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A luscious, gorgeous concert brought to us by the excellent Pinchgut Opera.It was filmed at the City Recital Hall on April 3 and streamed as part of the Pinchgut at Home series .As ever Erin Helyard conducts the distinguished Orchestra of the Antipodes and there are some impressive singers.

Pinchgut here performs ten selections of mostly psalm settings from the challenging 1641 opus, Selva morale e spirituale by Monteverdi , utilizing the landmark anthology of liturgical works that he composed during his career in Venice. The last collection of Monteverdi’s music published in his lifetime, it embodies the ultimate flourishing of his brilliance.

In this setting , Monteverdi fuses instruments , text , music and voices. While its intention is spiritual, the compilation is full of dance ,drama and blends words and music, voices and instruments. Monteverdi combines old and new styles of writing.As always , Helyard and Pinchgut play close , detailed attention to the structure and text of the music.

Pinchgut Opera’s eight-strong vocal ensemble comprises sopranos Chloe Lankshear (the inaugural Taryn Fiebig Scholar) and Amy Moore, mezzo-sopranos Hannah Fraser and Anna Fraser, tenors Louis Hurley (who was recently appointed as The Humanity Foundation Taryn Fiebig Scholar) and Richard Butler, and basses David Greco and Andrew O’Connor. Continue reading PINCHGUT OPERA : THE SPIRITUAL FOREST


The live audience was ecstatic with thunderous applause for Pinchgut’s magnificent, finely burnished and lushly detailed performance of Monteverdi’s VESPERS. Fortunately you can catch it online at the moment until 1 May, 2021.

Written in 1610, Monteverdi’s VESPERS (Vespro della Beata Vergine ) is now rarely heard. Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) was comfortable with both Baroque and Renaissance music and is regarded as one of the great composers. He wrote music for the church, temporal works and among other things, opera as well. In his Vespers, Monteverdi energetically transformed ‘traditional’ Renaissance polyphony into strikingly advanced styles. 

Musically and vocally the performance was polished, precise and superb, the Orchestra of the Antipodes including some now uncommon Baroque instruments. Hannah Lane  exquisitely played on the harp throughout and there was a theorbo, (Simon Martyn-Ellis ) cornetti (Matthew Manchester and John Foster) and sackbuts (Ros Jorgensen, Nigel Crocker and Brett Page), amongst others. Continue reading PINCHGUT’S OPERA : MONTEVERDI’S ‘VESPERS’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL


A most delightful Christmas pudding of a rich, varied and thoroughly enjoyable performance, elegantly cultivated yet refined and articulate.

At a reduced capacity City Recital Hall, with lights like stars , wonderful Pinchgut under the enthusiastic direction of Erin Helyard brought us Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s midnight mass for Christmas with added musical interludes by Boismortier and Chédeville. Charpentier’s work is based on 10 “noëls,” popular Christmas tunes (carols) of the era, each one as a section of the liturgy: ( eg the Credo ,the Gloria, Kyrie ) . It was composed around 1690, probably for the Jesuits Church of Saint-Louis in Paris where he was maître de musique. Continue reading PINCHGUT OPERA : MESSE DE MINUIT @ CITY RECITAL HALL



In its first concert for 2018, Thoroughbass presents SEMELE  on Sunday March 11 @ 3pm at Mosman Art Gallery.

Taking its title from the cantata by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, this all-French program features acclaimed soprano Anna Fraser with violinists Stephen Freeman and Shaun Warden, and continuo by Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). Continue reading SEMELE: FIRST FOR THOROUGHBASS IN 2018


Australia’s most in demand soloists join Leichhardt Espresso Chorus in the wondrous acoustic of Marrickville Town Hall to perform an epic tale of leadership to rival our times.

Performers: Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Orchestra, Michelle Leonard OAM, Anna Fraser, Brad Cooper, Andrew O’Connor, Morgan Balfour and Nacelle Yeo. Also Simon Ellis on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ playing the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Sunday 2 July 2017 at 4 pm at Marrickville Town Hall.

$50 reserved
$45 unreserved
$40 early bird (available until 18 June 2017)
$30 concession


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Thoroughbass – Tout Francais

Harpsichordist Diana Weston, string player Shaun Ng and vocalist Anna Fraser provided some fine ensemble moments.
Harpsichordist Diana Weston, string player Shaun Ng and vocalist Anna Fraser provided some fine ensemble moments.

This concert joyously adhered to its advertised French theme. It celebrated the instrumental and vocal music composed during the rule of Louis XIV. The audience was introduced to a range of interesting works from lesser known composers than the often heard greats of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The programme was well constructed to provide constant variety of ensemble and style.

String player Shaun Ng and vocalist Anna Fraser brought to the afternoon their experience, solid musicianship and exciting attention to performance practice. The balance with harpsichordist Diana Weston was always well suited to the dance or vocal works filling the church acoustic. Continue reading Thoroughbass – Tout Francais