Marguerite Foxon
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Marguerite loves many musical genres but is particularly passionate about Handel (never met a piece of his she didn't want to buy!), Opera (pre-Wagner, especially baroque), and mezzo Joyce DiDonato. She has learned several instruments over the years and is currently enjoying the treble recorder. She attends two or three concerts a week, keeps adding to her CD collection, and does some volunteer work for the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

Consort 8’s Eastertide programme delivered a diverse array of reflective music

It’s that time of the year when concerts abound around Sydney in the countdown to Easter Sunday, many of them featuring major works by JS Bach. Consort 8’s first performance of the year, timed with the end of the Lenten Season,…

 
Consort 8 was a joyful noyse with first-class playing and singing

With all the discordant noise coming out of Canberra these days, not to mention natural disasters around the world, an evening where one can push all this out of the conscious mind and sink into some ‘joyful noyse’ was most…

 
Wonderful surprises abounded at Consort 8’s Fratres.

I’ve been to enough Consort 8 concerts to know three things about them. Firstly, the standard of performance is tops – fabulous recorders, skilful playing of viols, lutes and theorbo, and where else are you going to get a gaggle…

 
Consort 8’s A Renaissance Christmas was a fabulous start to the Season

We’ve all heard of the recorder, and many can recognise a viol da gamba, lute, and theorbo when they see one. But how about a cittern? Or a psaltery? And a tapan? All featured in the fabulous Consort 8 concert…

 
Josie & the Emeralds Celebrate the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Music with a fascinating and rich program

Josie (Josie Ryan, Soprano) and the Emeralds (four viol da gamba players) first presented a special program honouring Lady Music in 2014. It was such a success with their audience, the Emeralds decided to make it an annual event. Some…

 
A Twinkling Star in the Sydney Music Scene

On Sunday 8 October, local musician (clavichord, fortepiano, traverso) Ivan Foo presented An Evening with Mozart at St Mark’s Church in Hunters Hill. This is the second concert by Ivan Foo that I have attended, and it appeared many in…

 
Consort 8 have tremendous flexibility to programme unusual and rarely heard works

A veritable feast of delicious 16th and 17th Century works, most of them from Spain and Italy, were served up to a full hall.

 
Leichhardt Espresso Chorus performs Solomon with a difference

I knew I was in for ‘Handel with a difference’ as soon as I arrived at the ticket desk. Many people seemed to be wearing something pink or yellow or both. The ticket table was laden with a huge pile…

 
Josie & The Emeralds celebrating St Cecilia with Viols, Voice, and Organ

Their concerts are always an uplifting and joyful experience. Amy Johansen playing organ really added to the celebration of the life of St Cecilia.

 
Marais Project are performers at the top of their art form

What’s not to love about an hour of delightful C18th French music on a Sunday afternoon, followed by a glass of complimentary wine and the chance to schmooze with the musicians and fellow concert goers?

 
Josie & The Emeralds deliver a first class performance celebrating Shakespeare

Always deliver works I’m unlikely to have heard before (and probably never knew about). Thoughtful programming with a novel twist. Sunday was no exception.

 
Consort 8: Daphne’s Grand Tour was a class act, unearthing rarely presented music

Chung’s voice is perfect for this music, with recorders again mimicking the organ and the lute quietly strummed. The balance of sound between instruments and voice gave this slow lamentation its emotional intensity.

 
Vine Music Australia hosts talented early music performers in an intimate concert with local wines and cheese

There truly is nothing like listening to some of the best players in town performing chamber music in an intimate setting, while enjoying a glass of red!

 
Sydney Baroque Music Festival featured outstanding young talent

The orchestra received an enthusiastic and well-deserved applause from the audience. It is encouraging to know that we have the next generation of baroque specialists in the making.

 
Consort 8 brings Advent alive with recorders, theorbo & viols

A varied and demanding program of 22 Christmas and Advent pieces, much of the music little known and performed in a polished and professional manner.

 
Christine Draeger Trio performed Beautiful Summery Music Sydney on a glorious day

A first class performance by three Sydney musicians with distinguished careers. Beautiful summery music is the order of the day!

 
Review | Sydney Conservatorium of Music Centenary Festival Gala | Orfeo ed Euridice by Joseph Haydn

Saturday night was the gala event, with Maestro Richard Bonynge (1950 graduate) conducting the SCM Symphony Orchestra, Choir, and Chamber Choir, in presenting a little known opera by Joseph Haydn.

 
Omega Ensemble were completely in synch with precision and discipline

Polished and professional musicians playing an interesting combination of instruments, treating the audience to a master-class in effortless playing.

 
Sydney Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary concert was a promise of even better things to come

The three hour program was a fascinating combination of the old and the modern; showcasing the total professionalism of the choir.

 
Review | Alexander Knight and Chris Cartner – For Love of a Poet

A very satisfying performance of much-loved Schumann repertoire by a promising young Sydney singer. A glass of wine and the chance to chat with performers in the church hall was an added bonus!

 
Review | The Marais Project: Smörgåsbord Music from Sweden

Jenny Eriksson teams up with Tommie Andersson, a fellow Swede to produce a CD of Swedish music. There isn’t a track on this CD that you wont enjoy!

 
Review | Estivo Trio presents ‘France and Romance’

This dynamic ensemble, which burst onto the chamber music scene at the 2014 Estivo Festival in Italy, is taking it by storm.

 
Josie and The Emeralds: Honouring St Cecilia

And who is St Cecilia you may ask? No less than the Patron Saint of Music, who received such an accolade in honour of her 2nd or 3rd Century martyrdom. Doubtless she would have a special affinity for The Emeralds,…

 
ThoroughBass: Music to tap your foot to!

ThoroughBass, Mosman, 16 November 2014 ThoroughBass, a Sydney ensemble founded in 2009 and which performs lesser-known baroque and contemporary music, served up wonderful musical fare on Sunday afternoon in another of the St Luke’s Concert Series in Mosman. Diana Weston…

 
The Marais Project – From Medieval Mystics to the Rocky Horror Show

The Sydney Conservatorium Recital Hall was packed with music lovers on Sunday afternoon, ready to once again savour the delights of viola da gamba music at the talented hands of Jenny Eriksson and her merry band – The Marais Project.…

 
Heavenly Playing of Supernatural Music

Once again, this exciting new addition to the Sydney classical scene did not disappoint. The Reservoir Trio seems to have a knack for creative programming.

 
A Feast of Heavenly and Down to Earth Medieval Music

Runnymede Pop Festival The Sydney music scene never fails to amaze and delight me. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on what’s around, up pops another group that I’ve somehow not heard of in my 18 months back…

 
Josie and the Emeralds: A Sparkling Performance of Medieval and Modern Music

I’ve wanted to attend a performance by the Emeralds for the last 18 months but their concert dates invariably clashed with other commitments. I’m intrigued with the growing interest in historically informed performance and the increasing appearance of the viol…

 
Hobart Baroque: Keep Your Eye on This Rising Soprano Star

Julia Lezhneva with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Oliver Gooch Hobart Baroque Festival, 30 March 2014 I’m betting 95% of the audience at this concert had never heard of Julia Lezhneva before her Australian visit. Include this reviewer in that…

 
The Reservoir Trio – Mendelssohn, Piazzolla & Grainger

I’ve been brainwashed to expect programs to have a common thread. It was beautiful engaging music, performed by outstanding musicians with heart & soul. We don’t need a common thread after all.

 
Marguerite loved the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Messiah

You know Christmas is right around the corner when Messiahs start popping up all over town. Last weekend alone there was more than one to choose from. I attended the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Saturday afternoon performance at the Opera House.…

 
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