The 'Seventh Chapter' has established itself as one of Australia's finest contemporary chamber ensembles through its innovative repertoire and acclaimed performances. The ensemble's repertoire includes selections from classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and ethnic music, providing a fresh perspective on chamber music and creating dynamic performances with proven multi-generational appeal.
In 2000, Arts Queensland sponsored the 'Seventh Chapter' to collaborate on a project with Frank Theatre as part of the Brisbane Energex Festival. In 2002, the group received an Australian Arts Council grant to stage their own concert at the Brisbane Powerhouse and in 2003, the 'Seventh Chapter' presented a sold-out concert of new works at the Metro Arts Theatre where they featured the computer animations of Brisbane artist, Emily Nelson.
The ensemble has been the recipient of Australian Arts Council grants (in 2002 and 2005) to develop new works that integrate new music and other art forms to draw a wider audience to the arts. In 2003, the 'Seventh Chapter' presented a sold-out concert of new works at the Metro Arts Theatre where they featured the computer animations of Brisbane artist, Emily Nelson. The ‘Seventh Chapter’ has performed extensively in self-styled concerts, in collaboration with ensembles Topology (directed by Robert Davidson) and Isorhythmos (led by David Montgomery) and major music festivals (such as the Woodford Folk Festival’s Fire Event where they performed in to an audience in excess of 25000 people).
In May 2005, the group performed the Australian premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “Shadowcatcher - Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra” (with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra). Dr Ewazen, senior lecturer at the Julliard School of Music (New York, USA), traveled to Australia especially to attend the concert.
The 'Seventh Chapter' has 'premiered' to Australian audiences the music of David Sanford, Stephen Barber, Dan Becker, Randolf Woolf, Marc Mellits, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Martin Fondse, Belinda Reynolds, Daniel Grabois, Philip Johnston, Raymond Stewart, John Ferrari, Cameron Tingley and New York trumpeter, Jon Nelson, a member of the highly successful, 'Meridian Arts Ensemble'. The 'Seventh Chapter' has also premiered original works by local artists and ensemble members and is dedicated to the creation, presentation and promotion of new music that fuses a variety of musical styles and genres.
In 2005, the Queensland Arts Council awarded the ‘Seventh Chapter’ a project grant to record a CD of contemporary brass works, focusing on local composers. The CD, "With Bricks Thrown At Ya" was released at the Woodford Folk Festival at the end of 2005.
Clint Allen - trumpet
Tony Lashmar - trumpet
Tom Green - french horn
Adrian Head - trombone
Eleana Gillespie - tuba
Dave Kemp - drums/percussion