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Fiona Joy Hawkins and Rebecca Daniel

September 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes Fiona Joy Hawkins and Rebecca Daniel in their first performance in the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary.

They will perform contemporary ethereal music for piano, violin and voice from their new album, The Lightness of Dark and other selections.

The Lightness of Dark by Fiona Joy Hawkins & Rebecca Daniel is an ethereal and collaborative journey into the depths of loss, mourning and recovery.  Recorded in Australia for Piano, String Quartet (Kanimbla Quartet) and voice, the album focuses on the way forward and the exploration of lightness within the dark.

We all experience loss at some time in our lives, loss of health, friendship, a pet, lost youth or the loss of a loved one.  When real life becomes art, experiences can be shared, learned from and resonate with others in similar situations.  This album invites the listener to find the beauty in the sadness and move forward in a positive way.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in  Leonard Cohen

Rebecca Daniel, Composer/Violinist/Vocalist/Pianist, started playing the violin at the age of four, and sang professionally in opera at the age of nine. When she was twelve she was the first child soprano to perform the role of Flora in Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw throughout the UK, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner. She was a member of The Tudor Consort of Rochester Cathedral in England, and is currently a member of Blue Mountains madrigal group Canon Fodder.

Rebecca studied piano with Royal College of Music Professor Alan Rowlands, and violin and chamber music with Emanuel Hurwitz and the Amadeus String Quartet at The Royal Academy of Music London. She was a member of the Chamber Orchestra with Trevor Pinnock and Simon Standage, and was the leader of the Manson Ensemble, specialising in contemporary chamber works. She was a founding member of the Parnassus String Ensemble and toured the UK, before being invited to join The Australian Chamber Orchestra. She played with SSO and numerous orchestras before discovering the joys of musical theatre. Rebecca was the Orchestra Leader for Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast. She also played for West Side Story, A Little Night Music and The Hunting of the Snark. She has recorded and performed with, among others, John Denver, Bread, James Galway and the Chieftains, Will Ackerman, Shirley Bassey, John Farnham, Anthony Warlow, Barbra Streisand, Men at Work, and INXS.

Rebecca has collaborated with Fiona Joy Hawkins, writing, performing and recording for over a decade. They performed at the Sydney Opera House for the 2012 MusicOz Awards and were invited to New Orleans to perform at the 2014 ZMR Awards. Rebecca was recently concert master for a new opera by Rowen Fox at the Sydney Conservatorium, and has performed many concerts in the Blue Mountains with the Kanimbla String Quartet.

When not writing or performing, Rebecca returns to her home in the Kanimbla Valley, West of the Blue Mountains.


Fiona Joy Hawkins, Composer/Pianist/Vocalist, is inspired by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter and Michael Nyman, and is an Australian Pianist, Composer and Singer.  She enjoys and regularly tours China and the USA and is also a member of the Contemporary instrumental group FLOW (Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman).

Fiona Joy is known for ‘Grace’, her song on a Grammy Winning album in 2014 and for her extensive catalogue produced by Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records).  In 2016 she won two categories of the Independent Music Awards at the Lincoln Centre in New York and has been awarded Best Piano Album by International Radio (ZMR Awards) for several of her albums.   Nominated alongside Pete Seeger for Best LIVE Performance Album in the Independent Music Awards,  Fiona was an ARIA Finalist in Australia in 2008.

Fiona works with Australian piano maker Stuart and Sons, and has several albums with Blue Coast Records (content partners with Sony Music for hi-resolution releases) and is considered a female pioneer in a male dominated audiophile world.  Fiona is interested in new musical concepts and recording techniques to better serve the audiophile world and frequently appears on panels at audiophile conferences.  Blue Coast owner/producer Cookie Marenco says, “Fiona’s melodic solo piano and masterful performances are the perfect music to debut the kind of clarity double DSD audio brings to the home listener’.

Living in a small village of 830 people in NSW Australia, Fiona has toured and played around the world at venues like New York’s Carnegie (Weill Hall),  the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Sydney Opera House (MusicOz Awards), a live concert on Echoes/NPR Radio, has accompanied Deepak Chopra in NY, a concert for the Mason and Hamlin Piano Festival in LA, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Glasshouse Port Macquarie, Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, amongst others.

Fiona Joy Hawkins is best known for her romantic, melodic songs and lush arrangements. A prolific composer, she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images, emotions and tells stories.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Joy_Hawkins

www.fionajoy.com  www.flowthegroup.com


  7. LIVE at THE Q with the Blue Dream Ensemble
  9. 600 Years in a Moment (CD/SACD/Vinyl)
  10. Signature – Solo (Blue Coast Records)DSD, SACD and CD
  11. Signature – Synchronicity – CD, DSD
  12. Into the Mist – DSD, SACD, CD (due mid 2016)
  13. Story of Ghosts (Blue Coast Recorsd)
  14. FLOW (Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster.Will Ackerman)

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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September 29, 2019
7:30 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map