March 24, 2016
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The Game Changers: Schoenberg (1910)

Ten experts decide who and what changed the course of music history. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Support independent journalism. Subscribe now

March 24, 2016
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The Game Changers: The Book of Common Prayer (1549)

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March 24, 2016
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The Game Changers: The Ars Subtilior (1380)

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March 24, 2016
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The Game Changers: Recording (1877)

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March 24, 2016
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The Game Changers: The Steam Train (1804)

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March 24, 2016
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The Game Changers: The Piano (1700)

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March 7, 2016
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Metropolitan Orchestra to make history in the mountains

Biggest classical must gathering comes to the Hydro Majestic. The largest gathering of professional classical musicians ever in the Blue Mountains aims to add an extra layer of sumptuousness to a world-famous icon when The Metropolitan Orchestra performs at the Hydro Majestic Hotel this year. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the strains of the 32-piece string ensemble playing Little Serenade for Strings by Rojas, String Serenade by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade at the opening event entitled Cocktails & Serenades – the first of three concerts – taking place on Saturday March 12. “The sumptuous pairing of Dvořák and Tchaikovsky string masterpieces filled with purity, beauty and passion will lift the spirit,” say organisers. “Composed just five years apart and written at positive times in each of the composers’ lives, these joyful and evocative serenades will be complemented by Rojas’ fresh and vivacious work, rounding out a sublime musical evening.” The concert programme under the baton of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams will be accompanied by a lavish cocktail and dining package. “The Hydro Majestic will be an ideal backdrop to the Majestic Concert Series, with its elegant historic venues, sweeping landscape and high-end food….

March 7, 2016
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From One Performer to Another: Sally Whitwell

The ARIA Award-winning pianist and composer wants you to broaden your horizons a little every day. I don’t know who coined the term Portfolio Career. Did they want a more glamorous term than freelancing, contracting or muddling along? Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the way that most classical musicians now work. For me, it’s juggling a combination of recording contracts, occasional recitals, commissions to compose new works, some arranging, some choral conducting, a little chamber music, a small teaching studio, and lots and lots of accompanying. It’s a busy life, sometimes complicated, always stimulating and varied, but crucially, it’s a sound vocationally strategy based on having multiple skills at your disposal. If you’re considering becoming a professional classical musician, there are certain skills that will keep you employable and thus help to put you in situations where you feel appropriately challenged. Do your theory homework every day. Every single day as a working musician, I use skills I learnt in theory classes. Having the ability to read a score, hear it in my head and understand how it works without even approaching an instrument or a recording is the most valuable skill in my arsenal. Don’t let your…