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Joseph Nolan plans to welcome the Queen of Sheba amongst a programme ranging from Bach to Britten.
A “stunning” hoard of gold artefacts has been discovered in Shropshire.
Executive Director Jarrod Carland puts the company into administration, leaving artists little hope of payment.
Wesley Enoch was booed when he said next year's concert will be in Parramatta – but it's not a decision he's taken lightly.
The Australian conductor, composer, scholar and Knight of Malta has passed away age 71.
The Taiwanese-Australian violinist, formerly part of Sony's stable, celebrates a new contract with a comical video.

Editor’s Choice

Newly recovered and recorded, the composer whose life was cut short at the Somme is assuming his righful place.
German virtuoso thereminist Carolina Eyck made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 15 and never looked back.
The director of the BBC's epic Hollow Crown on Shakespeare, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The composer was interviewed by Françoise Esselier 45 years ago, here are his thoughts on Boulez, Cage and Stockhausen.
Properly given, and equally well-received, a kind word can change a day from cloudy with scattered showers to full sun.
What do you get when you place nuts and bolts on the keys of an organ (apart from a smack on the wrist from the organist)?

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ Combining history, feminism and gorgeous vocals, this cabaret about gin is a real tonic.
★★★½☆ A joyous yarn about an Indigenous family told with cheeky humour and lots of heart.
★★★★☆ A powerful, immersive soundscape that harnesses the resonant space of the Sydney Town Hall.
★★★★½ Michieletto flashes his verismo credentials as Torre goes for double gold.
★★★★★ Benjamin Northey is expressive and authoritative in superb performances of works by the Finnish master.
★★★½☆ Abi Tucker seduces with songs by Tim Finn and Dorothy Porter about love, lust and heartache.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★★ Clean-cut German violinist makes a devil-may-care pact with a band of HIP Italian rebels.
★★★☆☆ Excellent playing but hard going as a full-on programme.


Sarah Sweeting on how she came to discover a more sensual, seductive expression of Venus.
Perhaps explaining how a contrabassoon makes noise via smartphone translation is not so odd.
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin was flown in for the Festival Farewell.