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Who will win the classical piano crown in 2018?
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by William Jeffery
3M ago
For 26 years the Australian National Piano Award has celebrated shining the spotlight on the best classical musicians in Australia. Tony Lee, Alex Raineri, Jayson Gillham and Amir Farid are just a few who have won the crown and we invite you to cheer on the next generation of 14 outstanding pianists chosen to perform at this year’s Award. BOOK NOW Covering challenging masterworks of Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Schubert and Debussy this fast-paced competition showcases the pianists’ passion, talent, charisma and their ability to memorize a huge range of repertoire. During Rounds O ..read more
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Bach to the Bush Diaries Part 3
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by Angus McPherson
3M ago
Bach to the Bush is my solo tour of the east-coast of Australia. Many of my friends and colleagues have been keen to know how all of this has come about. Limelight has been so generous as to allow me to share a diary of impressions with you as the tour continues. This tour is a social experiment: can a young musician turn up in regional Australia and find an audience? Thus far the answer is a definitive yes. In late July, after a very enjoyable residency at the New England Conservatorium of Music in Armidale with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, I flew to Cairns two spend two weeks in Far North ..read more
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Singing with pride, at home and abroad
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by William Jeffery
3M ago
Choral conductor Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith recently co-founded Pacific Pride Choir with her wife Melanie Penicka-Smith. The choir has just returned from its first tour encompassing Berlin, Krakow and Warsaw, organized by KI Concerts. In ten days they rehearsed together for the first time, gave five performances, and enjoyed the extraordinary energy of the host choirs in each city. Monday 10 July Excited members of Pacific Pride Choir arrived at Sydney airport this evening, bound for Berlin. This was the first time that many of us had even met each other. Coming from most of Australia’s ..read more
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Bach to the Bush Diaries Part 2
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by Angus McPherson
3M ago
Sydney performance just announced! Sunday August 27, 3pm, Glebe Town Hall. Tickets available here.  Bach to the Bush is my solo tour of the east-coast of Australia. Many of my friends and colleagues have been keen to know how all of this has come about. Limelight has been so generous as to allow me to share a diary of impressions with you as the tour continues through July and August. This tour is a social experiment: can a young musician turn up in regional Australia and find an audience? Thus far the answer is a definitive yes. In the last three weeks I’ve performed ten additi ..read more
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Bach to the Bush Diaries: Part 1
Limelight Magazine
by Angus McPherson
3M ago
Bach to the Bush is my 30-concert solo tour of the east-coast of Australia. Many of my friends and colleagues have been keen to know how all of this has come about. Limelight has been so generous as to allow me to share a diary of impressions with you as the tour continues through July and August. This tour is a social experiment; can a young musician turn up in regional Australia and find an audience? Thus far the answer is a definitive yes. I spent last week on the road playing the first concerts in Wollongong and Clifton (between performances with Pinchgut Opera) followed by Ballarat, Warrn ..read more
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Playing the Goddess in Tannhäuser
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by clive.paget
3M ago
Sarah Sweeting on how she came to discover a more sensual, seductive expression of Venus. Wagner’s operatic masterpiece, Tannhäuser, begins in the magical and erotic realm of the Venusberg, where the Goddess Venus resides. Here, love is celebrated freely and with wild abandon through all manner of sensual and sexual expression. Venus is discovered in the opening scene entwined around our central character, Tannhäuser, a man who comes from a world of chivalry, knighthood, religious order and a life of service to God. Essentially, Wagner’s opera is an epic tale of the inner torment and ..read more
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On tour with the AYO: Culture Shock
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by William Jeffery
3M ago
I felt like a stranger in a strange land. The AYO had just come from Europe, the birthplace of classical music. Now we were in Shanghai, a sprawling, towering, gridlocked, gleaming, sweaty, emphysematous, beautiful and enthralling place of paradoxes and contrasts. It was a city much more populous than our country. Very few people whom we encountered could speak English, but luckily some of our Chinese-speaking orchestra members helped us to feel more at home. The rest made for some great comedy, like when we were waiting in suspense to see whether we had ordered 16 dumplings or 16 orders of 6 ..read more
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Surprise guest caps off the AFCM
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by Angus McPherson
3M ago
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin was flown in for the Festival Farewell. After nine days of music-making at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the final concert typically has a carnival atmosphere, the stage full of performers and the repertoire festive – and this year’s sold-out Festival Farewell was no different. The concert opened with German husband-and-wife team violinist Indira Koch and cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt performing Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen’s Passacaglia in G Minor on a Theme by George Frideric Handel, before baritone Roderick Williams joined the Goldner Quarte ..read more
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Youth of Bellingen to shine in annual music festival
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by William Jeffery
3M ago
It may only be small, but Bellingen Music Festival certainly packs a punch. This year’s Bellingen Music Festival looks to be another outstanding musical experience in this, it’s seventh year. It is a small festival by many standards, in tune with the small town of Bellingen, but certainly packs a punch. A festival review in Limelight claimed that “Bellingen is the perfect place in the world to have a classical music festival… just about the best setting.”  Performers say that Memorial Hall has the most fantastic acoustic. As in previous years, the programme is an intriguing ..read more
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