Category Archives: Musica Viva

The Case of the Disappearing String Quartet: 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (@MICMCompetition)

It seems your correspondent hasn’t been paying attention. Blame it on the recently passed silly season. But a recently arrived invitation to the launch of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition prompted a recheck of the participating ensembles. What … Continue reading

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.@MusicaVivaAU releases its 2017 programs

It is the time of year when all and sundry make their bids for your subscription dollars. Today it is Musica Viva’s turn. Your correspondent will leave it to others to have their say on the detail of the 2017 … Continue reading

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Emma Ayres in Afghanistan: Another Story of Passion and Generosity

Emma Ayres’ recent interview on ABC TV’s “The Weekly” with Charlie Pickering has been roundly admired and praised. Your correspondent was as delighted as anyone to see the interview and hear Emma’s stories. There is another wonderful story of Emma’s … Continue reading

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Musica Viva Launches: 2015 Program

Musica Viva has launched its 70th Anniversary Season. Unlike some larger organisations who have to consider attracting a conservative audience base Musica Viva has eschewed, in the main, the bland populist approach and brought together an eclectic selection of ensembles … Continue reading

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Safely Graze. Huntington Estate Music Festival 2012

It is not clear when the last locust plague hit Mudgee, site for the recently concluded Huntington Music Festival. But there is an unnerving similarity between festivalgoers and locusts as they mill around the platters of excellent pre-concert nibblies and … Continue reading

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Pure Pleasure: The Enigma Quartet at The Rocks Pop-up, 4 June 2012 (@EnigmaQuartet)

The overwhelming feeling, at the end of last night’s concert by the Enigma Quartet, was one of pure pleasure. Some blog readers may recall that this correspondent has been critical, in the past, of some groups selected by Musica Viva … Continue reading

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Whingers Abound: Huntington Estate Music Festival 2011

The mail today contained a circular letter from Nicky Stevens of Huntington Estate Wines. Nicky, this year, bore the full load of the non musical side of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, her ever-enthusiastic husband being indisposed. Given the foul … Continue reading

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