Frances Rings returns home as Artistic Director of Bangarra.

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Ross Edwards turns 80 this year. What makes his music so special?

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A long-lens view across history examining politics in music.

by Miriam Cosic

The fascinating story of Alma Moodie, lost in the mists of time.

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Celebrating 20 years as Artistic and Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Brett Weymark explains why he equates his career with a bottle of wine.

by Christopher Lawrence

On the Record

The King’s Singers celebrate “Tom and Will”, Poles propel Weinberg string quartets to the top of the list, and it’s another great month for women composers.

by Clive Paget

Classical Music

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason reveals why she wanted to celebrate the magic of childhood in her new album for Decca.

by Jo Litson

Art Music

Musicians Peter Knight and Daniel Wilfred discuss the vital act of sharing culture, and how we can help with a culture car.

by Maddy Briggs

Cutting Edge

Avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Skepper talks about his desire to bring science and technology into his art practice.

by Benjamin Skepper


Cathy Marston discusses her new dance work, adapted from Miles Franklin’s classic novel.

by Jo Litson


Limelight looks back at the 70-year history of the Sydney Film Festival. We also pick this year’s highlights.

by Jason Blake

Classical Music

The LSO’s Australian tour begins brilliantly under Sir Simon Rattle.


by Paul Ballam-Cross


This important book is both surprising and captivating


by Diana Simmonds

In the Limelight

A round-up of our recent news reports.

The latest arts appointments and departures.

The buzz around live performance.

Radio and streaming concert highlights.


Guy Noble's Soapbox

Reeling from the noise and a death-defying road trip, Guy Noble was surprisingly touched by a performance of Rajasthani desert music in Jodhpur.

Playing Up

Rainer Saville, the QSO’s new Section Principal Trumpet, shares what he’s learned about this most mercurial of instruments.

World Premiere

Andrew Schultz discusses his new work for the WASO, which draws on Thelonious Monk and a folk song celebrating wild horses.

5 Questions For

The Hobart-based composer tells us about her new piano trio, Bitter Tears, commissioned by Musica Viva Australia for Round 2 of this year’s Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

My Music

The Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company recalls his childhood dislike of flamenco, his discovery of classical music and his desire to use live musicians as often as he can.


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