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…

 
Five questions with Lachlan Dale about his record labels Art As Catharsis and Worlds Within Worlds

Hi Lachlan! Tell us a little about the project. I am currently working on the launch of my new record label, Worlds Within Worlds, which will be focusing on classical, traditional and fusion world music. Our first release centres on…

 
Jenny Duck-Chong on 20 years of Halcyon

Kate Tribe had a wonderful Q&A with Halcyon’s co-founder and Artistic Director, mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong. Kate: Twenty years is a wonderful milestone for an organisation. When my Market Research business was at that point, I remember looking back and thinking…

 
Q&A | Sirius Chamber Ensemble about Where the Heart Is

On Saturday 21 October 2017, Sirius Chamber Ensemble is performing Where The Heart Is – a collaborative fundraiser for the not-for-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity Australia. The concert program will focus on the plight of the homeless in our society,…

 
Q&A with Latin-Australian singer Daniel Alejandro

Venezuelan born Latin-Australian singer, Daniel Alejandro is returning to his hometown Bondi, following the international release of his debut album El Amor. It will be an intimate one-night- only concert Songs of Rhythm & Romance on Tuesday 17 October at…

 
Paul Cutlan talks about his String Project

The versatility of The NOISE led me to employ their creativity as improvisers as well as their consummate skills as classical players.

 
Song Company launches the Attraction of Opposites for 2017

The 2017 program is full of great beauty and that is how the evening ended when the singers left us

 
Reflection of Podium Festival, Croatia, July 2016

Alan Holley composer in residence at Podium Festival, Croatia In the utterly picturesque coastal town of Fazana and the island of Brijuni in the northern part of Croatia the 2016 Podium Festival presented world class chamber musicians from six countries.…

 
Australian music in Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia

Paul’s performances will be broadcast on Serbian radio and on Albanian radio and television.

 
Experience a sonic underground world at Argo’s Flow

Revolutionary Brisbane contemporary classical/electronic duo argo, are presenting their unique sonic descent into an underground world in Spring Hill Reservoir

 
Insight | Ann Carr-Boyd & the Flying West project

Ann Carr-Boyd’s bottom drawer is full of largely unpublished and unrecorded manuscripts from 40 years ago, ThoroughBase and The Flying West project been recording them.

 
A beautiful new acoustic instrument ‘Yaybahar’ by Görkem Şen

Yaybahar is an acoustic instrument where the vibrations from the strings are transmitted through coiled springs to frame drums creating a hypnotic surround sound.