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Jacqui Cronin graduated from the Canberra School of Music with a Bachelor of Music with a Bachelor of Music with High Distinction in 1998 after studies with Vincent Edwards.  In 1999 and 2000, Jacqui held full scholarships at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with various Australian and international violists.  In 2002 Jacqui graduated with a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Melbourne, having studied with Katherine Brockman and Fiona Sargent.  Jacqui was also a recipient of the Ian Potter Foundation which helped fund a study tour in Europe in 2007.


Jacqui has freelanced with ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.  Jacqui has been active as a chamber musician performing regularly with the Sydney Omega Ensemble and is a member of the Sonus Piano Quartet.

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Alexei Dupressoir is a freelance clarinettist who has enjoyed a diverse musical career in Australia and internationally.
Alexei has performed as Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia. In addition to this Alexei has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Australia Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and held a contract for Principal Bass Clarinet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2017.

Alexei is a dedicated pedagogue who values musical education to the highest degree. He is an indemand music tutor having worked with many schools and music institutions throughout the Sydney region. He has also enjoyed undertaking outreach educational work throughout Australia. Outside of his musical inclinations, Alexei is fanatical about football (soccer), coffee and a good craft beer

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Horn player Euan Harvey completed degrees in Music and Business Administration at Victoria University of Wellington, worked as a corporate tax specialist in New Zealand, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 2002 before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship to study orchestral performance at the Manhattan School of Music with Erik Ralske and Michelle Baker. During this time he worked as a freelance musician in the USA and Europe. In 2004 he was invited by Leon Botstein to play Principal Horn with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, he has performed in America with ensembles such as Windscape and Happy Hour Brass, in Europe with the Verbier Festival Wind Quintet and in New Zealand with the new music ensemble Stroma. He has also been a member of New Sydney Wind Quintet and the Sydney Omega Ensemble.

Euan Harvey was formerly Co-Principal Horn of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, Switzerland and toured with that orchestra to some of the major concert halls of Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has performed with all of the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, played Principal Wagner Tuba for the 2016 Melbourne Ring Cycle, and before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2008, he was Sub-Principal Horn with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for four years.

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Emily Long was appointed to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Prior to her current position in the1st violin section she was in the second violin section and in 2012 was contracted as Acting Assistant Principal second violin.  Emily is currently Vice President of the SSO Musicians’ Association, and is representative to the SOMA (Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Association).  

Emily studied violin, graduating with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2004.  Emily has also performed in the Melbourne symphony orchestra and has toured to Japan, Italy, China, Malaysia and Europe with the SSOI.

Emily has been concertmaster of the Balmain Sinfonia, Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Conservatorium Opera Orchestra, and has been Associate Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra. She was a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has toured NSW for Musica Viva and recorded for ABC Classic FM's Sunday Live program. She has also appeared as a chamber musician at the Kowmung Music Festival and other festivals and enjoyed participating in masterclasses with artists such as the Takács Quartet, Cho-Liang Lin and Steven Isserlis.  Emily has performed as a soloist with the SSO in Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for two violins in Sydney’s Angel Place Recital Hall.

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Cellist, Timothy Nankervis, is a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards for cello solo, and for chamber music as a member of the acclaimed Seraphim Trio. As an active chamber musician, Tim has performed extensively with Seraphim Trio nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the Sonus Piano Quartet, and performs regularly as a guest artist with various ensembles. Tim has performed widely throughout Australia as a soloist, and has broadcast regularly for the ABC and MBS-FM radio stations across the country. He has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto with orchestras in Sydney and Queensland, and he has performed as soloist with Orchestra Victoria, playing Tchaikovsky's 'Rococo' Variations. Tim is a member of the Australian World Orchestra performs regularly with ACO. He also teaches cello and chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and tutors regularly for Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.

Tim completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Sydney with Lois Simpson and graduated from Melbourne University with a Masters of Music degree with Nelson Cooke. He has also studied at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and in London with William Pleeth and Raphael Wallfisch.

Afternoon Concert Program

11 and 12 Sept 2021 

(Same program both days)


String Quartet No. 11, Op 95  in f minor ‘Serioso’


Serenata in Vano

Cello, Bass, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn



Solo double bass


Til Eulenspiegel einmal anders!

Violin, Bass, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn



Septet in E flat Major Op. 20

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn

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Benjamin Ward is a musician and composer based in Sydney, Australia. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Sydney Symphony double bass section. A career highlight was his collaboration with Jasmin Sheppard; a piece after the poems of celebrated Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha writer/poet Ali Cobby Eckermann.

Recently, Benjamin has performed a solo recital, including his own compositions, at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery; played a solo set of double bass works at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival; and volunteered at the Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land for the Yothu Yindi Foundation.

Craven Creek Music Association is excited to have Ben perform one of his compositions at the 2021 concerts.

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Matthew Wilkie grew up in Canberra and in 1979, after studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, went to Europe, where he ended up staying for 23 years. While studying bassoon in Hanover, Germany with Klaus Thunemann, he was a prize winner at the International Music Competition in Geneva. He has since appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe,(COE) as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, which he joined as Principal Bassoon in 2000.

He has been a member of the COE since 1986, travelling to Europe five times a year. to perform and record with them.  His solo and chamber music recordings include concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi and Richard Strauss; the complete wind chamber music of Mozart and Richard Strauss; and six trio sonatas by Zelenka. His 2009 recording of Bach and Telemann sonatas, The Galant Bassoon, was shortlisted for an ARIA award and has been praised internationally. He has also appeared at many international festivals and is a regular guest at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, and is much in demand as a teacher, giving masterclasses in Europe and Japan.

Liisa Pallandi has been a permanent member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2014. Having been an ACO Emerging Artist in 2012, Liisa is passionate about the orchestra’s education programs. She has been a formal mentor to Emerging Artists since 2016 and a regular tutor with the ACO Academy program. Liisa has also been a guest teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of New South Wales and the Australian National Academy of Music.

She has performed with orchestras around Australia, including the SSO and the Australian World Orchestra, and has been Guest Principal Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Liisa has performed as a chamber musician all over Australia and internationally.

Liisa enjoys performing with a range of performers in diverse styles on both violin and viola. Recent highlights include touring with the Sydney Dance Company, performing world premieres by Nico Muhly and Alex Mills with Pekka Kuusisto and the ACO Collective, joining the Jousia Ensemble in Helsinki, improvising with jazz musician/composer Paul Cutlan and performing with rapper Ziggy Ramo.

She first performed at the Craven Creek Music Festival in 2016 and is thrilled to be back again in 2021!