The central theme of The New Percy Grainger Companion, which has been edited by talented Australian music maker Penelope Thwaites AM, is to give information and help to young aspiring musicians and students of music from established musicians, who have a professional career in performing his life-celebrating repertoire.
I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…
The music of friends seems to be to the fore this month. A four-day event at Kings Place, London, Celebrating Grainger 2011, will feature that talented pianist from Dalby, Jayson Gillham, who together with friends John Lavender and Penelope Thwaites will present this controversial and interesting composer’s works in his 50th anniversary year. At Brisbane keyboard virtuoso Christopher Wrench, cellist Louise King and their friends will feature in the Chamber Music Series.
Expat Australian musicians who are friends in London are among those honouring the works and 50th annniversary of esteemed Melbourne born Australian composer and pianist George Percy Grainger 1882 – 1961. They are all participating in The Grainger Festival, a four-day event at Kings Place, reports brilliant young Dalby born pianist Jayson Gillham from London.
Commencing on the 28th February at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art at Brisbane the Chamber Music Series will include works from all the great composers spanning all the eras of music from the Baroque to the 21st Century.
The music of friends, as chamber music is often described today, is indeed appealing. Designed originally for a close up and personal encounter, it gently consumes the listener, providing a memorable experience that lifts the spirit and rewards the soul.
As I write this Cyclone Yasi a category five cyclone is about to cross onto the land in the north of Queensland. It is important never to forget just how out of our control nature is and how important it is for humankind to remain connected with it…
The ‘big society’ must be a crucible for change. There is plenty to do and very little money to spend so we need to work out if we do all share the vision. Progress always needs a beginning, one that only realism can engender.
If it can be said that if a positive aspect has come out of all the flooding in Australia this summer it would have to be about connecting people at local, state and national levels. In every aspect, harnessing the capacity and creativity of the community to deal with this unbelievable crisis together has produced amazing results.
We have started the year talking about gardens including Flora, First Fleet to Federation. Then there is First Impressions and Lasting Impressions with the art of gardens in France. And, in Japan we talk about the bountiful beauties of old gardens that are really breathtaking. Our On Line Video of the month is Culture in the Colonies just in time for Australia Day.
It goes without saying the city of Brisbane in Queensland has a huge task ahead in the aftermath of the devastation from floods that infiltrated the city, surrounding suburbs and the CBD. While chaotic in nature they did have a day or two to prepare, although many it seems suspended belief in what would happen.
Adversity brings us together in times of peril and it is what makes us strong. However everyone’s strength is being stretched to its limits as the rain, terrible events and tragic stories continue to unfold in Australia this summer as mother nature unleashes its fury.
Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.
Each year Ian and Lee Lucas open their lovely parklands at beautiful Montville in Queensland for you to enjoy music from the great composers.
The act of reading has been for me, in my lifetime, both saviour and friend. I particularly love reading about people. So biographies are always near the top of my list. And, having worked in the creative industry for much of my life, poetry, classic novels, art, design and style books are next…but
G’day Oprah. Welcome to Australia. The first image we have of you in Australia is cuddling a Koala, the quintessential shot to have. As you tour around Australia in these last weeks before Christmas in pursuit of happiness on your ‘farewell tour’ we would wish that you go well. For many you are the Santa Claus coming down the chimney or in the door this holiday season.
Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen sings with the Metropolitan Opera, la Scala, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Opera in Berlin and in Glasgow with the Scottish Opera. She is being brought to Australia by Sound Thinking Australia to mentor singers in a Summer School at Brisbane in January. She will give one concert performance only while she is here at GoMa