On Composition, Isolation, and Silver Linings.

Sydney-based, 'singin', songwriting', producin'' girl, Josie Mann (also known as Jofi) is in her last year of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I am drawn to her musical style. At times ethereal and at times playful, her tracks emphasise rich, beautifully-woven harmony, delicate melodies, and relatable themes. She brings me up to date… Continue reading On Composition, Isolation, and Silver Linings.

Chloe Chung on BIG BLUE

Dream Box Collective artists rehearse: Pavle Cajic, Jolin Jiang and Chloe Chung.Today, I will be ‘attending’ a very unique, ‘collaborative’ concert between marine conservation organisation TANGAROA BLUE & @dreambox_collective. It’s over Zoom, and it’s called BIG BLUE. So what is Dream Box Collective all about? Enter Chloe Chung, artistic director.So, Dream Box Collective is performing over… Continue reading Chloe Chung on BIG BLUE

The Guy with all the Gifts

Featured Image: Woolworths Carols in the Domain Meet Ryan. He has won awards during a career in film-making, sung lead roles with our national opera company, and is now the recipient of the N.C.W Beadle scholarship in botany from the University of New England. To receive a prestigious scholarship to study botany, after singing a… Continue reading The Guy with all the Gifts

Sound Up Meets the Challenges of Lockdown

The pandemic has impacted the healthiest and fittest of us in society. This interview considers what people living with a disease such as dementia might be facing amid the presence of COVID-19, and how music can help. Lucy Temby is an Australian-born singer, and the enterprising founder of Sound Up Arts. Her UK-based company provides… Continue reading Sound Up Meets the Challenges of Lockdown

BTS – A Young Maestro

Image: Sydney Youth OrchestraPhilip Bacon Studio | Opera Centre, 3 Dec ‘19 Sam Weller is encircled by his Apex Orchestra in a cheerful, button-up shirt.  ‘I like how the strings are playing.’ He says, part-way through Stravinsky’s Infernal Dance. ‘Everything has bite, and menace, and… accuracy.’ This last word is emphasised, with a cheeky smirk. … Continue reading BTS – A Young Maestro

Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘The Spirit & The Maiden’

After managing to secure Kats-Chernin for a video interview between a series of tightly-scheduled engagements across Australia, a local dog now attempts to interrupt proceedings, barking with a stamina that could keep me in Kats-Chernins' living room far longer than would be appropriate. I renounce my devotion to the digital age for today and do… Continue reading Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘The Spirit & The Maiden’

A Barefoot Brandenburg Performs Handel’s Messiah

Sydneysiders are alerted via Brandenburg’s (may I say, thoroughly effective) marketing strategist that the company is bursting with a contemporary energy, that the ensemble tastes vastly different to your garden-variety Baroque group and that founder/artistic director Paul Dyer is a first-rate handsome devil. Many of us are familiar with the brand: digital portrait of Dyer… Continue reading A Barefoot Brandenburg Performs Handel’s Messiah