Concert 1: Musical Friends

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Musical Friends

The Sydney Consort’s programme Musical Friends presents a reunion of musical composers, colleagues and friends. The concert features the two most predominant musical figures of the eighteenth century - contemporaries Telemann and Handel, and pinpoints their association and friendship.


 Georg Philipp TELEMANN :

Trio Sonata in G Minor, Fantasia in B flat Major for oboe, Sonatina in E Major for violin and continuo, Cantata for New Year's Day

Georg Friedrich HANDEL :

German Aria Flammende Rose, Sonata in B flat Major for oboe and continuo, Sonata for viola d'amore and harpsichord, Cantata Mi Palpita il cor


  • Josie Ryan soprano
  • Jane Downer baroque oboe
  • Stan w Kornel baroque violin & viola d'amore
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord



After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Josie RYAN completed her Masters degree specializing in Early Vocal Music and Historical Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, with the aid of a grant from the Dutch Government. She studied with Rita Dams, Jill Feldman, Barbara Pearson and Diane Forlano, as well as participating in master classes and private lessons with Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb and Barbara Schlick.  During her thirteen years in the Netherlands Josie performed as an ensemble singer with various leading groups across Europe, including The Tallis Scholars, The Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Collegium Vocale Gent. Her operatic roles include Rameau’s Les fetes d’Hebe (Iphise), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Ninfa) and Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (Anima beata). 

Josie is frequently engaged as a soloist with ensembles including the St Mary’s Singers, the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Australian Baroque Brass, The Sydneian Bach Choir, Coro Innominata, SUMS, Sydney University Graduate Choir, The Oriana Chorale, Salut! and The Marais Project. She is a regular performer with Pinchgut Opera, The Australian Brandenburg Choir and Cantillation. Josie is a regular guest with the Choir of St James’ King Street and a member of the St Mary’s Cathedral Special Services Choir and Hallelujah Junction. In 2014 Josie particularly enjoyed her participation in the 8-voice performance of Bach’s St John Passion in the Crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral conducted by Thomas Wilson.Josie has recorded numerous CD’s and DVDs including the role of Liebe in Schmelzer’s sepolcro “Stärke der Lieb”, Monteverdi’s 5th and 6th books of Madrigals, and Vivaldi’s Magnificat in duet with Emma Kirkby. She was featured as a soloist on the ABC Classics CD “Mysteries of Gregorian Chant” with The Singers of St. Laurence, which topped the ARIA Classical Charts for several months in 2014.

Jane DOWNER baroque oboes & recorder

Jane performs as principal oboe with the Oxford Bach Soloists, Instruments of Time & Truth and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and has appeared with the Oslo Barokkorkester, Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, Salut! Baroque, Sydney Consort, Canberra Bach Ensemble and Orchestra of the Antipodes. She has performed at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, New England Bach Festival, Brunswick Beethoven Festival, and Canberra International Music Festival. Jane fulfils a regular circuit of recitals, lectures & classes in Australia, frequently presenting and adjudicating for the Australasian Double Reed Society. Jane has worked as an external specialist examiner for the Royal College of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is programme-note writer for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and contributes articles to music magazines. Jane’s main musical focus is as Artistic Director of Austral Harmony who tour Australia promoting chamber music of the baroque era using historical instruments.