River City Voices Ltd

E: manager@rivercityvoices.org.au

P: +61 409 776 577

ABN: 79 627 858 315

RCV Logo design by Serena Christie

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River City Voices "Growing Support for a Sustainable Future" is supported by

Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1

Proud recipient of a Create NSW Organisational Grant in 2020

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Our Team Executive

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LEONIE CAMBAGE

Chair of the Board of Directors

Since graduating from the NSW Conservatorium of Music, Leonie has been active in the performing arts in many roles - as a concert and opera singer, director, board member, voice and drama teacher, song writer, playwright, producer, and arts worker.

Leonie has been gaining recognition as a director with a flair for innovation and forging powerful collaborations with artists, writers and composers. Her current practice focuses on vocal works, encompassing cabaret, musicals, operetta, baroque opera, semi-staged concert pieces, and new Australian operas, at the community, pro-am and professional levels. (Opera West, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria, Melbourne Opera Studio, Childsplay Productions, Ondine Productions, the Song Company, and the Canberra International Music Festival, to name just a few).

In 2002, Leonie became Resident Director of The Tall Poppeas, a Sydney vocal ensemble presenting baroque music for female voices, written by female composers. For this group she wrote and directed the original operetta Troppo Amore, and co-devised the concert series Beyond the Moon and Too Hot to Handel which was performed at Government House.

Over many years, she has actively promoted works by Australian artists. This includes activities as diverse as establishing groups performing operas and concerts for children, such as Three’s Company Opera and the children’s band Incy Wincy, to collaborations with prominent solo artists, including the pianist Sally Whitwell and soprano Anna Fraser, and directing new works, such as Daniel Manera’s chamber opera, L’Operetta II and in August, Mind Over Matter for The Song Company.

From 2015 - mid 2019, Leonie was a Board member of The Song Company and is delighted to have been appointed Chair of the River City Voices board.

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BILL SOPER

Director

Bill's 40 year career as a chartered accountant in the UK and Australia, has taken him from the accounting profession through to Finance Director of Companies - both medium and large sized with between 30 and 1,500 employees, including Dames & Moore, URS Australia (now Aecom) and ERM. He also had direct operational management experience with URS Australia, managing a region. In a volunteer capacity, Bill works in an advisory financial role with Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association. A keen cyclist, Bill managed a charity bike ride for a former colleague, and in November 2018 he will take up his greatest challenge yet, cycling from Melbourne to Sydney as part of the "Peleton Events Ultimate Challenge", raising money for three different charities.

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INARA MOLINARI

Director and General Manager

Inara Molinari brings to the choir a career spanning 25+ years that has focused predominantly on voice as a professional opera soloist and chorister, early music singer, artistic administrator and producer, and more recently, as an office manager at Westmead Hospital. Her connection with the arts scene in western Sydney began twenty years ago, when she established “Opera West”in Wentworthville, a weekly course for aspiring opera and music theatre singers.

After returning from the USA in 2000, Inara founded “The Tall Poppeas”, Sydney’s only female baroque vocal ensemble that delivered innovative programs throughout Sydney and interstate for ten years, including staging an original opera for the Darlinghurst Theatre (now Hayes Theatre) and Melbourne Fringe Festival.

In 2011, Inara co-founded Ondine Productions. Its first project was fully staging the Australian premiere performance of "La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina" (1625), by the first female composer of opera, Francesca Caccini. The production received critical acclaim and was short-listed for an ArtsHub award in 2012.

During the past seven years, Inara has performed locally with Packemin Productions at the Riverside Theatres and with Holroyd Musical Society back in Wentworthville! She has been a strong community advocate and volunteer in her local 'hoods of Granville and Parramatta, forging relationships with local government, and community and arts organisations. Inara was a member of Cumberland Council's Arts Advisory Committee, 2018-2019 and is the founder of River City Voices.

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LIZ WILSON

Development Manager

Liz comes to River City Voices with over 25 years experience in arts management in both professional and community organisations. Working for festivals and local government, arts funders, schools and professional arts organisations in Australia and the UK, she brings her substantial knowledge, passion for community music making and networks to her role at River City Voices.

 

In the UK, Liz started her career with Cambridge City Council working for the Cambridge Festival and as front of house manager at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge. She then gained experience as music officer at Eastern Arts Association, one of the Arts Council of Great Britain’s (ACGB) regional arms; and as a freelance assessor for ACGB commissioning and education projects.

 

More recently in Australia, Liz has worked as special projects administrator at MLC School for Karen Carey’s Music Department, membership manager at the Australian Music Centre and philanthropy manager at The Song Company.

 

Liz went to Clare College, Cambridge where she studied Geography – and played the cello a lot!  She has been an integral part of Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra in Sydney for over 15 years as a regular cellist, as well as holding leadership roles as a committee member and president.

 

She recently obtained her Masters of Communication Management degree from UTS.

Liz's position is supported by a Create NSW Organisational Grant, 2020

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

2018-2019

The Advisory Committee was established from RCV's inception to provide local industry knowledge for the choir and Board during its establishment period and first year of operations. The Committee members are:

  • Robert Love, AM, Director, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

  • Brett Weymark, Artistic and Music Director, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

  • Cath Dadd, Executive Producer, Performing Arts, The Joan, Penrith

  • A/Professor Diana Blom, Music, Western Sydney University, Kingswood

  • Dr Paul Smith, Lecturer in Music, University of New England, FutureCampus Parramatta

  • Bill Soper, Chartered Accountant

Do you have experience working with not for profit organisations?

Interested in joining our Board?

Call our General Manager, Inara Molinari on 0409 776 577