Daily Archives: 04/03/2014

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Visits Perth

The Academy orchestra were lucky enough to escape the wind and rain of the UK as they travelled to Australia to perform in the Perth International Arts Festival. With soloists Michael Barenboim (violin) and Graham Sheen (bassoon) and directed by Tama Andras, the Academy performed programmes including Britten, Bingham, Bartok and Mozart.


Netball NSW is pleased to announce four players to lead the underage State Teams in 2014.

Amy Sommerville (21/U), Tanisha Stanton (19/U) and Amy Parmenter (17/U) will Captain NSW for the upcoming 2014 National Netball Championships, while Braeden Quince has been selected to lead the 17/U Development Squad.

Netball NSW General Manager – High Performance Tracey Fear said the athletes selected epitomise the persona and hard work ethic of a NSW netballer.

“Our 2014 Captains are fantastic leadership choices for the teams.  They possess the sort of work ethic, dedication and respect that we expect from our athletes, and will do a great job leading their respective teams,” Fear said.

“NSW has a reputation for producing some of the best netball talent in the country, as seen with 18 NSW juniors currently contesting the ANZ Championship, as well as five in the Australian Diamonds squad.

“Kim Green, one of our most successful leaders will help mentor our State Team Captains on the road to Nationals.  Kim has also come through the NSW junior ranks and it is great that she is able to share her experiences with our future leaders.”

“Our 21/U, 19/U and 17/U sides are all preparing well, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best at the 2014 National Netball Championships,” Fear concluded.

Netball NSW’s Nationals campaign starts next week when the 21/U State Team head to Adelaide to compete against some of Australia’s best up and coming netballers at Netball SA Stadium from Tuesday 11 to Sunday 16 March.

The 2014 competition will be Amy Sommerville’s seventh and final appearance at the National tournament, having risen through the ranks of 17/U, 19/U and 21/U Championships in previous years.

Sommerville will be supported by midcourter Taylah Davies and defender Sophie Halpin who will make up the leadership group, with the 2014 side looking to improve on their third place finish at last year’s tournament.

18-year-old Tanisha Stanton brings plenty of experience to the 19/U State Team, having been selected for both Australian 17/U and 19/U squads, as well as having two Australian Netball League seasons under her belt with the Netball NSW Blues.

The midcourter will be supported by Vice Captain and defender Toni Anderson, who has made the step up in age divisions after running out for the NSW 17/U side in 2013.

In her debut Nationals appearance, Amy Parmenter leads the 17/U Team with Claire O’Brien and 2013 NSW representative Cassandra Radford named co-Vice-Captains.

Introduced by Netball NSW this year, the 17/U Development Squad have an identical training schedule as their 17/U counterparts, which will culminate in a two game fixture against one of the top secondary school teams in New Zealand, St Margaret’s High School, on Thursday 17 April at the Anne Clark Centre.

2013 NSW 17/U representatives Braeden Quince and Madeleine McCathie will lead the side as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively, lending their experience to this Development Squad.

The 2014 19/U and 17/U National Netball Championships will be contested simultaneously from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 April at Melbourne’s Waverley Netball Centre.

View interviews with NSW 19/U, 17/U and 17/U Development Coaches and Captains via NetballNSWTV;
NetballNSWTV: 2014 NSW 19/U Captain Announced
NetballNSWTV: 2014 NSW 17/U Captains Announced
2014 NSW 21/U Team
Kristina Brice – Baulkham Hills
Lauren Cantwell – Manly-Warringah
Taylah Davies (co-vc) – Sutherland Shire
Sophie Halpin (co-vc) – Eastwood Ryde
Maddie Hay – Sutherland Shire
Karli Ireland – Newcastle
Kristiana Manu’a – Liverpool City
Tiesha Ojeda – Sutherland Shire
Claudia Russell – Manly-Warringah
Phoebe Seamer – Newcastle
Amy Sommerville (c) – Eastwood Ryde
Donnay Van Taak – Sutherland Shire
Head Coach: Megan Simpson
Assistant Coach: Dianne Brown
Manager: Donna Harrison
Click here for 2014 21/U National Netball Championships Fixture

2014 NSW 19/U Team
Toni Anderson (vc) – Sutherland Shire
Alisha Cairns – Blacktown City
Olivia Doyle – Baulkham Hills
Natalie Eldridge – St George
Zoe Gilbert – Manly-Warringah
Billie Gurr – Manly-Warringah
Charlotte Jasprizza – Orange
Sarah Kitcher – Grafton
Courtney Richmond – Blacktown City
Tanisha Stanton (c) – Eastwood Ryde
Madeline Woods – Sutherland Shire
Lauren Yager – Sutherland Shire
Head Coach: Briony Akle
Assistant Coach: Colleen Mitchell
Manager: Narelle Stokes
Click here for 2014 19/U National Netball Championships Fixture

2014 NSW 17/U Team

Kiera Austin – Eastwood Ryde
Chelsea Bolton     – Illawarra
Prudence Ellis – Ku-ring-gai
Brooke Fennings – Charlestown
Leanne Grevenitz – Wyong
Kirra Jones – Illawarra
Kristin Kessler – Wyong
Lauren Moore – Wyong
Claire O’Brien (co-vc) – St George
Amy Parmenter (c) – Randwick
Cassandra Radford (co-vc) – Sutherland Shire
Loren Singleton – Baulkham Hills
Head Coach: Moira Gaha
Assistant Coach: Amber Cross
Manager: Deborah Kassing
Click here for 2014 17/U National Netball Championships Fixture

2014 NSW 17/U Development Squad

Madeline Anderson – Baulkham Hills
Amelia Basheer – Manly-Warringah
Chloe Chapman – Randwick
Meg Collins – AFL Riverina
Olivia Duffy – Wyong
Laura Henderson – Sutherland Shire
Sally Hunter – Hume
Madeleine McCathie (vc) – Randwick
Braedan Quince (c) – Sutherland Shire
Natasha Robards – Ku-ring-gai
Olivia Rowntree – Liverpool City
Kelly Singleton – Manly-Warringah
Mikayla Upton – Muswellbrook
Georgina Woods – Northern Suburbs
Head Coach: Leonie Stewart-Weeks
Assistant Coaches: Pate Cooper and Jaqua Heddle
Manager: Charlene Sommerville

Carl Cox Celebrates 10 Years of his legendary Carl Cox & Friends Arena at Ultra Music Festival in Miami March 28/29.

Carl Cox, one of dance music’s most iconic and beloved superstars, is about to make a little bit of history when he celebrates the 10th year of his wildly successful Carl Cox & Friends arena at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

Forever a champion of techno and known as the people’s DJ, Carl has always been an innovative artist that never jumped on bandwagons or broke bread with the status-quo. His magic lies in his sincere and absolute joy for what he does; a love and energy that resonates like electricity every time he performs. Carl’s infectious laugh and famous gap-toothed smile have been welcoming fans into his house from the start, but it’s what he does when they’re inside that keeps ‘em coming back for more. And that friends, is why Cox is King.

Carl is a doer. A perfectionist. A person that has never uttered the phrase “Someone should,…”  That’s because if it needs doing, he’s on it with everything he’s got. Carl began to sense a gaping hole on the festival circuit between what fans wanted and what they were getting. He made a fortuitous decision to correct this rift and to devote himself to providing an experience that people would never forget. The result, of course, was Carl Cox & Friends.

Carl wanted to create a festival within a festival, a place where people could experience music on a deeper level by artists who understand how to take their audience on a real musical journey.  An antithesis of the formulaic one hour sets that litter mainstages by so-called ‘superstar DJs.’

The arena has grown quite organically for ten years now.  As people began to experience it the legend of the arena magnified and it began to take on a life of its own. Carl Cox & Friends has a real energy swirling about it and people are completely invested in the musical experience.

Think of CC&F as immersion therapy for your soul.

The arena is a crowing jewel of Ultra, showcasing music and artists that would not be heard otherwise. Production wise, it’s in a league all it’s own. Truly an epic feat of engineering, the arena balances both art and technology within a sonic playground perfected for all your senses. No detail is left to chance and no expense is spared. And yes, Carl himself curates the line-up on each and every day. Once the festival’s gates open, it’s a mad dash to get a prime location  because once the arena swells to capacity, you will not find a way in!  People understand that the night is a story and they want to hear the beginning, middle and end. That’s the power of Carl Cox & Friends.

Carl was recently asked ‘to what did he attribute his success’ and, without hesitation, remarked;

Every day I want to know what the next record sounds like, where the next artist is coming from. I want to still excite myself by listening to music. I want to play those records and share them with people. I enjoy it; my office is behind the DJ booth. … Without all the sparkles and lights around it, at the end of the day, it’s just me and the music.”

With the 10 Year Anniversary happening in only a few weeks, Carl will realize a momentous career achievement with 300,000 of his closest friends on hand -and perhaps millions more- watching from home via Ultra’s live broadcast. It’s been ten wonderful years in the making and Carl and team have made this promise the world…

‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’

For press inquiries, please contact;
Sara Cooper PR

    SET TIMES     

Carl Cox and Friends
Mega Structure

Carl Cox 10:30PM -12:00AM

Luciano 9:00PM- 10:30PM

Marco Corolla b2b Carl Cox 7:00PM-9:00PM

Maceo Plex 5:30PM- 7:00PM

Jon Rundell 4:00PM- 5:30PM

Carl Cox and Friends
Mega Structure

Carl Cox 10:00PM-12:00AM

Loco Dice        8:30PM-10:00PM

Dubfire            7:00PM-8:30PM

Nic Fanciulli b2b Carl Cox       5:00PM-7:00PM

Umek 3:30PM-5:00PM

Pete Tong        2:00PM-3:30PM

Monika Kruse 12:00PM-2:00PM


Tour Dates

3/28-Ultra  ( CC&F)- Miami
3/29- Ultra ( CC&F) – Miami
4/16 – Output – Brooklyn
4/18- Electric Factory -Philly
4/20- Bal en blanc  ( CC&F)
5/25- The Light residency -Las Vegas
5/26- Movement Festival  – Detroit

Steam Train Ready to Roll from Goulburn to Junee

The Lachlan Valley Railway commences their steam season this Friday with a run from Goulburn to Junee, to position the train for the Junee Rhythm and Rail festival over the weekend.

“The LVR has been part of Rhythm and Rail in the past with our “Tin Hare” railmotors, so we are very excited to add steam to the program this year” said LVR Secretary Treasurer John Healey.

The tour is being run with the assistance of the Powerhouse Museum, who will provide steam locomotive 3265 for the tour. Built from the 1892 and 1911, the P(6) class as they were known prior to 1924, were NSW’s crack express passenger locomotive of the era and continued in service until the end of steam in the 1970’s.

The festival train departs Goulburn at 11.30am on Friday 7th March, stopping at Yass Junction, Harden and Cootamundra before arriving into Junee just before the 6pm opening to the festival. One-way fares are available for each of these sectors of the journey, with the trip timed to connect with the northbound XPT to bring passenger up from Junee and Cootamundra to Harden, and return Yass and Goulburn passengers home.

The steam train will then be operating shuttles between Junee and Wagga Wagga over the weekend, while the 1920’s CPH Railmotors will run between Cootamundra and Junee for the Rhythm and Rail Festival. The following weekend sees the train head to Albury on Friday 14th March for the weekend of the 15th and 16th March.

Bookings for the Friday 7th March One-Way journeys can be made by calling 6342 4999. Departure and fare information as follows:

  • Goulburn to Yass Junction departs Goulburn 11.30am, arrives Yass Junction 1.10pm. Fares $25 Adult, $15 children 4-15 years, $70 family of four. Return XPT departs Yass Junction 4.05pm and arrives Goulburn 5.15pm
  • Yass Junction to Harden, departs Yass Junction 1.25pm, arrives Harden 2.40pm. Fares $25 Adult, $15 children 4-15 years, $70 family of four. Return XPT departs Harden 3.15pm and arrives Yass Junction 4.05pm
  • Harden to Cootamundra, departs Harden 3.50pm, arrives Cootamundra 4.40pm. Fares $20 Adult, $10 children 4-15 years, $55 family of four. Catch the 2.38pm XPT from Cootamundra to meet the steam train at Harden.
  • Cootamundra to Junee, departs Cootamundra 4.50pm, arrives Junee 5.50pm. Fares $20 Adult, $10 children 4-15 years, $55 family of four. Catch the 1.50pm XPT from Junee to meet the steam train at Cootamundra.
  • Please note, a 10% is given where more than one sector is booked. Passengers are responsible for booking their own XPT seats directly with NSW Trains if required.

Tickets for the Junee Rhythm and Rail weekend trains are available from Junee Railway Café, or online at visitjunee.com.au

The Lachlan Valley Railway is based in Cowra, Central West NSW and is in its 39th year of operating main line heritage tours to all parts of the state. You can find more information on the Lachlan Valley Railway on their website www.lvr.com.au


Always a staple at festivals and clubs around the world, Jochen Miller has built a solid career of bringing upfront music to the people. With a Hollywood smile that lights up the night, Jochen has embodied club culture and big room sounds like a boss. Always staying ahead of the proverbial curve, he’s a DJ that isn’t going to throw out music at a breakneck pace. Call is oldschool, but Jochen is artist that spends much time crafting his songs, testing them out and tweaking them until they’re just right. And now, Jochen has something that will give Miami a little something to get excited about because ‘Cubic’ has arrived.

Cubic will be released on W&W’s Mainstage imprint, March 10 and truly stands apart as a force of nature- amping up the adrenaline and delivering that big-room triumphant feeling that makes a song an anthem.

It’s certainly a tune that you’re going to hear dropping all over Miami this March, especially by the likes of Hardwell and W&W who’ve given Cubic ‘full support.’ And, with Cubic’s debut on the Buzz Chart at #3 this weekend, it’s shaping up to be one of Jochen’s biggest hits.

If you’re in need of an instant dose of Jochen Miller, you’ll want to hit Beatport for his remix of Fedde le Grand –DI-RECT’s track, ‘Where We Belong’ which was recently released on Flamingo Records.


Rob Wright and the NSW Swifts got the job done in their opening game of the 2014 ANZ Championship, overcoming a defiant West Coast Fever, 54-51, in front of a vocal home crowd at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday.

After trailing by three goals at half-time, the Swifts surged in the third quarter to get back on even terms before a monster effort in the opening minutes of the final quarter – led from the back by Goal Keeper Sharni Layton (six intercepts for the match) – gave the home team the advantage they needed to seal victory, ensuring Head Coach Wright started his tenure as Head Coach on a winning track.

“It’s always good to get that first win out of the way, and against a really tough team… [It’s the] perfect start in terms of that we got the two points.  I guess the beauty of today was that there [are] certainly lots of things that we were far from perfect in; we’ll certainly go away and have to work really hard,” Wright said.

“I thought we stuck to what we were meant to be doing and grew into the game which was really pleasing.”

Debuting six new faces to the Swifts 2014 roster, Wright was pleased with the new combinations on court that built across the match.

“I feel like we saw [Susan] Pratley evolve today; that creativity, that movement combined with [Caitlin] Thwaites, who is obviously just a great shooting target in the circle. And those defensive combinations … grew across the game.”

2014 recruit Thwaites opened the scoring for the Swifts, slotting her first goal for the franchise.  The defenders were up on their toes with GK Layton and GD Sonia Mkoloma switching between Fever and Australian Diamonds shooting partners Natalie Medhurst (GA) and Caitlin Bassett (GS).


However it was the Fever who gained the early upper-hand with defenders Josie Janz (GD) and Eboni Beckford-Chambers (GK) forcing turnovers in the Swifts frontend to lead by three goals at halftime, 15-12.

The visitors got away by as many as six goals early in the second quarter as the Swifts new attack end took some time to settle.  Thanks to terrific backup support in the defensive end, plus intercepts from Kimberlee Green and Layton, the home side were able to inch back to within three goals at halftime, 30-27.

Fever hit the scoreboard first for the third quarter however pressure on the high ball won back possession for the Swifts and soon they were back within one goal.  West Coast weren’t to be deterred, and upped the ante again with some slick transition play to find towering shooter Bassett under the post, who quickly pushed the Fever back out to a four-goal lead.


The Swifts held tough and with some inspirational play between Green and Susan Pratley, the home side hit the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game.  A late goal to Fever captain Medhurst levelled the scores at the final break, 43-43.

It was a focused and confident Swifts side that hit the court in the final quarter, outscoring the Fever six goals to one in the first few minutes.  Tensions were high as unforced errors crept into the match from both sides, and it was the team that could keep their heads that would prevail.


With a performance that earned herself Game MVP honours, Pratley was steady going to the post and drained 10 goals from as many attempts to reward her defenders’ hard work and help the team start their season on a winning note.

The NSW Swifts now hit the road to take on the Mainland Tactix (Round 2) and Adelaide Thunderbirds (Round 3), before returning to their home court at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to host the Queensland Firebirds on Sunday 23 March – tickets available from www.swiftstickets.com.au.



Quarter-by-Quarter scores:
SWIFTS – Q1: 12 – Q2: 27 (15) – Q3: 43 (16) – Q4: 54 (11)
FEVER – Q1: 15 – Q2: 30 (15) – Q3: 43 (13) – Q4: 51 (8)

Shooting Statistics
SWIFTS: 54/63 @ 86%
Caitlin Thwaites: 25/30 @ 83%
Susan Pratley: 29/33 @ 88%

FEVER: 51/60 @ 85%
Caitlin Bassett: 42/47 @ 89%
Natalie Medhurst: 9/13 @ 69%

Starting Line-ups:
SWIFTS – GS Caitlin Thwaites, GA Susan Pratley, WA Paige Hadley, C Kimberlee Green (c), WD Abbey McCulloch, GD Sonia Mkoloma, GK Sharni Layton

FEVER – GS Caitlin Bassett, GA Natalie Medhurst (c), WA Chelsea Pitman, C Khao Watts, WD Ashleigh Brazill, GD Josie Janz, GK Eboni Beckford-Chambers

Positional Changes:
SWIFTS – Q2: WA Green, C Hadley.
FEVER – Q3 Timeout: C Shae Bolton, GD Chanel Gomes.