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.

12 Composers you should know about! – 3. Andrián Pertout

In our occasional interview series for 2021, classikON Ambassador Alan Holley discusses the aftermath of 2020 and the future with composer Andrián Pertout. Alan Holley: Andrián Pertout is one of Australia’s most performed composers in both Australia and throughout the…

 
2 New CD Reviews | Peter McNamara | Danaë Killian

Peter McNamara De Rerum Natura Chloe Lankshear – soprano Alicia Crossley – recorders Heathcliffe Auchinachie – guitar Brad Gill – percussion Over the last 20 or so years I have found it most intriguing to follow the trends and paths…

 
12 Composers you should know about! – 2. Evan J Lawson

In our occasional interview series for 2021, classikON Ambassador Alan Holley discusses the aftermath of 2020 and the future with composer Evan J Lawson Alan Holley: Evan, my understanding is that you are a very active composer on the Melbourne…

 
CD Review: Eve Duncan | Elephanstasy

The majority of the tracks in this recently released CD by Melbourne composer Eve Duncan are the result of an ABC concert recording at the Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016 completely dedicated to the music of Duncan…

 
12 Composers you should know about! – 1. Cathy Likhuta

In our occasional interview series for 2021, classikON Ambassador Alan Holley discusses the year that wasn’t with Cathy Likhuta Alan Holley: Cathy, I have only come across your music on YouTube so far and it is my understanding that you…

 
WSO’s Next Chapters a rare treat…

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra | Next Chapters The Concourse Concert Hall, live streamed on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Saturday May 22, 2021 If a not completely professional orchestra programs Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 9 then they need to make sure that they…

 
The Music Box Project show new leadership in the world of experimental music-theatre

The Music Box Project | Shallow Listening Australia Hall, Sydney, May 16, 2021 Performers Elizabeth Jigalin, Jane Aubourg, Naomi Johnson, Peter Leung, Joseph Lisk, Joseph Franklin and Tina Stefanou The world of the arts is bouncing back big-time in Sydney…

 
12 Australian Composers | An occasional series with Alan Holley

As Australia and indeed most of the western world looks forward to 2021 being a year where some sense of normalcy returns I asked MD Pepe Newton if the readers of classikON might find a series of interviews with composers…

 
Review: Australian Chamber Choir – music that elevates your inner being

The Australian Chamber Choir Scots Church Melbourne, Sunday April 18, 2021 Music by Brahms, John Tavener and Fauré In 2016, on a wonderful adventure of art and music, I spent six weeks in Paris and one of my treats was…

 
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…