To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic song ‘I Was Only 19’, ABC Music is...
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Pianist Sally Whitwell maintains a busy freelance career as performer, teacher and arranger in a variety of styles encompassing everything from classical music and new Australian commissions right through to showtunes and pop.
She has worked with many organizations including Gondwana Voices, Sydney Children's Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Musica Viva, Cantillation, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and Australian Pop Choirs. Sally has also been involved with various educational programs at Sydney Conservatorium Access Centre, NIDA, University of Western Sydney, Symphony Australia, Youth Music Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People, Australian National Braille Music Association and Bondi Wave (the alternative music course). She has performed with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Sinfonia Australis. A trained dancer of some years experience, Sally has enjoyed working as dance accompanist for Opera Australia, Bangarra Dance Theatre, The Australian Ballet School, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Sydney Dance Company. Sally also performed as keyboardist and wandering on-stage accordionist in the 2003 Sydney Dance Company production of Graeme Murphy's dance musical Tivoli.
Sally has toured widely with various ensembles in the UK, Europe, the United States, Central America, Japan, New Zealand and throughout Australia. She has appeared on several recordings for ABC Classics both as an ensemble musician and as a soloist, notably on the "Classic 100 Piano" and "Felix and me", as well as recordings for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Sally has enjoyed performing with world music band Sirocco as well as with various new music ensembles including Halcyon, "Ensemble Offspring and Aark.
With soprano Nadia Piave, she forms one half of art song/cabaret duo "une fois seule!". They have appeared recently in sellout shows for Musica Viva's concert series menage in the Arthouse Hotel and also as part of the concert series House Music presented by the Historic Houses Trust.