Adelaide born Robert Dawe is an accomplished singer in opera, oratorio and on the concert platform. His career has spanned over 45 years and concert appearances for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation alone total well over 150 as well as more than 100 radio broadcasts.
He studied singing for several years with the late Arnold Matters at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, where he himself has been a part time teacher since 1981. Robert is also Choir Master and voice teacher at Prince Alfred College.
During his student years he was awarded many scholarships including the three year Elder Scholarship and in the competitive arena won many awards, the most coveted being the Gold Medal at Royal South Street Ballarat, where he took seven firsts and two seconds from nine entries.
Robert's numerous oratorio appearances range from Handel's Messiah and the Bach Passions to Britten's War Requiem and take him regularly to all Australian capital cities. He has also been a guest of Choral Societies in both Islands of New Zealand. He is regarded as an Elijah of distinction, having sung the role countless times in every major concert venue in Australia.
Robert has appeared in many Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Barossa Music Festivals and prior to 1996 had appeared in every Adelaide Festival in opera, concerts or recitals in works ranging from "The Play of Daniel" (singingwith the Deller Consort),to Britten's "Curlew River" and the "St.Matthew Passion", to a concert performance of the Berlioz opera "Beatrice and Benedict".
Throughout his career he has sung under more than 65 international conductors.
Robert was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia - O.A.M. in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1989.
Robert Dawe lives at Crafers in the Adelaide Hills with his wife Ann and their cocker spaniel "Molly".
Ashleigh Tobin is one of a small number of keyboard players to have achieved distinction as both an organist and a pianist. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with first class honours in composition, and later completed the degree of Master of Music in Organ performance. After winning an overseas scholarship, he studied and taught in the United Kingdom, where he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, and played at the St. Alban's International Festival.
He has appeared as soloist, both as pianist and organist, with the Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and with the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra. He has given recitals for the Adelaide Festival, The Melbourne International Festival and Harpsichord, the University of Adelaide, and Corporations of the Cities of Sydney and Melbourne. He was Adelaide City Organist from 1973 to 1985. He was a consultant for the new 62 stop Rieger organ at the Scots' Church, Melbourne.
He is at present a Senior Lecturer in keyboard and theoretical studies at the University of the Adelaide's Elder School of Music, and Principal Organist of St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral.
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