Windsong Quintet was formed in 2015 from a group of like-minded wind colleagues keen to explore and expand the offerings for this combination of instruments. They have fast established a reputation for innovative programming and insightful commentary in their concerts throughout Adelaide and the Hills.
Windsong have received reviews commending their 'beautiful blend and balance'. Alongside their busy concert schedule they also tour throughout regional Australia as part of the RCS Ensemble with Co-Opera - Opera on the Move.
Tim attended Marryatville High School’s Special Interest Music program studying with Josie Hawkes. He then continued his studies at the Elder Conservatorium under Mark Gaydon (Principal Bassoon - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra).
He has played Principal Bassoon with all Elder Conservatorium’s ensembles, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and is Principal Bassoon for the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
After completing his Bachelor of Music, Tim attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in 2014 where he played Principal Bassoon for both Bishop and Alexander orchestras.
Tim has played professionally with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia and the Adelaide Concert Collective.
Linda studied flute with Michael Scott at Sydney Conservatorium, and later completed a Masters degree with Louise Dellit in Adelaide. Several years of overseas travel have provided opportunities to have lessons with such noted players as Susan Milan and Michael Cox. She was fortunate to attend Sir James Galway’s Summer School in Weggis, Switzerland in 2010.
Linda has enjoyed a vibrant and varied freelance performance career, performing with the English National Ballet, Adelaide Art Orchestra, State Opera of SA and CoOpera, with whom she has toured interstate and throughout Asia. She has performed nationally with the award-winning flute quartet Kshema, and with some fine chamber musicians such as Keith Crellin, Wendy Heiligenberg, Monika Laczofy and Sarah Christ. She manages several instrumental ensembles for the Royal Commonwealth Society, and also appears as a performer with Windsong Quintet. This year she toured Australia with CoOpera’s lavish production of Onegin.
Linda is an AMEB examiner, has been a Lecturer in Flute at Elder Conservatorium, and enjoys piano accompanying in her spare time.
Meredith Ens grew up in the Salvation Army surrounded by brass band music right from the beginning. Her musical journey started early, and she started learning the horn in high school, continuing her studies at the Flinders St School of Music.
Freelance work with ASO followed, and she also performed frequently with visiting shows and musicals. Meredith joined the Band of the South Australia Police in 1993. She later moved to Perth, performing with WASO and the Australian Army Band, Perth, before returning to Adelaide and continuing her freelance career. Since then Meredith has performed with the ASO and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. She has also performed in many professional musical productions, with highlights being seasons of Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Wicked.
Now based in Melbourne, Meredith has toured extensively with CoOpera, in productions of The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin and The Barber of Seville.
She is a founding member of the newly formed Windsong quintet and is enjoying the diversity of repertoire that this chamber ensemble provides.
Coming from a background in the visual arts, Charles was barely 30 when he started learning the oboe at the Elder Conservatorium in 2011. In the years that have followed he has had innumerous rich musical experiences under the inspirational guidance of Grant Dickson, Celia Craig, and Peter Duggan.
These experiences continue today as Charles makes his first appearances as a casual oboist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Art Orchestra, and WindSong, the newly formed wind quintet of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Charles is also currently a PhD performance candidate at the Elder Conservatorium with his topic 'The Oboe Sings : Translating bel canto song for the oboe'.
Charles teaches oboe at Immanuel College and Marryatville High School, and is an oboe tutor at the State Music Camp.
Anna Coleman is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium where she studied clarinet with Peter Handsworth. She performs regularly with the clarinet trio, Eclectica, Windsong Quintet, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Co-Opera and the COMA new music ensemble. Anna has taken lessons and masterclasses with prominent clarinettists including Wolfgang Meyer, Barnaby Robson and Michel Arrignon and in 2012 and 2014 she undertook study tours to Israel to work with klezmer clarinettist, Giora Feidman. Anna has also appeared as a guest bass clarinettist in the Adelaide Festival in 2014 with Ilan Volkov in Tectonics Adelaide and in 2015 with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. More recently she has performed with the Australian Bass Orchestra in a workshop presentation of Cat Hope's new chamber opera Speechless.