Mark Horrigan played cello at the 1979 AYO National Music Camp. He works as a cardiologist and he and wife Fiona established Pimpernel Vineyards in the Yarra Valley in 2001. Mark came on board as a sponsor for AYO’s Gala Dinner – guests enjoyed Pimpernel Vineyard’s Chardonnay 2011 and Syrah 2010. After watching AYO’s recent concert, Mark said: I used to be a concerto player and I get nervous watching other string players; Joshua Bell was one of only two performers where I’ve felt I could sit back and relax after the first two minutes – he was in complete control.
Angela’s involvement with AYO includes participating in the 2005 AYO National Music Camp, working on publications and tutoring at NMC. Angela lectures at the QLD Conservatorium and is the pianist in the Lyrebird Trio, alongside AYO Alumni Simon Cobcroft (cello) and Glenn Christensen (violin). Lyrebird Trio won both piano trio awards at the recent Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and will be Ensemble-in-Residence at the QLD Conservatorium in 2014. They have also been accepted into the 2014 Musicians-in-Residence program at Banff, Canada. The Trio performed at AYO’s Gala Dinner – “a night that will stay in my memory for a long time”. Angela also says: No matter where you go around the world, there’s usually someone you’ve met through AYO!
Jocelyn Cairns played flute at AYO National Music Camp and in the Australian Youth Orchestra from 1956-59. She went on to play in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra and was a teacher for many years. Jocelyn always wanted to live in the country; after giving up teaching she was introduced to Alpacas – “who are much kinder on the ground than sheep” – and now runs an Alpaca farm in regional Victoria. Having played in various orchestras, Jocelyn says: “No orchestra other than AYO had the same spine-tingling effect. It was the sheer electric enthusiasm – nothing has ever matched it.”
Peter ‘rejoined the AYO family’ this year to produce eight miniature films about AYO’s International Tour. Having played violin at NMC from 1984-86, Peter studied overseas, performed and recorded with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and joined Musica Antiqua Koln and Concerto Koln. After playing with the award-winning Danel Quartet, as principal of the Rebel Baroque Orchestra and completing a Doctorate, Peter received the Viola Professorship at the State University of New York in Potsdam where he spent his spare time studying film. Coming full circle to work with musicians as a filmmaker, Peter brings a special insight and sensitivity to his work.