A Cunning Blog

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19th March 2017
by harryfiddler
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Big Music

A fantastic Sydney Symphony concert this afternoon. Benjamin Northey conducted the band in Andrew Ford’s Headlong, followed by Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, with Simon Tedeschi as soloist, and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 to finish. You don’t hear these pieces … Continue reading

23rd February 2017
by harryfiddler
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Jolly good fellows

Sydney Symphony Orchestra has just announced the fifteen young musicians who make up this year’s Fellowship. Over the next twelve months violinists Gemma Lee and Bridget O’Donnell, violists Martin Alexander and Joseph Cohen, cellists Nils Hobiger and Ruben Palma, bassist Alanna Jones, flutist Kim Falconer, oboist Joshua Oates, clarinettist David … Continue reading

9th February 2017
by harryfiddler
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Murder & Redemption

Gush alert. Not really a review. More a colourful account. Image: Sam Amidon. Photo by Ferguson   With Richard Tognetti ‘in residence’ at the Barbican in London, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s first tour is directed by Finnish fiddle player and long … Continue reading

8th January 2017
by harryfiddler
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Decoding the stars

Biographica Sydney Chamber Opera / Ensemble OffSpring Carriageworks, 7 January 2017 The life of scholar Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576) is an impossible tale. Obsession. Delusion. Murder. Betrayal. Invention. No one medium could do hope to do justice to the complexity of … Continue reading

4th January 2017
by harryfiddler
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Summer dreaming

dartington-international-summer-school-festival-course-brochure-2017 I’ve been taking a blogbreak over the silly season but I just received the link to the 2017 Dartington International Summer School of Music brochure and this has spurred me into action. I’ve been working closely with Dartington Arts … Continue reading

1st December 2016
by harryfiddler
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Romans and Christians

I have a confession to make. Yesterday, at the first night of Pinchgut Opera’s Theodora, I did something I frequently do at concerts, but not at operas. I didn’t intend to, but I couldn’t resist. Yes, I admit it. I … Continue reading