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Pitt replaces Peelman as director of Song Company

BRITISH composer Antony Pitts will  take over from Roland Peelman as director of Sydney’s Song Company after 25 years at the helm, it has been announced today. The Belgium-born Peelman has been increasingly in demand as a conductor on the international concert circuit and, as director of the Canberra International Music Festival, he has commitments […]

Eisteddfod’s Bands and orchestras on a winning streak

RESULTS are just in from the Australian National Eisteddfod’s annual Bands & Orchestras section, the first in the 2015 season Co-Convenor (Bands & Orchestras) Simon Best tells “Citynews” that the Eisteddfod’s 2015 season commenced in fine style on May 21-28, with around 2,600 musicians participating in the Bands & Orchestras section. In Open Concert Bands, […]

Arts / Toby’s Herculean, brave new opera

IS George Frideric Handel’s 1745 musical drama “Hercules” an opera? Artistic director of Canberra Choral Society Tobias Cole, the brains behind its coming production of “Hercules”, says it is. “Handel called it an oratorio to please the punters,” Cole tells “CityNews”. “It’s narrative-driven, so I’m calling it an opera.” Besides, the great Handel expert Winton […]

Eurovision in Canberra – more tickets released

THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has today released 150 extra tickets for its Eurovision Final viewing party this Sunday May 24. These will be the last tickets available, so fans should book immediately. Aussie Eurovision contestant Guy Sebastian (the first time that Australia participates in the competition) has been inviting Canberrans to […]