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.

Velika Gorica Brass Festival in Croatia

The Brass Festival Just south of the Croatian capital Zagreb is the city of Velika Gorica and for the last eight years Tom Spoljar has been the tireless and visionary music director of the VG Brass Festival. Spread over just…

Cupid and Death – what’s it all about?

classikON is proud to be promoting 3 performances of this historical masque and we asked the co-producers Imogen Grawal and Tara Hasambhoy a few questions about the production and also their musical lives. How old were you when you decided…

Bringing together the senses in one production to help your memory

On July 27, there will be an innovative production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten opera, with a specially produced fragrance. It’s a wonderful concept and reminds me of a business bootcamp where they encouraged us to think of the emotion your…

Reflections on Banff 2013 from Jenny Eriksson

In January and February 2013 Jenny undertook at short term Winter Residency at The Banff Centre, Canada. Banff is one of the largest arts centres in the world. To be accepted she had to present a proposal which in her…

Crowd funded music

The growth of crowd funded channels and opportunities has grown since the start of sites like Kickstarter (US) and Pozible (Australia). However, the problem raised by many supporters of classical music is that they’re not tax deductible as the sites…

Celebrating International Women’s Day

To celebrate international women’s day we’ve found 4 female composers whose music you can listen to online that we’ve already featured in our first year. Acacia Quartet performing the complete works for string quartet by Elena Kats-Chernin on itunes Wikipedia…

Dance, Music & Performance at Barangaroo

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority are doing a series of Innovation Labs for the public spaces being developed in the area. I went to the one focusing on Dance, Music and Performance Communities and they’ve ask us to get more feedback…

Sirius Chamber Ensemble

I had a wonderful chat with Ian Sykes from Sirius Chamber Ensemble. We talked about: [list type=’arrow’] Musician superstitions Wonderful acoustics of a church Dancing in the isles during Martinu New work “Mestizo Dances” by Nigel Ubrihien being premiered [/list]…

Swedish Roots: Jenny Eriksson & Tommie Andersson

classikON hears from two of Australia’s leading early music specialists – gambist Jenny Eriksson and lutenist Tommie Andersson.

Sally Cooper: Child prodigy to Classical Cross-over Artist

Sally Cooper is an unusually well seasoned performer for someone so young. She has been a musician for as long as she can remember. You may have seen her performing on Dancing with the Stars and The X-Factor. Her debut…

Young composer Cyrus Meurant: Life in composition

Thirty year old Cyrus Meurant has chosen to live the life of a composer despite the long hours and low pay.
classikON recently featured a work by Cyrus called Interlude (you can listen to this on SoundCloud if you cannot see the embedded player below).

Earlier this year Cyrus attended June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers and attracting talented composers from all over the world. Discussion, a lot of listening and developing new relationships that might lead to new collaborations, Cyrus has returned to Australia eager to finish writing his latest commission Klash to be premiered in December.

The Hilltop Hoods talk about classical music

The Hilltop Hoods talk about classical music
by Cecilia Timm

Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods are a major player in the Hip Hop scene and are undoubtedly Australia’s most popular and succesful Hip Hop band. The group formed in 1991 and have released 6 studio albums since. In 2007 the group rerecorded their album The Hard Road, this time with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and called it The Hard Road Restrung. This is personally one of my favourite mixed genre albums and I was delighted that MC SUFFA (pictured above, middle) agreed to speak with classikON about his relationship with classical music.

Sally Whitwell talks about inspiration, creativity and her personal style

Sally Whitwell talks about inspiration, creativity and her personal style
Over the years Sally Whitwell has strayed, trying out other instruments but she always comes home to her first love, piano. Sally has answered some questions for classikON about her love of classical music and what inspires her.

Katie Noonan: Classical music & how it shaped an Australian musical icon

I have always been a fan of Katie Noonan, ever since I first heard George in 1998, when I fell deeply in love with their song Special Ones. It wasn’t until 2004 with the release of Two of a Kind…

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