From the heart, teen musician needs a little help

IT’S rare to find a musician who plays from the heart, but 16-year-old violinist Isaiah Bondfield does it easily. His musical journey, on the other hand, has been a little harder, says his teacher.

Weird and wonderful sounds of space

New music has been created from unheard regions of the Antarctic, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Trio plays with intensity and grace

Forte passages came across with intensity, quieter passages were delivered with style and grace, writes music reviewer TONY MAGEE about the Selby & Friends performance, “Let’s Get Personal”.

Aussie song wins AI contest

It seems an unlikely subject for a song, but the Tasmanian Devil features in the winning Australian entry in an “AI” Eurovision-style song contest, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra to showcase short solos

Canberra Symphony Orchestra will launch an online mini-series of 14 short solo works by Australian composers, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Fans get costume-ready for Eurovision festival

Desperate Eurovision song contest fans will be keen to follow SBS’s coming week-long festival of Eurovision from May 10-17.

Vocal group’s mashup aims to lifts spirits

AFTER the release of its  COVID-19 inspired video “Sound of Silence”, The Australian Voice Collective has today (May 8) released an  optimistic follow-up, “Lovely Blue Sky”.

Dooley and White’s calming, chilled-out sounds

“CityNews” Artist of the Year Mike Dooley and Daniel White have created a new label for their easy-listening music collaborations, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Strong start to the best festival that never was

TONY MAGEE reviews the first performances of the Canberra International Music Festival's virtual response to its coronavirus cancellation with "The Best Festival We Never Had".

Music festival springs to life online

The Canberra International Music Festival is making its cancelled event come alive at home, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

How Yang’s paradise became a ‘living hell’

Canberra singer-songwriter Kim Yang was trapped in a campsite near Eden on New Year’s Eve and describes the experience in her new song, “Garden of Eden”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA

Claire conquers the problems in online performance

ROB KENNEDY salutes an online performance by Claire Edwardes and Ensemble Offspring.

Schumann celebrates Anzac Day online

Aussie music legend John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew will live stream a national concert performance of “Australia at War” on Anzac Eve (April 24).

Review/ Withers gives a winning performance in online concert

Classical guitarist Matt Withers performs in a Canberra hotel room to a world audience. He even did an encore!

Human-AI collaboration leads to song

A team of music producers, data scientists, musicians, artists, and developers is creating a Eurovision-like hit with the help of artificial intelligence, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA. 

Montaigne to get another chance in next year’s Eurovision

AUSTRALIA has just joined Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine in giving its 2020 entrant in the...

Withers’ guitar festival celebrates artful distancing

As countless musicians across the country sink between the waves of virus-related closures, Canberra classical guitarist Matt Withers is well and truly keeping afloat, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Symphony orchestra shines without an audience

Through the closeup view of the players in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, they never relaxed in producing the finest sound even without an audience, writes ROB KENNEDY.

Leonard’s learning lots in Baltimore

Canberra conductor Leonard Weiss is busy with his studies in Baltimore, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

International music festival silenced by virus

Following further indoor event bans, the 2020 Canberra International Music Festival has been cancelled despite the artistic director, Roland Peelman, being optimistic earlier in the week. 





Busted: how easily the police catch drivers with phones

THE police have taken to sharing footage from their helmet cameras to expose motorists using their phones while driving.


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