Guest Artists 2021

Richard Butler tenor

Richard Butler made his symphony orchestra debut in 2014 singing Handel’s Messiah in a joint concert series with Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth Symphony Orchestras. He returned to WASO recently to sing Bach’s St John Passion and has  been soloist for various projects for Joseph Nolan at St George’s Cathedral in Monteverdi’s Vespers, St Matthew Passion and Judas Maccabaeus. Also in Perth, at UWA, Richard sang Britten’s War Requiem. 

 Richard sang the role of Pilate in Pärt’s Passio for the Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Song Company, was evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion for the Australian Haydn Ensemble’s collaboration with St James’s Church, King St, Sydney and evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the late Richard Gill as well as for Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. He also sang the title role in Britten’s St Nicolas for Brett Weymark and the Sydney Chamber Choir. Richard has appeared as soloist in various Australian Brandenburg Orchestra concert series, including Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart C Minor Mass and Bach’s Magnificat. Very recently Richard was tenor soloist for Bach Akademie Australia’s  launch concert series of various cantatas including the Ascension Oratorio as well as for Pinchgut’s inaugural concert series, singing Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Telemann’s Donner-Ode. Richard is a former Choral Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, lay clerk at Westminster Cathedral and soloist in various projects for the Gabrieli Consort.

The Early Dance Consort

The Early Dance Consort specialises in the recreation of early European court dance, with a repertoire extending from the dances of the Renaissance and Baroque ballroom and stage to the social dances of the Classical era. The Consort has appeared with leading early and chamber music ensembles including the Australia Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Capella Corelli, Elysium Ensemble, Adelaide Baroque, The Musicke, Pastance, Renaissance Players, Telemann Ensemble, Marais Project, Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, Evergreen Ensemble, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and in 2020, Consort 8.

Choreographer and dance researcher, Fiona Garlick, first trained in classical ballet, Fine Arts, and earned a PhD for her work on French court dance at the court of Louis XIV. As artistic director of the Early Dance Consort Fiona has led early dance presentations, and choreographed for concerts and productions of early operas, ballets and plays. Co-director John Barnard trained in jazz ballet before turning to historical dance while studying architecture at the University of Sydney. He and Fiona have travelled widely in Britain, Europe and to the USA to further their understanding and practice of early dance. John partners Fiona both in performance and teaching activities ranging from evening classes and summer courses in Sydney to specialist workshops and lecture-demonstrations.

Fiona & John are delighted to have been given this opportunity to appear with Consort 8 again. They can count many of its members as colleagues and friends, having worked together in various performance and workshop settings over the years.


Susan Christie (Artistic Director) ~ recorder, viol
Tim Chung ~ countertenor, percussion
Susan Foulcher ~ recorder, viol
Jane Grimm ~ viol
Jude Huxtable ~ recorder
Annabelle McIver ~ viol
Robert Small ~ recorder
Catherine Upex ~ viol
Louise Welsh ~ percussion
Bernard Williams ~ recorder, baroque guitar, theorbo
George Wills ~ baroque guitar, theorbo

Guest Composers

Brian Kogler
Clive Lane
Louise Welsh