Erin Helyard (harpsichord) & Jacqueline Porter (soprano) with guest Emma McGrath (violin)

Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance. Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in fortepiano performance and a PhD in Musicology with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal.


Jacqueline Porter holds an honours degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts (Italian) from the University of Melbourne and was the recipient of the 2010 Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholarship. Equally at home on the operatic stage and the concert platform, Jacqueline appears regularly with Australia’s major  Symphony orchestras and choral societies. She has worked with celebrated conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Egarr and Oleg Caetani, and her recitals and concerts are frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM.


Heralded as a “First-magnitude star in the making” by the Seattle Times, British violinist Emma McGrath made her London debut aged 10 in the Purcell Room, and at 14 she performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, broadcast live on Classic FM. Emma is currently the Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Prior to this she was the Associate Concertmaster and Acting Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has been Guest Concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and will be a Guest Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2018. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony  Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and toured Australia and Japan with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.


Erin Helyard – harpsichord

Jacqueline Porter – soprano

Emma McGrath – violinist


Handel, German Arias (1724-26), selections
“Flammende Rose” [HWV 210, 6’]*
“Süße Stille, Sanfte Quelle” [HWV 205, 5’]*
“Meine Seele hört im Sehen” [HWV 207, 6’]*

Handel, Chaconne in G major, HWV 435 [8’]

Handel, Un’alma innamorata [HWV 173, 1707, 15’]
Recit: “Un’ alma innamorata”
Aria: “Quel povero core”
Recit: “E pur benche egli veda”
Aria: “Io godo, rido e spero”
Recit: “In quanto a me”
Aria: “Ben impari”


Handel, La Lucrezia [HWV 145, 1706, 16’]*
Recit: “O Numi eterni!”
Aria: “Già superbo del mio affanno”
Recit: “Ma voi forse nel Cielo”
Aria: “Il suol che preme”
Recit: “Ah! che ancor nell’abisso”
Aria: “Alla salma infedel”
Arioso: “A voi, a voi, padre”

Handel, Harpsichord Suite in F major, HWV 427 [10’]

Handel, Arias from Rinaldo, Alcina and Scipione
“Tornami a vagheggiar” (Alcina)*
“Lascia ch’io pianga” (Rinaldo)*
“Scoglio d’immota fronte” (Scipione)*


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