FIAT LUX, Let there be light

Eleanor Streatfeild, Cello & SYRINX VOCAL ENSEMBLE

We have a shimmering programme to share with you. SYRINX vocal womens ensemble are exploring themes of light and hope, dissonance and crystalline harmonies. Cellist, Eleanor Streatfield will be joining them. She will play Bach’s cello suite no 4. and ‘Musique Du Soir’ by Latvian composer, Peteris Vasks. for Cello and Organ. 
Eleanor will also accompany Syrinx in their own arrangement of ‘Ave Generosa’, a plainchant from the 12th Century by Hildegard of Bingen. This chant also inspired a wildly contrasting contemporary piece by Levante Gyonggyosi, which will be included in the programme. 

The programme takes its name from a choral piece by Australian composer Alice Chance. We are living in a strange time, full of darkness and difficulty for many people near and far. Our fervent hope: FIAT LUX – Let there be light.


SUNDAY, 11 February, 2024, 3:00-4:30 PM




Eleanor is principal cellist and co-director of the Australian Session Orchestra, and founder of Sydney-based Radu Cello Ensemble. She is also a member of Mylark Trio, which will be touring regionally with Musica Viva in 2024. 

Her cello studies began in Ethiopia where her family lived until 1994, but soon after moving back to Australia, she began lessons with Anthea Scott-Mitchell at the Newcastle Conservatorium in New South Wales. On a cello scholarship from the age of 13, Eleanor also took part in Hunter Strings, a youth orchestra initiative that put her on the path to her Bachelor of Music in Performance and 8 years of Australian Youth Orchestra programs, including a tour to China and Europe.

After her studies, Eleanor worked for four years at the New England Conservatorium of Music. During that time she did extensive regional touring, performing chamber music and collaborating with local composers and performers. She took part in Inverell’s (then annual) Opera in the Paddock, and conducted several young ensembles. After moving to Brisbane, Eleanor began freelancing with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Camerata. She also, as cellist and manager of Sanctuary String Quartet, began a long-term partnership with 4MBS and Brisbane City Council Libraries where SSQ now hold free concerts every year.

Recently Eleanor’s activities have been focussed between Sydney and Melbourne. She regularly performs with the Opera Australia Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Nano Symphony, Ensemble Trivium and DeClassified Music. 


OLA GJEILO (b. 1978)

Northern Lights 


Ave Generosa (arr. Syrinx)

Ola Gjeilo 

Ave Generosa 

Joh. Seb. Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite, No.4, E-flat major, BWV 1010

MAURICE DURUFLE (1902-1986)  

Tota Pulchra Es  

ALICE CHANCE (b. 1994) 

Fiat Lux – Let there be Light   


Confitemini Domino


Suscepit Israel, from Magnificat BWV 243


Musique du Soir, for Cello & Organ


Den Tod, from Cantata BWV 4