“Ornaments of the Earth” is a concert that explores music of the Baroque Era (1600 – 1750), in particular its representation of our natural world. The music of this Era was one of dichotomy: of longing and denial, of ecstasy and exuberance. Like all music, it was an expression of one’s soul. This expression and this music still resonate strongly within our current society. Who does not know Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”? And who does not have some concern for how we are treating the environment in which we live?

Historically the Baroque Era was an age of religious wars and conflict. Yet music remained a medium through which people could connect with their inner selves and look to the natural world for strength and peace. Our current environmental priorities highlight the necessity of preserving and enjoying the natural beauty of the world in which we live.

The concert programme will include works by Italian, French and German masters including Couperin, Bach and Telemann: the highlight of the show being Händel’s Nine German Arias (HWV202 – 210). The subtlety of the music combined with Brockes intimate poetry celebrate the wondrous world in which we live, providing a relevant “classical” music performance.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
C, D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
4 musicians and 1 road / production crew

Access for harpsichord to be considered.

Only a 3-hour bump-in is required.

The Arioso Chamber Ensemble is a unique music ensemble that brings together the talents and experience of leading specialists in Baroque performance: Judit Molnar (Soprano), Margaret Caley (Baroque Violin), Belinda Manwaring (Baroque Cello) and Janet Brewer (Harpsichord).

Judit graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2008 and has performed extensively across Europe, Asia and Australia, most recently in the 2015 Brisbane Music Festival. Margaret studied baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague and has performed in many baroque orchestras in Europe and Australia, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes. Belinda has performed with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, ACO, and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She studied baroque cello with Tim Blomfield and Danny Yeadon in Sydney and in 2008 attended the Early Music summer school in Vancouver with Jaap der Linden. Janet has recently returned from Early Music study in Norway and England. She performs regularly in chamber ensembles and orchestras.

With an emphasis on Historically Informed Practice Arioso Chamber Ensemble is motivated to provide the listener with a performance that is as authentic as possible. Their extensive repertoire includes music by Baroque composers from across Europe such as Bach, Handel, Telemann, Couperin, Biber and Vivaldi.

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Unique Selling Point

We provide quality performances of music that communicates with our audience. Being a small ensemble we present chamber music rather than the larger orchestral and choral works normally programmed throughout Australia. We also thoroughly research our programmes therefore presenting this music in a historically informed manner. Through the use of authentic acoustic instruments our show provides an “unplugged” musical experience in an intimate atmosphere.

Through conversation and performance technique we aim to deliver a show that connects with our audience and challenges those who maybe adverse to the concept of “classical” music not being relevant to today’s society.

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Arioso Chamber Ensemble will provide high-quality images, DVD and sound files and web links for use in advertising.

For a concert performance the ensemble will provide a programme with notes about the works being presented and translations of the German songs. If applicable, it will also provide a slideshow to accompany the performance.

For any educational workshops the ensemble will provide, in consultation with the organising person / teacher, plans for the workshops and applicable notes to be used by them.

Community Engagement

“Ornaments of the Earth” offers a community the opportunity to experience and enjoy a rare musical art form and to interact with highly-skilled performers. The ensemble also welcomes community presenters to work with them and to design a programme relevant to their community.

Arioso Chamber Ensemble is committed to delivering an engaging high quality live performance of Baroque music to regional Australia and our younger community members. As an ensemble it works collaboratively together, and with audience alike. It also aims to challenge misconceptions about the irrelevance and abstract nature of “classical” music.

Through participation in educational workshops we will expose students and local community orchestras to different repertoire and encourage them to strive to reach their fullest potential in performance. They will be guided in how Baroque music speaks to the performer and listener and how it is related to all other styles of music.