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Ella Macens Composer
Megan Pampling Oboe
This piece is a celebration of life!
Whilst searching for ideas for this work, my two delightful new little nieces Lidija and Izabella entered this world… their schedule taking us all by surprise! The work explores the magic, beauty and fragility of new life, and the feeling of love that sweeps over us when we welcome a new soul (or two!) into the world.
This piece is dedicated to Kate, Aldi and Emi – the moment you have been waiting for is here.
The Innocence of Life, supported by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, was composed in conjunction with the CSO’s Australian Miniseries, co-curated by Jessica Cottis and Matthew Hindson. The work is premiered by Megan Pampling, CSO Principal Oboe.
Sydney based Ella Macens is a fast-emerging composer with a passion for choral, orchestral and chamber music writing. Her works fuse elements of her Latvian heritage with a love of popular and classical music, for which she is becoming well-known in Australia and beyond.
Ensembles and organisations that have commissioned and/or performed her work include the Sydney, Tasmanian, Canberra and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras; the Goldner and Flinders String Quartets; The Song Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Choirs, State Choir Latvija, Claire Edwardes, Genevieve Lacey, the Canberra International Music Festival, Sydney Festival and the XV Latvian Canadian Song and Dance Festival, to name a few.
In 2018-19 Ella was composer in residence with Sydney Children’s Choir as well as one of four composers selected to participate in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Composers’ School. She has recently completed a new work for the Flinders Quartet and is preparing to write a new work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with their 50 Fanfares Project.
Megan Pampling, Principal Oboe
Megan Pampling was born and raised in country Victoria. She first heard the oboe at a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra regional concert when she was 14. Drawn to the unusual tone colour, she began to learn the oboe, winning an Australian National Academy of Music scholarship at age 16 to study with Eve Newsome.
Megan went on to study at the Victorian College of the Arts, appearing as a casual oboist for the Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney symphony orchestras. She also toured Europe twice with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) as Principal Oboe.
After receiving the Willem Van Otterloo scholarship, Megan spent two years of study in Switzerland studying with Thomas Indermühle. Highlights of that time included studentships with professional orchestras, recording Messiaen’s Turangalila with in the combined conservatoriums of Zürich and Geneva, touring by invitation with the Spanish Youth Orchestra and performing an Albinoni double concerto in a concert on the top of a mountain.
Upon her return to Australia, Megan was appointed to the ANU School of Music staff, where she taught until 2012. She has tutored for the AYO and Southern Cross Soloists, as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s regional programs.
Megan has been the Principal Oboe of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra since 2006. She lives in Canberra with her husband and daughter.
PART OF THE CSO’s AUSTRALIAN MINISERIES