Highlands Music Collective & The Roma Strings
Directed by Myee Clohessy
The Highlands Music Collective was formed by Artistic Director Myee Clohessy after a highly successful collaboration with the SHSO Strings at BAMF 2019. Responding to the great enthusiasm from the players to continue playing together, the HMC reformed and gave their debut performance at the Mittagong Playhouse in September 2019.
They are looking forward to their next collaboration with local star musician Alexandra Donaldson on clarinet for BAMF 2020.
Highlands Music Collective
Myee Clohessy, Kate Malone, Alex Dening, Rachel Miller, Jillian Bridge, Emily Sinden, Mary Bokey
Laura McCrow, Tim Senior, Xanthe Carr-Boyd
Cath Barnett, Sarah Hicks
Some members of the Highlands Music Collective
Image © Steven Foster
Local Southern Highlands clarinettist, Alexandra Donaldson, began her music lessons at the age of 10 at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, where she also played in the BlueScope Youth Orchestra and clarinet choir. She was awarded her AMusA in 2008.
Alexandra combined her anthropology studies at the University of Sydney with a music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Catherine McCorkill and Frank Celata. During this time, she was a member of the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, SBS Youth Orchestra and various Conservatorium orchestras and ensembles.
Alexandra currently works as an anthropologist for the NSW native title service and since moving to the Highlands several years ago feels fortunate to have found such a vibrant and welcoming community of musicians and music lovers. She enjoys playing with the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra, working on her baritone sax skills in the Southern Highlands Concert Band and watching her two young daughters experiment with the cacophony and thrill of drumkits, pianos and ukuleles!
Image © Jeremy Donaldson
The Roma Strings
Alexander Martinek, Aiofe Barrett-Lennard, Matthew Heywood, Rose Barnett, Chloe Johnson, Maya Bos-Woods, Rachael Heywood
Luke Bowen, Oskar Bos-Woods
Some members of The Roma Strings
Image © Steven Foster