The Fly by Night Musicians Club is a not for profit community musicians club and music venue located in the heart of Fremantle, Western Australia.




Musicians for Malawi
Saturday 5th August 2017

Musicians for Malawi

Featuring Jose Carbo from Opera Australia and David Hyams

Doors Open:


Door Tickets:


$44.50 inc B.F.

Set One starts: 7.30pm sharp.


Musicians For Malawi – 5 August 2017
In 2015, Nola Formentin sold everything she owned in Fremantle and moved to Malawi in SE Africa. After an initial six months volunteering with an NGO, she was offered a job teaching music, swimming, art and environmental issues at a primary school near the city of Blantyre.
Nola and her husband Elson facilitate a sponsorship programme for 50 girls at Mbwadzulu Primary School near Monkey Bay. Education is free in Malawi, but many of the poorest families cannot find the mere $25 it costs per year for admin fees, uniforms, books or stationary. Without these items, children cannot attend school. Many families are affected by HIV/Aids and most earn less than $1 per day. Famine has ravaged Malawi and floods have destroyed crops and houses. It has the lowest GDP in the world and very few natural resources. Inflation is crippling the economy and at 85% of the population, the rural villagers are barely living on the existence line.
There are many NGOs around Blantyre in the south of Malawi. Nola has visited some that have touched her heart and she hopes to find donations to help them on their way. These include Morning Star JS Ministries, a locally run organisation that provides a safe and caring place for young men to gather and learn life skills. They run a soccer team and need funding for uniforms and equipment, as well as rent for the clubhouse. The Jacaranda Foundation is an incredible school run solely for children affected by HIV/AIDS and has fostered some amazing talent both musically and artistically, sending students to summer schools in USA and Europe. The Fatima Centre is a small orphanage run by a retired English couple, fostering 25 orphans from their local village. All these organisations are run entirely on donations and Nola would like to invite you to help her raise money to support these wonderful schools, which in turn will help educate and nurture these special children.
Musicians for Malawi is an eclectic concert to be held at Victoria Hall on Saturday 5 August. Doors open 7pm and the night is run by The Fly By Night Musicians Club. Headlining the evening will be Opera Australia’s Baritone Jose Carbo accompanied by David Wickham, supported by local opera singers Alexandra Bak, Jenna Robertson, Kelly Robertson, Helen Brown and Alessia Pintabona. The night then turns contemporary, with upcoming singer/songwriter Synaed Roche and The David Hyams Trio. Then finally, local country blues band The Suntones will have everyone dancing the night out! All artists are donating their time and talents for the evening. There will even be food available at the club. All proceeds go to Nola’s causes.


Alexandra Bak is a graduate of WAAPA where she studied cello, classical voice and musical theatre. She is the recipient of several prizes including the Faith Court Scholarship, Art Song Perth’s Ralph Thompson Memorial Scholarship and a Lisa Gasteen Opera Summer School Scholarship.Alexandra has appeared regularly with WA Opera since 2008 and sang the role of una novizia in Suor Angelica. Other roles include Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Box, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief at the Fringe World Festival, Leischen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Galatea in Acis and Galatea with Black Swan Baroque, Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel at the Australian Opera Studio.
Alexandra is also in demand as a concert soloist, having performed at the annual Best of British concerts at the Perth concert hall since 2005 and the Vienna Pops New Year’s Eve concerts since 2010.
Australia’s premier baritone José Carbó was born in Argentina of Spanish and Italian descent and moved with his family to Australia at an early age. His international career has taken him to La Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Switzerland, Tokyo and New Zealand. He has performed extensively at home with Opera Australia and all of the state opera companies and orchestras. José’s recent roles include Germont La Traviata, title role Rigoletto, Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio Pagliacci, Rodrigo Don Carlo, Zurga Pearlfishers, Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, Fritz Die Tote Stadt (Helpmann Award). His debut CD My Latin Heart was nominated for the ARIA Classical Record of the year, and shot straight to the No. 1 position on the Limelight Classical Music Charts upon release by the ABC.

Kelly Robertson began singing in 2000 at the tender age of 28, after having a career as a professional chef. She successfully auditioned for the WAO in 2005 as a mezzo soprano, and was a chorister for 7 years, leaving in 2011 to start a family. 2 beautiful children later, she has finally returned to singing, this time as a dramatic soprano.
Tonight she is honoured to be a part of this wonderful charity event.

In 2016, Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson made her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata with Opera New England, NSW, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with OperaBox, WA and reprised her portrayal of the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with OperaBox, WA. Other performed roles include Gilda Rigoletto, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Mimì La Bohème, Gretel Hänsel & Gretel, Laetitia Old Maid and the Thief, Cunegonde Candide, Mabel Pirates of Penzance and Christine Phantom of the Opera.  With the West Australian Opera Chorus, Jenna performed in La Traviata, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Faust and L’Elisir d’Amore. Jenna has performed as soloist with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, South Side Symphony Orchestra, Albany Chamber Orchestra, Perth Pops Orchestra and Sinfonia Excelsior, Edinburgh.  Oratorio soloist credits include Jenkins The Armed Man, Faure Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria and selected items in Orff Carmina Burana. In the last 10 months Jenna has been working with coaches at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opera Australia including Tony Legge and Nicole Dorigo. Future engagements include her role debut as Manon in Massenet’s Manon with OperaBox in September.

Formed in 2009 in Fremantle Western Australia The Suntones are a four piece country/blues roots based band currently playing in and around Perth WA. The line-up is Steve Smith acoustic guitar/mandolin/vocals, Jeff Barham – Acoustic/Electric guitar, mandolin, Dobro and vocals, Chris Harwood -Acoustic upright bass/vocals, Andrew Smith – drums.

The Suntones play a wide range of songs including country influenced originals and roots based covers that appeal to a diverse audience. The band is equally comfortable playing unplugged or in the electrified format. Our influences include Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Paul Kelly, Carl Perkins, JJ Cale, Lucinda Williams and Hank Williams.
The Suntones completed successful tours of the 2012 and 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festivals where they impressed audiences with their catchy originals and quirky covers. At Tamworth in 2013 they showcased their new EP “Down the Line” which was produced by golden guitar winner James Gillard.

Both of The Suntones EPS “Down the Line” (2013) and “In the Valley” (2012) contain songs penned by band members Steve Smith and Jeff Barham. On the “Down the Line” EP the song writing team was joined by songwriters James Gillard and Shanley Del.

Live “The Suntones” give a tongue in cheek but well-honed performance with the emphasis on fun. You can purchase both of the Suntones EPs at gigs or from popular online music stores.

David Wickham is one of Australia’s pre-eminent accompanists.  He has partnered Lisa Gasteen, Gregory Yruisich, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Aivale Cole, Alexander Lewis, Roderick Williams and Ruby Philongene in recital.  He has played in prestigious venues including Longdon’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Hamburg’s beautiful BP Studienhous, the Belgisches Haus in Koln, the Vonderau Museum in Fulda, the Grande Salle de Commerce in Lille and Wellington Town Hall in New Zealand.

He has made several ABC broadcasts and has appeared at least once in every ABC Classic FM Sunday Live series since 2004.

David was music director and pianist for the prestigious 2009 “Opera Under The Stars” on Broome’s famous Cable Beach.  In 2010 he conducted “Mikado” for West Australian Opera and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to 15,000 people in Perth, with simulcasts to large audiences in Geraldton and Bunbury.

David has been a member of staff at the Australian Opera Studio, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, as well as the West Australian Opera.

He is currently a lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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