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…

 
Interview with Kyle Little, Artistic Director of Steel City Strings

Throughout the month of May, Steel City Strings – an APRA Award-Winning string ensemble hailing from Wollongong, NSW – launched a fundraising campaign to keep the music going through the pandemic and help the orchestra stay alive to make it…

 
Melbourne to have 16-hour music marathon for firefighters

Forty established and emerging musicians from Sydney and Melbourne will unite to perform a 16-hour Music Marathon, to raise funds for the Country Fire Authority (CFA). The concert will feature a spectacular program of solo, duo and chamber music in…

 
2020 Festival calendar | 50 festivals to attend, support or follow for program news

Wondering what festivals are on in Australia in 2020? We’ve tracked down 50. A festival at a winery, city or regional town? All inclusive or flexibility to pick and choose? All arts, music, period, an instrument? You’re covered in this…

 
Q&A with Bach Akademie Australia’s founder, violinist Madeleine Easton

Ahead of Bach Akademie Australia’s final concerts for the year, classikON spoke to the ensemble’s Founder and Artistic Director, Australian violinist Madeleine Easton, about the group’s inception, the ‘Comfort and Joy’ Bach’s music brings (particularly at Christmas-time), and why you…

 
Q&A with Selby & Friends’ Kathryn Selby ahead of Beethoven’s Back tour

Ahead of Selby and Friends’ 2019 season finale tour, Beethoven’s Back, classikON’s Phillipa spoke to Kathryn Selby about the enduring appeal of Beethoven, his compositional genius, and the tour’s special guests –  Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, and rising…

 
Q&A with Halcyon’s Jenny Duck-Chong ahead of IN NATURE

Ahead of Halcyon’s concert, In Nature, on Saturday 12th October, classikON’s Phillipa spoke to Halcyon’s Artistic Director, co-founder and mezzo-soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong about nature and poetry as artistic inspiration, the importance of supporting new music, and the unique soundscapes In Nature will…

 
Leichhardt Espresso Chorus’s Michelle Leonard OAM on reimagining Handel’s Messiah for 2019

Ahead of Leichhardt Espresso Chorus’s 21st birthday celebration, Messiah Reimagined, classikON’s Phillipa spoke to the group’s founder and Artistic Director, Michelle Leonard OAM, about her vision for the 2019 transformation of the Messiah, the composers’ design brief, and the power of…

 
Q&A with Tempo Rubato’s Georgina Lewis

Located in the inner-city suburb of Brunswick, Tempo Rubato is Melbourne’s newest and hottest destination for live classical music! Although the venue and bar only opened its doors on the 2nd of June, it has already garnered the attention of audiences…

 
Selby & Friends’ Kathryn Selby on musical game changing

Selby and Friends’ upcoming tour, The Game Changers, will “explore composers whose influence made a significant impact upon the world of classical music”, with Kathryn Selby joining forces with Australian violinist Susie Park and cellist Julian Smiles to perform “a…

 
The Newcastle Music Festival is a musical force with which to be reckoned

The 2019 Newcastle Music Festival is officially underway! classikON sat down with the Festival’s Co-Artistic Directors, Ross Fiddes and Dr. David Banney to find out why the Festival is well worth attending (hint: the answer involves “great locations, beautiful city…

 
Thoroughbass’s Toybox is sure to entrance young & old alike

Ahead of Thoroughbass’s performances of Claude Debussy’s The Toybox at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, classikON spoke to the group’s Director, Diana Weston. Thoroughbass is “an early music ensemble on an odyssey”, whose “mission is to uncover the unusual, the…

 
Q&A with Sydney Chamber Choir member, Ria Andriani

In the lead-up to Sydney Chamber Choir’s concert this Saturday, 1st June, classikON chatted with one of the choir’s singers, Ria Andriani, who is preparing for this ambitious concert which showcases masterworks from two Masters of the Queen’s Music –…

 
Opera Bites lecture series: The Operas You Know & The Operas You Don’t

Explore the fascinating world of opera with popular opera lecturer Murray Dahm. Since 2003, Opera Bites Co-Founder Murray Dahm has delivered accessible, friendly and informative lectures, drawing on its history, culture and music. Join him as he explores a variety…

 
Q&A with Kate Moore, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Composer-In-Residence

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the world première of Kate Moore’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. The concert, entitled Pastoral, is also a part of Vivid Sydney’s 2019 program in Chatswood. Ahead of the première, Kate…

 
Q&A with Sam Allchurch, Sydney Chamber Choir’s new Music Director

In the lead-up to accomplished young conductor Sam Allchurch making his debut as Music Director of Sydney Chamber Choir this Saturday, March 30th, classikON chatted with him about his pathway to conducting, programming music about music, inclusivity in classical music,…

 
Q&A with Halcyon’s Jenny Duck-Chong about Shining Shores

We did a Q&A earlier in the year about how Halcyon is celebrating 20 years. This Saturday 1st December, you’re doing your last concert in your birthday year. In this concert you’re reflecting on the world around us and works…

 
Pinchgut Opera artists discuss Hasse’s Artaserse

Johann Adolph Hasse’s 1730 opera Artaserse was very famous in its day, but it has rarely been performed since 1760 and certainly not in Australia. A number of things are immediately obvious in a discussion with the key creatives of…

 
Introducing you to River City Voices!

River City Voices is a not-for-profit auditioned “symphonic” style choir based in Parramatta, western Sydney. They will perform large scale classical and contemporary choral works under the artistic direction of Sarah Penicka-Smith. Aiming to become integral and permanent players in…

 
Bel a Cappella’s 2018 Come and Sing was monuMENTAL. A perfect way to spend the day.

On Saturday afternoon if you happened to be wandering through Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building you may have been somewhat astounded when instead of the usual bland piped elevator music, the sound of 80 voices singing 16th century anthems and motets…