Alan Holley
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Alan has been composing works that have been regularly performed and broadcast in Australia since the mid-1970s and over the past 25 years his music has become increasingly well-known in America and Europe. His trumpet concerto Doppler’s Web (2005) and A Line of Stars (2007) were commissioned and performed in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His music is published by EMI Australia, Allans and Kookaburra Music and recordings of his music have been released on numerous labels.

CD Review: Christopher Pidcock | Immersed in Bach

One of Australia’s most versatile and thoroughly musical cellists Christopher Pidcock has recently released a wonderfully inventive CD of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat BWV1010 and has interspersed with each of the 6 movements a solo cello…

 
Review: ‘ACC5’ sweet & concise

Australian Chamber Choir – Water Music Sunday 15th November Performed by: The Australian Chamber Choir’s ACC5 directed by Lucien Fischer Amelia Jones and Ailsa Webb – Soprano Elizabeth Anderson – Contralto Anish Nair – Tenor Lucien Fischer – Bass In…

 
CD Review: Michael Kieran Harvey’s Greta

Greta Composed and performed by Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey is one of Australia’s cultural icons – a warrior for causes both artistic and for those that will ensure our planet heals after centuries of environmental abuse. At the…

 
CD Review: Australian Chamber Choir’s Baroque Christmas

I first came across the Australian Chamber Choir several years ago when classikON asked me to review one of their performances in Sydney. In 2017 I wrote of hearing for the first time this performance ensemble; ‘Sometimes you go to…

 
in Focus | CD Review

in FOCUS CD Music by eight composers from diverse musical backgrounds and countries. For us here in Australia the main interest in this fascinating CD emanating from London is in the music of the Melbourne composer, Andrián Pertout. Last year…

 
What we’ve been up to … Alan and Amelia

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO | This series, introduced in our classikON What’s ON (subscribe here), shares our Ambassadors thoughts at this time. They are voices of the audience, with a range of knowledge and history with music, for some…

 
Ensemble Offspring’s Epic Fragments had virtuosic energy and exquisite ‘very very soft’

In a small and quaintly repurposed venue in Newtown, Ensemble Offspring presented a one hour concert of miniatures written over the last hundred or so years from an exquisite performance of Alban Berg’s Vier Stucke Op.5 (1913) to local composer…

 
Lorelei Dowling’s “I Was Like Wow” champions the music of recent times

Lorelei Dowling is one of many Australian musicians who have created seriously impressive careers outside of her native land and one that proves that to have a major solo career, and one where you specialize in a branch of music…

 
The Art of Disappearing composed by Cameron Lam has great variety of emotional and musical attitudes

A recent recording release devoted to music of young Sydney composer Cameron Lam (b.1989) shows that the art of vocal writing is safe in the hands of the younger generation of Australian composers. At around 65 minutes The Art of…

 
Australian Chamber Choir’s “Keys to Heaven” showcased their sumptuous sound

In the recently restored and now even more exquisite Christ Church St Laurence, the Australian Chamber Choir presented Keys to Heaven, a concert of music dating from the late 1400’s through to about 1640. The sumptuous sound of one of…

 
Strelitzia Ensemble’s First Impressions impressed with its innovative & intriguing program of women composers

The concert in the visually delightful Melbourne Recital Centre Primrose Potter Salon by the piano trio Strelitzia showcased music by four women composers. This venue tends to emphasise bass sonorities but with violinist Lucy Warren leading there was never a…

 
Australia Ensemble’s Heart*Beat was live music at its exhilarating best

Before the music started at this Australia Ensemble concert, Dene Olding gave thanks to the late Justice Jane Mathews for all her support to music in Sydney and that the evening’s music was dedicated to her memory. Jane loved attending…

 
Scots’ Church Choir & Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s gift to the people of Melbourne

What a gift to the people of Melbourne – a free performance on Sunday 21st April by The Scots’ Church Choir and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra of one of the masterpieces of the Baroque era – J.S. Bach’s Mass in…

 
Danaë Killian is one of Melbourne’s piano treasures

On Saturday 20th April 2019, Dr. Danaë Killian gave a short piano recital which included fine performances of Mozart and Liszt and she championed the music of four composers of her city. From a star afar, a 2-minute miniature by…

 
Australian Chamber Choir’s “St John Passion” an immersive, enthralling & transcendent experience

Disclaimer: The St John Passion by J.S. Bach is my favourite work of all time. I am in love with this composition. At nigh on 2 hours of music the St John Passion is a journey with the greatest composer…

 
Andrián Pertout’s monumental piano work ‘Luz Meridional’ is full of delights

Rarely do I hear a new work that is so strong and meaningful and as full of so many delights as Andrián Pertout’s monumental piano work Luz Meridional. This is singularly one of the most important piano compositions ever written…

 
Ensemble Three recording Despite Our Silent Elders shows directions in new music in Australia

The CD is named after the longest work on the recording, Elliott Hughes’ Despite Our Silent Elders. At just under 16 minutes this straightforward composition allows the stellar talents of Joel Brennan, trumpet, trombonist Don Immel and guitarist Ken Murray…

 
Duo Blockstix recording of Works for percussion and recorder

This recently released CD of Australian works is a pleasing addition to the recorded repertoire of local composers and is testament to the skills of the multi-talented and virtuosic performers Alicia Crossley and Joshua Hill. Blockstix Duo display not only…

 
Melbourne Composers’ League presents 19 new works at Montsalvat in two concerts

In the historic Montsalvat in the hills just out of Melbourne two concerts of 19 new works were presented by the Melbourne Composers’ League in just one day. The MCL is a rarity in Australia – a group of composers…

 
Australian Chamber Choir sings complex music fearlessly and it thrills the listener

In the impressive Grand Court at the Art Gallery of NSW the Australian Chamber Choir presented one of the finest concerts in Sydney this year. Their perfectly chosen program ranged from the early baroque to music from our time and…