The Art Music Awards are a celebration of achievements in Australian contemporary classical music, experimental music and jazz, presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, and in addition to the awards themselves – the winners of which are announcedhere – the event at the University of Sydney’s Great Hall showcased Australian talent in a series of performances, beginning with Jahmarley Dawson’s Welcome to Country and a tongue-in-cheek (not to mention virtuosically dispatched) work for didgeridoo titled Telstra Dreaming.

Jonathan Biggins at the Art Music Awards. Photo © Jess Gleeson

This year’s awards, “held here at Hogwarts for the first time,” as host Jonathan Biggins put it, took on a different format from previous years, with a buzzing atmosphere in the hall, where guests sat at tables on and in front of the stage, while the speeches resonated with common themes of artistic collaboration and music as a force for change. AMC Chair Genevieve Lacey’s speech was particularly spell-binding.

“Sometimes in our current world it’s hard not to despair, faced with what we are finally calling a climate emergency, with injustices abounding in our own country as well as...

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