Ambassador thoughts

Ambassadors share their thoughts on classical music concerts, books, releases, films and experiences.

Review: Australian Miniseries an oasis in the desert of Covid

Australian Miniseries The Canberra Symphony Orchestra has had the bright idea of publishing a series of 15 vignettes featuring short works for solo instruments, specially composed by different contemporary Australian artists. The “Australian Miniseries” is co-curated by Professor Matthew Hindson…

 
Review: Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra a delight!

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra – Mozart & Abel Friday 23rd October at 7pm, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall The first two quartets were played by Georgia Browne (flute), Matthew Greco (violin), Karina Schmitz (viola) and Daniel Yeadon (cello). Browne is…

 
Review: Thoroughbass | Forgotten Songs – An Unforgettable Experience

Thirsty for experiencing a live concert, the socially-distanced audience eagerly awaited the Thoroughbass concert on Saturday Oct 17, Forgotten Songs, in the beautiful hall at Mosman Art Gallery. Opening with Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées (from which the concert takes its title…

 
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…

 
Review | Australian Haydn Ensemble Dreamed Away

Australian Haydn Ensemble: Haydn’s Dream Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 8th October 2020 Australian Haydn Ensemble’s livestream concert on Thursday night was the perfect way to relax and dream away the week. Broadcast through Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, the concert was…

 
What we’re up to… Steel City Strings

Steel City Strings – 2020 Digital Season | Oct // Nov // Dec Across October, November and December 2020, Steel City Strings will perform its inaugural Digital Season. Each month, the Wollongong-based chamber orchestra will release a forty-minute performance comprised…

 
Review: ACO Transfigured

ACO Transfigured | 7PM Wednesday, 9th September 2020 | City Recital Hall, Sydney To say that it was ‘relieving’ to attend a live concert at this point in Australia’s battle with COVID-19 would be the understatement of the year. The…

 
Review: Bach’s Universal Light

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Friday 2 October 7.00pm Bach’s Universal Light Australian Bach Akademie dir. By Madeleine Easton J.S. Bach – Cantata BWV 106 ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’ – Actus Tragicus J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue BWV…

 
in Focus | CD Review

in FOCUS CD Music by eight composers from diverse musical backgrounds and countries. For us here in Australia the main interest in this fascinating CD emanating from London is in the music of the Melbourne composer, Andrián Pertout. Last year…

 
Review: Consort 8 | Courtly Ayres and Dances

19 September 2020 Consort 8 has long had a loyal following and after a couple of cancelled concerts in 2020 fans snapped up the limited number of tickets available and turned out on Saturday night with big smiles (covered by…

 
Review: Elysian Fields | FIKA

Elysian Fields’ latest offering Fika — The Scandinavian Project, is a celebration of culture, personal history and sharing together during times of isolation.  Formed in 2015, Elysian Fields are Jenny Eriksson (electric viola da gamba), Matt McMahon (piano), Matt Keegan…

 
Review: Sideband – From the Depths

…an engaging and interesting showcase of a selection of Australia’s emerging composers Sideband are a contemporary collective of composers, founded by Tristan Coelho, Brad Gill and Peter McNamara in 2011. Their aim is to develop and support the music of…

 
Funk Engine’s 3rd album Jazz-Funk is a whole lot of fun

On a windy evening in Brisbane, I watch the last of the leaves fall off my pecan tree, when in a previous life I would have been at orchestra rehearsal. I put on a CD to wash away the COVID…

 
What we’ve been up to … Alan and Amelia

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…

 
What we’ve been up to … Jeremy

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What we’ve been up to … Heidi

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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…

 
Virtual Verdi – A chorus to get us through

To musicians and music-lovers alike, the longing for live music to return is becoming overwhelming. Week after week I receive notifications from my Google Calendar of a concert I was to attend, a performance engagement I was supposed to have,…

 
Taking Australian music overseas again with Bel a cappella’s inaugural composition prize

Let’s just start with the depressing bit and get it over with. This pandemic has hit the Arts sector hard. Actors, musicians, singers and the people that support them behind the scenes are really doing it tough. They were the…

 
From the very first down beat I was in raptures at Sydney Chamber Choir’s Messiah

I wasn’t planning on writing about Sydney Chamber Choir’s Messiah last Saturday night, but now, almost a week later, a week after the government announced their advice that all events of more than 500 people were to be banned, a…

 
The Independent Theatre’s Café Culture Series is a wonderful way to cheer a Sunday afternoon

The Café Culture Series is a new concept from the Independent Theatre, with the performance taking place amongst the arches and mirrors in their beautiful foyers, rather than inside the auditorium. We relaxed with delicious coffee (included in the ticket…

 
Australia Ensemble set the bar high with opening concert

While the Australia Ensemble are by no means unknown, their concert on the 14th of March at UNSW’s Sir John Clancy Auditorium was a brilliant showcase of works not often heard at today’s chamber concerts. Centered around Beethoven’s ‘Storm’ String…

 
Selby & Friends telling tales

On first hearing Mozart’s Piano Trio No.5 in C major, K.548 one would be surprised at its date of composition -1788- the same year as his majestic final three symphonies. He would play the late trio at the homes of…

 
Ensemble Offspring’s Epic Fragments had virtuosic energy and exquisite ‘very very soft’

In a small and quaintly repurposed venue in Newtown, Ensemble Offspring presented a one hour concert of miniatures written over the last hundred or so years from an exquisite performance of Alban Berg’s Vier Stucke Op.5 (1913) to local composer…