Group members

Incendere! is a vocal quartet of four vibrant young singers. The current line up of the group consists of



Leah Armand (Alto)

Leah - New Year's Eve 2010

Leah is a vocalist, songwriter and recent Bachelor of Music graduate who majored in contemporary voice at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.  Her vocal style is very versatile and she has been compared to the like of Betty Carter, Betty Hutton, Courtney Love and Chuck Schuldiner.  She enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, including metal, pop, jazz and classical.  She is the vocalist in Infernal Outcry, a progressive death metal band.  Besides metal, she especially loves to sing R&B, blues, latin and jazz.

James Francis-Smith (Tenor)


began singing with the Tasmania University Musical Society at the age of sixteen in 2009.  He then went on to become involved with vocal music whilst a student at the Hutchins School under the direction of Andrew Bainbridge.  James enjoys a wide variety of interests including playing the flute and in addition to singing with Incendere! he is studying Arts/Law at the University of Tasmania.

Alden Kuan (Bass)


hails from Malaysia and began singing at school in Labuan, also playing drums in the school band.  He has performed in Malaysia and Australia both in choirs, in quartets and as a soloist.  Alden’s sparkling personality brings a special touch to every performance he undertakes.  Alden is currently studying for a degree in Hotel Management.

Julia Francis (Musical Director)


has been involved in music for many years.  She has sung as a soloist, in various ensembles and many various choirs.  She studied Opera at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.  She also conducts, arranges and composes.  Incendere! was formed by Julia in 2013.

Sam Hindell (accompanist)


has completed a Bachelor of Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where he studied piano with Shan Deng and was admitted to the Dean’s Roll of Excellence in 2012. Sam was repetiteur for Hobart College’s production of Godspell in 2008, as well as for the Tasmania University Musical Society from 2012 – 2013. In addition,  Sam has also been a member of the TSO Chorus since 2010; recent highlights include three performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in July 2013.

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