Words by Rita Crews; Music by Brett M McKern ISMN 979 1 720115 73 3; Wirripang Pty Ltd Four blessings, or short musical statements, were composed by Sydney-based composer Brett McKern on texts written by Rita Crews. The blessings were intended for, and indeed two were used by, The Cathedral Singers on their UK tour in August, … Read more

All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman

Sally Whitwell (Piano) ABC 481 0412 (This review appeared in the December 2013 edition of Fine Music magazine.) In Sally Whitwell’s opening statement for her third CD, she says “I am keeping Classical Music friendly”. She has indeed successfully executed this through her performances and recordings, making a name for herself by chiefly taking slightly … Read more

Orchestra of the Antipodes: Concertos, Suites & Overtures

ABC 481 0348 (This review appeared in the Dec 2013 edition of Fine Music magazine.)  Whilst being the resident orchestra for the annual Pinchgut Opera production, the Orchestra of the Antipodes, has forged a significant reputation in the early music landscape. The ensemble’s recording output has captured much of the repertoire of the period, and … Read more

A Parisian in America

This article appeared in Fine Music magazine (Nov 2013) – available at It is often said that music is an international language. In the person of pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, there is no greater truth. Set to visit Sydney for performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in December, Thibaudet is a truly global artist. Having … Read more

One: Claire Edwardes (Percussion)

Tall Poppies: TP223 A vast array of tonal colours and new ideas are apparent in the third CD from Australian percussionist, Claire Edwardes. This is a disc that not only contains established repertoire, but also new pieces specially composed for Edwardes. The undertaking, however, was to assemble music for only one percussion instrument, hence the … Read more