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.

Support New Classical Music with a Chorus of Thousands!

Australian composer Sally Greenaway’s music is often heard on ABC Classic radio and in concert venues around the country. Her music is described as ‘evocative and beautiful’, and there are two new sublime choral works on the horizon, primed for…

 
Ensemble Trivium’s pairing of flute and percussion yields unexpected delights

Ensemble Trivium | Flying Mallets Friday 25 June, 2021, Holy Trinity Church Hall Ensemble Trivium have been bringing together Brisbane’s finest classical musicians for intimate chamber music performances since 2015. Their programming is always inspired, featuring old favourites and seldom…

 
Sydney Children’s Choir perform Miracles

7pm, Saturday 19th June 2021 Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music This joyful concert was called ‘Miracles’ and indeed it was a small miracle that Sydney Children’s Choir was able to perform in public on Saturday night for the first…

 
Why Joe Twist’s new work, An Australian Song Cycle, is so special…

Sydney Chamber Choir is this month premiering An Australian Song Cycle by Joe Twist. ClassikON talks to the eclectic composer about writing for so many mediums and why this new choral work is so special.   ClassikON: Let’s jump right…

 
Melbourne Opera rises to the challenge of Verdi’s Macbeth

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall May 26, 2021 On an appropriately dark and wintery night, Melbourne Opera partnered with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall to present a livestream of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth at Her Majesty’s Theatre.  This particular piece has a chequered…

 
Young Composer Award winner in a concert where the sky’s the limit – literally

Virtuoso musicianship and astonishing physical theatre combine in a captivating collaborative concert “As part of the Chatswood Cultural Program, concert goers will be uplifted by the rhythmic richness of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra when – for the first time –…

 
Marais Project: Blending the old and the new in the Art of Monody

At 3pm Sunday May 16,  2021, at Mosman Art Gallery The Marais Project present ‘The Art of Monody’ featuring the world premiere of ‘Christchurch Monody’ by Gordon Kerry. Founder and principal artist Jenny Eriksson speaks about the upcoming concert. For…

 
Review: Rubiks’ luminous lamina of inspiring compositions

Rubiks Collective, This Soft Eclipse Thursday April 29, 2021 Back in their element in the return to the Melbourne Recital Centre, Rubiks Collective – joined by guests Kim Tan, Lucy Price, and Natasha Fearnside – displayed a thoughtful and evocative…

 
Rubiks Collective: Awe-inspiring octophonic-electronics

A little over two weeks ago, Melbournians were treated to a world-class performance hosted at the Meat Market by Rubiks Collective, and directed by Australian percussion-wizard Eugene Ughetti. A tour-de-force of core members and guests pulled together an astounding Australian…

 
Review: Consort 8, a rewarding hour of musical delights

Consort 8, Enfin la Beauté que j’adore With guest artist Richard Butler, tenor Saturday 24 April 2021, Burwood As a choral conductor and singer working with music of many different periods and styles it is not often that I get…

 
Chop Chef: 5 Stars!

Riverside Theatres present Blush Opera’s CHOP CHEF by Julie Koh and Paul Smith As we entered the Lennox Theatre in Parramatta on opening night we were suddenly transformed into the live studio audience of the latest episode of fictional reality…

 
Musical Adventures at Orange Chamber Music Festival

I spent the weekend rediscovering the NSW city of Orange, enjoying bushwalking in Mt Canobolas’ sub-alpine forests, tasting plates in local wineries, fine accomodation with fresh figs from the farm’s orchard, and quiet wanderings through the town’s stunningly autumnal parks…

 
Blackheath Chamber Music Festival Launches ANZAC Day Weekend 2021

April 23 to 26, 2021 Featuring performances by inspiring distinguished Australian ensembles, two world premiere compositions and amazing young local talent it’s a great opportunity to spend 4 autumn days and evenings in the upper Blue Mountains enjoying concerts and…

 
Orange Chamber Music Festival bursts onto the scene!

The Orange Chamber Music Festival (OCMF) is a not for profit organisation created by professional musicians with residence in Orange. OCMF is supported by local organisations and businesses as a cultural and tourism initiative that provides a performance platform for…

 
Review: Not ‘Rose in the Teeth’ Tango!

Phoenix Collective last week travelled to three cities giving five successful concerts which explored early and traditional works from the birthplace of Tango, Buenos Aires and works by the father of Nuevo Tango, Astor Piazzolla, aptly described in the Collective’s…

 
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…