Debussy & Ravel String Quartets: Australian String Quartet ABC 476 6904

This is the debut recording for ABC Classics by this hugely successful quartet. The quartet, comprising Sophie Rowell and Anne Horton (violins), Saly Boud (viola) and Rachel Johnston (cello), bring a sophistication and dazzling virtuosity to this French music that is captivating. Both quartets, masterpieces in their own right, are the only works in this … Read more

Classic Carols for Christmas ABC 480 1489

This is a compilation album from ABC Classics which uses mostly Australian soloists, choirs, and ensembles, but with several international names thrown in for good measure. The big name singers which make this an even more attractive recording are Renee Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renata Tebaldi, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Yvonne Kenny and Joan Sutherland, … Read more

Arrange A Date With The Master

Newcastle Herald Thursday February 10, 2000 MANY will have played his music. Others will have heard his arrangements on film, television and CD. Now Australian musicians and particularly piano enthusiasts and teachers will have the chance to meet one of the world’s great arrangers, Dan Coates. With more than 400 publications in circulation, Mr Coates … Read more

Hamelin Magic

Newcastle Herald Thursday January 27, 2000 IN the first Newcastle concert series of the century, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will welcome the acclaimed French-Canadian pianist, Marc-Andre Hamelin, who is making his Australian debut. In a world crowded with outstanding pianists, Mr Hamelin has carved a special niche as a super-virtuoso (as the New York Times … Read more

Rarely Heard But Guaranteed To Please

Newcastle Herald Thursday July 1, 1999 ANDRAS Schiff is one of the great pianists of the world today. Born in Budapest in 1953, he was only five years old when he began studying the piano. Central to his artistic activities are his solo recitals which in recent years have seen him perform cycles of works … Read more

Shipwreck Hero Lives Again

Newcastle Herald Thursday April 30, 1998 IT may not gain the headlines of the Titanic disaster, but Newcastle has had its own share of shipwrecks. The story of one famous shipwreck in 1857, the Dunbar, and its only survivor, James Johnson, is told through music in a specially commissioned work for the Hunter Singers. The … Read more

Sound And Glory Of The Cathedral Organ

Newcastle Herald Thursday February 5, 1998 SINCE the restoration of the magnificent pipe organ in Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral, it has attracted organists from around the world. Next Tuesday at 8pm, British organist Graham Eccles will perform a recital at the cathedral which will show off the organ in all its glory. After Mr Eccles … Read more