Elements is a newly formed Brisbane based woodwind quintet that consists of professional musicians that are actively engaged in teaching, and orchestral and chamber ensembles. Their name is intentionally symbolic, with each musician representing an element that makes up the whole quintet.

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Elements' vision is to present and promote woodwind repertoire in a chamber music format. The group commissions composers and is committed to the education and mentorship of young musicians. 

Elements adopts a flexible and fluid approach to expanding or reducing its size according to the repertoire choice of each concert. The group is currently a woodwind quintet and will explore the depth of repertoire available in this form.


Alison Mitchell
Hailing originally from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell is delighted to have returned to Australia as the Section Principal Flute with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Alison leads a vibrant career throughout Australia and Europe as orchestral musician, chamber player, soloist and teacher. She studied in Basel with renowned Swiss flautist Peter-Lukas Graf before moving to the UK where she was appointed to the position of Principal Flute with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera with whom she performed for five years before embarking on a freelance career dedicated to solo and chamber music performances. From there an opportunity arose for her to return to Australia to take up the position of Associate Principal Flute of the Sydney Symphony. During this period she also performed regularly as Guest Principal with orchestras around Australia.


Eve Newsome

Eve Newsome is an experienced performer having held oboe and cor anglais positions with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has performed on many international tours including those of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She is a passionate chamber and solo musician and as a pedagogue specialises in oboe, chamber music and optimal experience for musicians. Eve has held the teaching positions of Co-ordinator of chamber music, Head of Winds and Lecturer in Oboe at the College of the Arts in Melbourne and Senior Lecturer in oboe at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In recent years she has been lecturing nationally and internationally as a practice and performance coach focussing on skill development, enjoyment and optimal performance. She has been very active for many years in the broader Australian musical community having filled roles such as National President of the Australasian Double Reed Society and Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Tyalgum Music Festival, NSW.


Nicholas Harmsen

Nick Harmsen was born in Tasmania in 1979. He learned clarinet with the two clarinet players in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Chris Waller and Duncan Abercrombie. After 18 years in Tasmania Nick moved to Canberra in 1998 to study at the A.N.U with Alan Vivian and completed a bachelor of music with first class honours. During his time at the Canberra School of Music, Nick travelled to Sydney regularly to play with Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Nick was principal clarinet in Australian Youth Orchestra between 1998 and 2000. He performed as a woodwind finalist in the Young Performers Competition with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2003. Nick also played numerous other concerts with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has been a full time member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2006.


Lauren Manuel

Born and raised in the beautiful Barossa Valley region of South Australia, Lauren began playing the horn at age sixteen. First attracted by the novelty of buzzing into a piece of metal and all the new sounds she could make, Lauren soon enjoyed the popularity afforded to rare and in-demand horn players.

A graduate of the Elder Conservatorium at Adelaide University, with further postgraduate studies undertaken at Melbourne University, Lauren has been lucky enough to study under amazing teachers such as Phillip Paine, Phillip Hall, Geoff Collinson and world-famous horn soloist, the late Barry Tuckwell.

Lauren has been a full-time member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2009. As a highly sought after guest musician, Lauren has worked with every orchestra in Australia and New Zealand, as well as touring internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She was also a featured artist at two International Horn Symposiums (Brisbane 2010 and London 2014).

More recently Lauren was a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship Award. In 2018 Lauren used her award to travel throughout Europe and the United States, meeting and playing for the world’s best horn players and pedagogues.

Relishing any opportunity to share her learnings, Lauren enjoys working with students of all ages. Most of all, Lauren loves making music with her friends and still gets a kick out of making new sounds by buzzing into a piece of metal!

Nicole Tait

Nicole grew up in Perth, Western Australia beginning her musical studies on piano at the age of 8 and continued with bassoon age 13. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia where she studied with Peter Moore. Nicole also completed a one year diploma with Matthew Wilkie at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, made possible by a German Government Scholarship (DAAD). Whilst overseas Nicole had the good fortune of performing and touring with Ensemble Modern, the Deutscher Kammer Philharmonie and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Before obtaining her position in the QSO Nicole freelanced extensively, playing with all the major orchestras in Australia. She has been Section Principal Bassoon of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2002.

Nicole has an interest in pedagogy and the neuroscience of learning. As a result, she has a passion for teaching all age groups and all stages of musicianship. She currently holds teaching positions at Hillbrook Anglican College, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Griffith University, Conservatorium of Music. She is soon to hold workshops and masterclasses in the Music Department of the University of Queensland.

When not playing the bassoon, Nicole enjoys baking, reading, cultivating indoor plants, anything creative and spending time with her family. She daydreams of building a teaching and performance space, surrounded by trees, horses and chickens and performing chamber music.

About 2021 Live from UQ

The School of Music is proud to present a series of virtual and in-person concerts involving our performance and academic staff together with current and past UQ students, ensembles in residence, and affiliate ensembles . If you would like to receive regular updates on School of Music events, consider signing up to our Friends of Music Newsletter.

We are excited to offer this - and all livestreamed concerts - to our entire community free of charge. However, we hope you will consider making a gift to the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund, which supports our student musicians.

In 2021 the Nickson Room concert series will seat a total of 60 live audience members and will be livestreamed through our YouTube and social media platforms. Audiences must register to attend concerts in-person. 


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