With all the discordant noise coming out of Canberra these days, not to mention natural disasters around the world, an evening where one can push all this out of the conscious mind and sink into some
I’ve been to enough Consort 8 concerts to know three things about them. Firstly, the standard of performance is tops – fabulous recorders, skilful playing of viols, lutes and theorbo, and where else a
We’ve all heard of the recorder, and many can recognise a viol da gamba, lute, and theorbo when they see one. But how about a cittern? Or a psaltery? And a tapan? All featured in the fabulous Consort
Josie (Josie Ryan, Soprano) and the Emeralds (four viol da gamba players) first presented a special program honouring Lady Music in 2014. It was such a success with their audience, the Emeralds decide
On Sunday 8 October, local musician (clavichord, fortepiano, traverso) Ivan Foo presented An Evening with Mozart at St Mark’s Church in Hunters Hill. This is the second concert by Ivan Foo that I have
A veritable feast of delicious 16th and 17th Century works, most of them from Spain and Italy, were served up to a full hall.
I knew I was in for ‘Handel with a difference’ as soon as I arrived at the ticket desk. Many people seemed to be wearing something pink or yellow or both. The ticket table was laden with a
Their concerts are always an uplifting and joyful experience. Amy Johansen playing organ really added to the celebration of the life of St Cecilia.
What’s not to love about an hour of delightful C18th French music on a Sunday afternoon, followed by a glass of complimentary wine and the chance to schmooze with the musicians and fellow concer
Always deliver works I’m unlikely to have heard before (and probably never knew about). Thoughtful programming with a novel twist. Sunday was no exception.
Chung’s voice is perfect for this music, with recorders again mimicking the organ and the lute quietly strummed. The balance of sound between instruments and voice gave this slow lamentation its emoti
There truly is nothing like listening to some of the best players in town performing chamber music in an intimate setting, while enjoying a glass of red!
The orchestra received an enthusiastic and well-deserved applause from the audience. It is encouraging to know that we have the next generation of baroque specialists in the making.
A varied and demanding program of 22 Christmas and Advent pieces, much of the music little known and performed in a polished and professional manner.
A first class performance by three Sydney musicians with distinguished careers. Beautiful summery music is the order of the day!
Saturday night was the gala event, with Maestro Richard Bonynge (1950 graduate) conducting the SCM Symphony Orchestra, Choir, and Chamber Choir, in presenting a little known opera by Joseph Haydn.
Polished and professional musicians playing an interesting combination of instruments, treating the audience to a master-class in effortless playing.
The three hour program was a fascinating combination of the old and the modern; showcasing the total professionalism of the choir.
A very satisfying performance of much-loved Schumann repertoire by a promising young Sydney singer. A glass of wine and the chance to chat with performers in the church hall was an added bonus!
Jenny Eriksson teams up with Tommie Andersson, a fellow Swede to produce a CD of Swedish music. There isn’t a track on this CD that you wont enjoy!
This dynamic ensemble, which burst onto the chamber music scene at the 2014 Estivo Festival in Italy, is taking it by storm.
And who is St Cecilia you may ask? No less than the Patron Saint of Music, who received such an accolade in honour of her 2nd or 3rd Century martyrdom. Doubtless she would have a special affinity for
ThoroughBass, Mosman, 16 November 2014 ThoroughBass, a Sydney ensemble founded in 2009 and which performs lesser-known baroque and contemporary music, served up wonderful musical fare on Sunday aftern
The Sydney Conservatorium Recital Hall was packed with music lovers on Sunday afternoon, ready to once again savour the delights of viola da gamba music at the talented hands of Jenny Eriksson and her
Once again, this exciting new addition to the Sydney classical scene did not disappoint. The Reservoir Trio seems to have a knack for creative programming.
Runnymede Pop Festival The Sydney music scene never fails to amaze and delight me. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on what’s around, up pops another group that I’ve somehow not heard of in my 18 m
I’ve wanted to attend a performance by the Emeralds for the last 18 months but their concert dates invariably clashed with other commitments. I’m intrigued with the growing interest in historically in
Julia Lezhneva with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Oliver Gooch Hobart Baroque Festival, 30 March 2014 I’m betting 95% of the audience at this concert had never heard of Julia Lezhneva before he
I’ve been brainwashed to expect programs to have a common thread. It was beautiful engaging music, performed by outstanding musicians with heart & soul. We don’t need a common thread after
You know Christmas is right around the corner when Messiahs start popping up all over town. Last weekend alone there was more than one to choose from. I attended the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Saturd