Music Event Calendar

Wesley Music Centre

20 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

Saturday 11 February 3pm

"A Collection of Favourites"

Andrew Rumsey & Thomas Azoury

Andrew Rumsey (piano) & Thomas Azoury (clarinet) once again join creative forces for a short-and-sweet program of their most-loved favourites from over the years. There will be nostalgia, joire de vivre, fireworks, and as always, a touch of charm and tomfoolery.

This will be a slimmed-down version of their usual presentation. 60-minute program, without interval or refreshments.

General admission: $35

Wednesday 15 February 12.40pm - 1.20pm

Bach and Beethoven II


Charles Huang

We are delighted to launch the 2023 Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts series by welcoming back the amazingly talented young pianist Charles Huang. He will perform his second Wesley program devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, featuring Bach's English Suite No. 6 in D minor, the final and most expansive number from the set of six, and Beethoven's Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major.

Entry $15. Additional donations welcome

Enq. 6232 7248

Thursday 16 February 7pm

Haydn's Sun & Mendelssohn's Stars

Australian Haydn Ensemble

String quartets by Haydn, Bach & Mendelssohn, performed by a premier ensemble on instruments of the period in an intimate setting. Hear the music brand new, as it was first made.

AHE STRING QUARTET: Skye McIntosh (violin), Matthew Greco (violin), Karina Schmitz (viola), Daniel Yeadon (cello)

HAYDN String Quartet in A Major, Op. 20 No. 6 (Sun Quartets)
BACH Selections from The Art of Fugue
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in A minor Op. 13

Saturday 18 February 2pm. Tenzin Choegyal & Phoenix Collective Quartet (Tibetan Folk)

PCQ teams up with Tibetan singer and multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal for a program which takes the listener on a journey through Tibet. Energetic, expressive and at times reflective, Tenzin draws on his nomadic roots to lead the audience through musical works both traditional and new. Originating from a collaboration at the 2022 National Folk Festival, the combination of PCQ and Tenzin Choegyal is sure to delight audiences of all musical styles. Tenzin & PCQ @ National Folk Festival 2022 Opening Concert:


Wednesday 22 February 12.40pm - 1.20pm



Sam Row

Talented pianist Sam Row, performing Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango, Allegro de Concierto by Enrique Granados and Latin Prelude by Chris Norton.

Entry $15. Additional donations welcome

Enq. 6232 7248  More concert details here.

Sunday 26 February 3pm

Schumann and Britten - Love and War

ArtSong Canberra

The Tasman Soloists

Tasman Soloists – Kent McIntosh (tenor), Robert Johnson (horn), Sharolyn Kimmorley AM (piano) & Rob Wilton (speaker). The Tasman Soloists take you from the depths of love lost to the heights of love gained via the lyrical brilliance of Robert Schumann. Rob Wilton joins us, reciting poems by Edith Sitwell in ‘The Heart of the Matter’ by Benjamin Britten.  This haunting work explores London’s Blitz in World War 2.  Folk songs and a sparkling G&S favourite conclude this wonderful and varied program.

Enq. 0434 813 354 

Friday 17 March 2023 7pm

Traversing the Void

Kanimbla Quartet with Hallveig Runarsdottir & SCUNA

A new chamber opera by Icelandic composer Hildigunnur Runarsdottir & librettist Josephine Truman, performed by the Kanimbla Quartet (+2) and visiting award-winning soprano Hallveig Runarsdottir. 

Blue Mountains Suite Rebecca Daniels
GlunaPsalm 150 and Vorlauf - Hildigunnur Runarsdottir
Gloria (from Missa Brevis) - Penelope Thwaites
Requiem - Eliza Gilkyson

Sunday 2 April 3pm

The Touches of Sweet Harmony

ArtSong Canberra

Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks

The works of William Shakespeare are rich with reference to songs, singing and the power of music. His own lyrics and verse have been crafted by composers into a vast treasury of songs. The selection for this program ranges from Elizabethan, through inspired German and French translations, to contemporary English and Australian settings.

Saturday 15 April 5.30pm “The French Viole” The rarely heard repertoire of 17th and 18th century French Viol music comes to Canberra. American Viola da Gamba virtuoso, Joshua Keller joins Australian Reidun Turner to play a mixture of Duos and Solos written for this enchanting instrument. Tickets at the door or online BOOK HERE  $35 Adults/$25 Concession/$30 FoWM

Sunday 14 May 3pm “Cembali” Concert. Following on from last year’s Cembali concert, Limestone Consort will perform another of Bach’s double harpsichord concertos, Concerto for two harpsichords in C minor (BWV 1060), with soloists Ariana Odermatt & James Porteous, along with other works. The concert will be performed on baroque instruments at A415. Tickets are available online: BOOK HERE Enquires: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 21 May 3pm

Women Who Move the Heart

ArtSong Canberra

Sonia Anfiloff and Alan Hicks

Mathilde Wesendonck, Emily Dickinson and Amy Beach, three women who have made an impact with the pen, either in poetry or the poetry of music. Join Sonia Anfiloff and Alan Hicks for a journey through big emotions of love and tragedy as only women know how, the nature of human emotion and the emotions of Nature’s seasons.

Saturday 27 May 3pm Thoroughbass presents ‘Well-tempered Bach’ with Joanne Arnott (recorders), Hester Wilson (soprano) & Diana Weston (harpsichord). Program includes JS Bach in several guises with pieces from Well-tempered Clavier, continuo sonatas for recorder and 14 canons from the Goldberg aria. Followed by intriguing new works for harpsichord, recorder and voice by Katia Tiutiunnik, Diana Blom and Andrew Ford. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BOOK HERE

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)

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 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.