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A whole new world for classical music



Lucas O'Brien, Brianna Louwen & Erin Chen  Lucas O'Brien, Brianna Louwen & Erin Chen

A WORLD of opportunity awaits young Victoria Park soprano Brianna Louwen.

The 22-year-old vocalist is helping take classical music into an exciting new realm, having just notched up an appearance at the Adelaide Festival for a performance of the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“There’s only so much you can do as a niche performer, so occasionally you do have to step out to reach everyone with music because everyone loves it and needs it in their life,” she told Community.

“It’s amazing to get on stage and sing in front of an audience, and the only way to do that is to appeal to everyone.”

Louwen, the daughter of music teachers, is teaming up with fellow classical music stars of tomorrow – violinists Lucas O’Brien and Erin Chen of Thornlie – for St George’s Cathedral’s performance of oratorio Handel’s Messiah (Dublin Version 1742) at Perth Concert Hall, alongside well-established baroque artists such as soprano Sara Macliver and mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell.

“Sara is definitely someone I look up to – she has the same voice type as me and she’s been able to make it in Australia, which is such a hard thing to do as a solo singer,” Louwen said.

“She has such a magnificent voice and it’s so nice to be able to hear it from on-stage.”

Louwen, who is studying a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice performance) at The University of Western Australia (UWA), has plenty on her plate.

Between her studies, her position in the St George’s Cathedral Choir and Consort and her role as President of the UWA Music Students’ Society, she will find time to travel to Brisbane to participate in the National Youth Choir in April and will this year perform in the concert series of professional Perth choir, The Giovanni Consort.

Beyond her university degree, Louwen hopes to establish herself as a soloist and follow in the footsteps of Macliver.

“I might look at travelling around the UK for a while and see what happens there, but I do love Australia and I’d love to stay here like Sara.”

St George’s Cathedral performs Handel’s Messiah
Where: Perth Concert Hall
When: March 26 at 7.30pm
Tickets: Ticketek (ticketek.com.au or 132 849)

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