Media Release Refraction 2014

Refraction in Concert

with Special Guest pianist William Chen

For the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust

Location:            The Independent Theatre, 269 Millers Street North Sydney

Dates:                    Saturday 12 July at 7:30pm

Location:            Gosford Anglican Church, 3 Mann St, Gosford

Dates:                    Sunday 13 July at 2:30pm


Refraction will present two concerts to celebrate the commencement of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, one presented by the Trust at The Independent Theatre at North Sydney and one presented by the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music at the Gosford Anglican Church.

William ChenConcert Pianist

‘An infectious flair for performance’

The Independent, London

‘He is an ideal champion for melody, traditional harmony and conservative values.’                  

The Gramophone, UK

William Chen, an inaugural Scholar of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. He has given widely acclaimed solo concerts in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, major cities in Australia and China. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Cadegon Hall in London and the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras in major concert halls in Australia. William Chen holds the position of Professor of Piano at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School.

Refraction is a chamber ensemble comprising a mixture of talented young musicians and mature performers with a wide experience in the musical genres of Opera, Symphonic and Chamber music.

Lead by internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor, Ronald Thomas, Refraction embraces the cumulative professional experience of its members to present fine performances of chamber music of the highest quality.

The distinguishing feature of Refraction’s string players is their extensive international experience, especially in the United Kingdom, who have individually performed with chamber ensembles such as The English Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, The English Chamber Orchestra and The Academy of St Martins in The Field.

Pianist William Chen will travel from Shanghai, where he is Professor of Piano at the Shanghai Conservatorium, to perform Mendelssohn’s piano sextet a work requiring virtuosic capability from the pianist.

Refraction will present two icons from the chamber music repertoire:

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Septet Op 20 for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass., Clarinet, bassoon and French Horn; and

Felix Mendelssohn’s Sextet Op 110 for piano and strings.

There will be nine musicians in the ensemble on this occasion.

Refraction Members
Ronald Thomas Violin / leader 
Suzanne Borrett Viola l 
Andria Ng Viola ll 
Trish Mc Meekin Violincello
Warwick Ross Double Bass 
Francesco Celata Clarinet 
Alexander Love French Horn 
Ben Hoadley Basson
William Chen Piano 

Concert website links

  • The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust


  • The Independent Theatre

  • Gosford Anglican Church


For further information, photos, interviews, reviewers complementary tickets and other promotional details contact:

The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
Allan Rendell – Audience Development
Mobile:                  0477 640 552
Office:                     02 9191 0346
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