Sally tries to rally in face of pandemic pain

With the impact of covid, Canberra composer Sally Greenaway has lost 99 per cent of her commissioned work and even a casual job at a music retailer. “Lockdown has been very hard,” she tells arts editor HELEN MUSA.

MusicACT’s humorous call for more government action

In a release headed “a little less conversation, a little more action please”, MusicACT has today (July 16) lashed out at the ACT Government's inaction on the 2019 Entertainment Action Plan—but with a touch of humour.

Fund gets Withers’ songs on the radio

Canberra classical guitarist Matt Withers is one of the lucky recipients of a series of newly-announced commissions resulting from the new Australian Music Fund, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Wise uncovers surprises in ‘Blue Poles’

What's happening where… it's all in arts editor HELEN MUSA's weekly arts column 'Arts in the City'.

Latham’s revival of a forgotten composer

Arts editor HELEN MUSA chats to Chris Latham, director of “The Flowers of War”, about his fascination with composer and WW1 hero, Frederick Septimus Kelly.

Music that helps the mind 

Arts editor HELEN MUSA meets cellist Rachel Johnston of The Breakfast Band, a new group for the Musica Viva in Schools online program.

Review / ‘Thought-provoking and evocative’ new music

CLINTON WHITE reviews the 'innovative' recording 'Songbirds' by Ensemble Offspring, released on the ABC Music label.

Review / Classical music as a video artwork

This work by Phoenix Collective is not simply an audio recording, it is as much about the visuals as the music, says reviewer GRAHAM MCDONALD.

Teaching music teachers online to teach music online

The Australian Music Examinations Board is at the forefront of a move to ensure that music can still be taught during the COVID-19 crisis, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Gale Edwards to take over ‘La Rondine’

The National Opera has confirmed new dates and a new director for its production of Puccini’s popular opera, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

ACT musician heads a national initiative for kids

Musica Viva in Schools has taken its program completely online—and it’s a Canberra initiative, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

It’s official, Cottis takes the CSO reins

It's now official that conductor Jessica Cottis will take over the reins at Canberra Symphony Orchestra from chief conductor and artistic director Nick Milton, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Phoenix rises in digital mode

Director of the Phoenix Collective, violinist Dan Russell talks to arts editor HELEN MUSA about his newest venture.

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”.





What’s brown and sticky? Stay with me here…

PARTIES have begun to roll out their pre-election sweeteners in the countdown to October’s territory election, writes political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN. Her TRAIL MIX column will keep you up to date with all the political tidbits in the race to rule the territory.


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