CD Review: Felicity Wilcox | Uncovered Ground
 

 Felicity Wilcox’s new disc, Uncovered Ground, draws together works from 2014 to 2018. It is the first recording of concert works by this Australian composer, highly experienced across a range of genres. Her music for theatre, radio and film includes…

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…

12 Composers you should know about! – 3. Andrián Pertout
 

 In our occasional interview series for 2021, classikON Ambassador Alan Holley discusses the aftermath of 2020 and the future with composer Andrián Pertout. Alan Holley: Andrián Pertout is one of Australia’s most performed composers in both Australia and throughout the…

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…

2 New CD Reviews | Peter McNamara | Danaë Killian
 

 Peter McNamara De Rerum Natura Chloe Lankshear – soprano Alicia Crossley – recorders Heathcliffe Auchinachie – guitar Brad Gill – percussion Over the last 20 or so years I have found it most intriguing to follow the trends and paths…

12 Composers you should know about! – 2. Evan J Lawson
 

 In our occasional interview series for 2021, classikON Ambassador Alan Holley discusses the aftermath of 2020 and the future with composer Evan J Lawson Alan Holley: Evan, my understanding is that you are a very active composer on the Melbourne…

CD Review: Eve Duncan | Elephanstasy
 

 The majority of the tracks in this recently released CD by Melbourne composer Eve Duncan are the result of an ABC concert recording at the Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2016 completely dedicated to the music of Duncan…

Ensemble Trivium’s pairing of flute and percussion yields unexpected delights
 

 Ensemble Trivium | Flying Mallets Friday 25 June, 2021, Holy Trinity Church Hall Ensemble Trivium have been bringing together Brisbane’s finest classical musicians for intimate chamber music performances since 2015. Their programming is always inspired, featuring old favourites and seldom…

Superbly played polished performance from Bach Akademie Australia
 

 Bach Akademie Australia | Obbligato Sonatas Holy Name Church Wahroonga, June 20, 2021 On a cold, wet, and windy winter’s afternoon, the audience at the Parish of the Holy Name Church Wahroonga were treated to 5 of the 6 JS…

Sydney Children’s Choir perform Miracles
 

 7pm, Saturday 19th June 2021 Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music This joyful concert was called ‘Miracles’ and indeed it was a small miracle that Sydney Children’s Choir was able to perform in public on Saturday night for the first…

Why Joe Twist’s new work, An Australian Song Cycle, is so special…
 

 Sydney Chamber Choir is this month premiering An Australian Song Cycle by Joe Twist. ClassikON talks to the eclectic composer about writing for so many mediums and why this new choral work is so special.   ClassikON: Let’s jump right…

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…

CD Review: Thoroughbass | Miss Lucy Havens Requests…
 

 A Scottish lass named Lucy Havens who migrated to Sydney with her family in 1839 was in possession of a large portfolio of sheet music, comprising of some 2,500 works, currently in the safe keeping of Sydney Living Museums. It…

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…

12 Composers you should know about! – 1. Cathy Likhuta
 

 In our occasional interview series for 2021, classikON Ambassador Alan Holley discusses the year that wasn’t with Cathy Likhuta Alan Holley: Cathy, I have only come across your music on YouTube so far and it is my understanding that you…

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…

The Music Box Project show new leadership in the world of experimental music-theatre
 

 The Music Box Project | Shallow Listening Australia Hall, Sydney, May 16, 2021 Performers Elizabeth Jigalin, Jane Aubourg, Naomi Johnson, Peter Leung, Joseph Lisk, Joseph Franklin and Tina Stefanou The world of the arts is bouncing back big-time in Sydney…

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…