An Evening of Music and Mirth with Ray & May

2020-08-10 18:00 - 2020-09-30 22:00
University House at Professors' Walk
Phone:8344 5254
Address: 1 Professors' Walk, Parkville, VIC 3010

COMING IN SEMESTER 2! DATE TBC.

University House invites you to a extraordinary recital where our special guests will memorise you with their remarkable performance.

National touring cabaret artists Raymond Khong & May Gavin bring light hearted presentation to high quality music for nearly 20 years.

All-inclusive performance, dinner and drinks.

Entry from 6pm for a 6:30 start.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Member $85 | Guest $95

ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS:

Raymond Khong

Raymond has been active on the Australian stage for over twenty years now. Having started back in 1993 with the Victoria State Opera and the Australian Opera. Other local companies he sung for with include Eastern Metropolitan Opera and Melbourne City Opera. With them he has performed numerous roles with his highlight was a critically acclaimed lead role in Chamber Made Opera’s world premiere of The Possessed – a role which won him a Green Room Award nomination for Best Lead Performer. Some of his roles have included Rodolfo (La Boheme), Prunier (La Rondine) and Don José (Carmen). Over the years he has appeared on TV and film but his passion remains the stage, and he has freelanced with many groups touring the country for over ten years, most notably as one of Australia’s Thee Chinese Tenors. He now produces his own touring shows. Very active on the concert circuit, he was also for many years the soloist for The Australian Army Band, The Robert Stolz Society and The Victorian Concert Orchestra. He has recorded three albums to date “Voices for Hope”, “Music From the Heart” and “Voyage”. Most recently Raymond was invited to sing the lead in two operas (The Elixir of Love by Donizetti and the world premiere of A Handmaid’s Tale in Melbourne’s inaugural Yarra Valley Opera Festival in October 2018. Raymond also holds a Fellowship Diploma of Music with the Australia New Zealand Cultural Arts Board.

May Gavin

Commencing piano lessons with her mother at the age of five, May received a Licentiate Diploma of Music at thirteen. For fifteen years, May appeared with her mother, composer and pianist Val Gavin, in the 2-piano team Duo Gavin. Together they made numerous recordings and performed over 100 recitals. May also played the violin, playing both piano and violin professionally for dozens of shows in Melbourne. She still has a strong interest in music theatre, and enjoys coaching singers.

May has worked as an accompanist both here and overseas and has also been Music Director for many productions. She toured as the principal accompanist for The Three Chinese Tenors and also as the Music Director for the national tour of The Merry Widow. May and her husband, tenor Raymond Khong have performed extensively in Australia, and have released two recordings on the Move label. May and her brother, internationally acclaimed tenor Julian Gavin have recently released a recording of music composed by her mother Val, on the Tall Poppies label. She currently works as a regular accompanist for the Melbourne Women’s Choir and has released a recording with them My Song in the Night

May has a busy performance schedule, both as an accompanist and occasionally as a soloist. Recently she performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited back to perform Carnival of the Animals later this year. She is Head of Keyboard at Donvale Christian College and loves the challenges and rewards of teaching. May is an examiner for ANZCA, and regularly examines and adjudicates overseas, as well as throughout Australia.