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HERE @ ANNANDALE CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

HERE is a concept of a collaboration of artists that is a concert of lost lockdown intimacies, a meditation on identity, locality and reconnection in the wake of isolation. These ideas are conveyed through music, words and visuals. During COVID-19 lockdown artists were isolated and needed to find a way to practise their craft, connect with other artists and then emerge from lockdown.

HERE is the result of a group of artists made up of musicians, composers, a poet and a visual artist applying their talents to a project encompassing connection, transition and physical places in a moment of time. Existing and new works of poetry and music were integrated into a cohesive concert experience.

The innovative music has its genesis in the classical tradition but with modern sensibilities. The highly skilled performers were Tristan Coelho on piano, Alicia Crossley on a variety of recorders, Emily Granger on the harp, and Andrew Smith on tenor and soprano saxophone. Nicole W. Lee performed her own poems and poems by Mkhululi Mabija and Sybil Kempson and visual artist Charlotte Fetherston provide images linking the music and poems. Continue reading HERE @ ANNANDALE CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE

WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

Celebrating a decade of performances at the Concourse, Chatswood, Willoughby Symphony has returned for live performances with their annual Last Night of the Proms, conducted by Guy Noble .Noble clearly had a terrific time , his conducting was crisp ,clear and precise and the Orchestra was in fine form. ,Because of Covid it was a smaller audience (all masked) but the audience ,Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir (plus artists of Pacific Opera) had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The concert was screened as part of the Australian Digital Concert Hall program.

First was the flurrying, darting Overture to The Thieving Magpie by Rossini .Quivering and jaunty,the strings are like a bird that circles, jumps and leaps with the Orchestra pulsating underneath.

Then we heard Handel’s Zadok the Priest in a richly layered performance and its floating , pulsating melody that develops into a crashing wave of sound by the Willoughby Symphony Choir. Zadok the Priest has been sung at the coronation of every British monarch since its composition in 1727.
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This was followed by a lush, exultant performance of Ralph Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music and the Orchestra was joined by members of Pacific Opera .It is an arrangement of How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice – a musing on music and the music of the spheres .The harp(Emily Granger)rippled , the music tumbled and flowed and voices and melody entwined creamily, becoming melodically and lyrically darker as the singers progressed. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: NEXT IN PRELUDE IN TEA SERIES

Nexas Quartet and Emily Granger (Harp)  will present AN AMERICAN IN PARIS as part of the Independent Theatre’s A Prelude in Tea Series.

The concert will evoke a journey back in time to the bustling streets of the French capital in this, the latest tasty concert in the Independent Theatre’s popular Prelude in Tea series.  The series always includes afternoon tea with refreshments and a mouth-watering array of cakes and fruits! Continue reading AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: NEXT IN PRELUDE IN TEA SERIES