sara has been a principal and chorus artist with the State Opera of SA, a principal artist with Co-Opera and a sought after concert and Oratorio artist.  She is a versatile performer having worked in radio, television, Opera, Operetta and Cabaret, and is a popular guest vocalist at community events. Her operatic roles include: Michaela in Carmen, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Mimi in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. 

William Hennessy AM


William Hennessy AM was the founder of the Australian String Quartet and its original leader from 1985 to 1996. He has been the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra since 2006 and has long been acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost violinists and music educators. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018. William Hennessy has made over 300 concerto appearances with Australian orchestras having appeared on numerous occasions as soloist with each of the major Australian symphony and chamber orchestras (except the Queensland Symphony Orchestra). He has performed in thirty-eight countries in a career spanning nearly four decades. Born in Wollongong NSW, his major music studies were with Harry Curby and Robert Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was the founding leader of The Australian String Quartet 1985-1996, founding deputy leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra 1975 – 1977 and founder director of The Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players, The Melbourne University Chamber Orchestra, and The Adelaide Youth Chamber Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 1980 – 1984 and has been a member for substantial periods of The Macquarie Trio, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and The English Chamber Orchestra. In the early 1990s he was Artistic Director of The Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.
William Hennessy was Head of Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Melbourne from 1997 – 2006 during which time he played an important role in assisting the developments of the TinAlley Quartet, the Flinders Quartet, The Tailem Quartet, the Hamer Quartet and the Seraphim Trio. Many of his former students hold significant professional performing positions. His students have also enjoyed many successes in important music competitions.

Jakub Jankowski

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Noted South Australian composer Jakub Jankowski has been commissioned by the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players to write a piece for strings and chamber choir which will premiere in 2022. 

Jakub Jankowski (b. 1994) is an Adelaide based composer. Chamber music has been the focus of his recent works - many of which have been championed by prestigious musicians from Australia and abroad. In September 2017, Jakub’s cello sonata Aspects of Return, was premiered by Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar as part of an Australia-wide recital tour for the 2017 Musica Viva International Concert Season.  In 2018, he completed a fanfare for the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, as well as two piano trios for the Seraphim Trio and Benaud Trio respectively. In April 2019, Jakub was a composer in residence at the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea - which featured performances of his works by the Fabergè Quintet, cellist Hee-Young Lim, pianist Holger Groschopp, and the world premiere of The Dove Descending written especially for the Arditti String Quartet. Jakub’s music has also been featured at a number of festivals, including: the Coriole Music Festival (2019), the Huntington Estate Music Festival (2019), the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival (2018), the Musica Viva Festival (2017) and the London International Mime Festival (2016). He has recently completed a new string quartet for the Goldner String Quartet as part of an upcoming Musica Viva International Concert Season tour. Jakub is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in Composition as well as a Graduate Diploma in Music Performance (Conducting).

Linda Pirie

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Linda Pirie studied flute with Michael Scott at Sydney Conservatorium, and later completed a Masters degree with Louise Dellit in Adelaide. Several years of overseas travel have provided opportunities to have lessons with such noted players as Susan Milan and Michael Cox. She was fortunate to attend Sir James Galway’s Summer School in Weggis, Switzerland in 2010.  Linda has enjoyed a vibrant and varied freelance performance career, performing with the English National Ballet, Adelaide Art Orchestra, State Opera of SA and CoOpera, with whom she has toured interstate and throughout Asia. She has performed nationally with the award-winning flute quartet Kshema, and with some fine chamber musicians such as Keith Crellin, Wendy Heiligenberg, Monika Laczofy and Sarah Christ. This year she is coordinating and performing with the newly-formed Royal Commonwealth Society’s Chamber Ensemble concert series in Pilgrim Church. Linda is an AMEB examiner, a Lecturer in Flute at Elder Conservatorium, and enjoys piano accompanying in her spare time.

Kyle Fraser

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Kyle Fraser is an Australian born pianist having returned from the UK where he studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, with renowned British concert pianist Jonathan Plowright, and was awarded a Master of Arts in Music (Performance) degree with distinction.


A former student of Lucinda Collins, Kyle is a graduate of the Elder
Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide,
and holds a first-class Honours degree in Music (Classical Performance). He is recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Kyle made his Concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber
Orchestra in 2016 and has performed for Recitals Australia in
the Lunch Hour and Alumni Concert Series. Notably, he received the Recitals Australia 2017 Piano Scholarship, presented in memory of Peter Schodde, which enabled him to attend a series of UK masterclasses.


In October this year, he joined the keyboard teaching faculty at The Elder Conservatorium’s Open Musicians Academy as a dedicated teacher for junior conservatorium students. In addition to teaching commitments, Kyle is an experienced accompanist and chamber musician, having performed overseas and Australia as a collaborative artist.

Lucinda Collins

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Lucinda Collins is a first class Honours graduate of the Elder Conservatorium. Awarded the prestigious Elder Overseas Scholarship she completed postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Peter Wallfisch, and later won the ASKM National Bicentennial Piano Competition and the national Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Scholarship, before being appointed to the staff of the Elder Conservatorium in 1990.


Lucinda performs widely throughout Australia and has also given recitals in the UK and Korea. Her playing has been praised for its “daunting power, lyrical beauty and musical intelligence.”
In addition to solo and concerto repertoire Lucinda works extensively as a chamber musician and has partnered many distinguished artists, including internationally acclaimed cellists David Geringas, Lynn Harrell and Natalie Clein.


She has performed and toured nationally with the Australian String Quartet and collaborates regularly with many of Australia’s finest musicians. Lucinda has recently performed at the Daylesford and Coriole music festivals. She has held the position of Head of Keyboard at the Elder Conservatorium since 2000. She also co-ordinates the chamber music program.


Governance & Administration

Board of Management
Grant Piggott - Chair [General Manager, Events, Adelaide Showground]
Brian Chatterton OAM -Artistic Director [Ex Officio]
David Perry - Honorary Treasurer
Judith Leeson AM - [Vector Consultants Career Counselling]
Lester Wong - Players’ Representative


Brian Chatterton - General Manager
David Perry - Finance
Pooja Kagrana -  Graphic Design / Website / Social Media
Alex Makeyev - Project photographer

Peter Fisher - Project photographer

Andrew Wiering - Audio Visual
Lester Wong - Social Media


Anne-Marie Grisogono for pro bono rehearsal space

David Perry for pro bono book-keeping services

Andrew and Bette Taylor for photographic location

Hans and Petra Henkell for principal sponsorship

and the support from the following organisations:


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About us

The object of the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players is to make high quality classical musical experience an easy convenience for Hills dwellers. Thus we plan to provide offerings in a wide range of Adelaide Hills venues including churches, institute halls and private homes. Whist the geographic nerve centre is Heysen Country, in and near Hahndorf, no Hills area need be excluded. You are only a phone call away from arranging a Chamber Players event in your own community centre.


Venues we have already performed at or under consideration include:

  • St Pauls Lutheran Church, Hahndorf

  • Echunga Memorial Institute

  • Macclesfield Institute

  • Valley of Praise Retirement Village

  • Prince of Wales Masonic Hall, Mt Barker

  • Gas Works, Strathalbyn

  • The Music House, Echunga


We are thankful for the support and expression of support from a number of Adelaide Hills-based organisations for the aims and objectives of the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players.

  • Coco Marie, Hahndorf

  • Blue Belle Boutique, Hahndorf

  • Heysen Electorate Office

  • Gepetto's at Hahndorf, Italian cuisine

  • Adelaide Hills Visitors Information Centre, Hahndorf

  • Adelaide Hills Tourism

  • Co-Opera

  • Royal Commonwealth Society, SA Branch

  • Mount Barker District Council

  • Beerenberg Foundation