Immerse yourself in the Sounds of the Australia at Sydney Opera House this July, as Australia’s leading choirs for young people come together to celebrate 30 years of Sydney Children’s Choir.

The one night only gala concert kicks off the week-long Gondwana World Choral Festival, which is set to be the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century. More than one thousand young singers from some of the world’s finest choirs will converge on Sydney to join in song on 15 – 21 July 2019.

Described by ABC Classic as “a jewel in the crown of Australian music-making”, Sydney Children’s Choir is a national treasure. Gondwana Choirs’ Artistic Director Lyn Williams AM founded Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and gave life to a new and distinctly Australian genre of choral music. Continue reading SOUNDS OF AUSTRALIA @ CONCERT HALL SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Join mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon) and the Geist String Quartet for the world premiere of THE ART OF DISAPPEARING, a poignant new song cycle by Sydney composer Cameron Lam.

The composer writes, “Written for and dedicated to mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong after years of mentorship and friendship, THE ART OF DISAPPEARING is a hour-long song cycle for voice and string quartet. I was drawn to the poetry of Queensland writer, Sarah Holland-Batt for its intimacy, musicality, and immense sense of self. The striking thing about Sarah’s poetry for me, was that it was arresting, it stopped me in my tracks – it sang all by itself and I just wanted to add to that.”

Limelight Magazine describes Cameron’s music as “a fantastical world in which mythological stories comes to life”. But drawn to the raw and profound poetry of Sarah’s award-winning collection Aria, in this new work he has delved deep into the traditions of art song and string quartet repertoire in search of a work of intimate connections. Songs and instrumentals are interwoven to tell stories of reminiscence, loss and grief through time. The cycle doesn’t present loss as something to solve; instead, it paints the inexorable journey from stasis, as we learn to move again… Continue reading THE ART OF DISAPPEARING : A POIGNANT NEW SONG CYCLE


“I didn’t think we would last 12 months, let alone two decades”, says Jenny Eriksson, founder of The Marais Project, one of the few Australian ensembles built around the viola da gamba, a rare 7 string cello-like instrument with frets, interest in which peaked in France around the time of King Louis XIV. The Marais Project’s output over the past 20 years has been impressive: 6 CDs and a 7th recording with Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba group, Elysian Fields. There have also been appearances at festivals, a tour to New Zealand and numerous media interviews and studio performances. Along the way Jenny has commissioned and premiered more than 25 new Australian compositions and given some 3000 performances with Musica Viva in Schools.

As the name implies, the 20th Anniversary CD has a festive theme and includes several world premieres, not the least of which is Eriksson’s own composition, The Garden Party. In addition, there is a superb arrangement of a Marais suite for viola da gamba and piano accordion by Emily-Rose Šárkova. As well as playing the piano accordion on the recording Šárkova also arranged the two extroverted South American songs which close the recording. Continue reading MARAIS PROJECT 20TH ANNIVERSARY CD LAUNCH : GIVEAWAYS


Above: ARCO Director Rachael Beesley was soloist in the Mozart Violin Concerto in A major KV 219. Featured image : The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra. Pics by Nick Gilbert.

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO) delivered yet another substantial instalment in its five-year concert history. Following on from its last concert, which featured both the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, we were treated to another concert favourite in the early symphony genre, namely Mozart’s Symphony No 40 in G minor.

With an associated ‘Voyage of Musical Discovery’ seminar discussion in the week following this concert, and rarely heard works from the Mannheim court composers, ARCO’s performance event was once again a perfect example of their mission statement to  ‘inspire, educate, enlighten’.

This was a vibrant snapshot of the birth of the symphony and the dazzling Mannheim string effects that impressed eighteenth century audiences. Concluding with the much-loved Mozart No 40 in its HIP  (historically informed performance) guise, this was quite the showcase for this orchestra and the early symphony alike. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA: MANNHEIM ROCKET @ CITY RECITAL HALL


Above : Piano soloist Clemens Leske, who performed the Piano Concerto No 3 by Rachmaninoff. Featured image: TMO with Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams.

The latest Met Concert from The Metropolitan Orchestra was a mesmerising event full of fine intensity, clarity and sensuality we would expect from music of the Russian masters. Attention to detail and a consummate realisation of any atmospheric challenge were once more hallmarks of TMO’s concert package.

This orchestra was joined by local pianist Clemens Leske to present the awesome ‘ Rach 3’. There was stunning synchronicity and emotional unison in their combined exploration of subtleties and
sheer power in this famous concerto.

The showcase for TMO alone in this Met Concert was Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. This sprawling suite of programmatic intricacy and dramatic musical narrative was deliciously rendered
by TMO’s skilful storytellers across all orchestral sections.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s preoccupation with the exotic oriental themes require delicate enunciation throughout this work. The colourful scenes and sentiments suggested in the music and depictipon of the voice of the Sultana Sheherazade crave crystal clear delivery from  orchestral sections and solo instruments employed. Continue reading THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA-MET CONCERT 2 RUSSIAN NIGHTS @ EUGENE GOOSSENS HALL


Lose yourself in the mesmerising Sounds of the World gala concert, as the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall plays host in July to the greatest variety of children’s choirs ever heard under one roof.

The one-time-only concert is part of the Gondwana World Choral Festival, which is set to be the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century. More than one thousand young singers from some of the world’s finest choirs will converge on Sydney from 15-21 July to sing together in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Gondwana Choirs.

Extraordinary young singers from Canada, China (including Inner Mongolia), Estonia, France, Japan, Latvia, the USA, and around Australia will perform the most exciting choral music ever heard in Australia. Continue reading SOUNDS OF THE WORLD GALA CONCERT : CHILDREN’S CHOIRS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Keeley Connolly and Lilia National Tour

Keeley Connolly and Lilia are heading solo on a National Tour this may to celebrate the release of their latest singles ‘Old Bottles’ and ‘Outside Lane’.

Leaving the bands back in Perth the two artists are stripping back their shows to create a more intimate and personal set.

Both artists have sold out venues around Perth and successfully sold out their Airlie Beach show at the beginning of this tour, with Gold Coast and Adelaide on their last tickets.

With special guest and local support, Jason Cole.


23rd May at the Oxford Arts Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES kicks off with the monumental Millennial megahit, Frozen, then proceeds to navigate a course of varying degrees of nostalgia, mingling classical compositions used in movies and music written specifically for film.

A first section marries Mozart and Williams that incorporates Wolfie’s Requiem pieces used so dramatically in Milos Forman’s film version of Amadeus to John William’s choral cuts from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Private Saving Ryan, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Amistad.

Under the sub title, Religion – for better or worse, the programme then launched into Introitus from Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen, used in the film Angels and Demons, followed up by On Earth As It Is In Heaven from Ennio Morricone’s sensation score for The Mission. As fine as these selections were, under such a moniker, I yearned for the choir and orchestra to tackle Ave Santani the Oscar winning score for The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith. Continue reading MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES: SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS


201118, Sydney: Andre Rieu in Sydney. Foto: Marcel van Hoorn.

One of the world’s most popular musical artists – Dutch violinist, conductor and entertainer André Rieu – has announced that his 2019 Maastricht concert will screen in more than 120 cinemas nationally across Australia on the weekend of July 27-28, as well as Sydney’s iconic State Theatre (Sunday, July 28 only).

André’s hometown concerts this year will be themed as a dedication to the waltz – the dance that helped launch his career more than three decades ago. André’s hugely popular Maastricht summer concert series is staged in the historic town’s atmospheric medieval square – the Vrijthof – where the Maestro will perform with his 60-
piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, who have toured the world with him for over thirty years, plus a cast of over 100 dancers, as well as special guests, renowned sopranos and his
Platin Tenors.

The concert in cinemas will take audiences behind-the-scenes and feature an exclusive stage-side interview with André, and there are always some surprises.

The majestic waltz has been such an inspiration to André Rieu throughout his career that its three-four beat has become, in many ways, the rhythm of his life. When he performed with a
salon orchestra as a violin student, the Maestro says the first waltz he played was a revelation and he was immediately spellbound.
Waltzes have starred in André’s work ever since.

From an international football match at Amsterdam stadium in 1995, when André filled the half-time interval with the performance of a classic waltz, to his Maastricht concerts of 2011, where André premiered ‘And The Waltz Goes On’, composed by Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. André has composed
many waltzes and since 1987, he and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have been delighting audiences all over the world with their magnificent renditions of classic waltzes.

André says: “Once again I am delighted to welcome fans from Australia and New Zealand into my hometown of Maastricht, via their cinema screens in 2019! It is a magical way of seeing what for me every year is a wonderful occasion! This year will be extra special –performing the music of my heart: the Waltz. Come and join us for “The Beautiful Blue Danube” and many more surprises, some of which we will reveal during the weeks to come! I want everyone to be waltzing in the cinema aisles!’

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This is the latest joyous, astonishing collaboration, their third,  between the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa that had the audience in raptures. Don’t miss it. The audience did not want to breathe or blink in case they missed something.

It is an inspired pastiche by Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz, with music from 16th and 17th-century England and featuring the beautiful voices of sopranos Jane Sheldon and Lauren Stephenson.

The set design by Yaron LifschitzLibby McDonnell and Richard Clarke is inspired by the idea of a clipped formal garden at a stately 17th-century mansion : a green covered area represents the manicured lawn .The middle area has tumbling mats , there is a large blank screen at the back used for projections and a huge hoop. Various sized white plinths (which also become props) are included and the Circa cast are carried on as statues hidden under drapes. Peter Rubie’s lighting design is dramatic and atmospheric.

It is perhaps, sort of like A Midsummer Night’s Dream – our Titania being Jane Sheldon who magically brings the statues ‘alive’. Sheldon appears in a striking red and black gown that includes a floral design. The Circa cast are costumed in silvery grey costumes that ripple in the light. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA AND CIRCA :  ENGLISH BAROQUE @ CITY RECITAL HALL


The Chilean-Colombian band, Los Pitutos, will transport Parramatta audiences to a bygone world of sultry Latin American nights in a special performance at Riverside Theatres on Sunday 12th May.

Combining their own compositions with popular Latin American styles of music including Boleros, Cumbias, Joropos and Valses, Los Pitutos are renowned for their unique sound that seduces the senses and captivates the audience.

The program will include a selection of original songs by the band alongside much-loved covers including Bésame Mucho and Quizas Quizas Quizas.

Formed in Berlin in 2015, Los Pitutos includes four classically trained young Chilean musicians and one Colombian musician – Álvaro Zambrano, Matías Piñeira, Tomás Peralta, Pablo Camus and Cristián Betancourt.

3pm Sunday 12th May at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

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