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Anthea Cottee and Professor Neal Peres Da Costa

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra recently completed the National ONLINE Spring Academy for its talented Young Mannheim Symphonists. 

The exciting, immersive online seminar took place from Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 September and involved dozens of participants aged 12-22 – all logging on from NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Directed by the Orchestra’s co-artistic directors Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, students explored historically informed performance (HIP) and performance psychology in tutorials, masterclasses and mentoring sessions – all featuring guest speakers and principal musicians from the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra. Continue reading NATIONAL ONLINE SPRING ACADEMY AN ‘INVIGORATING TRIUMPH’

orchestra seventeen88 presents its Second Winter Festival @ Santa Sabina College

Inset pic- Ochestra88 Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Gill OAM. Featured pic- Guest soloist: Emma Black playing the historical oboe.

The combined talents of orchestra seventeen88 shine in the second annual Winter Festival, which fulfills the definition of a festival event. This focused gathering is a true celebration of historically informed performance (“HIP”).

The audience feasts on unique compositions and satisfying performances. This special time displays period-accurate performance through school visits and to adults at the concert venues.

In an afternoon, spent in the magnificent Chapel at Santa Sabina College Strathfield, Artistic Director Richard Gill has assembled a rewarding programme of works which instantly brings warmth to our winter.

This young orchestra of seasoned HIP enthusiasts plays some works written by composers when also in their youth. These include chamber music by twelve year-old Mendelssohn and a symphony by the sixteen year-old Mozart.

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Viennese Titans @ Sydney Grammar

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Flowers and plenty of acclaim for Georgia Browne, the concert’s outstanding soloist and prinicipal flautist. Pics by Nico Jonker

Orchestraseventeen88 is an orchestra which has been established to present the classical repertoire from the late Rococo to the Romantic era in Historically Informed Performance (HIP) style.  This means that the music is played on period instruments, in period style and using musical pitch relevant to each era and piece as well.

The Artistic Director of this new period instrument ensemble is Richard Gill OAM. For this Company’s first concert, eloquently titled AN EVENING WITH THE VIENNESE TITANS Racheel Beesley was the Concertmaster, Benjamin Bayl was the Conductor and Georgia Browne was the soloist and principal flautist.

The evening’s program consisted of three pieces:  The Creatures of Prometheus (Beethoven), Concerto No 1 for Flute and Orchestra in G Major (Mozart) and the very long Symphony in C Major (Schubert); that is, from an orchestral development point of view, Beethoven, pre-Beethoven and post-Beethoven. Continue reading Viennese Titans @ Sydney Grammar