C8 High Stakes

  • Friday, 3 May 2024

    3:00 pm

  • High Court of Australia

    Parkes Pl, Parkes ACT 2600

A chance encounter at Four Winds some years ago developed into a series of recording sessions in the ABC studios producing new material that has yet to see the light of day. Witness these superlative Australian artists, true originals each in their own right, engage with one another inside the lofty space of the High Court of Australia.


William Barton, Véronique Serret, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Aunty Delmae Barton present an all-Australian program with works by Barton, Serret, Cislowska, Sculthorpe and Harrison.

William Barton, Birdsong at Dusk

Peter Sculthorpe, Djilile

Holly Harrison, Ice Giant

Barton/Serret – Kalkani  (‘eagle’ in Kalkadoon language)

Barton/Serret  – Heartland (2019)


William Barton, didgeridoo
Auntie Delmae Barton, voice
Véronique Serret, violin
Tamara Anna-Cislowska, piano

This concert is supported by Marjorie Kobold and Margaret Reid

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Artist William Barton - composer, instrumentalist and vocalist


William Barton is Australia’s leading didgeridoo player as well as composer, instrumentalist and vocalist. William started learning the instrument from his first learnt the uncle, Arthur Peterson, an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga people and was working from an early age with traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands, orchestras, string quartets, and mixed ensembles. Throughout his diverse career he has forged a path in the classical musical world, from the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli and for the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with an ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. In 2021 he was the recipient of the prestigious Don Banks Music Award from the Australia Council and in 2022 he was announced as Australian of the Year for Queensland for 2023. With his prodigious musicality and building on his Kalkadunga heritage, William has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo.

Artist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano


Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most renowned, ARIA award-winning pianists, performing and recording in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Earning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’. With nearly 8 million streams on Spotify alone and ten ARIA no.1 albums for ABC Classics, Deutsche Grammophon and Naxos, Tamara is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most globally recognised pianists in classical music today.

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Artist Véronique Serret, violin


Véronique Serret is a highly versatile violinist, vocalist and composer, effortlessly bridging the divide between classical and contemporary art forms. In demand as a leader, chamber musician, mentor and collaborative artist, Véronique is known for her inclusive sound world, willingness to experiment across genres and her work on the six string violin. She is dedicated to the creation of new music and the exploration of sound through diverse collaborations.

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