Former Peninsula School student Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy.
As a solo act, Sammy J won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has since performed in Edinburgh, Montreal, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album “Skinny Man, Modern World” received an ARIA nomination for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical take on Australian Politics, “Sammy J’s Playground Politics”.
As part of the duo "Sammy J & Randy” with puppeteer Heath McIvor, Sammy received the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Their acclaimed live shows have taken them from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End, and in 2015 they were handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to appear in his Montreal Gala. Their musical sitcom, “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane”, premiered on ABC TV in 2015, and has since launched on Netflix UK and NBC’s Seeso in the USA.
As a composer, Sammy J has written countless comedy songs for stage and screen, and scored the incidental music for “Ricketts Lane” and “Sammy J’s Playground Politics”.
Away from the comedy world, Sammy J’s MC skills have seen him host award shows, interview politicians, and inject much-needed humour into corporate events. He regularly runs workshops in schools, and his writing has appeared in multiple publications.
Sammy J is a proud Ambassador for the mentoring service Big Brothers Big Sisters, and travelled to South Africa with Randy as Oxfam ambassadors in 2014 to witness Oxfam’s work firsthand.
“Luke is one of Australia’s most stunning jazz pianists, combining incisive intelligence, formidable pianism and relentless passion with a congenial manner and infectious enthusiasm for music in all its forms.”
Dr Donna Coleman
Luke studied classical piano as a child before graduating with honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2001 he was awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship through which he studied with Paul Bley and Fred Hersch. In recent years he has opened for Benjamin Clementine and Ben Frost, and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills. Luke was twice a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and was in 2007 a finalist in the Melbourne Music Prize. He also won the 2012 Bell Award for Jazz Composition of the Year, is a frequent performer at the Melbourne Recital Centre (where he twice co-presented the Festival of Beautiful Sound), and has performed at festivals such as The Great Escape, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Bigsound. Local artists with whom he regularly works include Ben Abraham, Nat Bartsch, Leonard Grigoryan, Lior, and Gian Slater. He is currently co-producing ‘The Final Hour’ (a work by composer Stuart Greenbaum), as well as a solo piano record for Nat Bartsch. Luke’s music has a global reach, with his composition ‘Portrait Gallery’ receiving more than 1.35 million plays on Spotify, and synchronisation licensees including the Royal Australian Navy. He has played on well over fifty recordings and has released several albums of his own (see attached discography). Luke has also written music for several short films, and played on many film scores by other composers such as Cezary Skubiszewski. His music has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, July 2013), “cinematic in its approach” (The Age, October 2009) and “a welcome balm for weary souls” (The Age, February 2009). Luke divides his time between Europe and Australia. In 2013 he released the Australian Music Prize long-listed record ‘Sun, Cloud’. Luke’s score to ‘Where Do Lilacs Come From’ won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2014 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards. He was a recipient of a 2015 PPCA recording grant, through which he recorded his second solo album ‘Two Places’. Other recent records include ‘Ten Sails’ (with Brooklyn-based trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis) and the photo book/EP ‘Two & One’. Luke has has works commissioned by the Grigoryan Brothers, the Hush Music Foundation, Plexus, and the City of Melbourne. He has recorded frequently at both Rainbow Studio (Oslo) and Greenhouse Studios (Reykjavík). Luke is represented by Secretly Canadian Publishing, and is an Honourary Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts – School of Contemporary Music.
HORNS of LEROY
Inspired by the flavours of New Orleans to Fitzroy, this punked-out seven piece raucous street band take brass band music to a whole new level. From humble beginnings, the band has evolved from playing the streets of Melbourne to some of the biggest festivals and stages across the country.
Taking sounds from a number of musical influences, their debut record will be a fresh culmination that highlights all there is to dig about this band.
Whether you love them for their New Orleans inspired street parties or their raucous stage shows, Horns of Leroy always deliver and have earned themselves a reputation to match.
Ben Harrison & Travis Woods – Trumpet
James Macaulay & Nick Pietsch – Trombone
James Mustafa – Sousaphone
Daniel Berry & Tim Clifton – Percussion
Trinity College Choir
Trinity College Choir is acclaimed for its collaborations with the world’s leading musicians and in particular for its performances of Bach, which have included the St Matthew Passion with Jeremy Summerley in 2011, and the St John Passion with Stephen Layton in 2012, and Jonathan Grieves-Smith in 2014.
The Choir has undertaken eight international tours, visiting England, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Baltic States and Russia, Canada and the United States.
The Choir is a champion of new and old music, and enjoys a special advocacy for new Australian repertoire much of it written especially for the Choir. Recent performances including music by Gabriel Jackson, Richard Mills, Daniel Riley, Arvo Pärt, Brett Dean, Eriks Esenvalds, Owain Park, Lachlan McDonald, Sir John Tavener, Pawel Lukascewski, David Briggs, Joseph Twist, Calvin Bowman and Nigel Westlake, and in 2013 on his first tour to Australia the Choir performed with Eric Whitacre.
The Choir comprises students studying a wide range of subjects, many of whom are resident at Trinity College, but with others drawn from Monash or Swinburne University, the Victorian College of the Arts or RMIT, and other centres of tertiary education.
We extend a warm invitation to family and friends to attend this delightful concert which gives our beginner students an opportunity to perform short pieces for the very first time in front of an audience. Some of the more established ensembles also perform at the concert to demonstrate to the Beginners the level to which they can aspire.
Stage Band, Little Big Band and a vocal quartet head off to Mt Gambier to participate in the Generations in Jazz Festival. The unique 3 day event brings together thousands of students to play and learn about jazz. The inspirational experience is a valuable opportunity to observe and compete with the best in Australia.
The Benaud Trio is one of Australia’s finest ensembles. Formed in Melbourne in early 2005, pianist Amir Farid, violinist Lachlan Bramble, and cellist Ewen Bramble have established themselves as formidable performers of the standard repertoire, works by Australian composers and music with a pop/jazz influence.
Apart from their regular appearances at Melbourne Recital Centre and Elder Hall, the Benaud Trio have performed in major international festivals in Adelaide and Perth and for Musica Viva in Hobart and Melbourne. They have given concerts in many regional centres including Ballarat, Castlemaine, Mount Barker, Port Fairy,
Flinders and Mount Macedon and have also played live on the ‘Today Show’, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the 2006 Boxing Day Test and at the launch of the Steve Waugh Foundation in Sydney.
The Benaud Trio were winners of the Piano Trio Prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and were resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts in July 2006. The Benauds were Musicians-in-Residence at 3MBS FM from 2007 to 2009 and recipients of the 2013 Contemporary Masters Performance Award at Melbourne Recital Centre. In November 2015 they were Ensemble-in-Residence at the inaugural Adelaide Chamber Music School.
The Benaud Trio’s repertoire now spans more than 60 works from Haydn to the present day. They regularly commission new music from prominent Australian composers including and are well known for their outrageous pop-inspired encores, specially arranged for then by Nicholas Buc.
The Benauds and have two acclaimed albums available on Melba Recordings and are audience favourites on ABC Classic FM
British new wave, pop and rock with a jazz sensibility.
After the success of the Grayson, Farrugia and Sherlock 2015 original instrumental release ‘Wolf & Hound’, jazz vocalist Hetty Kate has invited them to collaborate with her for a new project exploring and combining transoceanic and disparate musical genres. Drawing from an eclectic collection of British new wave, pop and rock, the group reinterpret and reharmonise this iconic music with a jazz sensibility. Expect David Bowie, The Eurythmics, A Flock of Seagulls, Tears For Fears and more.
The hammond organ jazz trio is a rarity on the Australian musical landscape. Consisting of the classic Hammond B3 organ together with a Leslie cabinet, drums and guitar, the trio allows an open sound that gave equal weight to each musician, allowing a freedom not often found in larger ensembles. The colours and space within are the perfect conduit to deliver a beautiful, yet uncommon, presentation of the music that shaped a generation.
Hetty Kate - Voice
James Sherlock - Guitar
Ben Grayson - Organ
Danny Farrugia – Drums
A concert of Brahms and Kats Chernin for clarinet, cello and piano featuring out very own TPS Staff Member Megan Smithies. Joined by the Paul Jenkins (clarinet) and Caroline Almonte (piano) this evening will a fantastic evening of true chamber music.
Songs Without Words- Elena Kats-Chernin
Trio No 5 for clarinet,cello and piano- Johannes Brahms
Russian Rag- Elena Kats-Chernin.