The Queen’s Closet is comprised of period instrument performers, specialising in music of the Baroque and playing on instruments which are either original early instruments, or modern replicas of instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Rebecca Struthers – Violin
Born in Nelson, Rebecca Struthers won an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Afterwards she spent several years freelancing throughout Europe and the UK, returning home to join the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1991. Rebecca leads Chiesa, an ensemble providing style-appropriate accompaniment to choirs in Wellington, and pursues a richly varied musical life that includes playing in contemporary ensemble Stroma and coaching young musicians. The Baroque violin journey began with lessons from Tafelmusik violinists and a Bach workshop with Maatsuki Suzuki. She performs on a restored 1730 Italian violin.
HyeWon Kim – Violin
Korean born New Zealander HyeWon Kim plays violin with major New Zealand orchestras as well as being a chamber musician, soloist and teacher.
HyeWon began her violin studies in Seoul at SunHwa Arts Conservatoire, continued her studies at the University of Auckland and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – City of London University under David Takeno obtaining BMUS (Hons) and MMus degrees in violin performance.
While she was in the UK, HyeWon worked with BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart players and Southbank Sinfonia orchestras. Afterwards her journey continued to Japan, being a member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.
Before coming to Wellington HyeWon lived in Spain working with Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León , Orquesta de Cadaqués, Camerata XXI and BCN216 and is continuously invited to perform with them. HyeWon’s next tour will include Baden-Baden Festispiel hall series. She was a member of UBS Verbier festival orchestra Switzerland, Schleswig-Holstein festival orchestra Germany and Pacific Music Festival orchestra Japan.
Admires Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI, HyeWon’s violin was beautifully transformed to a Baroque one by Alan Clayton in Kelburn, Wellington.
CJ Macfarlane – Violin
CJ was first introduced to the baroque violin by Greg Squire during her performance degree at Massey University. Discovering the fun and fascinating world of period instruments led her on to complete postgraduate study in historical performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received lessons from Pavlo Beznosuik. Headed up at the time by harpsichordist Laurence Cummings, the lively historical performance department at RAM provided the chance to perform extensively on both baroque and classical instruments, and even included an intensive baroque dance course! Whilst in the UK, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many inspirational artists including violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch and Monica Hugget. A particular highlight was performing in the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra for Andreas Scholl’s conducting debut. Having been back in NZ for 15 years, CJ has returned to modern violin as a regular with Orchestra Wellington and various other regional groups, whilst occupying her days with a busy and also enjoyable (no, really) career as an accountant.
Sarah Marten – Violin
Sarah Marten studied performance violin and viola at the University of Otago and at Victoria University of Wellington. She has played professionally with a number of orchestras and ensembles across New Zealand. After spending some years in Europe, she returned to New Zealand in 2012 and has been working by day in the public service while also playing with Orchestra Wellington and other regional groups. Sarah has a strong interest in historically informed performance practice and greatly enjoys playing baroque violin.
Sophia Acheson – Viola
Sophia, from Christchurch, NZ, studied performance viola in Wellington with Donald Maurice where she graduated with first class honours. She was then invited to study in Barcelona with Ashan Pillai, violist with Pinchas Zukerman Chamber Players, and was subsequently awarded scholarships to study with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California and later with Roger Myers at the University of Texas at Austin. During this period she furthered an interest in early music, learning the viola d’amore and viola da gamba, performing solo in the US at Berkeley and Evanston, and since her return to NZ, in Auckland.
In 2014 Sophia was appointed as principal violist of Orchestra Wellington. She has also enjoyed working with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Dunedin Symphony as a freelance musician. In 2016 her string quartet Kiwa was awarded a regional tour through through Chamber Music New Zealand, and again in 2017 with her harp trio Toru.
Jane Young – Cello
Jane Young is a New Zealand cellist who grew up in Auckland, has studied and worked in England, Australia, Mexico and the United States and currently lives in Lower Hutt. She holds performance degrees from the University of Auckland and the University of Arizona and enjoys chamber music, teaching, and playing with Orchestra Wellington. Inspired by Canadian group Tafelmusik’s performance in Wellington in 2012, Jane has also begun exploring historically informed performance on the baroque cello and plays a beautiful old cello which has been ‘converted’ to baroque specifications by Auckland luthier Annette Voll. The cello is named Walter!
Robert Ibell – Cello
Robert Ibell was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a school teacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington.
From 1986 to 1992 Robert lived in London, studying cello with Tania Hunt, Derek Simpson and Christopher Bunting. He played at music schools and in masterclasses (where his teachers included Alexander Baillie, Steve Doane, Anner Bylsma and Steven Isserlis), taught, gave recitals and played in professional and amateur orchestras.
Robert is a member of the Aroha Quartet, square piano/cello duo Hammers & Horsehair, contemporary music group Stroma, and indie/folk/rock band Milkthistle. From 1993 to 2019 Robert was a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in lunchtime concert series and for Chamber Music NZ, and is a Recording Artist for Radio NZ Concert.
LACHLAN RADFORD – DOUBLE BASS
Lachlan Radford completed his BMus with first class honours at Auckland University in New Zealand. Following this he relocated to London in 2010 after accepting The Elman Poole Music Fellowship with Southbank Sinfonia. He returned to New Zealand permanently in 2019 and is now enjoying a busy freelance schedule based in Wellington.
Within his classical career Lachlan has worked with several world-class orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Metropole Orkest, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Lachlan was offered a permanent role with the Berkeley Ensemble in 2011, a significant highlight in his chamber and solo career.
Outside of the classical world Lachlan can be found working in other genres. His trio, More Like Trees, blend a fusion of flamenco and drum’n’bass on acoustic instruments and have played festivals across UK and Europe. In recent years he has also performed and recorded with award-winning artists such as DJ Yoda, Heritage Orchestra, Lazy Habits, MC Tali, and Reeps One.
Lachlan’s enthusiasm for passing on his musical experience to a younger generation is helped by his diverse and genre-defying background. He was Double Bass Professor in London at the Junior Guildhall of Music & Drama from 2012 – 2018. He continues to teach in both privately and at schools in Wellington.
Lachlan plays on a Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy bass and uses the Kaplan Medium Tension Strings by D’Addario as a D’Addario Orchestral Artist.
Sharon Lehany – Hoboy (Baroque Oboe) – Orchestra manager
Sharon is a versatile musician with a background in brass and woodwind playing. At university in the Unites States she divided her time as a musician, playing oboe in the Mason Gross School of the Arts wind ensemble, and mellophone in the Rutgers University marching band. A Fulbright scholar, she studied for her PhD in genetics at Trinity College Cambridge, UK, before moving to New Zealand. Since moving to Wellington she played primarily brass, including winning NZ championships with Wellington Brass on three occasions, and played freelance trumpet in Wellington. Sharon has returned to her roots as a double-reed player, specialising in Hoboy (Baroque Oboe). Her instrument is a faithful replica of a c. 1690 hoboy by Richard Haka, made by Lucas van Helsdingen. She is one of very few hoboy players around the world playing exclusively with historically plausible short-scrape reeds and early baroque short fingerings, working with Lucas van Helsdingen in Amsterdam on these techniques. Sharon also studies other aspects of early and late baroque and hoboy performance practice with Oliver Webber and Marianne Pfau.
Samantha Owens – baroque oboe – HISTORICAL ADVISOR
Samantha Owens is an historical musicologist who studied modern oboe with Ross and Susan McKeich in Christchurch, prior to completing a BMus degree in oboe performance under the tutelage of Ronald Webb and Luigi Ferletti (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra). Having been introduced to baroque performance by Peter Walls while studying at Victoria University of Wellington, she subsequently took hautboy lessons with Bruce Haynes (Montreal), Michel Henry (Paris) and Alfredo Bernardini (Amsterdam) and has performed professionally with period bands in both New Zealand and Australia. In 2015, Sam returned to Wellington following fourteen years employed at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She is currently Professor of Musicology at Victoria University, where her research centres on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century German and British court music, and the reception of German music and musicians in Australasia, 1850–1950. Recent publications have included a monograph, The Well-Travelled Musician: John Sigismond Cousser and Musical Exchange in Baroque Europe(Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2017) and two edited books, J. S. Bach in Australia: Studies in Reception and Performance, with Kerry Murphy and Denis Collins (Melbourne: Lyrebird Press, 2018) and Searches for Tradition: Essays on New Zealand Music, Past & Present, with Michael Brown (Wellington: VUP, 2017). A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 2012, Sam has also held visiting fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (2004), Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2007–2008), and – as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow – at both the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (2009–2010) and the Bach-Archiv Leipzig (2018).
Gordon Lehany – Natural Trumpet, baroque horn and recorder – artistic director
Gordon plays natural trumpet & horn, recorder and violin, focusing on period performance of early music. He began playing violin & viola at the age of 7, performing baroque concerti as a teenager. He then moved on to brass, including performing as trumpet soloist in Brandenburg 2 with Sospiro Baroque in Edinburgh in 2010 and 2013. He’s also played cornet at the highest levels of brass banding with Whitburn Brass Band & Wellington Brass. In addition to playing with The Queen’s Closet 2020 was a busy year, including playing trumpet & horn in NZ Opera’s period instrument production of Semele in October.
As founder of The Queen’s Closet, Gordon drives its Restoration-based ethos & identity, colourful and vibrant character, and focus on historical performance practice.
Gordon studies natural trumpet and horn with Mike Diprose and Julian Zimmermann. To keep at the cutting edge as Artistic Director, Gordon also studies baroque violin and wider historical performance practice with Oliver Webber.
Academically he undertook a three year research project into mental illness, historicism and the interpretation of the music of Robert Schumann, in collaboration with researchers at Edinburgh University, presenting the findings at the International Conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) in 2010. He is currently studying for an MA in Music with the UK’s Open University focussing on period performance research.
He plays on a hand made Ehe III model natural trumpet by David Staff with mouthpieces by Julian Zimmermann and Nikolai Mantaari, natural horn after Buchschwinder by Lowell Greer and recorders by Joachim Rohmer, Hans Neuwland and Moeck. He also plays on a copy of a violin by Tielke (1685) made by David Rubio.
Peter reid – Trumpet and cornetto
Peter Reid plays trumpet for Bach Musica and freelances with other Auckland orchestras and ensembles. He studied music at Auckland University then the Trinity College of Music in London and subsequently performed in the UK and Europe.
He specialises in the period instruments – the cornetto and the baroque trumpet, which have enabled him to travel beyond his base in Auckland to perform with La Compania and Academia Arcadia in Melbourne and Australian Baroque Brass in Sydney. He particularly enjoys the interaction and intimacy of small ensemble music and has toured twice with Chamber Music New Zealand. He is a founding member of the ensemble Affetto, formed in 2010, their debut CD ‘Affetto’released Sept 2017.
In 2019 Peter played with Renaissance dance troupe Capriol in Auckland in May, with The Queen’s Closet in Wellington in June, touring with NZ Barok with their ground-breaking Baby Baroque productions, Monteverdi’s Vespers in September with Ludovico’s Band in Melbourne, and a new Affetto programme ‘The Other Four Seasons’ in September with baritone Will King.
Craig Bradfield – Baroque bassoon
Craig began his performance study on modern bassoon at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne with Genardy Bergaslavsky and Harold Evans. In the seventeen years spent in Melbourne, he performed with many orchestras including the State Orchestra of Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony, Australian Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Forever the student, Craig’s further studies have included lessons with the late William Waterhouse (BBC Symphony), Zoltan Harzanyi (Budapest Symphony) and Ole-Kristian Dahl (Oslo Philharmonic). He is currently in the doctoral program at Waikato University, majoring in baroque bassoon under the tutelage of Lyndon Watts in Melbourne and has had lessons from the great Italian bassoonist Alberto Grazzi.
Before returning to New Zealand Craig lived in Malaysia and Israel performing and teaching and on his return home has been busy freelancing with many orchestras and chamber groups around New Zealand. On baroque bassoon he performs with Vox Baroque and NZ Barok.
Craig plays on a wonderful replica of a Johann Poerschman (c. 1680-1757) designed instrument, made by the New Zealand born, London based instrument maker, Mathew Dart.
peter Maunder – sackbut and recorder
Peter has had extensive experience as a symphonic trombonist with major orchestras in the UK and in New Zealand as a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. He has also been involved in Brass bands at the highest level in the UK and New Zealand as a player, conductor and arranger. Peter has also performed with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Ex Cathedra in the UK and in Wellington the Tudor Consort and more recently Eternity Opera’s “Orfeo” playing sackbuts and recorders.
Kris Zuelicke – harpsichord
Kristina Zuelicke was raised in the United States and has been performing and teaching music in New Zealand since moving here from Germany in 2003. Kris holds degrees in music from Miami University as well as Indiana University and recently graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Harpsichord Performance, supervised by Douglas Mews, Samantha Owens, Erin Helyard and Peter Walls. Study grants, including the Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi and Therle Drake scholarships, enabled her to study for two summers in Boston with Mark Kroll.
Kris enjoys performing both early and contemporary music for harpsichord, such as a work by Lutoslawski for a recent Stroma concert. Ongoing research on the revival harpsichord has led to academic papers on the subject, including one given at the 2018 New Zealand Musicological Society Conference.
Laurence reeSe – percussion
American-born timpanist and percussionist Laurence Reese is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York and The Royal College of Music in London. He has been the Section Principal Timpanist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 1998. His interest in early music was sparked by a live performance in the early ’80s of Michael Praetorius’ Terpsichore, leading to a haphazard and never-ending pursuit of the performance traditions of percussion and timpani in the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Larry has a small but ever-growing collection of original and period-correct kettledrums and hand percussion instruments.
SAM RICH – Percussion
Sam Rich began his musical studies at the age of six with Judy Stokes in percussion and later with Glen Rodgers in drum kit and Scottish pipe band drumming. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Music from The University of Auckland where he studied with Eric Renick, and a further Bachelor of Music with Honours at Victoria University of Wellington with Leonard Sakofsky and fellow QC member Laurence Reese. During this period he was awarded first place at the 2014 Melbourne Snare Award, performed as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia, and was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West summer festival (USA).
In 2017, Sam was awarded the Kiwi Music and Patricia Pratt Scholarships to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Jacob Nissly, where he graduated with a Masters of Music with 1st Class Honours.
Sam currently serves as the Sub-Principal Percussionist for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with a variety of ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Stroma New Music Ensemble, and Orchestra Wellington, of which he formerly held the Principal Timpani position.