eclectix was formed in 1993 by accident from the late-stayers of a Flute Society of NSW meeting. It is a quartet of flutes and as the name suggests, will perform music from many genres, making use of many sizes of flutes. After many years of fun rehearsals and concerts, various employment opportunities meant the ensemble was unable to get together, and it was not until 2018 that eclectix was able to reform and take up the flute quartet challenge again. Music for four flutes is comparatively scarce, which allows eclectix to indulge in pursuits more unusual and challenging than simply reading the notes. Improvisation makes up a significant part of the group’s interest, in addition to arrangements and original works by the members. Of course standard repertoire in included in the musical diet, but sometimes with surprises.
Despite the emphasis on having a good time playing music, there is a serious side to eclectix: each member brings to the ensemble the professionalism, musicality and originality necessary to sustain a programme of music on like instruments.
Lisa studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music receiving her Bachelor of Music with Distinction having studied with Nick Negerevich & Rosamund Plummer & before that Keith Griffin.
She performs regularly with the Opera Australia Orchestra & has played in many Sydney & international productions of music theatre shows such as Lion King & Wicked. As part of her busy freelance schedule, she also performs with her other chamber music groups but is again particularly enjoying the madness that is Eclectix!
Emma tutors students in practical flute at a range of levels and in preparation for AMEB examinations in accordance with requirements of the syllabus. In 2011, Emma established a major private studio in Bowral, teaching high-level flute, music craft, theory and musicianship. Emma's credits include recording the three CD's and book, performing in the world premiere performance of "Three Pictures for Linda", a work dedicated to Linda Vogt, for large flute ensemble was composed as a result of a grant from the Australia Council. The performers were hand picked from professional players and teachers in NSW. Players included Janet Webb, Dr Danielle Eden, Rosalind Plummer, Emma Scholl, Michael Scott, Alexa Still, Libby Pring, Paul Curtis, and Christine Draeger. In October 2009, Emma was invited to attend the Australian Flute Festival in Adelaide, a bi-annual event, which attracts flautists from all over the world, and presented a lecture/demonstration on recent Australian Flute Music and a Masterclass.
Through arrangement with the Sydney Conservatorium Access Centre and the AMEB Emma took part as a guest teacher at the 2005 W.OW. (Winds Out West) Wagga Regional Conservatorium event where she held masterclasses for all standards, gave a recital and took ensemble classes.
Fran Griffin – Flute, Baroque Flute, Recorder. Teacher of flute, clarinet and bassoon at Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Frances Griffin began life as a flute player, studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with renowned teachers Margaret Crawford and Michael Scott. Although she had been composing since the age of seven, while at the Con in the late seventies she instead turned her interest towards early music performance practice, studying baroque flute and recorder with Howard Oberg.
After a number of years working as a freelance musician in Sydney, she returned to study, completing M.Sc. (Hons) in mathematics at Macquarie University in 1999. Here she remained on staff until 2012, when she left Sydney to live in country NSW. She renewed her previous life as a musician, teaching for the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, performing in regional towns with various ensembles, and having a lot of fun trying to learn clarinet and bassoon.
Composition and arranging have once again become an important aspect of her life. With a number of student and community concert bands and choirs in the region, she has been creating new works and arrangements to suit their needs, in addition to writing for flute quartet and other chamber combinations. Fran's works
Keith Griffin – Flute, Baroque Flute, Recorder, Conductor, Saxophone.
Keith studied flute with Michael Scott, Margaret Crawford and baroque performance (flutes, recorders) with Howard Oberg at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, graduating (B Mus) with The Student the Year Award. Following graduation he taught flute at the Con for several years.
As a performer Keith has concentrated on chamber ensembles such as eclectix and Nouvelles Réflexions, has been a member of The Renaissance Players (Sydney Uni) and has played many performances in larger groups and special event orchestras, live to air broadcasts and recording sessions. He spent some years in the wilderness working in IT and publishing and become the Network Manager for the Sydney Conservatorium.
In recent times Keith has learned to play saxophone and is currently engaged as the conductor with the Riverina Conservatorium of Music Concert Band and the Riverina Youth Orchestra.