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Dec 27, 2015 4:28 PM ET

Archived: AHE – ABC Classics Recording: Help the Australian Haydn Ensemble record with ABC Classics!

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 27, 2015

AHE – ABC Classics Recording

The story of the project

Help the Australian Haydn Ensemble record with ABC Classics!

The Australian Haydn Ensemble has received a brilliant opportunity… to make our debut album with ABC Classics.
This is a hugely exciting venture for our young Australian period instrument group.


Since AHE’s launch in early 2012, the ensemble has rapidly become an important contributor to the Australian music scene. Performing on classical-period instruments, the group has built a reputation for interesting and unusual programming – rediscovering and championing forgotten gems of the classical era and breathing new life into well-loved treasures.

For our ABC Classics disc we will be recreating Haydn’s Esterhazy chamber orchestra to record 3 glorious works by our namesake – Joseph Haydn.

  Erin Helyard                    Daniel Yeadon

Two of Australia’s best period instrument specialists will feature as soloists on the disc:
Dr Erin Helyard – performing Haydn’s D Major Keyboard Concerto, and
Daniel Yeadon – performing Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto.
AHE is thrilled to showcase the immense talents of these leading international experts in historical performance.

The ensemble members themselves will star in Haydn’s beautiful “Le Matin” Symphony No. 6, with its sprightly string writing, gay flute melodies, double bass and bassoon jokes, and virtuosic solo violin part.

Combined with the expertise and experience of the ABC Classics team and the wonderful recording environment of the ABC, the AHE has the opportunity to produce a world-class disc.

We’ve been busy raising funds from many generous donors,  
but through Pozible, we need to raise another $10,000.
      Marc Destrubé – co-director                 Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director

How the funds will be used

The funds raised in this Pozible campaign will be used directly to pay the musicians for their time spent rehearsing and recording.  The ABC will provide a substantial contribution to the project covering all production associated costs including the hire of the recording space, the sound engineer and production of the album artwork (approx $15,000). They are not able to cover musicians’ costs though. Our whole project will cost in excess of $50,000 with the cost of the artist fees and instrument hire adding up to $45,000, with a further $5000 needed to cover travel costs.

We have already received substantial financial contributions from our generous board and other AHE supporters. For this campaign we are looking for the remaining $10,000. There is also much being provided in-kind such as administration work and personal travel costs covered by particular individual musicians travelling from overseas to join us for the project.

$10,000 is the MINIMUM amount required to make this project viable. Any donations in excess of the Pozible target will go towards reimbursing those costs that have been provided in-kind in order for this project to happen.

All of the AHE musicians, board and helpers are committed to making this project happen, with key core players willing to contribute financially to it themselves should we not reach our target goal. Relieving the financial burden via this Pozible campaign will allow us all to focus on the music and create a landmark Australian period recording.

We need your help so this recording can become a reality!

Our budget breakdown is as follows:


$40,000 – Musicians’ fees (24 musicians)
$5000 – Musicians’ travel and accommodation costs
$5000 – Harpsichord hire and tuning

Already Raised: $40,000

$15,000 – Studio time, sound engineer, Mastering, manufacture and Design (provided by ABC Classics)
$12,000 – In-kind contributions from ensemble members (accommodation, administration work, travel expenses)


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By supporting this project you will be supporting the musicians of the Australian Haydn Ensemble – some of Australia’s most experienced period instrumentalists.

Dr Erin Helyard – Director & harpsichord soloist
Daniel Yeadon – Cello soloist
Marc Destrubé – Guest Concertmaster
Skye McIntosh – Concert Master & Artistic Director
Violins: Stephen Freeman, Raphael Font, Matthew Greco, Anna McMichael, Catherine Shugg, Simone Slattery
Viola: Shelly Sorenson, James Eccles, John Ma
Cello: Anton Baba, Anthony Albrecht
Double Bass: Jacqueline Dossor
Flute: Melissa Farrow, Mikaela Oberg
Oboe: Amy Power, Julia Bauer, Joel Raymond, Oonagh Lee
Bassoon: Simon Rickard
Horn: Darryl Poulsen, Doree Dixon
Harpsichord continuo: Neal Peres Da Costa

Dr Erin Helyard, harpsichord soloist for the disc, is a rising star as musical director of Pinchgut Opera and Brisbane Baroque. His performances as conductor and director were recently awarded multiple Helpmann awards. We are very pleased to be presenting him for his first solo concerto recording.

Daniel Yeadon, is a leading international expert of historical performance – he is a regular principal with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s group, The English Baroque soloists, and will also soon record Bach’s solo suites for cello for ABC Classics.

Marc Destrubé, guest leader for part of the project, has an outstanding international career as co-concertmaster of Franz Bruggen’s Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, as well as first violinist of the Axelrod Quartet, resident at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director & Principal violin of the ensemble has extensive period instrument experience. She has been a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 2009 and also performs every year with Pinchgut Opera. Skye is in demand as a leader of many other freelance projects in Australia.

The other members of the Australian Haydn Ensemble who will perform on the disc comprise many of Australia’s top period instrumentalists and work regularly with ABO, Pinchgut Opera, ACO and other Symphony Orchestras around Australia. 

Last but not least is Joseph Haydn himself – beloved ‘father of the symphony’ who sends his personal thanks for making this recording a reality and helping bring his musical offerings to the a new generation.


We are extremely excited by the prospect of recording our debut album and are confident that we can produce an amazing product. We can’t wait to get started! We have significant support for this project already pledged, but need your help to make it to the finish line!  We are dedicated to this project and fully intend to do whatever we need to realise our dream of creating this album.


Contact Information:

Skye McIntosh
Anthony Albrecht
James Eccles

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