Trivium presents forgotten masterpieces and a new local gem

Ensemble Trivium | Queen’s Gambit Friday 13 August, 2021, 7pm St Mary’s-on-the-Cliffs Twice postponed due to COVID-19 related event restrictions, pulling together Ensemble Trivium’s latest chamber music concert, Queen’s Gambit, has been a labour of love for all involved. And…

 
CD Review: Nexas Quartet | Tango de Saxos

Nexas Quartet are focused on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone and I cannot think of a better vehicle to do so than Argentine Tango. I have worked with quartet member Jay Byrnes and guest pianist Daniel Rojas before…

 
Support New Classical Music with a Chorus of Thousands!

Australian composer Sally Greenaway’s music is often heard on ABC Classic radio and in concert venues around the country. Her music is described as ‘evocative and beautiful’, and there are two new sublime choral works on the horizon, primed for…

 
Ensemble Offspring Sings an Ambitious Ode to the 90s

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, June 5, 2021 Ensemble Offspring’s latest project The Surge was an ode to the 1990s and its impact on Australian life. Drawing on a host of themes – environmental concerns, Indigenous relations, the emergence of the internet and…

 
Australian Haydn Ensemble’s electric Pastoral Symphony

Australian Haydn Ensemble: Beethoven’s Pastoral City Recital Hall, 7 June 2021 When one signs up for an “ensemble” rather than an “orchestral” concert featuring a Beethoven symphony, one could be excused for having reservations. In this instance, the ensemble consisted…

 
Ecstatic reveries from The Song Company

This was no mere choral performance – this was a moving experience that vibrated through body and soul…..I am referring to The Song Company’s Burden of Truth, performed in the iconic Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School, Darlinghurst…

 
Melbourne Opera rises to the challenge of Verdi’s Macbeth

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall May 26, 2021 On an appropriately dark and wintery night, Melbourne Opera partnered with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall to present a livestream of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth at Her Majesty’s Theatre.  This particular piece has a chequered…

 
WSO’s Next Chapters a rare treat…

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra | Next Chapters The Concourse Concert Hall, live streamed on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Saturday May 22, 2021 If a not completely professional orchestra programs Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 9 then they need to make sure that they…

 
A trio of the best musicians in Australia – if not the World

A glorious Autumn afternoon in leafy Turramurra and a live concert featuring three of the best musicians in Australia if not the World – one needed to pinch oneself to be sure it wasn’t a dream. Dene Olding and Julian…

 
Coro Austral introduces Sydney to some great new music – gloriosa!

Coro Austral | Musica Gloriosa May 15, 2021 Rozelle NSW Coro Austral is Australia’s premier choir for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American choral music. Now entering its second decade under the artistic and musical direction of Margot McLaughlin, who founded…

 
Musica Viva’s exquisitely fragile and brutally beautiful program a resounding success

Konstantin Shamray & ANAM Orchestra, Sophie Rowell and Harry Ward Musica Viva National Livestream Saturday 15th May 2021 Musica Viva’s second national concert tour for 2021 involved a programme of intensely heartfelt music featuring the young violinist and composer Harry…

 
Das Lied Von Der Erde: Soloists excel themselves in CIMF Finale…

The Song of the Earth Canberra International Music Festival Finale Live streamed on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, May 9, 2021 Das Lied Von Der Erde was written at the most tragic phase of the life of a composer who tends…

 
Young Composer Award winner in a concert where the sky’s the limit – literally

Virtuoso musicianship and astonishing physical theatre combine in a captivating collaborative concert “As part of the Chatswood Cultural Program, concert goers will be uplifted by the rhythmic richness of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra when – for the first time –…

 
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra really sparked!

Evoke Thursday 6 May | 7.00pm City Recital Hall, Sydney On a rainy Thursday night we headed to the City Recital Hall in Sydney to hear members of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO) in a chamber music concert.…

 
Review: Rubiks’ luminous lamina of inspiring compositions

Rubiks Collective, This Soft Eclipse Thursday April 29, 2021 Back in their element in the return to the Melbourne Recital Centre, Rubiks Collective – joined by guests Kim Tan, Lucy Price, and Natasha Fearnside – displayed a thoughtful and evocative…

 
Chop Chef: 5 Stars!

Riverside Theatres present Blush Opera’s CHOP CHEF by Julie Koh and Paul Smith As we entered the Lennox Theatre in Parramatta on opening night we were suddenly transformed into the live studio audience of the latest episode of fictional reality…

 
Review: Australian Chamber Choir – music that elevates your inner being

The Australian Chamber Choir Scots Church Melbourne, Sunday April 18, 2021 Music by Brahms, John Tavener and Fauré In 2016, on a wonderful adventure of art and music, I spent six weeks in Paris and one of my treats was…

 
Variety, enjoyment and collegiality on show in Orange

Orange Chamber Music Festival: Gala Melbourne Digital Concert Hall from Orange, NSW, April 8, 2021 Joy and expectation were in the air at the Opening Gala of the Orange Chamber Music Festival in the central west of NSW. Introductory speakers…

 
Blackheath Chamber Music Festival Launches ANZAC Day Weekend 2021

April 23 to 26, 2021 Featuring performances by inspiring distinguished Australian ensembles, two world premiere compositions and amazing young local talent it’s a great opportunity to spend 4 autumn days and evenings in the upper Blue Mountains enjoying concerts and…

 
Australian Chamber Choir – An Amazing Concert!

“Glück zum neuen Jahr!“ to the Australian Chamber Choir, what an amazing concert!With the advent of Covid-19, I have attended several concerts on-line, and what a treat it has been, but the Australian Chamber Choir’s performance of Ludwig van We…