Cecilia Timm
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Cecilia has always loved classical (and many other types) of music thanks to the strong influence of her mother. Being exposed to so many different types of music from world, rap & hip hop, pop, electronic, rock and of course classical. Cecilia is co-founder of, mygivee, enjoys painting, writing and developing new and amazing gluten free recipes.

Kylie Minogue and the Abbey Road Sessions

Kylie has just released The Abbey Road Sessions: orchestral reworkings of 16 of her songs reflecting on her 25 years at the top of the pop charts. Here is a slowed down and smooth rendition of “On a Night Like…

 
Tips for young composers: Lyle Chan’s approach

Lyle Chan recently spoke to classikON about his musical influences. He has taken it one step further and here he speaks about his approach to creativity and writing music. Considering Lyle is so prolific and his music is so beautiful…

 
Beaker from The Muppets performs Ode To Joy

Thanks to Sally Whitwell for making me aware of these great Muppet classical music videos. In this one Beaker performs Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. What a great way to introduce kids to the lighter side of classical music. Have a…

 
Sally Cooper: Child prodigy to Classical Cross-over Artist

Sally Cooper is an unusually well seasoned performer for someone so young. She has been a musician for as long as she can remember. You may have seen her performing on Dancing with the Stars and The X-Factor. Her debut…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Lady Gaga and Vittorio Monti

Napals native Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 – 20 June 1922) was a conductor, violinist and composer. His most famous work is Csárdás was sampled by Lady Gaga in in her 2009 smash hit Alejandro. Watch both videos and hear…

 
Young composer Cyrus Meurant: Life in composition

Thirty year old Cyrus Meurant has chosen to live the life of a composer despite the long hours and low pay.
classikON recently featured a work by Cyrus called Interlude (you can listen to this on SoundCloud if you cannot see the embedded player below).

Earlier this year Cyrus attended June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers and attracting talented composers from all over the world. Discussion, a lot of listening and developing new relationships that might lead to new collaborations, Cyrus has returned to Australia eager to finish writing his latest commission Klash to be premiered in December.

 
Lyle Chan speaks to classikON about his musical influences

Lyle Chan is a Malaysian born Australian composer who has taken on a radical musical challenge. Over 2 years Lyle has committed to write 6-or-so minutes of music and release it (for free) every fortnight. This is his musical diary.…

 
Aston cover Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World)

This classified pop song is one of many rearrangements done by this Sydney based group. Aston is a group of classical musicians who met while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and they turn popular music into symphonic masterpieces.…

 
Behind Closed Doors: Flinders Quartet & Red Stitch

Last night there was a classikON Reserve at Behind Closed Doors at the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House. It was a full house. I did not know what to expect. A collaboration between a theatre company (Red Stitch)…

 
The Hilltop Hoods talk about classical music

The Hilltop Hoods talk about classical music
by Cecilia Timm

Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods are a major player in the Hip Hop scene and are undoubtedly Australia’s most popular and succesful Hip Hop band. The group formed in 1991 and have released 6 studio albums since. In 2007 the group rerecorded their album The Hard Road, this time with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and called it The Hard Road Restrung. This is personally one of my favourite mixed genre albums and I was delighted that MC SUFFA (pictured above, middle) agreed to speak with classikON about his relationship with classical music.

 
Jamie Messenger and Clockwork Gentleman

Jamie Messenger is a highly talented award winning composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Having studied classical piano, he turned his hands to composition and achieved first class honours at Adelaide University studying under leading Australian composer Graeme Koehne. His love of…

 
Promises by James Horner for The Amazing Spider-man

The soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) has some beautiful peieces writen by the American composer and conductor James Roy Horner. He has also written scores for many famous movies such as The Karate Kid and Avatar. I’m not usually…

 
Blood Count by Lyle Chan

Lyle Chan recently premiered his latest work, Blood Count. Here is a recording on SoundCloud and some notes from the composer himself. Why Blood Count for a title? It’s a pun and a tribute. The music of Billy Strayhorn is…

 
Noah Stewart @ The Loft: a star has arrived!

Noah Stewart @ The Loft: a star has arrived!
I am excited that Yellow Lounge has launched in Australia! After 7 years in Berlin and the UK we finally get to enjoy classical music without rules. The objective of Yellow Lounge is to bringing classical music together with cutting-edge DJ’s in cool urban spaces. In a nutshell, Yellow Lounge has the same goal as classikON – demystifying classical music and binging it to a newer and younger audience.

 
Pop Culture Classical: Marques Toliver takes on the world with his violin

Marques Toliver trained in the Suzuki method from age 11 and has played classical music for most of his life. Only a few years ago he was busking in Brooklyn and sleeping on friends couches… he was determined to ‘make it’ in music. One day he was ‘spotted’ while busking and a recording session saw Marques’s talent shared with the world.

Marques is a new bread of classical musician fusing the old with the new and bringing a love of classical music into the mainstream.

 
Heritage in Song by the Sydney Children’s Choir – a musical masterpiece

When you’re looking through a ‘what’s on’ list you don’t immediately think ‘I really must go and see that children’s choir’. Until now, I imagined rounding’s and modern renditions of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”. I’ve been proved wrong! Yesterday I…

 
Sally Whitwell talks about inspiration, creativity and her personal style

Sally Whitwell talks about inspiration, creativity and her personal style
Over the years Sally Whitwell has strayed, trying out other instruments but she always comes home to her first love, piano. Sally has answered some questions for classikON about her love of classical music and what inspires her.

 
Acacia & Halcyon’s rehearsal performance = a great preview of tonight’s concert

We were privileged enough to attend a lunchtime rehearsal concert for The Acacia Quartet and Halcyon’s current concert program. It was a short program and it left US wanting more. The venue, the New Hall at Sydney Grammer School is…

 
Mozart’s Piano Sonata @ the Super Bowl

Car ads and classical music seem to go together. I wonder why! Does the classical music give the advertised car a sense of class or timelessness? I’m not sure but it is a formula that keeps on getting used. Anything…

 
Glee inspiring a new generation of classical music lovers?

A recent episode of Glee featured a cover version of David Guetta’s Without You. Here’s hoping the use of strings in this clip helps to inspire a few young minds to listen to some classical music. Have a great Pop…

 
Katie Noonan: Classical music & how it shaped an Australian musical icon

I have always been a fan of Katie Noonan, ever since I first heard George in 1998, when I fell deeply in love with their song Special Ones. It wasn’t until 2004 with the release of Two of a Kind…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Strauss @ the Games

Just in case you’re suffering Games withdrawals, here is a gymnastics ribbon performance by Ulyana Trofimova from Uzbekistan. The soundtrack is The Bat (Die Fledermaus) composed by Johann Strauss. Track available through iTunes Have a great Pop Culture Classical moment?…

 
Melbourne Piano Trio making their way to Hamburg

The Melbourne Piano Trio has been selected out of 100 of groups to compete in the prestigious Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition in September 2012. They are trying to raise enough money to cover the cello’s airfair… it has to…

 
Pop Culture Classical: INXS By My Side (1991) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra

I’ve always loved this song (and film clip)…the great INXS were a staple of every childhood of my generation. In By My Side, which was a huge it in 1991, they feature the string section of Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO).…

 
The Good, the Bad, the Awkward by Sally Whitwell

I don’t normally read the liner notes of CD’s but I felt the need to know more about Sally Whitwell, she’s such an intriguing character. Her approach to music seems to be as eclectic as her personal style. She composes,…

 
Pop Culture Classical: the Queens arrival spash was classic!

One of the highlights of this weeks opening ceremony had to be Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 escorting Her Majesty to the games. The music playing as 007 enters the palace is Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Luke, I am your father

John Williams did a great job of bringing classical music back into the mainstream by composing such fantastic and expressive music for the Star Wars series of movies. This is The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from Star Wars Episode…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Timeless Mozart in Jordan XX2 commercial

Although this is ad is a few years old – it is timeless and in no small part due to the music. This is Mozarts Requiem: Sequenz – Lacrimosa and according to Shazam it is performed by the St Olaf…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Musica Surfica

Classical music meets surfing’s best. Richard Tognetti AO (Artistic Director & leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra) teams up with renown Aussie surfer Derek Hynd to bring you this marriage of the two art forms. Find out more about Musica…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Bugs Bunny belting out some Liszt

Bugs Bunny conducting Friska, from Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. There is something to be said about old cartoons and how much fun they seemed to have with serious subjects and serious music. Enjoy! More about Franz List on Wikipedia.…

 
The Acacia Ensemble & Elena Kats-Chernin

The Acacia Ensemble came together in 2010, formed by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase. They come from a diverse range of quartets and orchestras and choose to focus on new contemporary compositions.  While I…

 
Pop Culture Classical: 10 The Movie (1979)

The movie 10 (1979) was a huge hit and inspired many of us to run along the shoreline in slow motion, however I do wonder the kind of influence this scene has had on people… perhaps it goes some way…

 
Pop Culture Classical: The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers (1980) used Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries to great dramatic affect. Nothing like a comical car chase to get the blood pumping. Find out more about The Blues Brothers on IMDb Find out more about Richard Wagner…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Before Sunrise (1995)

The quintessential 90’s romantic movie, Before Sunrise (1995) using Bach’s Sonata for viola de gamba No. 1 in G. A beautiful end to a beautiful film. Find out more about Before Sunrise on IMDb Find out more about Johann Sebastian Bach on Wikipedia…

 
ACO @ Angel Place

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) raised the roof at Angel Place last night! What a performance. There is a modernity to this group of musicians: perhaps it’s the Akira designed outfits or the fact that they stand throughout the performance but there is a fresh energy and ease to their approach to the music and to each other.

 
Enigma Quartet – Rising Stars

There was a lightness and joy that permeated the performance. The girls exchanged the occasional cheeky glance as if to say ‘lets not stuff this bit up’. The performance was not perfect but it was real, raw and organic. It was punctuated by the roaring of the George street buses, police cars and the occasional over eager motorcyclist. This some how magically added to this spirited and joy filled performance.

 
Pop Culture Classical: Before Sunrise (1995) & Bach’s Sonata

The quintessential 90’s romantic movie, Before Sunrise (1995) using Bach’s Sonata for viola de gamba No. 1 in G. A beautiful end to a beautiful film. Find out more about Before Sunrise on IMDb Find out more about Johann Sebastian…

 
Flinders @ Utzon

Last night, a group of ClassikON-ers attended ‘Silent Inspiration’, the second in this year’s concert series by the Flinders Quartet. It goes without saying that the thoughtfully chosen pieces that were executed with such passion and precision were loved by all of us that attended.

 
Pop Culture Classical: Classical SciFi in the 5th Element (1997)

Film and classical music have always gone hand in hand. This clip form The 5th Element (1997), apparently in the space age future blue aliens perform beautiful arias with a backdrop of stars. Eric Serra composed this piece and had…

 
Ross Edwards at The Con

Ross is a wonderful Australian composer, whose work effortlessly echoes different cultures, featuring the Australian bush and in particular bird songs.

 
Pop Culture Classical: My earliest clear memory of classical music

My earliest clear memory of classical music would have to be Disney’s Fantasia, especially Mickey The Sorcerer’s Apprentice… I think this would have to be an early memory for many. More about Fantasia on Wikipedia. Have a great Pop Culture…

 
Pop Culture Classical: Hip Hop meets the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Who said you can’t love classical music and hip hop! Listen to The Hard Road Restrung by the Hilltop Hoods featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (music starts at 1:03) Have a great Pop Culture Classical moment? Send it to us:…

 
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