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The Importance of Public Funding

To view our statement for the importance of public funding, scroll to the end of this page, or click here:

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.

Lisa Cannizzaro


Lisa Cannizzaro graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music [Honours] in Classical Voice. She also gained a Diploma of Languages [Japanese] and Graduate Diploma in Teaching. As well as gaining extensive employment experience  in specialist music education, Lisa continues to perform as a professional soprano soloist and ensemble member with State Opera SA, Adelaide Festival, Co-Opera, Norwood Symphony Orchestra, Big Sing, Art Song Canberra, Recitals Australia, Adelaide Hills Chamber Players, South Coast Choral and Arts Society and Emma Knights Productions. Major recent performances include Zerlina [Don Giovanni], Mabel [The Pirates of Penzance], soprano Soloist [Elijah], Proms Concert [Norwood Symphony Orchestra] and Iconic Inspirations [Arts Song Canberra].

Jeremy  Tatchell


Jeremy  Tatchell, New Zealand born bass-baritone, graduated with a Bachelor of Music in both viola and voice performance from the Canberra School of Music. For George Limb Opera in Canberra his roles included Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Figaro (Marriage of Figaro) and Mr Gedge (Albert Herring). Jeremy has gained much experience on the concert stage including performances of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Mass, Bach’s St Mathew Passion, St John Passion and Magnificat, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah. He has also performed as a violist with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Jeremy has performed a diverse number of roles with various companies around Australia including Falke (Die Fledermaus), Tonio (Pagliacci) and Zuniga (Carmen) for Co-Opera, which has also involved many performances in SE Asia and Continental Europe.

Macintyre Howie Reeves


Macintyre Howie Reeves is a singer and director who has performed in multiple Adelaide Festival productions, including Brett Dean’s Hamlet, Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton and Mozart’s Requiem directed by Romeo Castellucci. He has been a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Messiah and guest soloist for Adelaide Carols by Candlelight 70th anniversary. Macintyre has worked with many SA companies, including the G & S Society, Emma Knights Prodns, Co-Opera and State Opera of SA. Stage credits include: Lieutenant Barri in Sondheim’s Passion, The Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, The Father in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, The Page in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mr. Lindquist in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Pish-Tush in The Mikado and Publio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for Co-Opera.

David Visentin


David Visentin graduated from the Elder Conservatorium, Uni of Adel and  immediately performed many roles for the G&S Society. Later that year he joined Co-Opera for their inaugural interstate tours of the Magic Flute (Mozart) singing 1st Armed Man. In 2000 he moved to Sydney and added Alexis Pointdextre, The Sorcerer to his repertoire plus various roles in The Mikado, The Gondoliers, Yeoman of the Guard, Ruddigore and Iolanthe. He has performed principle roles in Don Giov anni (Mozart), L’occasione fa il Ladro and La Scala di Seta (Rossini), Owen Wingrave (Britten) and Il Tabarro (Puccini). Barber of Seville (Rossini) and Alfredo in La Traviata as well as tenor soloist in many oratorios.

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. 

Bethany Eloise


Bethany Eloise has completed a Bachelor of Music [Singing] at the University of Adelaide, a Diploma of Musical Theatre with Associated Studios, a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Adelaide, and has been a Studio Young Artist with Gertrude Opera in Melbourne. As a professional singer, Bethany has sung with the Cunard Cruise Line Queen Elizabeth World Voyage, performed many roles in opera productions, including the title role in Soeur Angelica [Puccini]. She has a strong interest in music education and has served regularly as a Classroom Music Teacher and as a Primary Relief Teacher with Tradewinds Recruitment.

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 OAM - General Manager

Eleanor Packer - Administration
David Perry - Finance

Alex Makeyev - Photography
Peter Fisher - Photography
Lester Wong - Photography, Social Media and Website design

Andrew Wiering - Audio Visual


• Hans and Petra Henkell for Principal Sponsorship
• David Perry for pro bono bookkeeping services
• Andrew Taylor for photographic location
• Anne-Marie Grisogono for pro bono rehearsal space
• SV Partners for pro bono printing
• Adelaide Showground for rehearsal space sponsorship

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We are proudly supported by the Henkell Family Fund no 2, a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation

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Benefactors to the
Adelaide Hills Chamber Players




Beerenberg Foundation

David & Elizabeth Ellis

Bette Hardy

Hans & Petra Henkell

Royal Commonwealth Society (SA Branch)




Aldridge Family Trust

 Denis and Vee Noble

 Anne-Marie Grisogogno

Robert and Cynthia Kimber

Charlotte & Henry Rischbieth





 Grace Bawden

 Alan Scott

 Judy and Harry Clarke



Julie Almond

 Jan and John Davies

 Andrew Georg

 Barry and Joan Hailstone

 Anne Hartnett

 Margaret Killick

 Rebecca Llewellyn

 Barbara Mayfield/Nick Canny

 Metod Setnikar





Hazel Douglas

 Lesley Ewing

 Richard House

 Trevor and Maria Jones

 Helen March

 Steven Marshall

 Melinda Olsson

 Jill Tyrrell

 Roger Rees

 Elizabeth Campbell

Thank you.
Your support for to the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players
makes it possible for us to keep the music alive in the Hills!

Become a Benefactor of the
Adelaide Hills Chamber Players






Benefactions can be made by credit card, cheque OR Electronic Funds Transfer to:


Adelaide Hills Chamber Players Public Fund

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POST cheques and benefaction forms to:

Adelaide Hills Chamber Players

PO Box 179 ECHUNGA SA 5153

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After receiving public funding from the South Australian Government annually for three years, Adelaide Hills Chamber Players have been denied funding for 2024. The exciting project initiated by Stephen Marshall directly from his Premier’s Office in 2021 has come to a crashing halt.

Our company was formed with the express purpose of presenting top-end fine music performances primarily for audiences in regional South Australia and thereby provide much needed professional employment opportunities for the cream of Adelaide’s classical musicians.

The dream with the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players was to provide a critical mass of professional performance engagements that would enable the most highly skilled practitioners to rely on professional performance employment for a modest percentage of their weekly income. Extreme reliance on teaching threatens maintenance of high-end executant skill which is “Olympian” in its demands of discipline and devotion.   


This dream has interlocked with the love regional communities have always expressed for high-quality fine music. The quality of the performances made possible with public funding over the last three years can be viewed in video recordings accessible on the Gallery page of our website.

After such a promising beginning, with the loss of State Government funding these plans/dreams have come to a crashing halt.


Thus, with no further assistance visible on the horizon, we are sorry to say it appears that the 2024 Summer Festival offerings will be the last involving our chamber orchestra.


Of course, we will continue to press for renewed State Government funding, and even without it we will continue to offer high quality programs with fewer forces [such as the Pocket Boheme of 2023] where modest benefactions and ticket sales can pay artists’ wages.


But what is in peril is the fate of the chamber orchestra, the ensemble that has been so deeply appreciated by loyal audience members from regional communities in particular.


If you are moved to voice your concerns, you may consider joining others who are writing individually to the Hon Andrea Michaels MP, Minister for Arts, c/o Parliament House, North Terrace, ADELAIDE 5000.



Adelaide Hills Summer Festival of Fine Music

Presented annually, Chamber orchestra, Chamber choir and small ensembles.


Regional Performance Program

Bringing Summer festival program to more remote regional communities in Autumn and Spring.


Educational Outreach

Linking regional performance visits with regional communities and school workshops - welding local communities together. 


Small Chamber Music Offerings

Morning concerts and performance soirees throughout Adelaide Hills. 

You can view our complete statement in the following PDF: 

The Importance of Public Funding

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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

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