Music Event Calendar

Wesley Music Centre

22 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

*Sunday 22 May 3pm “Schubert and Schiller” - Koen van Stade (tenor) & Neal Peres da Costa (fortepiano).  Schubert’s music performed as it may have sounded soon after its conception. World-renowned performing scholar and educator Neal Peres Da Costa will perform on an historic fortepiano and both musicians integrate their latest research findings into this performance. The outcome is a reimagined performance, displaying elements of a 19th-century sound-world markedly different from current practices. Tickets: Book Here Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.  Enq. 0434 813 354

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 25 May 12.40-1.20pm. Hilda Visser-Scott & friend, piano & voice. Entry $10 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome.  BOOK or ph. 6232 7248

Saturday 28 May 7pm Join The Llewellyn Choir for "Light Eternal", for a program featuring some of the best of 19th and 20th century English church music, with Herbert Howells’ Requiem, Gerald Finzi’s Magnificat, and works by Vaughan Williams, Samuel S Wesley, Penelope Thwaites, and more. Led by guest Concertmaster, Matthew Stuckings, and accompanied by Anthony Smith on keyboard/organ, this wonderful evening of English works is not to be missed. Tickets are available via BOOK here  or at the door.

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 1 June 12.40-1.20pm. "A Musical Journey to Europe"- After a long COVID-induced absence, we welcome back the very talented pianist Aaron Chew in a program of works by Bach/Busoni, Albeniz, Granados and Schubert. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE or ph. 6232 7248

Sunday 5 June 1pm 2022 Canberra String Festival. A big thank-you for your previous support of the AUSTA Canberra String Festival. After a two-year break thanks to Covid-19, the festival returns this year in a shortened non-competitive format on 5 June 2022. All entrants will receive an adjudication report and certificate.

Entries will close on 20 May 2022. Please encourage your students to enter.

This is an ideal opportunity for students sitting mid-year AMEB exams to play their pieces in public and receive an adjudication report. Full details will be available shortly on the festival website

5 June 1pm-3.30pm-6pm 2022 Canberra String Festival. An AUSTA ACT event presented in partnership with the Wesley Music Foundation. The festival will be held at the Wesley Music Centre, All sections are non-competitive. Session 1 – 1.00pm; Session 2 – 3.30pm; Session 3 – 6.00pm

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 8 June 12.40-1.20pm. Le Nuove Musiche” / The New Musics. AJ America, mezzo-soprano, & Ariana Odermatt, harpsichord, in a delightful concert of songs with harpsichord. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE or ph. 6232 7248

Friday 10 June 7pm. Phoenix Collective PCQ – Enlightenment: - Sally Whitwell ‘Toward’(World premiere)- Mendelssohn String Quartet no 2 in A minor op 13- Shostakovich String Quartet no 3 in F Major op 73.BOOK  Wesley Uniting Church

‘Enlightenment’, the third in PCQ’s 2022 concert series, explores ideas of liberty, progress

and individualism. The work of Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Sally Whitwell each

represent different facets of these ideas and responses to them: Mendelssohn, a gifted

product of post-Enlightenment Europe; Shostakovich, who was frequently the victim of

repressive authorities; and Sally Whitwell, a representative and commentator on our own


Launched by Charmian Gadd at the Crossroads Festival, The Phoenix Collective Quartet

is a premier string quartet performing concerts in Sydney, Canberra, the Central Coast and

regional NSW. Its members come from the ranks of national and international orchestras

such as Opera Australia Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, Sydney Symphony, BBC

Philharmonic, Kammer Philharmonie Köln, Boston Symphony, and Academy of St Martin in

the Fields.

Performing concerts by candlelight in Sydney and Canberra for international event company

Fever, lunchtime concerts for the vulnerable and homeless at Wayside Chapel and featured

string quartet at the 2022 National Folk Festival, PCQ are a dynamic and versatile


*Sunday 19 June 3pm Thoroughbass presents  ‘Home and Hearth’ Sit with us by the fire-side for sonatas by Haydn and Pleyel, songs by Schubert and some catchy tunes from Sydney Living Museums with improvisations by Ann Carr-Boyd. Danielle Grant (soprano), Tara Hashambhoy (violin), Diana Weston (piano). BOOK HERE  or at the door *A $35, *C $30 f/t student $20; U/12yo free. *FoWM discount applies. enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 26 June 3pm Canberra Strings present Brahms’s String Sextet no 1.The String Sextet in B flat Major was Brahms’s first attempt at writing chamber music for strings, and pre-dates his string quartets by a decade or so. This could have been because the monumental example set by Beethoven left Brahms and others somewhat daunted. Nonetheless, in the first sextet, Brahms was able to use the more extensive possibilities of instrumental combinations with his characteristic warmth and melodic invention. From the full-bodied sound of the six instruments together to the more fragmented sonorities of small groups within the ensemble, the sextet contains many vintage Brahmsian moments which show the range and richness of his writing. *A$35; *C $25; child U12 $20  BOOK

*Sunday 24 July 3pm - “ROMANTIC CLASSICS” - Andrew Goodwin (tenor) & John Martin (piano). As if indulging in your favourite chocolates, be transported by musical romance. This will be a feast of best-loved European art song by Fauré, Hahn, Poulenc, Schumann, Strauss, Mahler and Rachmaninov. Tickets: BOOK HERE  Admission including program: *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20. Enq. 0434 813 354

Thursday 4 August 7pm. BEETHOVEN’S EROICA. Australian Haydn Ensemble. PROGRAM: WRANITZKY Symphony in C minor Op. 31 La Paix (arr. Wranitzky) 1st movement; MOZART Symphony No. 40 K. 550 in G minor (arr. Cimador); BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major  Op. 55 Eroica (arr. Masi & Lim). A $70; C  $60; Child U12: $40  BOOK HERE

Friday 19 August 7pm. Phoenix Collective PCQ – PC Tango - A Night in Buenos Aires. BOOK Wesley Uniting Church

Saturday 27 August 3pm Thoroughbass present ‘Based on Bach’. A concert with Joanne Arnott (recorders) and Diana Weston (harpsichord, piano). Inventions by JS Bach and Re-inventions by Elena Kats-Chernin, CPE Bach’s profound Fantasia and JC Bach. Tickets online at BOOK  $35; C $30; f/t student $10 children <12 free. Enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday 27 August 3pm Thoroughbass present ‘Based on Bach’. A concert with Joanne Arnott (recorders) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). Six of Bach’s wonderfully engaging Two-part Inventions act as a catalyst for Elena Kats-Chernin's own invention. Six Re-Inventions for various recorders and string quartet to be precise. With Elena’s permission we substitute harpsichord for string quartet to bring you yet another version ‘based on Bach’.  Between the two is the dramatic and tragic Fantasia by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach who acknowledged his father as his greatest influence. Tickets online at BOOK HERE  $35; C $30; f/t student $10 children <12 free. Enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Sunday 28 August 5.30pm ‘Dolce Cantavi’- Luminescence Chamber Singers explore the perennial power of the female trio in myth and in music. In ‘Dolce Cantavi’, the three women of Luminescence offer a contemporary take on this ancient trope, performing music for three female voices by Anne Cawrse, Alice Chance, Caroline Shaw, Gavin Bryars, and David Lang, alongside renaissance music by Hildegard von Bingen, Orlando Lasso, and Monteverdi. Ticket Prices:   *A: $52;   *C:  $48; U/30: $30; Subscriptions tickets for our season & EOI via Website; discounts for LCC choristers available; Discounts available for schools groups.

Sunday 4 September 3pm / 4.15pm – “SUBLIMUS”- Brad Cooper (tenor), Katherine Day (piano) & Lucy Carrigy-Ryan (viola). Join Opera Australia’s Brad Cooper, pianist Katherine Day, and viola player Lucy Carrigy-Ryan as they explore concepts of the sublime - religious, earthly and fantastic.  Vaughan-Williams awakens a spiritual meditation, with the rarely heard combination of tenor, viola and piano, while MacDowell brews a sinister spell evocative of Shakespeare’s witches in Hamlet.  The program is then swept away on the sensual late romanticism and expressionism of Austrian composers Joseph Marx and Gustav Mahler. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354

Saturday 1 October 2.30pm Thoroughbass presents ‘Remote Places’. A concert featuring Australian scenes and stories of the Outback and beyond. Music by Ross Edwards, Ann Carr-Boyd, Diana Blom, Aspasia Nasopoulou and others. With Lucy Cormack (cello), Angus Ryan (cello), Mary Sambell (piano) & Diana Weston (harpsichord and piano) in unusual and innovative combinations. A $35; C$30    ; F/t student $10; Child U12free BOOK HERE

Sunday 16 October 3pm  – “THE TIME OF ROSES” – Jill Sullivan (mezzo-soprano) & Donna Balson (piano). “The Time of Roses" explores the flowering of the Romantic Lied, through the imagery of the rose in song. From a first budding in Beethoven’s “Adelaide” to the full bloom of Brahms to its autumn flowering in works by Richard Strauss and Jean Sibelius, the rose weaves through this program in romantic notions of loss, passion, dedication and devotion. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354

*Sunday 23 October 3pm Canberra Strings present Mendelssohn’s Octet. Written as a gift for his music teacher when Mendelssohn was just 16, the octet has deservedly become a firm favourite in the chamber music repertoire. Mendelssohn’s captivating melodic writing and skilful interweaving of the eight instrumental voices has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1836. *A$35; *C $25; child U12 $20 * FoWM discount applies. BOOK

Canberra Strings is a group of some of the region’s leading professional musicians, dedicated to the performance of string chamber music. Directed by former TSO concertmaster Barbara Jane Gilby, the group has received two Critics Circle awards for performances in and around Canberra.

Sunday 20 November 3pm –THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS Sarahlouise Owens (soprano) & Katherine Day (piano). We all know of our favourite Lieder composers but there are other composers, contemporary with our 19th- and 20th-century favourites, whose works compete in quality yet remain unknown or still lurk in obscurity. This concert will reveal some of the lesser-known composers, or lesser-known works of favourite composers. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354