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RMP: For the Fallen

30th April, 2017

This year the closeness of Easter to Anzac Day encouraged choirs to explore the repertoire for music that was both solemn and uplifting, and many took up the challenge. Director of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Andrew Wailes, found a treasure of traditional and contemporary music to build into a concert. Performed on…Read More

Soloist Eva Kong.

MSO: Carmina Burana

26th April, 2017

  The week ended (and a weekend of music began for some) with a memorable concert given by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Called simply Carmina Burana after the main work to be performed, there was in fact an earlier work before interval: Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe: Suite No.2. This review concerns only the major work,…Read More


Joshua Bell with the Academy Chamber Ensemble

24th April, 2017

Violinist Joshua Bell is always welcome as attested by his two sell-out evening concerts with that other musical icon, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre. There was, however, the prospect of consolation in a concert which teamed Bell with the Academy Chamber Ensemble, making…Read More

Andrew Goodwin

The Melbourne Bach Choir: St John Passion

19th April, 2017

As a musical expression of religious devotion on Good Friday Bach’s St John Passion would have to be an ideal choice. Thanks to the Melbourne Bach Choir, the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall was fully booked long before the performance by an audience keen to mark this significant occasion. Even atheists, agnostics and the lapsed were seeking…Read More

Soloist Lee Abrahmsen

Melbourne Musicians: Mozart and Schubert

12th April, 2017

Repeated radio announcements told us that we should remain indoors, but the intrepid souls who ventured out to hear Lee Abrahmsen sing a collection of Mozart arias with Melbourne Musicians were very glad they had ignored dire warnings about approaching storms. The first half of the program was devoted to arias from The Marriage of…Read More


Ming Xie

7th April, 2017

  Melbourne is, as we are so often reminded, the sporting capital of the world. And as such this often has an unintended impact beyond those who are interested in actual sports – be it traffic congestion, saturation-level news coverage, (oh that the arts had such coverage!), inevitable water cooler and barbecue conversations etc. On…Read More

Tognetti and Rathbone on centre stage. 
Picture: Zan Wimberley

ACO: Bach Violin Concertos

6th April, 2017

  It would be hard to devise a more enjoyable program than the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s latest offering: Bach Violin Concertos. It was a must-hear for all lovers of the violin and devotees of the incomparable Johann Sebastian. ACO produces one of the most interesting and informative printed programs for its patrons to be found…Read More

Douglas Lawrence (right) with some of his Australian Chamber Choir.

A London Coronation

5th April, 2017

Scots’ Church was a fitting venue for the Australian Chamber Choir’s program celebrating the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, with a performance replicating the musical content of the Coronation Service. The regal and majestic atmosphere of Scots’ interior with flags and banners projecting from the side aisles created just the right tone to support the regal…Read More


MSO: Last Night at the Proms

29th March, 2017

The BBC Promenade Concerts, known affectionately as “the Proms” are an annual two-month long summer celebration of Classical music held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Who better to steer the Melbourne Symphony and associated artists through a program that seeks to reproduce the spirit of the celebrated Last Night of the Proms than…Read More

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MYO: The Gadfly

29th March, 2017

  The sight of a large body of young orchestral players is always uplifting, but the sound created by the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in their program featuring Shostakovich’s Suite The Gadfly was nothing short of inspiring. And there were plenty of youngsters in the audience who would have found inspiration in these dedicated role models.…Read More