MEET THE PLAYERS
Originally from Sydney, Jackie Newcomb is currently Principal Contrabassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2009.
Jackie has performed with most of Australia’s major symphony orchestras including the Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
As part of her busy schedule, Jackie performs regularly with various chamber ensembles on modern and historical bassoons. As a founding member of Unholy Rackett and The Adam Page Ensemble (TAPE), Jackie enjoys exploring performance of an eclectic range of music.
Jackie is also completing a PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music researching historically informed performance practice for the curtal.
Hopefully when you read this biography again in the near future this last section will be discussing Jackie’s recently completed PhD. Stay tuned!
Born in Brisbane, Brock began his study of the bassoon at age 13. In 2002 Brock was a finalist in the Australian Young Performer of the Year Awards and a medal winner in the Hunt’s Master Performer Scholarship.
Brock has appeared with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and as the Principal contrabassoonist with the Australian World Orchestra.
In 2004, Brock won the position of Principal contrabassoonist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which he currently still holds. Since his appointment with the Melbourne Symphony, Brock has been working to improve the profile of the contrabassoon to musicians and audiences alike.
Simon is a specialist in historical bassoons. He is principal historical bassoonist for Pinchgut Opera and the Australian Haydn Ensemble, as well as collaborating with numerous chamber ensembles such as Latitude 37 and Ironwood.
He has toured and recorded with international period instrument ensembles such as the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Les Arts Florissants and Florilegium.
He has a particular interest in historical reeds and sound production. Simon maintains a parallel career as a gardener designer and communicator; writing books, giving lectures and workshops, and leading international garden tours.