Homages & Lullabies

Ipswich City String Quartet

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Join Ipswich City String Quartet for Homages and Lullabies, a lush program of varied works by Mozart, Robert Schumann, Rebecca Clarke and Australian Becky Llewellyn.

Mozart’s “Spring” Quartet no.14 K387, was the first of a set of quartets dedicated to his former teacher Haydn. Schumann wrote his Quartet no.1 in 1842, after considerable study of the works of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Helen Carvolth
Quartet Leader

The Ipswich City String Quartet is led by Ipswich City Symphony Concertmaster Helen Carvolth.

Helen has a long history of association with both Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley. An old girl of Ipswich Girls Grammar School, she now teaches strings in the IGGS extra-curricular music program. Helen brings a wealth of performance experience to the Ipswich City Orchestras.

She has played with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Qld Pops Orchestra, Ady Ensemble, Sinfonia of St Andrews, Northern Rivers Symphony, Australian Youth Orchestra and the Lyrebird Ensemble in Mackay.

Samuel Andrews
Violin II

Samuel has performed throughout Europe and South East Asia and has been a member of the Ipswich City Symphony since 2012.

In 2019 he performed as a guest artist at the Berkshire Chamber Music Festival and frequently appears around South East Queensland with various ensembles including the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of St Andrews and Corda Spiritus.

Laura Thomson

Laura joined the Ipswich City Symphony in 2012. She has studied at the Qld Conservatorium of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music (London) and Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg (Austria).

Laura has toured extensively throughout Australasia and Europe. She has also performed with many of Australia’s leading Symphony Orchestras including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Laura resides in Ipswich where she teaches strings at West Moreton Anglican College.

Alex McPherson

Alex has been performing with the Ipswich City Symphony since 2014.

A founding member of the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra he has also played with the Hobart Baroque Ensemble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of St Andrews, Camerata of St John’s and Australian String Virtuosi.

Alex has studied at the University of Queensland, University of Tasmania and Australian Symphony Orchestra Institute.

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