Ambassador thoughts

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

On this day: Sep 4

English composer, conductor and musician; Frederic Curzon was born in London in 1899. If you like organs then you’ll enjoy this “March of the Bowmen” by Frederic Curzon, that was arranged and played in concert by Martin Ellis at Grace…

 
On this day: Sep 3

Dutch composer, Otto Ketting was born in Amsterdam in 1935. This is his Intrada. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it to us:  

 
Acacia & Halcyon’s rehearsal performance = a great preview of tonight’s concert

We were privileged enough to attend a lunchtime rehearsal concert for The Acacia Quartet and Halcyon’s current concert program. It was a short program and it left US wanting more. The venue, the New Hall at Sydney Grammer School is…

 
On this day: Aug 29

American composer William Susman was born in 1960. Susman wrote orchestral, chamber and documentary film scores with a jazz influence. Youtube channel Website Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it to us:  

 
On this day: Aug 28

American composer Geoffrey Gordon was born in 1968. He has several pieces on his soundcloud that you can explore. Here is an example of just one of them. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day?…

 
On this day: Aug 27

English composer, Eric Coates was born in 1886. This video is his Knightsbridge March performed at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci by the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg under the direction of Scott Lawton. More on wikipedia Do you have a classical music…

 
Zubin Kanga’s Spectrum at The Independent

The offer of a recital at the elegant Independent Theatre on a beautifully crafted grand piano by Zubin Kanga, in a world premier performance of custom composed works and collaborations. Firstly, I must introduce you to the finely hand crafted…

 
Classical Clubbing at The Standard

After a decade of violin and piano lessons during school, I found myself more interested in loud rock festivals than classical music for most of my twenties. But in recent years I’ve been drawn to more complicated and progressive music,…

 
The Good, the Bad, the Awkward by Sally Whitwell

I don’t normally read the liner notes of CD’s but I felt the need to know more about Sally Whitwell, she’s such an intriguing character. Her approach to music seems to be as eclectic as her personal style. She composes,…

 
classikON reserve at Musica Viva’s amarcord

We had a wonderful night introducing classikON reserve to Sydney! Eleven classikON-ers met for a casual chat before the concert, sat together during the performance and stayed on afterwards for a drink at the lovely Felix in Ash Street. amarcord…

 
Sonus Quartet, The Passionate

I’m starting to believe that Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a chamber music concert, and if the classikON calendar is anything to go by, I’m not alone. Another trend I’m enjoying is the shorter concert. A concert that…

 
‘Outback Adventures’ with the Enigma Quartet

Last Friday (20th July), I went to see one of the most dynamic string quartets in Australia, the Enigma Quartet. These four young and exceptionally talented musicians performed the first in their current Concert Series at the Conservatorium of Music…

 
“Intimate Moments” with Julian & Dimity @ the Independent

On Tuesday 17th July, I went to the Musica Viva Coffee Concert at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney. The Goldner String Quartet are playing all of the Coffee Concert Series this year. For this performance two of the Quartet’s…

 
The Sydney Symphony & Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony

As always, this Sydney Symphony concert was awesome and also very interesting as it brought together three different styles, orchestra layout and specific mood. The conductor David Robertson (Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor starting in 2014) is a wonderful communicator…

 
Gondwana Voices before heading to China

I’ve not kept it a secret that I’ve been slow to appreciate voice (and I’m not talking about the tv show). The Gondwana Voices broke all reasons I’ve resisted in the past. The Gondwana Voices were one of 5 choirs…

 
Book Launch: Off the Record by Dr Neal Peres da Costa

On Tuesday 3rd July, on behalf of ClassikON, I attended the launch of Dr Neal Peres da Costa’s new book at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney. Neal Peres da Costa is an accomplished man: he is a great performer, a…

 
Takács Quartet tour with Musica Viva

The Takács Quartet are one of the best in the world. They tick all the boxes: They’re a wonderful quartet, making difficult works seem light. You want to hear them on repeat They communicate with each other while playing You…

 
The Acacia Ensemble & Elena Kats-Chernin

The Acacia Ensemble came together in 2010, formed by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase. They come from a diverse range of quartets and orchestras and choose to focus on new contemporary compositions.  While I…

 
Steinway Take Five @ Theme & Variations

Theme & Variations were host to a fabulous event last night celebrating five Steinway concert grand pianos in Sydney It was wonderful to experience these magnificent pianos up close and to be able to hear the differences between them. Five composers from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music were selected to have their 5 minute works, created in just 3 weeks.

 
ACO @ Angel Place

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) raised the roof at Angel Place last night! What a performance. There is a modernity to this group of musicians: perhaps it’s the Akira designed outfits or the fact that they stand throughout the performance but there is a fresh energy and ease to their approach to the music and to each other.