Victoria Chatterley grew up in Western Australia, and after early adventures with the piano and ballet, discovered the horn at the age of 12. After studying with Darryl Poulsen at the WA Conservatorium, she moved to Sydney to pursue a career as a professional horn player. Victoria spent 22 years as a member of the horn section of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, having the opportunity to work with many great singers, conductors and fellow musicians. During this time, she also appeared as a guest with other orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic. Since moving to Orange in early 2017 with her family she has spent time working on other interests – gardening, permaculture and brewing beer among other things. She is continuing her playing, with regular appearances with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as well as some more local projects. Victoria had a small teaching studio for many years in Sydney, and began teaching at the Orange Regional Conservatorium in 2018.
When Philip Rees was eight, two events impacted his life: his first piano and brass lesson and his parents being given a complete recorded performance of Messiah. Since then he can’t recall a time of not wanting to be a musician. Philip has spent his entire working life involved in music education and performance. As the musical director of the Central Coast Philharmonia, he conducted many major works of the choral tradition, as well as a number of Australian premiere performances of works by Christopher Tin, (Calling All Dawns) Karl Jenkins, (Joy to the World) John Rutter (Feel the Spirit) and Alexander Lestrange (Zimbe and Ahoy). He was the chorus master for Central Coast Opera productions of Magic Flute (2016), Carmen (2017) and La Bohème (2018).
Since moving to the Central west in 2019, Philip teaches brass and piano at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, is the conductor of the City of Orange Brass Band, and participates in a variety of school music programs.
In 2010 he was awarded an OAM for services to music.