Music Event Calendar

Wesley Music Centre

22 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

Wednesday 24 April 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. ANU Guitar Artistry. The delightful and talented ANU Guitar Quartet in an eclectic array of works for the classical guitar. Owen Pendrigh Elliott, Shane Campbell, Benjamin Grace, Renee Selvey. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Thursday 25 April 12.30pm. From Anguish to Hope: Music for Anzac Day - RSCM Lunchtime Organ Recital with Jonathan Lee. Program: Litanies - Jehan Alain; Master Tallis’ Testament - Herbert Howells; Chant Héroïque - Jean Langlais; Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saëns; Elegy - George Thalben-Ball; Transports de joie (from L’Ascension) - Olivier Messiaen; Prière - Jean Langlais; Prelude in G Major (BWV 541) - J.S.Bach. Entry: Paper note donation. Wesley Uniting Church.

Wednesday 1 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Harpsichord Masters. The delightful harpsichordist Ariana Odermatt returns to the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert series with a solo performance of music by composers François Couperin & Johann Sebastian Bach. Program: Francois Couperin Premier Ordre – (excerpts) & J.S Bach Prelude and Fugue BWV 872. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

*Sunday 5 May 3pm Scottish & Irish Baroque. This Sydney Consort program includes a rarely performed collection of baroque music from Ireland and Scotland. Rhythmic Irish jigs, sorrowful & charismatic harmonies performed on fiddle and flute with a dash of harpsichord (harp) flavour. Music by Turlough O’Carolan, Thomas Roseingrave, Burk Thumoth, James Oswald, Nathaniel Gow, William McGibbon among others.The Sydney Consort: Amy Moore soprano, Stan W Kornel baroque violin, Julia Russoniello baroque violin, Monika Kornel harpsichord.Tickets: or at the door.*A $35; *C $25. *FoWM discount applies

Wednesday 8 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. A Potty Teaparty – Kooky Cabaret. Sarahlouise Owens soprano, with Katherine Day piano, exploring some of the eccentric song repertoire by composers with a sense of humour who rebelled against a set standard. Works by Bernstein, Poulenc, Argento and Walton. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Wednesday 15 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Mozart Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano - Hilda Visser-Scott (piano), Peter Scott (clarinet) with visiting viola player, Robyn Botha from the Metropolitan Orchestra. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

*Sunday 19 May 3pm ArtSong Season of Song Concert 3: Russian Lullaby Songmakers Australia with Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor) and Andrea Katz (piano).Nursery rhymes and lullabies are insightful windows into the parent-child relationship. Love and death, desires and fears are reflected in the lyrics, some of them allegoric, some outright confronting. Songs and duets by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Kabalevsky frame the centrepiece of this program, Shostakovich’s most touching, unusual and melancholy song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op.79. Admission to the concerts includes a complimentary program & light refreshments:  A $35; Sen, pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, *Friends of Wesley Music and Musica Viva subscribers $30; Art Song Canberra members $25; f/t student $15.

Wednesday 22 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Accomplished Canberra pianist Stuart Long presents A Varied Program: Four wonderful sets of piano variations, three masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms & Mendelssohn plus a cool jazzy work by modern American composer Muczynski. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Friday 24 May 6pm-8pm; Saturday 25 May 9am-7pm & Sunday 26 May 1pm-6pm 2019 Canberra String Festival, an AUSTA ACT event presented in partnership with the Wesley Music Foundation. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the Festival.  Program payment $5/additional donations at the door is requested.  Entries and Enquiries at

Sunday 26 May 7.30pm “A New Day” Zoo guitar duo - a long-time favourite with Canberra audiences, Canberra Classical Guitar Society is happy to present Z.o.o. guitar duo in recital at the Wesley Music Centre, as part of their Australian tour. A specially selected programme reflects their experiences of having left Australia for Europe some 20 years ago. A story of change, innovation, triumphs and challenges, and above all: music! Two musicians (Peter Constant& Marion Schaap) with a story to tell. Attractive, colourful and varied compositions from Australia, Holland and Estonia, also featured will be the music of Ferdinand Rebay: an Austrian composer who disappeared from the history books during WW2, and whose many recently re-discovered late - Romantic guitar works are a revelation! In a nod to leading luthier and former Canberra identity Graham Caldersmith, the duo will perform on several Caldersmith ‘guitar family’ guitars, now an integral part of Peter and Marion’s extensive instrument collection. Admission A: $30, C: $25, f/t student: $15, child U/ 12 free. Family $75 Tickets at the door and online at

Wednesday 29 May 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Wesley Music Scholars. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Saturday 1 June 3pm Canberra Sinfonia Tangoes & Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante.  With Barbara Jane Gilby violin, Lucy Carrigy-Ryan viola & Leonard Weiss conductor. A$35; C$30; f/t student $20. Wesley Uniting Church.

Sunday 2 June 2pm "Schubert's Winterreise". Susannah Lawergren (soprano) & guest pianist Vatche Jambazian perform together one of the greatest song cycles of all. This new intimate mini-series, Song Co Solo, gives you the chance to hear individual singers from The Song Company as soloists. For each concert, one or two of them will curate a programme of their favourite art songs or chamber music, guiding you through their own personal vocal journey, and partnering with some world-class guest artists. A$50; C$40; f/t student $30; child U/12 $

Wednesday 5 June 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. ANU Open School various. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Wednesday 12 June 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Alina Zamfir & Julia Janiszewski, viola & cello. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Saturday 15 June 5pm Organ Recital. Maurice Clerc will perform a wonderful program from a Suite of Dances from the14th to the 17th centuries (Anonymous); to various works by composers Diego Ortiz ; Jean-Joseph Mouret; Benedetto Marcello;  Jean Langlais ; Gaston Litaize ; Charles Tournemire. Wesley Uniting Church

Sunday 16 June 11am “Nancy’s AMusA piano recital”, performing works by Clementi, Tchaikovsky, Debussy & more. Tickets are available at the door. A $15; C$10; f/student & child free. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday 19 June 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Gospel Folk & Alchemy Chorus. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Thursday 20 June 5.30pm Concert presented by students of the ACT Organ School. Come and support these dynamic young players as they perform works prepared under the expert guidance of their teacher Christopher Wrench. Admission free; duration approximately 1 hour. Bookings not required.  Enquiries: 6232 7248. Venue: Wesley Uniting Church.

Friday 21 June 7.30pm | Boyd Meets Girl - Rupert Boyd (guitar) & Laura Metcalf (cello) | New York-based Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo performs an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from J.S. Bach to Beyoncé. Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, Australia, India and Nepal, and their debut album reached #3 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts and received the following review inGramophone Magazine: “they play like one, with a harmony of purpose as sure as their intonation”. www.boydmeetsgirlduo.comTickets: A$30 C $25 f/t student: $15; child U/12: $15.

Wednesday 26 June 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts”. Anton Wurzer & Ariana Odermatt, akkordion & harpsichord. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Additional donations welcome.

Friday 12 July 7pm. Song Co Solo present Songs Before Sleep. Andrew O’Connor sings music by Richard Rodney Bennett, Ivor Gurney, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Martin Wesley-Smith and Eric Whitacre. Accompanied by pianist Anna Rutkowska-Schock. Tickets can be booked via or at the door. A $60, C $55, U/30 $30.

Friday 12 July 7pm. Song Co Solo present Songs Before Sleep. Andrew O’Connor sings music by Richard Rodney Bennett, Ivor Gurney, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Martin Wesley-Smith and Eric Whitacre. Accompanied by pianist Anna Rutkowska-Schock. Tickets can be booked via  or at the door. A $60, C $55, U/30 $30.

*Saturday 14 September 7.30pm World-renowned guitar Virtuoso Bruce Mathiske captivates with his musically evocative celebration of this vibrant and diverse instrument. Inspired by classical styles and Latin flavours, rhythms and sounds, Mathiske's acclaimed and distinctive style pf playing bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously has led to standing ovations worldwide. His use of the guitar to become it’s own orchestra and encompass a huge range of genres have evolved into an exciting style all his own. You will be taken on a journey with infectious rhythms and fiery fretwork to delicate melodies. Bruce performs favourites from his extensive back catalogue up until the present day. Tickets available online *A:$35; *C:$30; f/t student $25; child U/ $20. Group 10+ $25ea “The Authentic Guitar Virtuoso!” – Sydney Morning Herald.

*Wednesday 4 December 7pm “The Apotheosis of Corelli”: Concert 3. Arcangelo Corelli, one of the most revered composers of the baroque era was described by Gasparini in 1708 as “our contemporary Orpheus”. His influence was unparallelled well into the 18th century, and his imitators were many. Here Latitude 37 with superb guest artist Lucinda Moon (baroque violin) present three of Corelli’s seminal trio sonatas alongside later works by Bach, Couperin and Veracini inspired by the great master. Artists: Julia Fredersdorff (baroque violin); Lucinda Moon (baroque violin); Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba); Donald Nicolson (harpsichord). Tickets *A$39; C$29; child U12 free. *FoWM discount applies.