Above: Dr Erin Helyard conducted from the  harpsichord and was soloist in C.P.E Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in C major. Featured image: Skye MacIntosh, Artistic Director of Australian Haydn Ensemble.

This final concert from Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) in its 2017 season was a dramatic delight featuring fine works from the later eighteenth century orchestral repertoire.

Anthony Albrecht’s quality programme notes featured a quote from Haydn about his creative seclusion in the Esterhazy court where he ‘had to become original’.

All works from the composers in this programme were meaty examples of how musical masters pioneered the conveying of mood and feeling in musical environments. The relevant affectations shone in the hands of AHE in its full orchestral mode. Especially enjoyable were two works in the programme’s centre from the individual, radical and emotionally outspoken C.P.E Bach. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE: C.P.E BACH, MOZART AND HAYDN @ CITY RECITAL HALL


This image: Elysian Fields – featuring electric viola da gamba
Banner image: Viola da gambist Jenny Eriksson

Early music specialists, The Marais Project, and electric viola da gamba ensemble, Elysian Fields, both led by the versatile Jenny Eriksson, return to The Independent Theatre on January 28, 2018 in a once off program titled, “My heart so grieves”Continue reading MY HEART SO GRIEVES: PART OF ‘PRELUDE IN TEA’


This image: Ani Lou
Banner image: Happy Axe
Photos by Raul Hernandez

At eight simultaneous events around Australia, the finest live musicians, venues, events and industry organisations were awarded and recognised at the 2017 National Live Music Awards.  The Sydney event was held at Leadbelly in Newtown and there was a terrific line-up of live acts in the small venue.

Rig City, co-host of the Shitshow Podcast, was  the MC for the evening.

ACT based nominee Happy Axe, violinist, sawist, vocalist, opened the event with ambient melodic music using her brilliant saw playing plus cello and backup singers.  I was enthralled by her playing.  So much going on!  What a great way to start.

Tasmanian nominee Ani Lou held the stage with electric guitar and vocals.  With a melancholic, sparse feel the unusual vocal arrangements were mellow and captivating.

Fellow Tasmanian, Maddy Jane, who just supported Harry Styles in Sydney, gave a really uplifting performance.  Her set was happy and full of energy.

Maddy Jane perfroming at the National Live Music Awards, Sydney.
Photo: Raul Hernandez

Sarah Belkner might have played to a smaller audience by the end of the night but she was fantastic.  The Sydney fave was bathed in purple as she send out an exciting set that made for some very voguey posey dancing from the crowd.  She was on repeat in my ears for most of today!

The Go-Between’s Lindy Morrison delivered a  special keynote speech at the event in support of the NLMA’s chosen charity Support Act.

Local favourite Sarah Belkner.
Photo: Joyce Chun
National Category Winners

Live Act of the Year presented by APRA AMCOS
Gang of Youths

Live Voice of the Year
David Le'aupepe (Gang of Youths)

Best New Act presented by Young Henrys
Amy Shark

Live Music Office

Instrumentalist of the Year

Drummer of the Year
Sarah Thompson (Camp Cope)

Bassist of the Year
Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich (Camp Cope)

Guitarist of the Year
Tash Sultana

R&B or Soul Live Act of the Year

Blues & Roots Live Act of the Year
Dan Sultan

Hard Rock Live Act of the Year
Cable Ties

DJ/Electronic Live Act of the Year
Peking Duk

Hip Hop Live Act of the Year
A.B. Original

Pop Live Act of the Year
Client Liaison

Country or Folk Live Act of the Year
All Our Exes Live in Texas

International Live Achievement - Group
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

International Live Achievement - Solo
Tash Sultana

Best Live Music Event in Australia presented by Music Insight

People's Choice Awards

Best Live Act Presented by The Music Network 
Gang of Youths

Best Live Voice Presented by Audio-Technica
Stella Donnelly

Presented by 2SER

Live Act of the Year: Gang of Youths

Live Voice of the Year: Julia Jacklin

Live Event presented by Howl Around Productions: St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Live Venue presented by Oztix: Oxford Art Factory

All Ages Achievement presented by Music NSW: The Plot

For more information and a list of NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS visit:


Photos: Jamie Williams

Always a favourite night out during the SYDNEY FESTIVAL, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is heading to Parramatta Park for SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS on January 20th 2018.

It’s the perfect evening for families and friends to pack a hamper, grab a blanket, and settle back in a Sydney summer dusk to enjoy beautiful music. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS


Above : Guitarist Giuseppe Zangari plays Rodrigo’s  ‘Concerto De Aranjuez’ with TMO. Featured image : conductor Sarah-Grace Williams leads TMO during the final concert for 2017. Photo credit : John B C Images. 

‘New Beginnings’ was TMO’s final Met Concert in this year’s series, and the  last performance for 2017. It communicated with signature energy and freshness across a diverse programme. The concert began with a world premiere then forged an expressive path back through time, covering a guitar concerto before finishing with Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No 3 {‘Eroica’). Continue reading THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA: MET CONCERT 5 @ PETERSHAM TOWN HALL


Banner Image: Thelma Plum, Solid Ground artist-in-residence for 2018. Image: Cole Benetts

Carriageworks today announced 1.2 million visitors will engage with the Carriageworks Program in 2017 whilst unveiling a dynamic program for 2018 spanning contemporary art, dance, performance, music, screen, food and ideas. In 2018 the Artistic Program will support 690 artists and will present 70 projects, including 10 world premieres, 17 international works and 17 new Australian commissions.

Highlights include three large-scale, site-specific exhibitions by international contemporary artists Katharina Grosse (Germany), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan) and Nick Cave (USA), as well as three world premiere works by Carriageworks Resident Companies: Sydney Chamber Opera, Marrugeku and Force Majeure, and the presentation of leading cultural events including the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Contemporary 2018.

In 2018 Carriageworks will continue to be home to eight artists in supported studios in the Clothing Store in partnership with UrbanGrowth NSW. From January Carriageworks will introduce 10 new food events, including masterclasses, live cooking demonstrations and continue The Night Market series presenting Australia’s very best chef’s and producers.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah said: “We are excited to be bringing an extraordinary Program of international works, new commissions and large scale works to Sydney. ”  Continue reading CARRIAGEWORKS: 2018 PROGRAM AND 1.2 MILLION VISITORS IN 2017


Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in action.
Photos by Keith Saunders.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs has this morning announced its 2018 Season comprising seven stunning productions, from the cornerstones of classical music to the best of Australian and international contemporary, and a centenary production of Bernstein’s Broadway hit, Candide.

At the heart of the program are three of the great 18th Century choral masterworks, which showcase the drive and ambition behind Australia’s leading choral performance company. These tour-de-force presentations bring their exemplary choristers together with leading Australian soloists and instrumentalists, on Sydney’s premier concert stages, conducted by Brett Weymark.

Composed over the course of 16 years at the pinnacle of his career, JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor is recognised as one of his greatest choral works. Weaving moments of overwhelming majesty with intimate solo arias, the Mass has been likened to a “cathedral in sound”, conveying every aspect of the genius that gives his music its timeless power.

For this epic production, presented on the Concert Hall stage at Sydney Opera House on Easter Saturday, the Choirs are joined by some of Australia’s most accomplished early music specialists, with the magnificent sound of the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra.

Joseph Haydn’s visionary masterpiece The Creation depicts the creation of the universe in music of sublime imagination and power, resplendent with classical optimism, grace and grandeur. Released simultaneously in both English and German in 1798, it was an overnight success and has remained a much-anticipated highlight of choral seasons ever since. Performed in the ornate splendour of Sydney Town Hall, The Creation brings the Choirs together with leading soloists led by award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig, and for the first time, The Metropolitan Orchestra.

One of Handel’s most grand and gripping dramas, and the first of his great oratorios, Saul is a powerful exploration of love, loyalty and power, inspired by the relationship between Saul, first king of the Israelites, and his successor, David. Adapted from the Old Testament Book of Samuel, this is music of rare beauty and intensity, showcasing Handel’s instinct for vivid characterisation and profound psychological insights.

For Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Music Director, Brett Weymark, the highlight of the coming year’s program is the company’s production of Candide, presented in celebration of the centenary of one of the 20th Century’s most acclaimed and influential composers, Leonard Bernstein. Directed by Australian theatre powerhouse Mitchell Butel, with a stellar cast including Alexander Lewis in the title role, Bernstein’s Candide takes audiences on a wickedly tuneful romp through Voltaire’s classic, from its rollicking overture, through affectionate parodies of opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, tango and Broadway glitz. Candide is presented in collaboration with the acclaimed Pacific Opera and Sydney Youth Orchestra and conducted by Brett Weymark.

Presented for the first time in Sydney, Joby Talbot’s acclaimed contemporary masterpiece, Path of Miracles follows the great pilgrim trail of Camino de Santiago, drawing on the words of English poet Robert Dickinson to take audiences on an acapella journey to the edge of the known world. Composed for the virtuosic British choir, Tenebrae, the work premiered in London in July 2005, in the weeks following the city’s bombing, and became a healing balm for a shattered Sydney.

In 2018, Sydney Philharmonia’s young adult choir, VOX, renowned for their stunning acapella performances, will present one major production, reflecting their focus on modern music and a preference for short compositions that go together to form a whole program, over the longer form classics. Voyage of Voices is a collaboration with Estonia’s acclaimed E Stuudio Youth Choir, whose dynamic brand of contemporary acapella has already seen them perform at Carnegie Hall. This stunning international showcase sees each of the two choirs present contemporary works from their homelands. The VOX program be will conducted by Elizabeth Scott, E Stuudio by Külli Lokko.

It’s a Sydney Philharmonia Choirs tradition to end the year with a Christmas extravaganza, and this year is no exception with Carols at the House. It’s impossible to resist the magic of Christmas as the 500 voices of the combined Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Orchestra and special guests including acclaimed Australian opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes light up the stage with your favourite Christmas carols, seasonal treats from stage and screen, and much more. This is a uniquely elegant Christmas celebration, on a symphonic scale, with a few surprises in the form of story-telling, sublime silliness and, of course, audience participation. Conductor Brett Weymark .

For more information about Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ 2018 Season visit:


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 MUSIC & MEMORIES: Thursday 30 November
12 noon until 6.30pm
To celebrate St Andrew's Day, St Andrew’s Cathedral is curating another special collection of items from its archives including original architectural sketches, the plans for the tapestries of Bishop Broughton’s chair and other intricate needlepoint items, guest books signed by visiting Royalty and historic service sheets – some dating back to the late 1800s. It even includes musical scores that help tell the story of the Cathedral's choristers - such as the red leather-bound copy of Handel's Messiah, presented as a chorister attendance prize in 1898! 
 Archival display available from 12 noon until 6.30pm
 St Andrew's Day - Organ Recital (with refreshments to follow!)
 St Andrew's Day - Choral Communion Evensong
 For those who would prefer to join us for our regular Thursday evensong - be prepared for special treat. Starting "as the shadows lengthen" at 5:15pm, we are conducting a special Choral Communion for St Andrew’s Day, with this beautiful early evening service lead by the Dean



“I look forward to sharing another year of passion-fueled performances with you” says TMO Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams.

 The Metropolitan Orchestra have officially launched their 2018 concert season in conjunction with a brand new website designed to make it easier for busy people to navigate concerts and book tickets using mobile devices.

Their tenth concert season includes five performances, with two world premieres as part of their highly acclaimed Met Concert series, along with their much loved Cushion Concert series which includes both Babies Proms and Family Concerts along with a new chamber series featuring the Eight Cellists of TMO and the Winds of TMO. Continue reading THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA LAUNCH THEIR 2018 SEASON

C.P.E.Bach, Mozart & Haydn @ City Recital Hall

Featured image – Dr Erin Helyard, guest Director for the Australian Haydn Ensemble’s final concert for the year.

“Helyard and the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) established an engaged dialogic framework, creating telling conversational moments of utterance and response.” Sydney Morning Herald

Over the past five years, AHE have formed a wonderful collaborative relationship with regular guest Dr Erin Helyard. For our finale in 2017, Helyard returns to direct a dazzling symphonic program and perform as soloist in C.P.E. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in C major.

Described by Mozart as ‘the father of us all’, C.P.E. Bach was one of the greatest innovators of the 18th century.

This program features a good dose of dramatic Sturm und Drang, with Haydn’s Symphony No. 52 in C minor – written whilst Haydn was at the Esterhazy Palace in 1771. This underestimated symphony was described by the famous American musicologist and Haydn specialist Robbins Landon, as “the grandfather of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.” Continue reading C.P.E.Bach, Mozart & Haydn @ City Recital Hall


SEAL returns to Australia with his orchestra for the STANDARDS tour.

TEG DAINTY announced today that British soul legend SEAL will tour Australia in March and April 2018 with his orchestra in support of his tenth studio album STANDARDS.

This stunning live show will feature Seal performing some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written and the hits he is known for such as ‘Kiss from a Rose’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Killer’.

Thrilled to get back to Australia after 3 seasons as a coach on The Voice, Seal said “I am so excited to return to Australia, having only been away for such a short while. This time I will be bringing with me an orchestra to perform tracks from my new album ‘Standards’ as well as my more familiar music from over the years.  Get ready Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide for these shows, it’s time to party!”

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY said today, “Seal is known for unforgettable live shows, seeing him perform the classics and his hits with an orchestra will be an unforgettable music event not to be missed.”

In a career spanning over three decades, with over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars.

STANDARDS  brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. STANDARDS  hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring classics to life made popular by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone plus many more.

SEAL will be in Sydney : Friday 30 March 2018, ICC Sydney Theatre

For more information about SEAL and STANDARDS visit

SEDUCTIVE DECEMBER CONCERTS: Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra

 Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra presents its final concerts for 2017 with SUITE SEDUCTION , a program of Debussy, Westlake and Mozart treats – each one irresistibly seductive!

Opening the program is a delightful work by Debussy, bubbling with Parisian sparkle and brilliance. The Petite Suite is perfectly charming, flirtatious and elegant: the delicious entree to this delectable selection!

For this concert, the WPO welcomes star guitarist Matt Withers (of Guitar Trek fame) to perform Nigel Westlake’s chilling ANTARCTICA SUITE . Composed originally for the film of the same name, this stunningly beautiful work fuses the romanticism of the guitar with the precision of a classical orchestra to capture the diverse and enigmatic landscapes of the southern continent’s dramatic, frozen landscape.

Matt Withers

Matt is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established teacher, performer and mentor for musicians globally. He has performed with esteemed artists including William Barton, the Carl Pini Quartet and various national orchestras whilst maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music groups Guitar Trek (alongside Timothy Kain, AM) and the Brew Guitar Duo. Matt is also proud to have performed, recorded and commissioned Australian works and his commercial albums appear on on ABC Classics (Australia) and Soundset Recordings (USA).

The final work is Mozart’s passionate and stormy Symphony number 40 in G minor. Its driving rhythms, dark harmonies and intricately weaving textures create a soundscape of intrigue and mystery, while simultaneously an elegant and refined work of art, perfect in form and structure.

The WPO is delighted to also welcome to the podium for the first time, the masterful talents of conductor John Buckley. John has enjoyed a long, successful career spanning thirty five years as a conductor, multi-instrumentalist, adjudicator, clinician and music educator. John has been the Music Director of the Corrective Services, NSW Band Music Director of both the Sydney Wind Symphony and the Wind Symphony at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, an active clinician and adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod, Engadine Band Festival, and the NSW School Band Festival.

Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra – SUITE SEDUCTION, Works by Debussy, Westlake and Mozart will play:

Saturday 2 December 5:30pm St Columba Church – Corner Forth & Ocean Streets, Woollahra

Sunday 3 December 2:30pm St Francis of Assisi Uniting Church – 436 Oxford Street, Paddington

Artists: Matt Withers, guitar | John Buckley, conductor

Book online or call 0411 150 567

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Above : Catalin Ungureanu – violinist for the Arensky Piano Trio No 1 in D minor and  the Ravel String Quartet in F major

‘Ravel Impressions’ at City Recital Hall was the final concert from Omega Ensemble in its 2017 Virtuoso Series and for all concert series in the year. Whilst celebrating the trio and quartet genres from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, Omega Ensemble presented an entertainment which was consistently stylish and elevated. Once more their programme allowed a demonstration of the talented virtuosi at Omega’s disposal. The chamber music skill on display soared with constant class into the artistic stratosphere.

The first half of the concert juxtaposed a Russian piano trio from the late Romantic period with a more well-known clarinet trio written by Mozart in 1786. The concert’s second half consisted of a joyous reunion of a piano trio by Gabriel Fauré and the famous string quartet by his pupil Maurice Ravel. This concert also paid homage to teacher-composers, as both Arensky and Fauré were prolific music educators of their time at the St Petersburg and Paris Conservatories respectively. Continue reading OMEGA ENSEMBLE : RAVEL IMPRESSIONS @ CITY RECITAL HALL


ANGELS, the original studio cast recording released from Broadway Records, celebrates the Australian album launch with an exclusive event at Northern Beaches Christian School in their performance space known as “Manhattan City,” on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The event will be opened by Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister of Planning & Housing and Special Minister of State, and will feature live performances from “ANGELS” by album creators with top Australian musicians and worship leaders from C3 Church Global.

The inspirational songs from this original musical are brought to life by a star-studded cast of Tony nominated and award-winning Broadway performers including two-time Tony Award-nominee Laura Osnes, Tony Award-nominee Robert Cuccioli, Tony Award-nominee Josh Young and Alan H. Green.

Featuring music by Ken Lai, and book and lyrics by Ken Lai and Marcus Cheong, the album was recorded at Downtown Music Studios & Smash Studios in New York; The Grove Studios in Somersby, Australia; and Ramrod Studios & 301 Studios in Sydney, Australia. This recording features new musical arrangements from David Holmes and album producer Rich Fowler.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM and entry is complimentary with registrations at

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First lineups revealed for national

NLMAs Parties! 

The National Live Music Awards are thrilled to announce the first lineups for all eight events happening around the country on Thursday, 7th December 2017.

Free tickets to all events – bar the invite-only Melbourne gala – are available now through Oztix at Guests who forget to RSVP will be required to donate $5 to Support Act on the day for entry. Coin donations will be encouraged at all events, with every cent going to the great charity.

Full lineups and set times will be revealed over the coming weeks. RSVP to the Facebook events at, or sign up to the mailing list at to enjoy up-to-the-minute news.

All performances are LIVE sets unless otherwise mentioned.

.Canberra – Smith’s Alternative (Free!)

The Ansah Brothers /Betty Alto/ Glitoris (DJ SET)
…and more to be announced!

Sydney – Leadbelly (Free!)

Happy Axe (ACT based nominee Emma Kelly)/ Ani Lou (Tasmanian Nominee)/ Maddy Jane (Tasmanian Nominee)
Sarah Belkner
Plus a very special Keynote from Lindy Morrison
…and more to be announced!

Plus a live stream from Melbourne – Grace Darling Hotel hosted by Home and Hosed’s Dom Alessio, the night will feature live performances from Charm of Finches, Yeo and Party Dozen, the incredible new project featuring nominee Kirsty Tickle with Jonathan Boulet. Plus the night will feature a very special live tribute to The Peep Tempel, in collaboration with Girls Rock! Melbourne.

To see the 2017 nominees visit:

A few fun facts about the 2017 National Live Music Awards:

Gender Balance: A whopping 63% of the artists nominated in the national categories, and 51% in the State/Territory Categories, are either female or are a group led by a female vocalist.

Strong Indigenous representation, with nominated artists including Electric Fields, Kardajala Kirridarra, Dan Sultan, The Lonely Boys, Tjupi Band, Eleanor Dixon, Yirrmal, William Barton and A.B. Original.

Gang of Youths lead the nominees with 6 nominations.

Julia Jacklin, Amy Shark, Camp Cope sit right behind with 5 nominations.

All Our Exes Live in Texas, Stella Donnelly and the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival all have 4 nominations

To find out more :


This beautiful and unique space presents a blank canvas which has never before been used in this capacity, a promising proposition for Division’s production team who will utilise the awe-inspiring industrial nature of the venue.

The Warehouse Collective is extremely proud to present the first in an exciting series of events, featuring an impressive lineup of iconic and cutting-edge electronic acts.

In the space of 3 years Sydney’s Division Agency has firmly established themselves through a variety of successful projects including the Days Like This Festival and the extremely popular Paddington venue, Goodbar. More recently they announced a strategic alliance with TEG Live to present national tours and events. On the 16th of December, the local tastemakers will launch the aptly titled The Warehouse Collective, an enticing new series of large-scale music events with the debut event taking place at Redfern’s The Australian Technology Park at the heritage-listed Exhibition Hall.

The debut event will take place at Redfern’s Australian Technology Park in the heritage-listed Exhibition Hall and will be headlined by legendary Australian duo THE PRESETS , who recently announced ‘Do What You Want’, their first new original in nearly four years. They will be bolstered by a formidable cast of support acts featuring Bag Raiders (live), Kilter, Nyxen and LUCY CLICHE (live).

This beautiful and unique space presents a blank canvas which has never before been used in this capacity, a promising proposition for Division’s production team who will utilise the awe-inspiring industrial nature of the venue into their first-rate production.

Prepare yourself for a warehouse experience on a scale never before seen in Sydney.

December 16th 2017

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‘My Grandfather always said, ‘Music is the language of the heart’. Mark Vincent.

Mark Vincent showed how well he speaks this language by giving a memorable concert last Thursday night at the State Theatre. The performance was part of his National Tour to promote his new album, A TRIBUTE TO MARIO LANZA.

Vincent performed songs from the album, as well as a few other classics, backed by an excellent twenty piece orchestra conducted by much loved conductor Guy Noble.

Vincent took brief breaks in both halves of the concert at which time New Zealand soprano Jennifer Little came on stage to perform a few songs. They went on to combine together for the first encore, ‘Brindisi’.

A large video screen was set up behind the orchestra which was used intermittently during the performance. At the start of the concert, by way of introduction, Lanza’s daughter spoke about how pleased she was that a singer of Mark’s stature was celebrating her father’s work.   Continue reading MARK VINCENT LIVE @ THE STATE THEATRE


Neil Diamond Live in Amsterdam
Photo: Andreas Terlaak and (c)2017 ArchAngel Music Concerts

TEG DAINTY announced today that Neil Diamond will perform in Australia, as part of his wildly successful 50 Year Anniversary Tour, in March and April 2018.

The tour will celebrate Neil Diamond’s incomparable 50-year career and hits spanning decades such as Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Desiree and Shilo.

The Australian leg of Neil’s 50 Year Anniversary Tour will commence with two massive outdoor stadium shows in Townsville and the Sunshine Coast followed by an itinerary of arena and special outdoor winery shows:

SYDNEY – Tuesday 27 March at Qudos Bank Arena,  Ticketek

HUNTER VALLEY – Saturday 7 April at Roche Estate,  Ticketmaster

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY said today, “Neil Diamond is one of the world’s greatest live performers and I am honoured to be working with him on his 50 Year Anniversary Tour and bringing him to cities and venues he has never played. To see him perform the songs that have been the soundtrack of our lives will be an incredible live concert experience. Neil is currently touring the world and his fans and critics have been raving about this brand-new show.

Neil Diamond’s extraordinary career spans five decades and has created defining hits for generation after generation of loyal fans.  He has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honours bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

Diamond’s universally beloved songs – as well as his charismatic and openhearted performances of them – continue to make him an international force both as a record

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 2pm on Thursday 16 November (local time).

For details about   Neil Diamond’s 50 Year Anniversary Tour go to


Elena Kats-Chernin
Photo: Bruria-Hammer

A fairy-tale beginning inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale, WILD SWANS IN CONCERT this Saturday will star Elena Kats-Chernin, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Jane Sheldon.

The breathtaking music of WILD SWANS IN CONCERT is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans. A young girl Eliza is driven from her home by her wicked stepmother who turns her eleven brothers into wild swans.  To break the spell, Eliza must knit eleven coats out of stinging nettles, find the swans and dress them in their jackets – all while keeping silent.

Elena Kats- Chernin found her voice in music at a young age and has been captivating audiences for decades. Even if you don’t know her name, you’re bound to have heard her music, whether on the radio, online, at the Olympics or in the Sydney Opera House.  Recently celebrating her 60th birthday, both stage and auditorium were packed for this much loved performer’s birthday concert. So if you weren’t at the birthday party now is your chance to hear her work.

On Saturday, The Joan proudly presents Kats-Chernin’s breath-taking piano and vocal score in concert format, with two of Australia’s most outstanding pianists – Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin – playing live on stage, joined by New York based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon, who is described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours’.

Elena Kats-Chernin’s haunting and evocative music to Meryl Tankard’s ballet Wild Swans captivated audiences around Australia when it was first performed by The Australian Ballet and broadcast on ABC TV.

This incredible piano score will be played by four hands on one piano with Sheldon’s spectacular soprano voice rising above the music, and will be accompanied by photographic images created and curated by the extraordinary photographer and visual designer Regis Lansac.

Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today and her love of extreme and dramatically vivid music – from joy to thunder; whimsy to roar – takes audiences on a journey of exquisite beauty in Wild Swans.

WILD SWANS IN CONCERT, Saturday 11 November 7.30pm, is a must for all lovers of fine music – finishing The Joan’s 2017 Fine Music series on a high note, in the hands of a musical dream team.

Tickets (Adult $65 Concession $60) available at the Box Office 47237600 or online


Above: Gallop House, Dalkeith WA
Top: Historical Beaumont Cottage, Beaumont SA

Recipients of the national Prelude Composers Residency were announced today at the annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address at Carriageworks in Sydney. Three composers will receive accommodation and financial support during 2018 enabling them to concentrate on creating new works.

Prelude is open to composers from all genres and, with the aim of nurturing Australian composers, it is the only program of its kind. This year builds on the established residency at Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ home in Paddington, Sydney and at Gallop House in Perth, owned by the National Trust Western Australia by expanding to include Beaumont Cottage in Beaumont, Adelaide (owned by the National Trust of SA).

‘The Prelude residency at Gallop House has provided me a sanctuary to create with no creative or financial pressures,’ said current Western Australian composer in residence Dr Mace Francis. ‘The year-long residency shows that there is understanding that creativity needs time and is a long term investment. The house also gives the medium of composition a status in the general community which I have never felt or been part of before’.

The 2018 Prelude Composer Residency recipients are:

Rafael Karlen – Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Sydney

Rafael Karlen is a composer, arranger, saxophonist and conductor based in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and from the University of York in England after receiving the Lord Mayor’s Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists. Rafael composes, performs and arranges music for a variety of ensemble across a broad range of styles and is currently releasing his fifth album featuring his original music.

Rafael’s music has been performed by small jazz groups, rock and pop ensembles, big bands through to chamber orchestras and string quartets.  He has performed throughout Australia, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Sweden. In 2016 Rafael was a featured performer and composer with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of the QSOCurrent Series where he composed, performed and directed his music for Chamber Orchestra, saxophone and piano.

He was also Musical Director at the 2016 QMF Yarrabah Band Festival where he arranged, conducted and performed music with many celebrated artists including Archie Roach, Katie Noonan, Montaigne and Shellie Morris. Rafael has received many awards and accolades and in 2015 he was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel to USA, England, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Holland to visit many of the world’s leading contemporary composers/arrangers, performers and ensembles.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ home , Paddington

 Gabriella Smart – Beaumont Cottage, Adelaide

Gabriella Smart is a leading advocate of new music in Australia. She has over thirty years’ experience as pianist, improviser, curator, creator, collaborator, initiator, commissioner and producer. Gabriella is artistic director of the new music organisation Soundstream, established in 1993. She has been recognised as a cultural leader through various awards (including a Helpmann Award, Churchill Fellowship, SA Creative Fellowship and APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence) and has successfully conceived and realised dozens of original projects, collaborating closely with musicians, dancers, film-makers and video artists and in theatre and opera.

Gabriella has improvised with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, Johannes S Sistermanns and Derek Pascoe. In Australia, she has curated projects and performed in the Melbourne International Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, MONA MOFO, TURA, Adelaide International Festival, OzAsia Festival, Festival of Architecture and Design (Adelaide) and Melbourne Recital Centre. Gabriella established the Soundstream:Adelaide New Music Festival (2008-2012), premiering numerous works by Australian and international composers. She has performed extensively in China, and in Europe.

Kate Moore – Gallop House, Perth

Kate Moore is an Australian musician and composer of new music. Having obtained a masters degree from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague she has been based in the Netherlands since 2002. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for composers, for her work The Dam commissioned for The Canberra International Festival. Her major work Sacred Environment was premiered by The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and choir with soloists Alex Oomens and Lies Beijerinck, taking place at The Holland Festival Proms in The Concertgebouw.

She has recently been awarded an APRA AMCOS music fund commission for the creation of a song cycle based on the history and environment of Wollombi Valley in NSW. Her works have been released on major labels including the Grammy and Eddison nominated album Dances and Canons, ECM’s New Series and Cantaloupe’s Stories for Ocean Shells. Active on the international scene, Moore has had works performed by acclaimed ensembles including ASKO|Schönberg, the Bang On A Can All-Stars and Icebreaker.

Her works have been performed in venues including The Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, ISCM World Music Days and MATA. She holds a doctorate from The University of Sydney (Conservatorium of Music)

‘Composers produce the raw material of Australian music. They are essential. Without them we are reliant on outside voices, songs and stories. Yet very few can make a living from composing alone’, said founder of Prelude and chair of Bundanon Trust, Shane Simpson AM.

‘And then there are historic houses around the country whose preservation is essential for keeping us in touch with our heritage, and which are seeking a new and vibrant role in the community. Prelude was created to bring these two together: to support the contemporary while animate the historic’.

Prelude is managed by Bundanon Trust, which runs the largest artist-in-residence program in the country from its home on the NSW south coast.   Prelude is a unique collaboration between Bundanon Trust, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust, The National Trust of Western Australia, the National Trust of South Australia, The National Trusts of Australia, APRA, the Helpmann Academy, Arts SA and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will once again present its popular SOUNDS ON THE TERRACE series.  A live and free music event to coincide with their LIGHTS ON LATER program where galleries stay open until 9pm.

Beginning tonight, Wednesday 1st November, SOUNDS ON THE TERRACE will bring together E for Echo’s sonic soundscapes and the dreamy electronica of Matilda Abraham from 6:30 -8:30.  There is free access and breathtaking views across the city.

 E for Echo : Floating atop atmospheric guitars, agile rhythms, dark motifs and 80’s synths are the sweet yet commanding vocals of frontwomen Zana Rose (vocals/synths) and Jenna Murphy (vocals/electric guitar). gaining a wide audience and stellar reputation for their dynamic and engaging live shows.

Matilda Abraham:    With a range of dynamic shifts, Abraham’s music encompasses layers of both electronic and acoustic parts. There is a strength and an evenness to her sound stemming from her deep understanding of music. And there is an intrinsic warmth that comes from her desire to share in it.

The sessions are being curated in this its 6 year by Young Henry’s Brewers of Newtown.  The craft beer crew once said the stereo is one of the most important pieces of brewing equipment: from their Newtown base, they’re known to play a mix of rock’n’ roll, ambivalent electronica, indie and alternate rock, dance and punk. At the MCA, they’ll blend that with their selection of Newtowner Aussie pale ale, Natural Lager, Summer Hop Ale (IPA), Cloudy Cider and the award-winning Noble Cut Gin.”

New events are scheduled for Wednesdays 6 December, 10 January and 7 February.  Keep an eye out on the MCA website  :


Composer Lyle Chan, above, whose work “Andante Moderato” received a world premiere during this concert.

Acacia Quartet presented its most recent concert to an ecstatic reception from the assembled audience in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room. Named ‘Rhythm and Texture’, this programme offered existing and new fans a modern classic of the string quartet repertoire plus a keenly diverse quartet of works from the mid twentieth century to right now.

Engaging and gripping from the outset, the concert from this prominent quartet on the Australian musical landscape drew on its collective experience and skill to present intricacies of rhythm in the ingenious works
selected. Broad, beautiful shifts of texture or successive textural complexities and string effects in the various modern works were also clearly demonstrated to the attentive audience. Continue reading ACACIA QUARTET: ‘RHYTHM and TEXTURE’ @ THE UTZON ROOM, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


“You’ll never make a living playing the viola da gamba in Australia!”

Jenny Eriksson can’t remember how many times she received this advice in the years after she gave up her career as a promising cellist and sold her two cellos to fund overseas’ studies on the viola da gamba.

Discarding all logical guidance, she caught a plane to Holland and stepped “into the abyss” to create a future for herself on an instrument few music lovers in her home country had heard of and ever fewer seemed to like.

In the decades since, and illustrated in the release of her sixth CD, Spinning Forth, Eriksson has proven her well-meaning advisers wrong time and time again. Continue reading SPINNING FORTH : THE NEW MARAIS PROJECT CD RELEASED


It’s all about rhythm and texture in this exciting program by Acacia Quartet. Starting with Osvaldo Golijov’s haunting Tenebrae, we are transported above the planet, seeing Earth as a beautiful blue sphere. Beautiful, pulsating textures are carefully threaded with haunting melodies. Golijov finds a way to contrast this celestial beauty with the damage and ugliness humans have inflicted on each other, and the planet itself.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.7 is dedicated to his first wife, written in 1960, five years after her death. Although short, the quartet shows all the emotion and heightened drama of Shostakovich’s best work — nervous energy and rapid pulses next to hypnotic lyrical passages.

Acacia has a very special relationship with composer Lyle Chan and they’re very proud to present the world premiere of Andante Moderato by him, subtle, subdued and elegant.

Acacia also love to celebrate both the classic and the quirky, and now they give us Javier Alvarez’s Metro Chabacano – a dedication to one of Mexico City’s subway stations. An evocative sound world, it is characterised by a continuous eighth-note movement with short melodic solos for all instruments.

And lastly, an inspired finale with Maurice Ravel’s work, String Quartet in F. Composed in 1903 Ravel hoped the piece would both impress his composition teacher, Gabriel Fauré, and win the prestigious Rome Prize. Did he win both prize and praise?

Sunday 29th October at 3pm at Sydney Opera House – Utzon Room

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