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Part of the Prelude in Tea series at the Independent Theatre , the latest concert was the wonderful Seraphim trio plus guest artist Martin Alexander in a scrumptiously delicious performance.

The Seraphim Trio pianist Anna Goldsworthy, violinist Helen Ayres and cellist Tim Nankervis for this national tour of piano quartets celebrating the Trio’s formative years at the Australian National Academy of Music. The Trio has become one of Australia’s most acclaimed and admired chamber ensembles and they were joined by fellow ANAM alumnus Martin Alexander on viola . There was fabulous rapport between the four and great intensity in their playing.

Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, KV 478 was first , introduced and put in context by Alexander.  Written at the height of Mozart’s success in Vienna in 1785 it is very technically demanding, and there are some possible similarities to Beethoven’s works. The work was full of finely nuanced and balanced shading and drama. Continue reading PRELUDE IN TEA : SERAPHIM TRIO WITH MARTIN ALEXANDER @ THE INDEPENDENT


The wonderful concert that brought the ACO’s 2019 season to a close was entitled BRAHMS/DVORAK with the ACO in glorious rich and finely nuanced form under the leadership of Tognetti whose conducting was precise , vigorous and yet extremely expressive as well .

Andrew Ford’s ‘Fanfare for Neverland’ ( a world premiere) for solo trumpet as played by Visa Haarala up in the top gallery was a bright yet lyrical piece , with the trumpet slithering , skittering and sliding .

The Australian premiere of Andrew Norman’s Grand Turismo followed , using eight virtuoso violinists .It is a flurried , circular conversation between them , at times sharp and spiky then suddenly contrasted with soft lyrical segments and tiny pauses of stillness. The emphatic animated ensemble music has ominous pulsating under rhythms.

Brahms ‘Concerto for violin and cello in A Minor ‘(Double Concerto) made up the bulk of the first half , with the ACO enlarged to the size of a full symphony orchestra , a treat featuring Tognetti on violin and Timo-Veikko Valve on cello in an extraordinary partnership, Helena Rathbone beating time when Tognetti was playing . The entire work crackled with tension.

The first movement began stridently Valve on cello passionately , elegantly ‘singing’ then becoming fiery. lighter flowing sections were contrasted with scurrying orchestral swells .A duet between Tognetti and Valve was hovering lyrical and humming.  It was then Tognetti’s turn to ‘ sing’ on the violin in an eloquent , heartbroken fragile solo with the Orchestra dynamically accompanying. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : BRAHMS AND DVORAK @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Balmain Sinfonia @ Macquarie Theatre

Balmain Sinfonia Conductor Gary Stavrou speaking to the audience with the brilliant violinist Susie Park and members of the orchestra in the background. Pics by Geoff Sirmai

Throughout 2014, The Balmain Sinfonia has presented concerts featuring collaborations with fine soloists. Its programmes surround the collaborative work with landmark compositions of the orchestral genre. These works have been challenging and substantial and have exploited the orchestra’s ability to convey drama and capture shifts in mood or character.

This final concert for the year was no exception. A near–capacity crowd was assembled in the Macquarie Theatre at Macquarie University for the single performance of this programme on December 7. The large crowd can be said to have been due to the orchestra’s growing membership, its posting out of newsletters, a friendly in-concert rapport with fans and continued provision of a significant soloist playing a well-known work. Continue reading Balmain Sinfonia @ Macquarie Theatre