Kate Tribe
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Kate’s passion for classical music was fostered by her friendship with her grandfather, Ken Tribe. What he did so well to share his passion was to impart a new piece of information each time they went to a concert together and to encourage gradual knowledge building about one of the things closest to his heart. When not working with classikON she is, cross stitching or watching cricket.

What we’ve been up to … Kate

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…

2020 Festival calendar | 50 festivals to attend, support or follow for program news

Wondering what festivals are on in Australia in 2020? We’ve tracked down 50. A festival at a winery, city or regional town? All inclusive or flexibility to pick and choose? All arts, music, period, an instrument? You’re covered in this…

Farewell Huntington Estate Music Festival

November marked the 30th and final Huntington Estate Music Festival. It had become interwoven with so many parts of my life. My first festival was in 2007, when I was 33. I was terrified before that festival. The main theme…

Q&A with Halcyon’s Jenny Duck-Chong about Shining Shores

We did a Q&A earlier in the year about how Halcyon is celebrating 20 years. This Saturday 1st December, you’re doing your last concert in your birthday year. In this concert you’re reflecting on the world around us and works…

Introducing you to River City Voices!

River City Voices is a not-for-profit auditioned “symphonic” style choir based in Parramatta, western Sydney. They will perform large scale classical and contemporary choral works under the artistic direction of Sarah Penicka-Smith. Aiming to become integral and permanent players in…

Jenny Duck-Chong on 20 years of Halcyon

Kate Tribe had a wonderful Q&A with Halcyon’s co-founder and Artistic Director, mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong. Kate: Twenty years is a wonderful milestone for an organisation. When my Market Research business was at that point, I remember looking back and thinking…

Backstage Music was an ideal way to finish the week

BackStage Music on Friday night was exactly what my brother and I needed. The week had been fairly crazy and we needed to mentally close the door, allowing the weekend door to open. For me, choosing what to do with…

Alan Holley talks about his works being performed by Sirius Chamber Ensemble

In the lead up to Sirius Chamber Ensemble’s concert on Friday 23 June, 2017, I interviewed Alan Holley who composed most of the works in the program. Kate: Sirius Chamber Ensemble has performed several of your compositions and you have…

Alan Holley: Hamerings CD launch

Combining music with visual arts is an excellent combination because they combine to create an excellent space to be surrounded and absorbed in the music you’re hearing.

A beautiful new acoustic instrument ‘Yaybahar’ by Görkem Şen

Yaybahar is an acoustic instrument where the vibrations from the strings are transmitted through coiled springs to frame drums creating a hypnotic surround sound.

On this Day: Apr 01

Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in 1873. Russian composer pianist & conductor. The video is Luka Sulic – cello (half of 2CELLOS) & Mia Miljkovic – piano performing a non-vocal version of Rachmaninov Vocalise. Find out more on wikipedia

On this day: Mar 26

1828 First Performance of Franz Schubert’s Eb trio, Op 100 in Vienna. Farewell Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer 16/12/1770-26/03/1827. Wikipedia page.

Australia Quartet’s Transfigured Night was a night of celebration

Australia Quartet celebrated Halloween with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’), Schumann’s beloved Piano Quartet and Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin’s irresistible work, ‘Scherzino’. The night had quite a celebratory feel which was wonderful – and there was much to celebrate. [list…

ACO Underground at Oxford Art Factory

Other than excellent music it combined a few other favourite activities: drink beer while listening to music live, move without being death stared, quietly ask my friend if he wanted another round mid-song & go to the bar

The Marais Project: The Lady Sings the Viol CD

The Marais Project wanted it to be a celebration, not a concert. They achieved that wonderfully. Jenny Eriksson was even more elated than usual on Saturday night.

Resonance: The Art of the Piano Trio

Ursula Nelius (violin), Paul Stender (cello) & Chris Cartner (piano) performed excellently in this short concert transporting the crowd from the stress of the week.

Andreas Ottensamer at Yellow Lounge

Yellow Lounge was created by the “Yellow Label” Deutsche Grammophon in the Berlin Club scene, as a way to hear classical music in a relaxed and cool atmosphere. It was launched in Sydney in 2012 with Noah Stewart. This time…

Sirius Chamber Ensemble – The Americas

Saturday’s Sirius Chamber Ensemble concert was the best I’ve heard them perform. They’re not showy, just love to perform the music.

Bringing together the senses in one production to help your memory

On July 27, there will be an innovative production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten opera, with a specially produced fragrance. It’s a wonderful concept and reminds me of a business bootcamp where they encouraged us to think of the emotion your…

Pondering: What influences our enjoyment of music performed live?

I recently found myself in a concert attending frenzy. In the midst of this I heard the same piece of music performed twice and Sophr, who I’ve not heard often, in two concerts. It caused me to ponder… What factors…