Ambassador thoughts

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

Review: Multi-sensory Rapture with ACO

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Rapture and Revolution  ACO StudioCasts Feb 2021 The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) launched its inaugural 2021 digital season of StudioCasts with Rapture and Revolution, a unique and immersive multi-sensory concert experience. While the ACO has long been…

Review: ‘Les Illuminations’ of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra | Illuminate City Recital Hall, 19 February, 2021 Could it really be happening – I was sitting in front of a stage about to hear real live music. Of course absence makes the heart grow…

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…

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…

Review: Latitude 37 | Syncopation, exoticism & ingenious violin techniques

Latitude 37 – Passions of the Soul Part 1 Thursday 11th February 2021 on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Held at the Melbourne Athenaeum to audiences both live and via computer technology, Latitude 37 (a group specialising in 17th- and 18th-century…

Review: Hoang Pham’s sensitive recital

Hoang Pham – Sonata Tragica on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 10/2/2021 Program Liszt – La Leggierezza Liszt – Liebestraum Pham – Nocturne in A Flat Chopin – Nocturne in D Flat, Op 27 No 2 Pham – Lòng Mẹ Pham – Sonata Tragica Liszt – Mephisto Waltz…

Review: Paul Cutlan’s genre-bending prowess at Parramatta

Paul Cutlan String Project Riverside Parramatta Feb 7, 2021 The Lennox Theatre at Riverside Parramatta last Sunday was the setting for my first encounter with the music of Paul Cutlan, improvising reed player and genre-bending composer/arranger. At once lyrical yet…

Review: An impressive, fresh and engaging Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold Melbourne Opera: Regent Theatre, 7/2/2021 via Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Das Rheingold is the first of the four music dramas in Wagner’s momentous “Ring of the Nibelung” cycle Largely due to the constraints of Covid border closures,…

Review: Powerfully moving concert from Bendigo Chamber Music Festival

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Mayor’s Gala – Summer Nights Series 4 Saturday 6th February 2021 Co-Director of the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Chris Howlett introduced the Mayor’s Gala evening concert as a token of sincere appreciation of the musicians to…

Review: Bendigo Chamber Music Festival’s Thrilling Gala Opening

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Opening Gala – Summer Nights Series 1 Wednesday 3rd February 2021 The Bendigo Chamber Music Festival’s Opening Gala for their Summer Nights Series 1 featured a programme of music in a myriad of styles covering early…

CD Review: Christopher Pidcock | Immersed in Bach

One of Australia’s most versatile and thoroughly musical cellists Christopher Pidcock has recently released a wonderfully inventive CD of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat BWV1010 and has interspersed with each of the 6 movements a solo cello…

Review: Bach Akademie Australia’s Luminous Christmas Joy

Weihnachtsfreude Wednesday 16th December 2020 Introduced by Chris Howlett from the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, the Bach Akademie Australia offered a wonderfully spirited performance of Christmas Joy in celebration of the impending season. A small ensemble of experts familiar on…

Review: Symphonic Saxes at old 505 | Nexas+Granger

Nexas Quartet’s collaboration with harpist Emily Granger at Old 505 last week was the closest I have yet come since Covid infected our lives to attending a live orchestral concert in the traditional sense – with each work on the…

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…

CD Review: Inventi Ensemble | Musical Storytelling at its Finest

Between the Melbourne lockdowns of 2020, Inventi Ensemble were hard at work recording their second and third albums over three days, producing a vibrant and innovative collection of musical masterpieces. Women of the Earth Their new album, Women of the…

Review: A memorable performance by The Melbourne Ensemble

Melbourne Ensemble and Dale Barltrop | Schubert’s Octet Melbourne Digital Concert Hall’s Hamer Hall Series | Nov 25, 2020 In 1824, towards the end of his tragically short life, Schubert composed his Octet in F major D803, which he described…

Review: Wilma & Friends presents Beethoven treats

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall – Hamer Hall Series 26 November 2020 For classical music lovers, one of the beacons of hope during the pandemic has been the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (MDCH). The brainchild of Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt,…

Review | Sophie Rowell + Kristian Chong light up Hamer Hall

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall – Hamer Hall Series 3 X 3: MOZART, MYTHS AND MANTRAS Thursday 26th November Introduced by Chris Howlett and broadcast live through the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, well-known violinist and concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra…