One of the opening concerts of the Brisbane Festival brought together the talents of acclaimed conductor, Dane Lam, internationally recognised concert pianist, Jayson Gillham, and the youthful, multi-talented composer, Sebastian Lingane. At a time when most of the artistic community is locked down across Australia, the Brightly Brisbane Festival is a welcome addition to the cultural calendar, not only in Queensland but vicariously throughout Australia. And celebrating the best of our local, youthful talent was well-received.

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In their early 20s, Sebastian Lingane’s resume reads like someone who has enjoyed a very full life already. A percussionist, pianist, ukulele player, part-time accordionist and composer, they have also lived across the globe in Europe, Asia and Australia. The world premiere of their tone poem, entitled Illuminating Paradise,was commissioned by the QSO and described by Lingane as “a love-letter to a period of change and progress”, which they recognise musically as the early 20th-century, but which they readily admit could be...