Brad Slater
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Being able to go to more concerts was one of the reasons Brad Slater moved from country New South Wales to Melbourne. When not in the audience he can sometimes be seen playing in music theatre pits, a swiss folk group, big bands or early music groups.

Evergreen Ensemble’s Snow in Summer provided many colours

‘Snow is Summer’ pays homage to the windswept landscapes and islands of Scotland. The program drew together music from folk and art music traditions, moving between hauntingly beautiful melodies, toe tapping folk tunes and a contemporary Australian commission. The instrumentation…

Ana de la Vega’s Mozart Myslivecek Flute Concertos with English Chamber Orchestra

Recording the Mozart Flute Concertos is a bold move. Every professional flutist knows these works and they are the most commonly requested concerto for any professional orchestral audition. Likewise, they have been recorded superbly many times. Rampal and Nicolet gave…

Melbourne Musicians’ high quality performance of a balanced and varied program

High quality performances without government or other official financial support. is a huge achievement and they deserve our patronage. I look forward to hearing them again!

Peninsula Summer Music Festival’s Suite Française full of refined and sensitive playing

Georgia Browne has a gift not only as a performer, but as a compere whose knowledge and passion for this music shines through in her informative and entertaining spoken program notes.

Peninsula Summer Music Festival: Concerti Grossi was a Sunday afternoon outdoor baroque treat

Careful programming ensured that there was variety in a program of baroque instrumental works. No better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on the Flinders lawn.

Melbourne Recital Centre Great Performers Series – Nicolas Hodges

Nicolas Hodges – Piano 27 August 2014 For those in the audience who had rushed to make it into the city for a mid-week recital the Six Bagatelles (Op. 126) by Beethoven were a perfect way to open this performance.…

Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation

Refinement and exquisite musical dialogue were certainly the order of the day as Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon presented a program of duets and two solo works. Both performers engaged the audience with spoken introductions and explained interesting points about both the music and the period instruments being used.

Alicia Crossley is Addicted to Bass

Applause to Alicia Crossley for commissioning young composers to write for an instrument very suitable for this repertoire. For fans of C21 chamber music or wanting to broaden musical horizons.

Selby & Friends “The Kreutzer”

From the opening phrase of Brahms’ 3rd Violin Sonata, IIya Konovalov impressed with a violin tone that was exquisite. The lyrical opening was mellow but rich with nuance. As the sonata progressed Kathryn Selby emerged as equal partner in this musical collaboration and I was particularly impressed by her lightness of touch whilst maintaining the energy of the main theme in the third movement.

Viazza is ‘life’ – polished & entertaining

A twist on the Romanian word for “life” Viazza seems a most appropriate name for this group. Violinist Katherine Lukey, cellist Paul Ghica and pianist Young Kwon Choi presented a polished and entertaining recital at the South Melbourne Town Hall.

Baroque Beginnings – Early French Keyboard Music

There’s something about listening to a person who has real passion. Whether it be sport, politics or music, that knowledge and enthusiasm comes through and grabs us all in some way. Peter Hagen certainly has a passion for the harpsichord.…

Music and the City at Smart Artz Gallery, South Melbourne

Music and the City should be very proud and happy with their Australian debut event. The format of the event was carefully planned to offer something for everyone. Guests gathered at the trendy Smart Artz Gallery for drinks, and then…

Oboe Origins with Jane Downer & Peter Hagen

The setting was a little different Not many classical concerts start with an outline of the bushfire evacuation plan. Oboe Origins, however, was being performed in the Broadford Salon and is nestled in thick bush land not far from the…