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Bach in the Dark

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Works by JS Bach, his relatives and his admirers.

Sally Walker, flute
Rachel Scott, cello

CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH ‘Hamburger’ Sonata H 500                                   

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Inventions in C major BWV 772 and C minor BWV 773   


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Sonata in C major BWV 1033                                      

MB SIBSON Ouroboros No. 1

MARTIN WESLEY-SMITH 'Intervention' (with featured Young Performer Christopher Pantelidis)    

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Methodical Sonata in G TWV 41:G4

Flautist Sally Walker was a grand-finalist in Italy’s Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition, second prize winner in Germany’s Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and has won awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust. Her orchestral experience has included working with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammmerakademie Neuss, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kölner Kammerorchester, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician in combinations ranging from accordion to recorder consort and is a regular guest with Halcyon and Omega Ensemble. Among the many works Sally has commissioned and premiered is the concerto Night and Now by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.  Sally Walker is Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle, Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University and Artistic Director of the chamber music series Twilight Musical Dialogues. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney, Hannover Hochschule fur Music and Media, Munich Hochschule fur Musik und Theater and is currently undertaking her Doctorate in historical flutes at the University of Sydney.

Cellist Rachel Scott studied with David Pereira in Canberra and Robert Cohen in London. She has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Hungary and Germany. Rachel is the founder of the highly successful and innovative ‘Bach in the Dark’ concert series, through which she presents regular concerts with some of Australia’s best chamber musicians, actors and visual artists.  Rachel’s role as education manager for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) means that she continues to provide underprivileged children with ongoing access to a quality music experience in the classroom, often training teachers as well. She also works closely with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), facilitating interactive concerts and workshops throughout Australia that bring together children and orchestral musicians. Rachel has also spent considerable time in East Timor as part of Mary McKillop International for whom she trained music teachers with the goal of independent delivery of music in primary schools in Dili and throughout Timor. Rachel is now resident in Sydney and is in constant demand as a chamber musician and coach.


Born and raised in Canberra, Oboist Christopher Pantelidis received Honours for his pre-tertiary studies in Oboe at the Australian National University. Moving, to Newcastle in 2014, Christopher studied composition with Colin Spiers and creative production with Nathan Scott. In 2017, Christopher completed his Honours research in composition and creative production at the University of Newcastle, attaining First Class Honours and a University Medal. He also attained an Associate Diploma in Music, Australia (AMusA) in Oboe performance with Distinction.  In 2014, Christopher was awarded both the Frank Hutchens Scholarship for Composition and the Fine Music 102.5FM/Willoughby Symphony Young Composers Award. In 2016, through the University of Newcastle’s Study Abroad Programme, Christopher studied composition under Fredrik Högberg at the Luleå University of Technology in Piteå, Sweden He has also been a featured composer by the Newcastle Youth Orchestra and Orchestra Nova.  Christopher is currently plays as principal oboe and cor anglais in several Newcastle and Central Coast based ensembles, including the University of Newcastle Orchestra, Orchestra Nova and the New South Wales Youth Orchestra.