The April issue of Limelight is now on sale, available online today and in stores until Thursday 30 April, 2020. Read on to find out what’s inside this issue.

Please note: due to the unprecedented affect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts community, many of the events and advertisements in this issue are now cancelled. We strongly urge readers to check the websites of any organisation they are interested in for the latest updates.

As a result, Limelight will publish online content only for at least the next month; we will not publish a print edition in May 2020 nor, if necessary, in June either. Publishing only online will allow us to consolidate our resources for the survival of Australia’s flagship publication for classical music and the allied performing arts. It goes without saying that we greatly value all our subscribers and readers. One way to continue supporting us through this difficult time is to take up our half-price digital subscription for $3 a month. We will resume our regular print offering as soon as we are able to.


Yo-Yo Ma

Across nine days in January, Angus McPherson travelled to China to experience the excitement of the 2020 Youth Music Culture Guangdong event in Guangzhou, spend time with Yo-Yo Ma, and discover how the legendary cellist’s philosophy extends far beyond music.

Music and Mindfulness

Greta Bradman talks to English violinist Hugo Ticciati about his use of meditation to help conquer debilitating physical pain, and the potential for music to heal.

Heart of Dance

The Australian Ballet’s Nicolette Fraillon guides Jo Litson through the history of ballet music and wonders why ballet scores aren’t always given their proper due.

A new Frame of Mind

Sydney Dance Company and the Australian String Quartet join forces to commission a new score from Bryce Dessner for Rafael Bonachela’s latest dance work.

The Gift of Song

Following the recent bushfires, Four Winds Executive Director David Francis talks about the festival site’s miraculous survival and their hopes for the future.

Raising the Bar

Barrister by day, virtuoso by night, Paul Wee talks about taking time out from the bar to record two of the most daunting works in the Romantic repertoire.

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Also in the magazine
  • Letters
  • News: David Hallberg to lead The Australian Ballet; Sydney Symphony’s major new commissioning project
  • What I’m Listening To: Violinist Jakob Lehmann
  • Five Questions For: Soprano Stacey Alleaume
  • Around the World: Australian musicians in London raise a fortune
  • My Instrument: Håkan Hardenberger’s trumpet
  • Guy Noble’s Soapbox: On growing old, but certainly not retiring
  • Opera Column: Christopher van Tuinen on staging Elijah
  • Did you hear about: Handel’s life being saved by his latest score?
  • Backstage With: Artistic planner Simon Lord
  • World Premiere: Bree van Reyk imagines a world without bushland
  • Rising Star: Conductor Alpesh Chauhan
  • Interview: Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
  • Composer of the month: Jean-Baptiste Lully – the Sun King’s composer
  • Musical Journey: Genoa – birthplace of Columbus and Paganini
  • Panorama: This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film
  • What’s On in April
  • Broadcast guide: The best of classical music and arts across ABC and independent stations this month
  • Digital & Cinema: The best of classical music and arts in Australian cinemas, and what’s available online this month
  • Classical Caption & Quiz
  • My Music: Musical theatre actor Ruthie Henshall
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