With Christmas approaching, we look back at the top headlines on Limelight this year. From quirky stories to breaking classical music news, here are the ten most-read stories of 2018.

Number 10

Taryn Fiebig on Returning to the Stage

After surgery and chemotherapy, the popular soprano spoke to Limelight ahead of her performance in The Creation for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, alongside husband Jud Arthur.

Number 9

Anne Sofie von Otter

Stuart Skelton Replaces Anne Sofie von Otter after Husband’s Death

The Australian Heldentenor stepped in after the mezzo-soprano withdrew from her SSO performances following the shock death of her husband.

Number 8

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim’s Advice for Australia

“I was here 60 years ago in 1958 and nobody spoke about this,” the maestro told the audience at the Sydney Opera House following the conclusion of his Brahms cycle.

Number 7

Richard Gill, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Richard Gill Honoured with Arts Leadership Award

The late firebrand music educator and conductor spoke to Limelight following his award from Creative Partnerships Australia.

Number 6

Yo-Yo Ma to Make Australian Debut in 2019

The Chinese-American cellist will perform Bach’s six Cello Suites without interval.

Number 5

Andris Nelsons

Rustling Gum Wrapper Causes Brawl During Mahler 5

The incident escalated into what one audience member described as “a violent attack”.

Number 4

Muswellbrook Richard Gill Music Academy, Richard Gill

Announcing the Muswellbrook Richard Gill Music Academy

A new independent primary school, driven by the beloved conductor and educator’s vision, is scheduled to open in 2020.

Number 3

Australian Violinist Christian Li Makes History at the Menuhin Competition

The 10-year-old Australian became the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize, coming equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore.

Number 2

Richard Gill

Richard Gill has died

We were all devastated by the death of one of Australia’s most passionate and beloved conductors and music educators.

Number 1

Classical Music,

Brisbane Freemason Found Naked Inside Million-Dollar Pipe Organ

The 51-year-old was unable to offer an explanation for his behaviour, stating simply “things just got a little loose”.