The Johnian Duo is a recorder and organ ensemble specialising in Baroque and Renaissance music. They bring the clear timbre of the recorder, combined with the elegant sounds of the organ, to audiences in Brisbane, Australia.
Ana and Howard met at St John’s College within The University of Queensland in 2009. They collaborated as part of the St John’s College Choral Scholars, and periodically played recorder and organ together at chapel services and formal dinners.
Between 2013 and 2014, and then late 2015 to early 2016, they came together as The Johnian Duo to present a monthly concert series at The University of Queensland’s Art Museum. During 2014, they also gave recitals at St Thomas’s Anglican Church of Toowong and St Andrew’s Anglican Parish of Indooroopilly.
The Johnian Duo’s repertoire includes the recorder suites of J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Georg Philip Telemann, Benedetto Marcello, and Johann Schickhardt. Their early music includes medieval and Renaissance courtly dance music and the music of Italian street musicians. They have dabbled in some modern recorder and piano compositions.
As part of The Johnian Duo’s recitals, Howard and Ana also perform as soloists. Ana plays the recorder variations of Jacob Van Eyck. Howard plays the organ fugues and voluntaries of J.S. Bach, John Stanley, Dietrich Buxtehude, Maurice Greene, Thomas Weelkes, Johann Kerll, and Johann Pachelbel.
The UQ Art Museum concert series is currently suspended as Ana will commence a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of the Free State in South Africa during 2016. When Ana returns to Brisbane, The Johnian Duo hope to perform individual recitals and perhaps even embark upon a tour of regional Queensland. Stay tuned!
We would like to acknowledge the many individuals who have supported us in all our musical endeavours. Our ongoing appreciation goes to our photographers – Katherine Munro, Hilton Bristow, and Colin Stevenson – as well as the staff at the UQ Art Museum and St Andrew’s Anglican Parish of Indooroopilly. Thanks also to Hilton Bristow for his dedicated support in the creation of this website. And we would be remiss not to recognise the encouragement of our enthusiastic audience!