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Christmas with the National Boys Choir of Australia

18th December, 2017

After two weeks of listening to Christmas Muzac at the shopping malls it was refreshing to hear real Christmas music in a live venue by  real people without an American accent. Sorry, had to get that out of the way. Most people would only hear the National Boys Choir at the Carols by Candlelight at…Read More

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: Noel!Noel!

14th December, 2017

If ever there was a city that celebrated Christmas with glorious music, and with great variety that city would have to be Melbourne! With the inevitable Messiahs tempered by other large works, it can be easy to overlook gems which quietly offer themselves for consideration but are sometimes ignored as being too “different” from the…Read More

MSO: Messiah

11th December, 2017

For many music-lovers, a year would not feel complete without a dose of Handel’s best known oratorio Messiah, as a participant or audience member. In Melbourne in recent weeks there have already been several opportunities to hear local community and church choirs (with orchestras) offer their versions in town halls and churches, and there are…Read More

Paul Lewis

10th December, 2017

On Monday evening in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Paul Lewis performed a program of Beethoven Bagatelles Op 126 and Brahms Piano Pieces Op 118 flanked by two Haydn Sonatas. In the Beethoven Bagatelles, the Romantic canvas of moods and gestures were lovingly communicated. This music with – its sliding and abrupt emotional changes clearly looks forward…Read More

Kristian Chong and Friends

8th December, 2017

Kristian Chong is not only one of Australia’s busiest and most versatile pianists, he is also one of its finest, so it was no surprise that he was able to assemble a stellar cast of friends and colleagues to present the latest recital in his popular chamber music series held at the Melbourne Recital Centre.…Read More

Press, Play: Sweet is the Torment

6th December, 2017

On November 29,exactly twenty-four hours after a riveting performance by Ensemble Offspring another acclaimed Australian contemporary ensemble took the Salon stage. At first glance, Press, Play seemed a continuation of the previous night’s concert with a vibraphone prominent among the array of percussion instruments, and a grand piano and flute/piccolo at the ready. A vivid…Read More

ACO: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

4th December, 2017

How refreshing to go to a concert of Christmas music, even if we are only in Advent ( on Sunday 3 December) that, unlike the slew of Messiah performances at the moment, actually bears more than a tangential relationship to the season! The Australian Chamber Orchestra, augmented with brass and wind, accompanied the Choir of London…Read More


4th December, 2017

Andrea Keller might have been the featured composer but virtuoso percussionist and artist director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes, ensured that this concert also continued their year-long celebration of outstanding Australian female composers by showcasing four of them, in the ensemble’s concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on November 28. Vibe Rant by the youngest composer,…Read More

MSO Plays Rachmaninov 2

4th December, 2017

Thursday the 23rd  was a hot November evening, and the Melbourne Arts Precinct was very much alive. Hamer Hall was a comfortable refuge for an evening in which the title work in the MSO’s concert was billed to fill the second half. The stage was filled with a large orchestra for the curtain-raiser, Robert Schumann’s Manfred Overture,…Read More

Ludovico’s Band: The Grand Madrigals

27th November, 2017

A program ripe with Monteverdi melancholy, The Grand Madrigals was nevertheless a triumphant conclusion to the 2017 Ludovico’s Band season, which was devoted to the Baroque master. In partnership with The Consort of Melbourne, the ensemble delivered an hour of (mostly) splendid musicianship in the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon. The program draws on Monteverdi’s various…Read More