About this video: Ayșe Göknur Shanal and Ashley Hribar perform Ross Fiddes’ ‘These Men’ as part of their concert Gallipoli Songs at Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 9 April 2018.

About the artists: The musical dialogue between Ayșe Göknur Shanal and Ashley Hribar began in 2016, with their shared interest in contemporary and Middle Eastern music. Their debut performance at the 2017 Mersin International Music Festival in Turkey drew immediate attention and acclaim from the national newspapers. Ayșe, one of Australia’s most versatile classical singers, has won many prestigious international awards and scholarships. Her collaboration with Australian and international composers has resulted in the premiere performances of major vocal works. Australian born Ashley Hribar is an award-winning pianist and composer and a strong advocate for contemporary music. His performances often straddle between composer and improviser, using traditional repertoire in the context for free improvisations. 2018 will be an exciting year for this fresh duo, who will demonstrate their unique chemistry in performances in Australia and overseas.

About Ross Fiddes: Ross Fiddes is the founder of the Sound Construction Company and the Novocastrian Arts Orchestra. Fiddes has been a guest conductor with Orchestra Nova, the Newcastle City Choir and the Newcastle University Choir. He was artistic director and principal conductor for Opera Hunter in 1992-94. He has been freelancing as a conductor/musical director since. Fiddes’s larger-scale compositions have been performed by the Australian Opera, Opera Hunter, Newcastle University Choir, the Sound Construction Company, the Western Australia Arts Orchestra, the Hunter Orchestra, Shakespeare et al, Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra, Opera Mode, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (USA), the 3rd Military District Band, Camerata Musicale, Anna Fraser and the Acacia Quartet, and the Bennelong Wind & Brass Ensemble. Fiddes was an invited participant to the 1995 June In Buffalo International Composers’ Festival, State University of New York. Click here to read more.

Supported by the Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund.


  1. A wonderful performance from Ayse & Ashley of my song cycle. In fact the whole recital was wonderful.

  2. A wonderful performance and interpretation of my complex and demanding song cycle commissioned by Ms Shanal as part of a concept recital commemorating ANZAC with music from Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and France.

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