Ahead of performances by the Omega Ensemble, great friends and musical collaborators flautist Sally Walker and composer Elena Kats-Chernin discuss a new flute quintet arrangement of Kats-Chernin’s flute concerto, Night and Now.

Elena Kats-Chernin and Sally Walker Elena Kats-Chernin and Sally Walker. Photo © Steven Godbee

How long have you known each other and when did you first meet?

Sally Walker:We have known each other 20 years now and we met through chance. I was talking to a teller at a bank, coincidentally at two different branches, and found out he was Elena’s son; he thought we should meet and put us in touch. We have much in common; we both did ice-skating as children, we both studied in Germany with the same (DAAD) scholarship and both lived in Coogee (Sydney) although we never crossed paths when I lived there as a music student (probably because she never goes to the beach…).

Elena Kats-Chernin:Some time in early 2000s Sally was at the bank, she happened to stay in the queue at two different bank branches and, as luck would have it, both times...