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… 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 is 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 Breckenridge

Lisa Breckenridge, playing her flute

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 is a very busy freelance performer having worked regularly on opera, ballet and many Sydney/International productions of music theatre such as The Lion King and Wicked.

Chamber music is a definite passion of Lisa’s and she is particularly enjoying the madness that is Eclectix.

Emma Knott

Emma Knott, playing her flute

Emma Knot completed degrees in flute performance from the Queensland Conservatorium and University of Wollongong, studying with renowned teachers, Margaret Crawford and Geoffrey Collins. She then travelled overseas to study with the legendary flautists, William Bennett and James Galway. Upon returning to Australia, she joined the staff at the University of Wollongong and formed the Wollongong Conservatorium Flute Ensemble, later to become the award-winning Stables Ensemble.

Emma subsequently lectured at the Sydney Conservatorium for ten years, where she collaborated in the development of a beginner tutor book with Margaret Crawford and Mark Walton. A former conductor for the Sydney Youth Orchestra and an AMEB examiner for more than 25 years, she has also held office for the Flute Society of NSW and the Australian Flute Society.

Emma is an accomplished performer, with multiple albums featuring Australian flute music to her credit, which have been played extensively on the classical network. She is also a member of the innovative Eclectix Flute Quartet. A dedicated and inspiring teacher of many decades' experience, Emma currently continues her extended tenure at her alma mater, Frensham, having also taught at Kinross Wolaroi, as well as numerous Sydney schools. She was School Programs Manager and flute teacher at the Mitchell Conservatorium from 2019 until earlier this year, and has now been appointed to the staff at the Hume Conservatorium in Goulburn.

Fran Griffin

Fran Griffin, playing her flute

Fran Griffin – Flute, Baroque Flute, Recorder. Teacher of flute, clarinet and bassoon at Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

Fran Griffin began life as a flute player, studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, with renowned teachers Margaret Crawford and Michael Scott. Although she had been composing since the age of seven, while at the Conservatorium in the late 1970s, she put aside composition in favour of an interest in early music performance practice, studying baroque flute and recorder with Howard Oberg.

After a number of years working as a freelance musician, she returned to study, completing M.Sc. (Hons) in mathematics at Macquarie University, Sydney in 1999. Here she remained on staff until 2012, when she left Sydney to live in country NSW. Here she has renewed her previous life as a musician, teaching flute, clarinet and bassoon and performing once again with early music ensemble Nouvelles Réflexions and flute quartet Eclectix.

Fran has renewed here interest in composition, producing many arrangements and original works for students and for community concert bands and choir. Her serious compositions include arrangements and new works for flute quartet, flute duo, and other chamber combinations with flute, as well as works or symphonic winds.

She has been the recipient of several awards for composition, and her works have been published in Australia, Portugal, Belgium and USA.  Fran's compositions

Keith Griffin

Keith Griffin, playing his flute

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 joined the staff of the Conservatroium as a flute teacher.

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.

During his high school days Keith learned conducting from necessity and grew to enjoy it very much, later taking on conducting some local community groups. Since moving to Junee in 2012 he has had very successful terms as conductor of Junee Town Band, Riverina Concert Band, the Riverina Conservatorium Student Concert Band and the Riverina Conservatorium Orchestra. He has also been a guest conductor with the Albury City Band and the Griffith Town Band. During this time Keith has continued to be active in performances not only in his new local area but also in Sydney, Goulburn, Bathurst and many others.

In recent times Keith has learned to play saxophone.

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