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The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Bach at The Calyx: Skye McIntosh & James Eccles


Sunday 8 August from 2pm to 3pm

Bach at the Calyx is a series of four free and interactive Sunday afternoon classical music concerts. The perfect pairing of J.S. Bach and other masterworks in the verdant surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Join us every second Sunday in May, June, July, and August to explore a world of musical treasures and floral blooms starring artists from Australia's leading classical ensembles.

These matinee concerts are family friendly and have a 40 minute running time.

Skye McIntosh (violin)

Skye McIntosh is the founder, Artistic Director and Principal Violin of the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

Skye is a sought after specialist in baroque and classical period violin throughout Australia, regularly leading the Australian Haydn Ensemble in both orchestral and chamber music performances.

She has appeared as Principal 2nd Violin for Pinchgut Opera (Orchestra of the Antipodes), with whom she has performed regularly for the past five years, has been principal 2nd violin with Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra and has also been a regular member of The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for the past seven years. In addition to this, she has appeared at baroque festivals and concerts all over Australia including the Brisbane and Hobart baroque festivals.

James Eccles (viola)

As a period instrumentalist, James works with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera, ARCO, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. He has performed chamber music with some of the world’s leading period instrumentalists including Marc Destrube, Cathrine Mackintosh, and Charles Neidich. He is co-director of the Australian Haydn Ensemble’s education program.

James is also a keen champion of the music of today and has premiered, recorded and commissioned many new works over the years. In 2013-14 he was artistic director of the Aurora Festival, and he is violist and co-director of The NOISE String Quartet. James has performed as principal violist with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, as soloist with SBS Youth Orchestra and has worked extensively with Sydney Dance Company.

Covid-safe information

The Calyx will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of Covid-19. The Calyx is restricted to 200 people within the venue, entry to this free public event within our inBLOOM exhibition will be on a first come first served basis.

All visitors will be asked to check in using the Service NSW app on arrival. This includes all members of any family groups, including children.

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