The Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music reveals 2015’s red-hot lineup. Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe Already a subscriber? Log in
The widely-respected Polish pianist will headline the Townsville-based chamber music festival.
Australia’s premier winter chamber music festival celebrates 24th anniversary with innovative program. Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe Already a subscriber? Log in
This year marks 150 years since the birth of Claude Debussy and like most musical organisations the AFCM is keen to celebrate. Most days have a work or two but day 3 is definitely ‘Debussy Day’ with numerous performances as well as a biographic special event. We kicked off with an annual Townsville event, a Reef Talk, where marine scientists are set the challenge of telling us something about the unique aquatic culture of the Coral Sea that links in with an ensuing musical programme. In this case it was rather an easy one as Debussy’s La Cathédrale Engloutiewas pretty much ripe for the picking. If I had a criticism it was that an informative half an hour on ‘sea mounts’, ‘coral cathedrals’ and the need for conservation could have been enlivened with a few more underwater images, or better still, film. On the musical front, Marshal McGuire gave us a charming little aquatic harp piece entitled La Source(The Well-Spring) by Adolphe Hasselmans. Friendly and upbeat, McGuire is here for the duration of the festival which contains an impressive array of works that include harp. Nigel Westlake’s Entomologyfor six players and tape followed, pretty much upstaging everyone with pre-recorded…Continue reading…
I’m off to Hobart to record concertos by Malcolm Williamson with the Tasmanian Symphony for the Hyperion label in London. My partner in crime will be Howard Shelley, the British conductor and pianist of surpassing natural musicality and intelligence. It will be a week of intense concentration, culminating in a public performance of the second concerto on Saturday night. The following day, overseas artists for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music will start to arrive in Australia. Some won’t arrive until Wednesday the 25th, the first day of rehearsals. As always, they’ll somehow cope with the crazily demanding schedule of rehearsals and performances – but those who can, and who know what jetlag means, will get here as early as possible! Williamson’s Second Concerto will feature in the Governor’s Gala concert on the first Saturday evening of the festival. It is orchestrated just for strings, so it qualifies as a “chamber” concerto and will complement a second half of zany and attractive Aussie pieces by Nigel Westlake and Matthew Hindson, with the Goldner String Quartet and the Camerata of St John’s hotting things up in Hindson’s The Rave and the Nightingale, where disco meets Schubert! That’s not a bad representation…
Australia’s great Wagnerian soprano returns to the concert stage on home turf. Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe Already a subscriber? Log in
John and Richard Contiguglia say their lives were changed by a chance meeting with their hero.
The Classic FM presenter gives his vocal chords a workout at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe Already a subscriber? Log in