Ambassador thoughts

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

INGUZ | Ensemble Offspring’s welcome return…
Ensemble Offspring’s most recent outing at the National Art School’s Cell Block Theatre marked a welcome return to normalised music-making in the face of the overwhelming setbacks that have characterised 2020. With a socially-distanced yet amply-sized audience of appreciative listeners…
Elizabeth Anderson on MDCH ‘Thrilling!’

Elizabeth Anderson (harpsichord) | JS Bach: Goldberg Variations Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 8:30pm Friday 20 November, 2020 Approaching Bach’s Goldberg Variations as a listener requires a certain reverence. Although there are many dramatic moments, the Aria and 30 variations are,…

Review: Weichnachtsfreude

Bach Akademie Australia Christ Church St Laurence, Friday November 13, 2020 In the first orchestral concert for Christ Church St Laurence since COVID struck down the performing arts, the exquisite Bach Akademie Australia chamber ensemble presented two intimate evening concerts,…

Review: ‘ACC5’ sweet & concise

Australian Chamber Choir – Water Music Sunday 15th November Performed by: The Australian Chamber Choir’s ACC5 directed by Lucien Fischer Amelia Jones and Ailsa Webb – Soprano Elizabeth Anderson – Contralto Anish Nair – Tenor Lucien Fischer – Bass In…

Circle of Virtue: Dramatic ecstatic production by The Song Company

Circle of Virtue Darlinghurst Nov 13 Holding the Medieval trumpet he was later to use in the Symphonia Antony Pitts (Artistic Director of The Song Company and Musical Director and Music Editor of this performance) introduced Hildegard von Bingen’s visionary work,…

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: Selby and Friends’ Magical Performance

Selby and Friends | A Final Offering Susie Park, violin | Stefanie Farrands, viola | Timo-Veikko Valve, cello | Kathryn Selby, piano A year or two ago I invested in some fairly decent speakers for my computer. In this year…

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…

CD Review: Michael Kieran Harvey’s Greta

Greta Composed and performed by Michael Kieran Harvey Michael Kieran Harvey is one of Australia’s cultural icons – a warrior for causes both artistic and for those that will ensure our planet heals after centuries of environmental abuse. At the…

Happy 25th Anniversary Balmain Baroque!

BALMAIN BAROQUE – 25th Anniversary Virtual Concert Saturday 31st October In these unwelcome times, it has been a heartening circumstance that Sydney-based ensemble Balmain Baroque were able to celebrate 25 years of music-making since their inaugural concert given at St…

CD Review: Lachlan Skipworth’s second album a revelation…

The name Lachlan Skipworth may be as unfamiliar to you as it was to me but it won’t remain so for long. Hailing from Western Australia, where he studied the clarinet, he has immersed himself in advanced musical study and…

CD Review: Australian Chamber Choir’s Baroque Christmas

I first came across the Australian Chamber Choir several years ago when classikON asked me to review one of their performances in Sydney. In 2017 I wrote of hearing for the first time this performance ensemble; ‘Sometimes you go to…

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…