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Wednesday 7 June 12.40

You Lift Me Up

Austrian Choir with Orchestra

Linus Lee on organ


A concert that will lift your spirit! Celebrating the Austrian Choir Canberra’s contribution to our cultural life as they draw from their unique Austrian heritage. Come prepared for 40 minutes of uplifting choral, solo, duet, strings and pipe organ. Supported by the Forrest National Chamber Orchestra & accompanied on piano and pipe organ by Linus Lee.

The Austrian Choir Canberra is an SATB choir that was formed in 1981. This highly respected Choir is a major force in the promotion of Austrian culture and music in Canberra and the wider Australian community. With their extensive repertoire of Austrian, German, English and international songs, the Choir gains immense pleasure from providing its audiences with enjoyment and, at times, some nostalgia.

The Choir has 40 active members and is fortunate to have a number of talented singers and musicians, which enables it to present solos, duets, quartets and instrumental pieces.

The Choir sings regularly at Harmonie German Club functions as well as in nursing homes, retirement villages and churches. It is invited every year to celebrate the Austrian National Day at the Austrian Embassy. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah. For more information please visit austrianchoircanberra.net

Entry $15. Additional donations welcome. 

Wednesday 14th June 2023 from 12.40

works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Poulenc

Angela Zhu



Born in Canberra in 2005, Angela Zhu began studying piano with Elena Nikulina in 2012 at the age of six. Now a Year 12 student at Narrabundah College, she passed the AMEB Grade 8 examination in Year 7, the AMEB AMusA examination in Year 9, and is currently studying for the AMEB LMusA. With exceptional musical talent, she has won numerous accolades and awards, including multiple first prizes in National Eisteddfod competitions. Angela has also played percussion as a member of the ACT music band for the past six years. Under Elena’s guidance, Angela performs a wide variety of music at a high standard, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern. With her talent and determination, she is sure to make a lasting impact on her audience.

Admission $15 including program and refreshments.

Saturday 17 June 6pm

Coming Home

Canberra Choral Society directed by Dan Walker

Anthony Smith piano


 Featuring the world premiere of Dan Walker’s The Last Migration, commissioned in 2022 to commemorate the Choral Society’s 70th anniversary, this beautiful new work for choir and string ensemble is a setting of celebrated Australian poet A D Hope’s vivid and touching poem The Death of the Bird. Also: Ola Gjeilo’s sonorous and uplifting Sunrise Mass; Sally Whitwell’s Lux Aeterna and Home. Tickets: Adult $50 Concession $40 Under 27s $30 including at the door.

Sunday 18 June 3pm

Keys of the Kingdom

Phillipa Candy


Phillipa Candy, piano, premiering this major Australian solo sacred work by Canberra composer Mike Dooley.

Enquiries: Phillipa Candy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tickets are available online below via the link, or at the door.

Wednesday 21 June 12.40

Rowan Phemester & Veronica Milroy

Soprano and harp


Wednesday 21 June 12.40 Rowan Phemester & Veronica Milroy soprano and harp.

Entry $15. Additional donations welcome. Enquiries ph. 6232 7248

Thursday 22 June 7pm

Die Stille Nacht

Australian Haydn Ensemble


Allow the sublime music of the Australian Haydn Ensemble, played on period instruments and featuring soloists David Greco (baritone) and Melissa Farrow (flute) to "make all the world in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun."

A dark night of the soul is not usually somewhere you’d venture voluntarily, but this beautiful concert turns it into a blissful place. The ebony tones of baritone David Greco blend perfectly with dark velvet strings, while, against them, baroque flute shines as delicately as a thin crescent of moonlight.

Featuring works by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Biber. 

David Greco (baritone), Skye McIntosh (director and violin), Melissa Farrow (flute)


Friday, 23 June 5.30pm

Free Concert

ACT Organ School student concert



Friday, 23 June 5.30pm ACT Organ School student concert. Come and support these outstanding young organ students who have prepared this short concert under the expert guidance of their teacher – Christopher Wrench. Wesley Uniting Church. Admission free – no booking required.

Saturday 24 June 6.30pm

Sonorous Sounds of the Sitar

American Sitarist, Josh Feinberg

Abhijit Dan on the Tabla


*Saturday 24 June 6.30pm" Sonorous Sounds of the Sitar" Internationally acclaimed American Sitarist, Josh Feinberg presents an evening of Indian classical instrumental music accompanied Abhijit Dan on the Tabla. Tickets: $30 (single); $50 (couple); $60 (family) Contact: Amod Pradhan 0421 636 736; (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and at the door 

Saturday 24 June 7.30pm

A Winter Concert: Durufle and Boulanger

The Llewellyn Choir


Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of French music from the Llewellyn Choir, with Maurice Durufle’s Requiem and works by Lili Boulanger performed. Durufle’s Requiem was commissioned in 1941, but not completed until 1947 – drawing on Gregorian chant, it is regarded as one of the finest 20th century religious works, and has come to be associated with the call for world peace. Nearly half a century earlier, Lili Boulanger had written the three pieces featured in our concert program. Boulanger, the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize, fuses styles from Romantic and Impressionist composers like Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy into her choral works.

Featuring musicians James Porteous, Clara Teniswood, Anthony Smith and Rowan Harvey-Martin, and with performances of instrumental works by Boulanger with Smith on piano and Harvey-Martin on violin, this evening is not to be missed. Wesley Uniting Church, 7:30pm Sat 24 June 2023. Tickets: $40/$35, students $20, $10 under 16s.

Sunday 25 June 3pm

"Piercing Cries and Lamentations: 7 Funerals and a Beheading!"


women’s vocal ensemble directed by Robyn Mellor


Sunday 25 June 3pm "Piercing Cries and Lamentations: 7 Funerals and a Beheading!"
Polifemy, women’s vocal ensemble directed by Robyn Mellor. Exquisite Music from the Renaissance lamenting the death of kings, queens and musicians. Works by Ockeghem, Mouton, Josquin des Prez, Robert Johnson, William Byrd, John Ward and Orlando Lassus.
Tickets: $30A; $25C; $15 student; child under 12yrs free at www.trybooking.com/CIPCK and at the door.

Wednesday 28 June 12.40


Christian Bester & Hilda Visser Scott

voice & piano


Wednesday 28 June 12.40 Christian Bester & Hilda Visser Scott, voice & piano Entry $15. Additional donations welcome. BOOK at: or ph. 6232 7248


Saturday 1 July 3.30pm 

Marcela Fiorillo Studio

Free Piano Recital

performing WA. Mozart, F. Bürgmüller, R. Schumann, F. Schubert, F. Chopin, D. Kabalevsky, M. Ravel, D. Shostakovich, S. Rachmaninov and others.

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Students: Emily Xue, Amos Lin, Abie Lin, Anthony Diep, Janelle Chia, Lumina Lin, Anh Bao Pham, Sanara Hannedege, Ryan Huang, Justin Chan, Tarinya Hannedege, Johanna Chia, Aaron Choy, Emily Wang, Ingrid Stening, Lily Nguyen, Emma Zhang, Andrew Jee and Michael Anthrak

Saturday 8 July 2pm

Chase Those Winter Blues Away

Rhythm Syndicate


An afternoon choral concert. Rhythm Syndicate is a local jazz vocal group who love performing a variety of popular and jazz songs in four-part harmony. Come and join us to chase those winter blues away with songs including "How high the Moon", "Your Song", "Old Devil Moon" and "Fields of Gold". The group is led by Musical Director, Sarahlouise Owens & Pianist, Harrison Whalen.

*FoWM discount applies to these prices. Afternoon tea provided.

Sunday 23 July 3pm

Expressionist Impressions

ArtSong Canberra

Sarahlouise Owens and Katherine Day

During the ages composers have striven to find their voice and the musical tone of their time. The sound palette flowing from the 19th century to the 20th brought rich colours and diversity in music and the expression of their storytelling in songs.
With influences from the jazz era, and the turbulence of two wars, the richness of music was expansive. Featuring works of Strauss, Marx, Zemlinsky, Milhaud, Debussy, Franz.



Thursday 3 August 7pm


First Prize winner of the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition

Sub-performer H3 - if needed


Be one of the first to hear the newly awarded First Prize winner of the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition, whose name will be revealed at the award ceremony on Saturday 22 July 2023. This will be an evening of superb music by one of the world’s most exciting and emerging artists, fresh from their win at the Sydney International Piano Competition. Book here.


Friday 4 August, 7pm.

The Art Music of Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli)

Phoenix Collective



The Art Music of Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli). Phoenix Collective feature the music of anime legend, Joe Hisaishi, award-winning composer of soundtracks to some of the best-loved Studio Ghibli films.

Films such as Princess Mononoke & Howl’s Moving Castle captured the imaginations of film audiences both young and old, and Hisaishi’s evocative music is an integral part of the charm and character. In this concert, a string quartet by Hisaishi will be performed, alongside themes from some of the best-known Studio Ghibli movies.

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Saturday 5 August 2pm

Art Song Canberra & Wesley Music Foundation present: Masterclass by Liane Keegan for performers of Art Song.






Sponsored by the Wesley Music Foundation.

Audience members will be welcome:  Bookings available online or at the door. Enquiries: Wesley Music Centre: 02 6232 7248.

Canberra based singers are encouraged to apply to Peter Chandler, Art Song Canberra Committee; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone enquiries 02 6230 3490 by Monday 3rd July.


Thursday 17 August 7pm

Beethoven's Seventh

Australian Haydn Ensemble

AHE continues its exploration of historical arrangements of Beethoven’s works with the Seventh Symphony and the overture to Fidelio.

Completed in 1812, when Beethoven was on a roll, the Seventh is a symphony of which he was especially proud. Premiered with an orchestra of Mahlerian dimensions (some 70 in the string section alone) it blew the audience away, and while the potboiler “Battle Symphony” was undoubtedly the hit of the night, a great performance of the finale today retains the wild “rock concert” energy and visceral sonic intensity of that legendary concert.

Featuring works by Beethoven and Boccherini

Skye McIntosh (violin), Matthew Greco (violin), Karina Schmitz (viola), James Eccles (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Jacqueline Dossor (double bass), Melissa Farrow (flute)


Sunday 3 September 3pm

To the Sun!

ArtSong Canberra

Songmakers Australia

Vibrant vocal ensemble Songmakers Australia presents a program of quartets by Schubert and Brahms, and a rarely performed extended version of Schumann’s ‘Spanisches Liederspiel’ including gems such as the breathtaking ‘Hoch, hoch sind die Berge’ and the cheeky ‘Der Contrabandist’.

Merlyn Quaife AM (soprano), Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Brenton Spiteri (tenor), Nicholas Dinopoulos (bass-baritone) and Andrea Katz (piano) (Songmakers Australia)


Sunday 15 October 3pm

The Mysterious Forest

ArtSong Canberra

Susannah Lawergren and Bernadette Harvey

Pianist Bernadette Harvey joins soprano Susannah Lawergren for a selection of songs about the
mysteries of nature, bookended by two versions of ‘The Forest’ by Mozart and Ross Edwards. Nestled
between exquisite cycles of songs by Mozart, Grieg, Haydn and Edwards, we are brought briefly back
to reality in Katy Abbott’s ‘The Domestic Sublime’, where laundry is considered as worthy of poetry
and music as Nature and conclude with the most mysterious, beautifully atmospheric songs in the
program, Ross Edwards’ ‘Five Australian Songs’, written between 1979 and 2021, the final one
written especially for Susannah and Bernadette.


Sunday 19 November 3pm

America Sings!

ArtSong Canberra

AJ America and Roland Peelman

From Kurt Weill to Australia’s own Peggy Glanville Hicks, composers flocked to the United States during the 20th century. Some were searching for new opportunity, but many were fleeing atrocities across Europe. At the same time, American Art Song emerged out of its German romantic roots and started to find its own character. In America Sings, AJ America and Roland Peelman explore the changing world of American Art Song.



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