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…

 
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…

 
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: ‘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…

 
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…

 
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…

 
Australia Ensemble | 2021 Season Launch

The Australia Ensemble UNSW are thrilled to bring their 42nd concert season to audiences this year. The season combines several major works from the cancelled 2020 programs as well as gems by lesser known composers. 2021 marks violinist Dene Olding’s…

 
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…

 
2021 Bendigo Chamber Music Festival

3 – 7 February 2021 16 of Australia’s leading artists perform 15 recitals to restart City of Greater Bendigo’s classical music scene.  Co-directors Chris Howlett and Howard Penny, with the City of Greater Bendigo are thrilled to announce the 2021…

 
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: 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…

 
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…

 
Profile | Australian World Orchestra

The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is one of the most exciting orchestra initiatives in Australia’s cultural history.

 
Raffaele & The Nightingale

Leslie Martin-Nightingale and Raffaele Pierno have performed nationally and internationally in Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

 
Profile | Willoughby Symphony

The extraordinary Willoughby Symphony has blossomed into an exceptional orchestra of international standard. The Willoughby Symphony is widely celebrated for captivating performances that showcase the orchestra’s incredible virtuosity across the entire symphonic repertoire. It is renowned for an outstanding annual…