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Choral@Montsalvat 2017 – Web


24th April, 2017

For many years, Music in the Round was a wonderful event which occurred in Melbourne every year and the Faye Dumont Singers were among the regular participants in this feast of music. When it unfortunately folded, Faye Dumont decided to test a new choral-in-the-round, and thankfully the management at Montsalvat were willing to provide the…Read More



21st April, 2017

Melbourne is fortunate in having so many show stopping musicals pass through this year. The latest is the Disney live musical Aladdin, currently lighting up Her Majesty’s Theatre.  If there’s one thing Walt Disney was the master of, it was entertainment that everyone would enjoy, and that’s what  Aladdin delivers in spades. From the moment the…Read More

New CEO Rory Jeffes.
Photo: Keith Saunders

Opera Australia changes as season starts

17th April, 2017

It’s time for re-assigning roles at Opera Australia – and that’s not confined to the stage! It was recently announced that Rory Jeffes was to be Opera Australia’s new CEO, (Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini has managed this position since the departure of Craig Hassall). Jeffes is currently Executive Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and so not…Read More

CD: Remembrance

Music for the ANZACs

13th April, 2017

Earlier this month whilst working in Lille, France, I travelled to Ypres (Ieper) in the Western Flanders region of Belgium, visiting some of the World War One battlefields. 2017 is the 100th anniversary year of some of the most major and devastating conflicts of the “war to end all wars,” including the Battle of Passchendaele.…Read More


When the Roads Meet: Balkan Crossings

12th April, 2017

When the Roads Meet: Balkan Crossings, Anja and Zlatna’s first concert of 2017 took place on Saturday, 8 April. Repertoire from diverse Balkan nations – including Serbia, Romani Hungary and Macedonia – were elegantly interwoven with storytelling and imagery into a coherent and moving whole. The intimacy of Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon immediately drew the…Read More

passion aerial

Passion Lament Glory

5th April, 2017

What a brave, exotic and sacred feast was consumed here! Artists from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music showed skill and brilliance in daringly placing a sacred masterpiece within an new artistic landscape. It could have gone so wrong – but did not. Instead, it opened up greater possibilities of experiencing anew this most revered cherished and poignant…Read More

Photo: Cathy Ronalds

Nothing like a Dame – or two

26th March, 2017

‘Never let the truth get in the way of a good story’ is a line we hear in a delightful show that recently premiered at Beleura House in Mornington. This historic home and gardens are a perfect setting for There is Absolutely Nothing Like A Dame or “Sing ‘em Muck!”, a fictitious imagining of an…Read More

Andrew Killian and Ako Kondo.

Australian Ballet: Faster

22nd March, 2017

Last Friday night’s premiere of the Australian Ballet’s contemporary program, entitled “Faster” featured three quick-pulse dances. The opening number was choreographed by British dance maker David Bently. Faster was originally set in 2012 as a tribute to the London Olympics and is set to a composition by Matthew Hindson. The urgent, at times dissonant, score…Read More


Koyaanisqatsi with Philip Glass Ensemble

17th March, 2017

What better way to commemorate the 80th birthday of composer Philip Glass, than with a screening of Koyaanisqatsi, accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by the Philip Glass Ensemble. First to the film: released in 1982, Godfrey Reggio’s *Koyaanisqatsi* took more than five years to film, and forms the first of what was to…Read More

Photo: Charlie Kinross

Victorian Opera’s Sleeping Beauty

16th March, 2017

Respighi’s music is mostly familiar through such works as Ancient Airs and Dances, The Birds, The Fountains of Rome – all works of great descriptive charm illuminated by exemplary orchestrations. I had heard a few of his solo songs, and been struck by his mastery of vocal writing too, so it was with considerable excitement…Read More