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Genre: Country

Felicity Urquhart

Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer-songwriters in Australian song. In a career encompassing six studio albums, two EPs, and countless sold-out headlining shows and capacity festival appearances, Felicity Urquhart has netted seven Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album, four CMAA Australian CM Achiever Awards, and a Centenary Medal for her “service to Australian society through country music”.

A 2001 inductee into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame’s Hands of Fame, Urquhart has been named Best Country Artist at the Musicoz Awards, received the American Country Music Association (CMA) International Country Broadcaster Award, been awarded an Australian Country Music Listener’s (ACML) People’s Choice Award, and taken home two APRA-AMCOS Australian Independent Country Music Single of the Year Awards.Drawing accolades at every major juncture in her career, Urquhart has released a string of hit singles, from the dreamy classic country whimsy of signature tune ‘Planet of Love’, to award-winning festival favourites ‘The Flood’ and ‘Big Black Cloud’.

In 2007, ‘Big Black Cloud’, a co-write with the inimitable Randy Scruggs, took out the No.1 spot on the Country Tracks National Top 30 Singles Chart.Urquhart has opened for Willie Nelson and the late, great Waylon Jennings, supported John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow, and toured with the iconic Kenny Rogers.She’s performed for an American president, and shared a stage with the gamut of local country luminaries from Gina Jeffreys to Adam Harvey.

Off-stage, Urquhart’s commitment to the timeless craft of songwriting has seen her collaborate with masters including Kim Richey, Randy Scruggs, Mark Seymour, Ross Wilson, and James Reyne. A constant presence on Australian screens and airwaves, Urquhart has been a marquee presenter on Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender since 2005, and has hosted ABC Radio’s flagship country music variety show Saturday Night Country since 2010—as well as serving as the face of Tourism NSW’s nationally broadcast Heart of Country NSW campaign.Following the release of landmark sixth studio album Landing Lights in 2009, recent years have seen Urquhart teaming up with fellow Australian country mainstays Lyn Bowtell and Kevin Bennett as Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart. The trio’s second album, Weeds, was recently nominated for three Golden Guitar Awards.

With stunning seventh studio album Frozen Rabbit set for release in 2019, Felicity Urquhart is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date.

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The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)