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English National Opera creates the Charles Mackerras Fellowship

  The legacy of Sir Charles Mackerras will be honoured in a new award created by the English National Opera, of which Sir Charles was director from 1970-1977. The first recipient is to be announced in April 2012. More at: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/eno-announces-the-charles-mackerras-fellowship
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Chamber music – 2012 in Sydney

Chamber music is the focus in the continuing overview of Sydney’s 2012 concert agenda. Australia’s flagship chamber ensemble, the Australian Chamber Orchestra continues its innovative and classy programming performing classics as well as thinking outside the square. They’re bringing to Sydney guests artists whom one would otherwise need to travel the world to hear. Chief amongst these…
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Opera – 2012 in Sydney

  As the summer holidays end and the Sydney Festival wraps up, Sydneysiders contemplate the start of a wealth of subscription series. Despite the struggle to survive and intense competition for audiences and sponsorship, performing arts companies will offer Sydneysiders numerous opportunities for their delectation, ranging from rare one-offs, through to the equivalent of an evening with…
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Vale Gustav Leonhardt

Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and a world authority on early music, has died after ill health caused him to retire from public performance just last month. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/harpsichordist-and-conductor-gustav-leonhardt-has-died
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Gramophone ranks The Sixteen at No 4 in the world.

Here’s the link to Eric Whitacre’s list of  his top 20 international choirs and why they deserve to be there.  (Gramophone, December 2010). Soon to perform in Sydney, Harry Christophers and his ensemble The Sixteen, are ranked at No 4. Whitacre says: “Under the expert command of founder Harry Christophers, The Sixteen have combined musical excellence with bold,…
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Bach in the Dark 2012

 Cellist Rachel Scott is presenting her series ‘Bach in the Dark’ again in 2012. In these unusual concerts she invites her audience to the crypt of St James’ Church in King Street Sydney for programmes of music that are founded in the compositions of the great JS Bach, but which she then takes to another…
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Latest reviews

Review: Sydney Chamber Choir – music with a social impact.

The Sydney Chamber Choir is certainly casting its musical net wide under Paul Stanhope, joining forces in its latest programmes not only with oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros, but also with The Marais Project, formed by viola da gamba player Jennifer Eriksson. The second of its Palm Sunday concerts, conceived under the rubric ‘Lamentations’, featured a…