Canberra classical concert performances
The best of Canberra performances of all forms of classical music performed by local and international solo instruments, voices, ensembles, orchestras, and choirs at such venues as the ANU School of Music, the Wesley Music Centre, the National Gallery, the National Library, and local churches.
5th Appalachian Spring & Sinclair — The Canberra Sinfonia, directed by Leonard Weiss, presents the world premiere of Rainfall of Diamonds by the young Sydney composer Chloe Sinclair plus a classic work by Aaron Copland in Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest. Then Exile: Chopin in Paris, a Wesley Lunchtime Concert by pianist Mark Jurkiewicz.
12th Dances with Cello — cellists David Pereira and Lianah Jaensch join forces with Canberra pianist Ronan Apcar for a delightful afternoon recital at the Crisp Galleries, Bowning.
19th Greatest Mozart 2 from the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival. Some of Australia’s best chamber musicians play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor and his Clarinet Quintet in the Fitters’ Workshop.
26th Fate — the National Capital Orchestra directed by Louis Sharpe with young cello soloist James Monro, perform music of Mozart, Greenaway, Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the Q.
3rd To Music — Adelaide soprano Bethany Hill and pianist Penelope Cashman in a recital of classic lieder and English art songs. An Art Song Canberra event at the Wesley Music Centre.
10th Schubert Sublime 2 from the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival features his Piano Trio no. 1 in B Flat played by Kristian Winther, Rachel Johnston and Edward Neeman. The concert starts with six Schubert songs, performed by tenor Andrew Goodwin and pianist and Festival Director Roland Peelman.
17th Stabat Mater V — Ad Hoc Baroque (singers Greta Claringbould, and Maartje Sevenster, director Peter Young and strings) present two little-known baroque treasures, a Telemann cantata and Bach’s reworked version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Recorded in Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest.
24th From Russia with Love — Selby & Friends (Daniel Dodds, Timo-Veikko Valve and Kathryn Selby) play music of Scriabin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Rachmaninov at Llewellyn Hall in July 2019.
31st Mozart Recomposed from the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival — Kristian Winther and Anna da Silva Chen play fiendish violin caprices by Paganini and others. Then the Australian Voices and Luminescence Chamber Singers perform Gordon Hamilton’s spectacular recomposed version of Mozart’s Requiem in the Fitters’ Workshop.
Earlier on Concert Hall:
1st Haydn, Handel and Mozart — Canberra Sinfonia farewells its patron, soprano Louise Page, at the Wesley Uniting Church on her retirement.
8th Schubert Sublime from the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival — features his String Quintet in C Major D956 at the Fitters’ Workshop. Then a version of Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night for violin, cello and piano from the Night and Dreams concert.
15th Rescheduled to September 26: Fate —the National Capital Orchestra directed by Louis Sharpe plays music of Mozart, Greenaway, Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the Q.
22nd More from the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival — First it’s Waltz to Tango featuring music by Schubert, Schultz, Kats-Chernin and Piazzolla. Then highlights from Great Hall Rising, both from the Fitters’ Workshop.
29th Tributes and Dedications — the string group, Musica da Camera, directed by Barbara Gilby plays music from Vivaldi to Janacek at the High Court of Australia.
4th Patriot Games — Selby & Friends (Dene Olding, Julian Smiles and Kathryn Selby) play piano trios by Ross Edwards, Granados and Dvorak in Llewellyn Hall.
11th Spanisches Lieberabend — soprano Louise Keast and friends form the Queensland Conservatorium and the ANU present Spanish songs of Manuel de Falla and Hugo Wolf at the Wesley Music Centre.
18th Greatest Mozart 1 from the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival. Mozart’s flute quartet with Sally Walker sets the tone for this classic feast in the Fitters’ Workshop. For the main course, Neal Peres da Costa plays a Viennese fortepiano in the legendary 23rd Piano Concerto. Also highlights from the Opening Gala concert.
25th From the Archives — the Danish String Quartet plays music of Carl Neilsen, Piazzolla, Bach and more at the Albert Hall during the 2011 Canberra International Music Festival.
6th Stabat Mater — Adhoc Baroque (Greta Claringbould, Maartje Sevenster, Peter Young and friends), perform vocal music of Zelenka, Graupner, Mozart and Vanhal at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka.
13th Boyd Meets Girl — guitarist Rupert Boyd teams up with cellist Laura Metcalf for a concert in the Wesley Music Centre.
20th The Australian Voices — a fine chamber choir from Brisbane directed by Gordon Hamilton explores mainly 20th century repertoire in recital at the Wesley Music Centre. Then soprano SarahLouise Owens and pianist Natalia Tkachenko present The Bishop Victoriana, a Wesley Lunchtime Concert.
27th Young Virtuosi. Today we hear from some of tomorrow’s stars. We start with a new joint venture between ArtSound and the ANU School of Music, Students in the Studio. This, the first session, features Emma Warburton (flute), Katrina Wiseman (soprano) and Ronan Apcar (piano) performing music by women composers. Then a short recital by young cellist James Monro accompanied by Anthony Smith (piano) in the Wesley Music Centre.
2nd Papa and Sons— the Sydney Consort plays works of Johann Sebastian Bach and three of his sons for recorder, baroque violin/viola d’amore and harpsichord at the Wesley Music Centre. Then we join the Limestone Consort for music of Telemann and Albinoni from All Saints Church, Ainslie.
9th Exotic Strudel — Selby & Friends (Kathryn Selby, Susie Park and Julian Smiles) present musical treats by Turina, Block, Shostakovich and Schubert in Llewellyn Hall.
16th By Royal Favour — two Art Song Canberra concerts from the Wesley Music Centre. The first is by soprano SarahLouise Owens and pianist Natalia Tkachenko presenting favourites of Royalty of the 19th century. The second, Kaleidoscope, by soprano Jade McFaul and pianist Lucas Allerton showcases art songs of the 20th and 21st centuries.
23rd Il Divino Claudio, the magic of Monteverdi — Adhoc Baroque, directed by Peter Young, performs sacred and secular music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries for soprano, mezzo-soprano and continuo at St Paul’s Church, Manuka.
30th Schubert String Quartet in C major played by the Canberra Strings led by Barbara Jane Gilby at the Wesley Music Centre. Then over to the Limestone Consort for some Bach in All Saints Church, Ainslie.
4th Wandering Hearts — a recital by soprano Eleanor Lyons and pianist Vladimir Fanshil (including a Kats-Chernin premiere) in the Wesley Music Centre. Also the Limestone Consort perform trio sonatas of Corelli, Hoffmann and Zelenka at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka.
11th Esperar, Sentir, Morir — soprano Roberta Diamond and baroque harpist Hannah Lane explore music of the Iberian Peninsula in a Song Company concert at the Wesley Music Centre. Then pianist Robert Schmidli plays Liszt and Rachamaninov, part of Pandemic Consolations, a Wesley Lunchtime Concert.
18th Tangos and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with soloists Barbara Jane Gilby (violin) and Lucy Carrigy-Ryan (viola) in Wesley Uniting Church. Then the second half of Robert Schmidli’s Pandemic Consolations, a Wesley lunchtime concert with music of Rachmaninov and Bortkiewicz.
25th Maîtres de la Composition — pianist Edward Neeman and violinist Dan Russell of the Phoenix Collective paly sonatas of Ravel and Franck at the Wesley Music Centre. Also Beethoven and Friends, a Wesley Lunchtime concert for soprano, cello and piano.
12th Tempora Mutantur — the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Erin Helyard perform works by Boccherini, Mozart and Haydn at the Albert Hall. Then Selby & Friends (Kathryn Selby, Benjamin Mellefont and Clancy Newman) play the Brahms Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello and piano at Llewellyn Hall.
14th The Unexpected Journey Back — an Art Song Canberra concert by soprano Sonia Anfiloff, pianist Kylie Loveland and violinist/violist Rowan Harvey-Martin at the Wesley Music Centre. Also Emma Warburton and pianist Ronan Apcar play a Prokofiev flute sonata at ArtSound.
21st Exile Lamentations — Luminescence Chamber Singers present music of Arvo Pärt, Thomas Tallis, Paul Stanhope, Meta Cohen and Caroline Shaw in Wesley Uniting Church. Then Monsieur Claude – pianist Stuart Long plays Debussy, a Wesley lunchtime concert.
28th Maîtres de la Composition — pianist Edward Neeman and violinist Dan Russell of the Phoenix Collective play sonatas of Ravel and Franck at the Wesley Music Centre. Also the Limestone Consort perform trio sonatas of Handel and Brescianello at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka.
7th Last Man Standing — a solo flute recital by Sarah Grey in the foyer of the Q Theatre, Queanbeyan. Then join Polifemy (a small women’s vocal ensemble) for Reflection, music for introspection and remembrance, in Wesley Uniting Church.
14th Transfiguration — Canberra Strings play Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night in its original string sextet format and Richard Strauss’s Metamophosen at Wesley Uniting Church.
21st Aaron Chew’s PhD Recital — piano music of Liszt and Liszt/Busoni from the Wesley Music Centre.
28th The Goldfinch at Kingfisher — harpist Emily Grainger delights the audience in the tin shed at the 2019 Craven Creek Music Festival, Gloucester.
3rd The best of 2020
10th Gillier and the Court of Louis XIV — French baroque music performed by violinist Vanessa Driver, soprano Sarahlouise Owens and harpsichordist Ariana Odermatt at the Wesley Music Centre.
17th Canberra during isolation — our wandering (masked) recordist caught up with the Luminescence Quartet, flautist Jane Rayner, Robert Schmidli, violist Lucy Carrigy-Ryan, a wind trio and a brass trio.
24th Kristian Winther and Anthony Romaniuk play works of Kurtag, Mozart, Ravel and Bartok for violin and piano at the Wesley Music Centre.
31st The Canberra Strings perform the Brahms Second Sextet in Wesley Uniting Church. Then enjoy Unique Baroque’s unusual combination of accordion and harpsichord at a Wesley lunchtime concert.
6th Kalahari Carols — the Strange Weather Gospel Choir and the ANU Choral Society join forces to celebrate Christmas at the Botswanan High Commission. Then Ian Kummerow and Hildegarde Palafox play Music for Advent and Christmas on the organ of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Reid.
13th Christmas Treasures — musical delights for solo voices, strings and organ by Charpentier, Schutz, Stradella and more, performed by Peter Young’s Adhoc Baroque in the Chapel of Canberra Girls Grammar School.
20th Christmas with Luminescence— the Chamber Singers and the Children’s Choir delight the audience with a variety of carols and other Christmas music at All Saints Church, Ainslie. Then the Limestone Consort plays baroque music for string trio and harpsichord at the same venue.
27th Robert Schmidli in Concert — he plays works of Schubert, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Khachaturian at the Wesley Music Centre. Then the Limestone Consort presents music of Stradella and Corelli in the rest of their concert from All Saints Church, Ainslie.
29th Romantic and Neo-Romantic Gems performed by violinist Monica Curry and pianist Stefan Cassomenos at the Greenway Studio. Then the second half of Opera with a Twist from mezzo Hannah Fraser and pianist Alessio Nelli.