Review: Bach Akademie Australia’s Luminous Christmas Joy

Weihnachtsfreude Wednesday 16th December 2020 Introduced by Chris Howlett from the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, the Bach Akademie Australia offered a wonderfully spirited performance of Christmas Joy in celebration of the impending season. A small ensemble of experts familiar on…

 
Ironwood | Romance and Fantasy

Luscious Romantic works for cello and piano, interpreted by two of Ironwood’s core members – Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres Da Costa. The Sydney-based duo will draw on their extensive research to explore the intriguing performance practices of the nineteenth…

 
Review: Weichnachtsfreude

Bach Akademie Australia Christ Church St Laurence, Friday November 13, 2020 In the first orchestral concert for Christ Church St Laurence since COVID struck down the performing arts, the exquisite Bach Akademie Australia chamber ensemble presented two intimate evening concerts,…

 
Bach Akademie Australia | Weihnachtsfreude ***SOLD OUT***

This concert has sold out! Join us for a program of Christmas Joy in the beautiful surrounds of Christ Church St Laurence to celebrate the coming Christmas season which will be all the more meaningful for us all after the…

 
Bach Akademie Australia | Bach’s Universal Light

This is a Melbourne Digital Concert Hall live streamed event. For so many of us, 2020 has been exceptionally hard thus far. With this in mind, we present a journey from darkness into light through Bach’s universal genius. ‘In memoriam’…

 
Bach Akademie Australia didn’t disappoint with Bach’s magical concerti

If there was a star-spangled concert in Sydney’s Early Music scene, this would be it. Madeleine Easton, Neal Peres da Costa, Mikaela Oberg, Alicia Crossley and Aaron Reichelt represented the best in their chosen instruments and they didn’t disappoint. What…

 
The inaugural Eastside Sydney Music Festival finale was an all-Baroque “Stravaganza!”

The final concert of the inaugural week-long Eastside Sydney Music Festival (ESMF), curated by Professor Neal Pere da Costa and supported by Sydney University, was an all-Baroque affair held at the Paddington Town Hall. It featured musicians from three groups…

 
Evergreen Ensemble’s Curious Caledonians transports to a different time & place in Australian history

Highland ceilidh, Regency quadrilles and Victorian parlour songs, the Evergreen Ensemble and partners’ programme, Curious Caledonians, draws on the collections of songbooks and sheet music housed in the Sydney Living Museums and the State Library of NSW. They were handwritten…

 
Ironwood’s Old Masters, New Sounds

The recital opened with an elucidating lecture on the rationale for the performance style of this Brahm’s Piano Quartet and was well received by the attentive audience. I’ve always considered the term ‘Historically Informed Performance’ rather awkward; its opposite would…

 
Book Launch: Off the Record by Dr Neal Peres da Costa

On Tuesday 3rd July, on behalf of ClassikON, I attended the launch of Dr Neal Peres da Costa’s new book at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney. Neal Peres da Costa is an accomplished man: he is a great performer, a…