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After a hiatus in 2020, we once again asked our reviewers and readers to vote for the Australian and International Artists of the Year. In The 2021 Limelight Artists of the Year, we are thrilled to announce our 2021 winners.

Simone Young is about to take to the podium as the new Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In Young Blood, Harriet Cunningham talks to the Sydney-­born maestra and the SSO’s Chief Executive Officer Emma Dunch about what it means for the Orchestra, its musicians and audiences to have lured her back, the challenges ahead, and their plans to find new ways of engaging with the community.

The summer holidays are the perfect time to indulge in some relaxed reading. In Books That Hit the High Notes, Shamistha de Soysa has selected her 12 favourite publications which have music at their heart, as well as a ‘best of the rest’. Spoil yourself, or treat a friend.

Henry Handel Richardson is a literary icon. But few know that she studied piano and composition in Leipzig and produced a treasure trove of songs between the two world wars. In The Musical Fortunes of Henry Handel Richardson, Pianist Tonya Lemoh and soprano and lecturer Narelle Yeo trace Richardson’s passion for music and explain how they decided to make the first commercial recording of her songs.