A very special Stories from the Studio feature with Mark Brooker and Riccardo Barone ahead of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival.

Singer Mark Brooker will be accompanied on Piano by Ricardo Barone to perform rare and little known classic sacred music as part of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival online concert on 11 September from 7pm.

STA have been working with them for months on this program and we spent some virtual time with Mark to chat about his practice. 

I have over 30 years of performance experience which has taken me around the world. As a performer, my career has seen me on stages in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and America as a classically trained opera singer and recitalist as well as in ensembles and as a soloist on trombone and trumpet.

I teach music because I love teaching music; as an art form, as a way to build better brains, as a way to empower people and because it is a challenge. Every student is an individual and every musical sound they make should be driven by their own creativity and passion. My job is to give them the tools they need to understand, be moved by and ultimately create their own expressions in music making it a reality so other people can hear their music , vocal or otherwise

Mark teaches at the Young Regional School of Music. 

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2021 program includes three concerts on Saturday 4, 11, 18 September from 7pm. 

Check out more music from Riccardo Barone and Mark Brooker. Check out Last years concert with Alexei Caulfield and the Bass Clef Duo.

Mark Brooker is a New Zealand born, Australian operatic baritone. After a career in Germany and the United Kingdom, Mark returned to Australia in 2010 where he took up a position at the Young Regional School of Music in New South Wales. His teaching load includes Piano, Brass, Voice and Band programs around rural, regional and remote parts of the state.

Mark has a Masters in Voice pedagogy from Griffith university and is currently a PhD candidate with Sydney University investigating curriculum development in the studio music teaching environment. 

Riccardo Barone graduated from conservatory San Pietro a Majella in Italy with a BD in Piano, a MD in Wind Band Conducting and a MD in composition. He’s been awarded with first prize for his composition “Evasione IV” published by Berben Editions. He recorded some of his works for the label Classicaviva editions including compositions for music therapy.  When he moved to Australia he held two original shows at the Fringe 2020 “Amore e Morte”and at the Fringe 2021 “Amore, Passione e Morte”. He’s currently living in Young and teaching music at the YRSM .

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