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.

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…

 
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…

 
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.…

 
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.

 
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.

 
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…

 
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: 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…