You are cordially invited by The Victorian Vernier Society for Dinner on Thursday the 1st December @ 6:30pm at The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong.

An excellent dinner will be served. The meeting will close around 10:30pm.

Bookings for Vernier Members and partners will, as always, be by response to this email.

For Friends of Vernier and guests please book using Humantix:

Please advise by midday Tuesday 29th November if you plan to attend.

Our speaker will be Professor Chris Baker, the director of dermatology at St Vincent’s Hospital … Clinicians working with engineers, what will be next.

Our entertainers will be:

Maestro Stewart Kelly

Stewart enjoys a diverse career as entrepreneur, pianist, teacher and broadcaster.

He is the founder and artistic director of Music by the Springs, which since 2018 has quickly become regarded as one of Australia’s finest chamber music festivals. In the same year he opened House of Pianos which is a hub for piano sales, music lessons and concerts and masterclasses.

As a performer, he works as a soloist and collaborator with many of Australia’s leading instrumentalists and singers at leading concert venues and festivals around the country. He has performed in many leading Australian venues, at Festivals in Tasmania, Hepburn Springs, Mackay, Townsville, Brisbane and Coramba and internationally in New Zealand, China, Italy and the USA.

His 2022 season includes directing the first Renaissance Tours Festival of Chamber Music in April, the fifth Music by the Springs, recitals at Tempo Rubato, a seventh year of Stewart Kelly and Friends at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Mackay Chamber Music Festival.

Lisette Bolton – Soprano

Lisette Bolton is a young soprano from Wagga Wagga NSW currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM). Her passion for opera began following a series of workshops facilitated by the late Richard Gill AO and Victorian Opera in regional NSW. In 2017, she was one of four senior secondary students to be a part of Opera Australia’s Regional Student Scholarship program and spent a week’s immersion in the company. That same year, Lisette became a scholar with Opera Scholars Australia (OSA) and in 2018 was the recipient of the White Foundation Scholarship.

Since moving to Melbourne, Lisette has been a part of numerous concerts and operas. In 2018, she understudied the role of Blanche in the MCM production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She was a part of the Conservatorium’s Early Music projects Passion, Lament, Glory (2017) and Gloria(2018), both of which were staged religious works which incorporated dance, movement and acrobatics under director Jane Davidson. Lisette was also a soloist in OSA’s rendition of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Pat Miller, and was one of seven semi-finalists in the OSA Aria competition. This year, Lisette was a chorus member and Countess understudy in the Australian International Productions’ tour of Le Nozze di Figaro throughout mainland China.

Douglas Kelly – Tenor

Douglas Kelly is a young tenor who already has extensive experience in opera, oratorio and as a recitalist. In his final year at the Queensland Conservatorium, Douglas performed the full cycle of Schumann’s Dichterliebe in a public recital to a sold-out audience. While studying, Douglas was the recipient of The Margaret Nickson Prize for best partnership between a vocalist and accompanist both in 2010 and 2013.

As an opera performer Douglas has performed roles such as: Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress, Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Hajny in Dvorak’s Rusalka and most recently the title role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Since relocating to Melbourne, Douglas’ performance credits include singing the Tenor Solo in Handel’s Messiah with the Heidelberg Choral Society, as well as soloist engagements with Gloriana, XL Arts and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society. His other oratorio credits include: the Tenor role in Berlioz’ L’Enfance Du Christ, Britten’s War Requiem, Monteverdi’s Vespro Della Beata Virgine and Bach’s Cantata BWV 21.

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