Roger Young is a classical/jazz violinist, arranger and educator currently performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
His classical studies have taken him to London and Vienna and in 2009 he was the recipient of an MSO scholarship in which he attended the summer schools of Christian Howes - Creative String Workshop, The Mark O’Connor Berklee Summer String Program and Jamie Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshop.
He has since been involved in several very successful shows as part of the MSO’s Secret Symphony Series. These include the opening show of the series at The Paris Cat Jazz Club with Grammy Award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey, Songs Of Radiohead at the Spiegeltent, which required a second show on the night, and recently a concert at the Designing 007 Exhibition in Melbourne.
Sophie has performed as a violist with Melbourne, West Australian, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. In 2005, she produced and wrote, Tango’s Violin, a sellout musical, which toured venues including City Recital Hall, Sydney and The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne.
In 2007, Sophie was commissioned by His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, to create a cabaret show featuring her string quartet, which she titled Unstrung Heroes.
Sophie recently studied at American Film Institute, as she is currently developing a TV series about music.
To see David Jones in action is to witness a wizard weaving spells, a master at work achieving the seemingly impossible. His arms move in fluid Tai-Chi-like motions, his face is relaxed and transmitting his joy to the audience, and if you closed your eyes, you would swear there were at least 2 drummers on stage.
David is often described both here and abroad as being one of the most innovative and musical drummers in the world. His mesmerizing drum solos are dramatic, humorous, surprising and powerful. In the hands (and feet) of David Jones, the drum kit comes alive as a mini-orchestra, vaudeville act, rhythmic explosion and hypnotic trance-inducer, all in one. Using sticks, brushes, mallets, fingers, elbows, violin bow, dish-mops, toys, brooms and any percussion he can lay his hands on, David creates a universe of sounds, textures and rhythms that take you through different cultures, ages, moods and styles.
David is a man with a unique musical vision. He draws from all aspects of his life and spirituality to create a powerfully individual, articulate and imaginative style. With his "whisper to roar" dynamics, seamless technique and mastery of multi-layered polyrhythms, David is one of Australia's virtuoso musicians.
Born in Melbourne in 1984 Hue Blanes has played piano and sung for over 20 years. He received a scholarship to study at the Victorian College of The Arts Secondary School and subsequently went to Monash University where he received a Bachelor of Music Performance and the prestigious Billy Hyde Music Prize for outstanding achievement.
His teachers have included Bob and Steven Sedergreen, Andrea Keller, Tim Stevens, Tony Gould and most recently with New York pianists Fred Hersch and Jason Moran.
In Melbourne he has played at Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Hamer Hall and The Melbourne Recital Centre. Hue has worked with Jazz Singer Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Saxophonist Rob Burke, Singer/Songwriter Harry Angus and Australian Jazz Legend Ted Vining.
Hue is an experienced vocalist having sung with New York jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, and in original music groups including triple JJJ favourites The Melodics for 7 years. In 2012 Hue worked with Harry Angus from “The Cat Empire” on the music for ABC's feature film "Jack Irish" starring Guy Pierce. He has worked on music for Miss Ficher's Murder Mysteries on the ABC also.
Also in 2012 Hue was musical director of "The New Black", a musical which had three showings at the Victorian Arts Centre, directed by Stephen Lloyd Helper. Later last year Hue was Musical Director for the “Lovebirds” and completed a sellout season at the Darwin Festival. He has since completed his second album “Sad Songs Make Me Happy”
Rohan de Korte
Rohan de Korte, secret agent Cello, is one of the worlds tallest cellists! He has been able to use this disguise to conceal the fact that his cello is actually a sophisticated spying tool able to disarm audiences into feeling hypnotic musical emotions. There is a hidden camera in the scroll and his bow is... Deadly!
After a grammar school education, he learned his skills through extreme training in the hills of Croatia followed by five years behind bar lines and exotic key signatures in Germany. He worked for three years as a double agent in the Sydney Symphony before joining Orchestra Victoria and is now a member of the Melbourne Symphony.
He has been a mercenary conspirator with the Artful Roger on many occasions, jamming on stage and in the kitchen. Their appearances for the MSO secret Symphony have ranged from cool jazz to radio head at the spiegeltent and their spicy octopus(sy) risotto requires only caviar and a 63 Bollinger for perfection.
Enjoy the music because you only live twice and cello cases are not made for the snow!
Ben Hanlon has been a member of the MSO’s Double Bass section since 2011. Growing up in Melbourne, as a student Ben was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and attended the Australian String Seminar. He was awarded a Victorian Premiers award for his VCE music studies and was a finalist in the 2005 James Morrison ‘Generations in Jazz’ scholarship before going on to complete the Applied Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music.
His undergraduate studies took him to the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where he completed a Bachelor of Music with David Moore, Paul Ellison, Leigh Mesh and Peter Lloyd. While studying, Ben attended the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, USA and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and gained orchestral experience with groups including Miami’s New World Symphony.
Sarah McDonald is a passionate, creative and versatile vocalist with a wide range of experience.
Having been driven to pursue music from an early age, she has trained with some of Australia's finest jazz singers and instrumentalists including Julie O'Hara, Gian Slater, Michelle Nicole, Peter Knight, Adrian Sherrif and Tony Hicks, renowned coloratura soprano, Margaret Nesbit and various electronic music producers.
She has written and performed original material both solo and in ensembles at venues and festivals such as The Falls Festival, performed, recorded and toured with Symbiosis- supporting The Cat Empire and other international acts, toured with folk legend, John Anderson with Indian Classical musicians Bahauddin Dagar and Akilesh Gundecha, played Egyptian classical and Lebanese pop music with Jaffra, performed jazz for many years with some of Melbourne's finest jazz players and performed as guest vocalist with the MSO's Secret Symphony "Licence to Thrill" show at The Melbourne Museum.
Tim Veldman has been a professional performing musician for over two decades. Following the completion of a degree in music performance with Helfried Fister in Austria, Tim returned to Australia and performed extensively with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. These included the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony among others.
Internationally, Tim has performed in the Netherlands and Austria. From 2003 until 2008 Tim held a permanent first violin position with the North Netherlands Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestral engagements, Tim has always performed regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and sessional musician for film and TV. Tim was the first violinist with the Janus String Quartet in the Netherlands which performed frequently in a chamber music series with concerts throughout the Netherlands. Tim also performs regularly as a violist in chamber music concerts.
Tim has recorded for Move records and has played for live and delayed broadcasts on ABC, 3MBS, 3RRR and national and local broadcasters in the Netherlands and Austria.
Alinta Chidzey is an actress, dancer and vocalist who has enjoyed critical acclaim for numerous lead roles in stage productions. She is a graduate ofVictorian College of the Arts Secondary School and trained at The Howard Fine Academy and 16th Street Actors' Studio. Alinta has a long list of screen credits including appearances in the U.S. Telemovie The Frontier, the ABC series The Dr Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Winners and Losers. Alinta's stage debut came in 2002 with the Australasian Tour of Mamma Mia!, after which she featured in Leader of the Pack, Dusty: The Original Pop Diva and Cats. Alinta played the role of the sassy Anita in West Side Story, for which she received glowing reviews as well as nominations for a Helpmann Award, Green Room Award, Sydney Theatre Award, two GLUGS Award nominations and won the Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Performance. More recently, Alinta has performed leading roles in Chess, Showboat and Mary Poppins and has toured nationally with Hugh Jackman’s show Broadway to Oz.