Pepe Newton
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Pepe is classikON's Managing Director. She is an avid concert-goer and self confessed choir nerd, regularly performing and touring with no less than 5 different choirs to countries ranging from Poland to Cuba over the last few years. Through her board positions in choirs and her role with classikON she is actively involved in the exciting Australian art music scene, including the promotion and commissioning of new Australian music. Running classikON presents a perfect opportunity for Pepe to pair her love of classical music with her ‘real life’ qualifications in business management and administration.

Review: Compose Queer | Divisi Chamber Singers

75 Reid St, Fitzroy North. 26 February 2021 Compose Queer is an initiative created by Divisi Chamber Singers, funded through a donation campaign and a grant from the Australian Cultural Fund. This initiative went beyond a single concert: four emerging…

 
Four Winds Festival | A Celebration of Life

After a tough twelve months which included the cancellation of the iconic Four Winds 2020 festival on the south coast of NSW, we are again ready to celebrate and reconnect – with music, with each other, with nature. Under the…

 
Review: SDC and ASQ a Perfect Partnership

Sydney Dance Company, Impermanence Feb 17, 2021 A few weeks ago an opportunity to review Sydney Dance Company’s world premiere of Impermanence dropped into the classikON inbox… I was excited of course, who wouldn’t want to attend the opening night…

 
Song Company goes ‘Into the Heart’

Australia’s national vocal ensemble opens its red-blooded 2021 season with the first of its ‘Salon’ series of concerts featuring The Song Company’s outstanding Ensemble Artists. The entertaining SALON program of Brahms’ energetic Liebeslieder Waltzes, and the touching Tonadillas en un…

 
March 13 Premiere: Paul Stanhope | A New Requiem

Billed as a ‘Requiem born anew for Australia’ award-winning composer and former director of Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope, returns to lead the Choir in the world premiere of his Requiem, a masterwork of transcendent beauty and healing leading a…

 
Review: Willoughby Symphony’s Sweet Valentine

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra | Gala February 14, 2021 Chatswood What better way to open a gala celebration of Valentine’s day than with a classic waltz. The electric opening chords of Johann Strauss II’s, Frühlingsstimmen op. 410 (commonly known as the…

 
Australia Ensemble | 2021 Season Launch

The Australia Ensemble UNSW are thrilled to bring their 42nd concert season to audiences this year. The season combines several major works from the cancelled 2020 programs as well as gems by lesser known composers. 2021 marks violinist Dene Olding’s…

 
2021 Bendigo Chamber Music Festival

3 – 7 February 2021 16 of Australia’s leading artists perform 15 recitals to restart City of Greater Bendigo’s classical music scene.  Co-directors Chris Howlett and Howard Penny, with the City of Greater Bendigo are thrilled to announce the 2021…

 
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra launches into 2021

After a ‘year they will never forget’, Co-Artistic Directors of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen are excited to be returning to the concert hall. While their 2020 season was cut short after just…

 
Review: Hallelujah for The Song Company

Full disclosure before you read on, I am a not-so-secret Handel fangirl. In fact as I reflect on my year I realise I have actually seen 3 (yes 3) live performances of Handel’s Messiah’s in the past 12 months… This…

 
Review: Phoenix Collective’s best program of 2020!

Folk and Songs 2.30pm Nov 14, Annandale The title of this review is a direct quote from violinist, and founder of the Phoenix Collective, Dan Russell describing the program of Folk and Songs, their concert in Sydney on Saturday afternoon.…

 
Review: Oliver Shermacher – Prodigious talent and poise

Oliver Shermacher, virtuoso clarinet player and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Artist in Residence, certainly had an esteemed audience at his recent concert… two guest reviewers, Claire Edwardes  (percussionist, highly regarded in the Australian new music scene) and Andrew Howes (Sydney-based…

 
WSO Reconnects with a COVID Safe Concert

Willoughby Symphony reconnects with audiences at COVID safe concert On August 22nd Willoughby Symphony Orchestra bravely ventured back onto the stage to joyful whoops from its loyal audiences in three delightful COVID-safe performances – and now the hour long performance…

 
Composer Elizabeth Jigalin: on Clearway (Corona)

For the film Clearway (Corona) Elizabeth Jigalin created music to accompany footage of Rox De Luca’s artworks and pieces for two solo musicians. Elizabeth reflects… …on composing music to accompany Rox De Luca’s artworks … To accompany Rox De Luca’s stunning…