Family Connections: A personal response

Last week I and my friend Justyn Reis had the pleasure of attending a vocal recital by soprano Charlotte de Rothschild, sensitively accompanied by my old friend, pianist @Barry Walmsley. It took place at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney. What a delightful and interesting night it was! “Family Connections” was the theme and she presented … Read more

Charlotte de Rothschild: Sings a story of her Family Connections

In her Sydney-only recital, British soprano Charlotte de Rothschild will weave a fascinating story of her famous family’s connections with the great composers of Europe. With her reputation as an international artist and after years of research, no-one is better placed than the soprano Charlotte de Rothschild to tell the unique story of the Rothschilds … Read more

Rhythm to Recovery

Faulkner, S.: Rhythm to Recover – A Practical Guide to Using Rhythmic Music, Voice and Movement for Social and Emotional Development, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2017) (This review first appeared in The Studio (May 2017), published by MTA of NSW.) Simon Faulkner has become one of the world’s leading exponents on the use of … Read more

Brandenburg Celebrates

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Brandenburg Choir Artistic Director: Paul Dyer ABC 481 1929 You can’t go past some of the great works of the Baroque if you want to celebrate joy, passion, triumph and elegance, all traits of the astounding Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. After 25 years of continued success and audience favour, the ABO has carved … Read more

Barry Walmsley

Murwillumbah’s music man

CONDUCTING, adjudicating, playing, writing and composing…Barry Walmsley has almost done it all in the world of music.

So as adjudicator at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts, currently underway at the local civic centre, he is the ideal man to be giving advice to young musicians.

Elements: Simon Gleeson

SG24601 This debut album from musical theatre star, Simon Gleeson, will not leave anyone disappointed. Currently starring as Jean Valjean in the acclaimed new production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables, Gleeson shows that he is a world-class singer and actor. On this recording, he has assembled songs that are a personal testament, reflecting elements of … Read more

I Was Flying: Music by Sally Whitwell

ABC 481 1704 The piano music of Sally Whitwell will become even more accessible from this original recording. Many already know of this Sydney pianist from her recordings, particularly the music of Phillip Glass, as well as her performances with numerous ensembles and soloists. This disc, however, thrusts the individual personality of Ms Whitwell centre … Read more

Fine Music to Air New HSC Program

(This article first appeared in the January 2016 edition of Fine Music magazine.) In a new initiative by Fine Music, students, teachers and listeners will have the opportunity to hear and learn about the latest in Australian music. With Jason Noble at the helm, listeners will discover concepts have their aural diet expanded, as new … Read more

Simon Tedeschi: The Gershwin Collection

ABC 481 1872 Now that Simon Tedeschi has released two recordings separately for ABC Classics (Gershwin & Me; Gershwin – Take Two), this box set (both CDs) has been released. Tedeschi, who clearly has a great affinity with the music of George Gershwin, describes the style as a combination of “Russian melancholy, Cuban rhythms, African … Read more