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Music in the Round


Music in the Round

  • Date: Sunday, 8 September 2019, 10:30am - 4pm
  • Venue: Abbotsford Convent — 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: Standard: $165 | Concession: $140 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Discover fresh faces and new perspectives as the Abbotsford Convent’s historic spaces come to life at Music in the Round.

Enjoy a day of intimate classical music performances in the Convent’s stunning venues, and a delicious lunch from the Convent Bakery.

This year’s program delivers a fresh and exciting mix of exceptional performers and repertoires that span the past 300 years – from classics like Beethoven, to some of Australia’s leading female composers, Elena Kats-Chernin and Liza Lim. Artists include pianist Aura Go, chamber music group Ensemble Liaison, soprano singer Jacqueline Porter, accordion virtuoso James Crabb, young violinist Edward Walton, pianist Ian Munro and more.

Alternate packages are available for two of the day’s four sessions, so you can pick and choose the performances that most excite you. Be one of the first to experience classical music in the Convent’s North Magdalen Laundry, an evocative new venue laden with history.

Music in the Round is presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation with Artistic Director Chris Howlett, and proudly supported by The Angior Family Foundation, Bowness Family Foundation, 3MBS, Kawai and Convent Bakery.


Ensemble Liaison

10.30am – 11.15am

Described by Limelight magazine as a “national treasure”, Ensemble Liaison is one of Australia’s leading ensembles. Renowned for their engaging performances, exciting collaborations and innovative programming, Ensemble Liaison have appeared at the nation’s premier festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. They have toured internationally in New Zealand and Europe and present an annual concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Ensemble Liaison are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS and have released three critically-acclaimed recordings on the Melba Recordings and Tall Poppies labels.

ZEMLINSKY Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
MARKS Desaparecido
CONNESSON Disco-Toccata
NOVACEK Selections from Four Rags for Two Jons
GERSHWIN (arr. Ensemble Liaison) Rhapsody in Blue

Parallel Sessions

Edward Walton with Laurence Matheson

11.45am – 12.20pm

Edward Walton is thirteen years old and is a student of Dr Robin Wilson. In 2019, he was awarded first prize at the Medallion International Concerto Competition (Atlanta, USA); first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition (London); and Premier Grand Prix at the Concours Jeunes Artistes des Musicales du Centre (France). In 2018, he was joint winner of the Premio Antonio Salieri Young Prize (Italy) and was awarded several other top prizes at the same competition. He also received the Hans Reiner Storz Memorial Award at the Melbourne International Violin Competition.

Laurence Matheson performs regularly as a chamber musician with some of Australia’s leading artists, including violinists Sophie Rowell and Wilma Smith, and pianist Timothy Young. He has appeared as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and regularly performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

TELEMANN Fantasia No.9 in B minor, TWV 40:22
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, Op.23, Mvt I
RODE Caprice No.4
KREISLER Marche Miniature Viennoise
HINDSON Song of Life
WAXMAN Carmen Fantasie

Elizabeth Sellars, Christopher Cartlidge and Chris Howlett

11.45am – 12.20pm

A prize-winning violinist and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, Elizabeth Sellars has performed in festivals and on radio worldwide. Her recording The Messiaen Nexus received the Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year (2014). Elizabeth is a founding member of Sutherland Trio with Caroline Almonte and Molly Kadarauch.

A member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Cartlidge has also performed with Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In 2015, he was a grand-finalist and multiple prize-winner in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

Chris Howlett is a cellist, festival director and producer who performs regularly in Australia and abroad. Chris has been a finalist and prize winner at numerous chamber music competitions including the prestigious Premio Trio di Trieste International Competition and the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition.

HYDE String Trio
BEETHOVEN String Trio in C minor, Op.9 No.3


Parallel Sessions

Aura Go

1.45pm – 2.30pm

Aura Go’s multifaceted musical life reflects her diverse interests. She has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Schnittke; collaborated with composers on the creation of new works; and appeared at international music festivals in Finland, Italy, Scotland, Poland, Denmark, the USA and Australia. Aura has spent the past seven years living and working in Finland, where she performed at the Kuhmo, Kauniainen, Rauma Festivo and PianoEspoo festivals, recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation and was soloist with the Tapiola Sinfonietta. She is a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy, where her research explores how musicians can achieve a state of creative freedom when practising and performing. She is a member of the acclaimed KIAZMA Piano Duo with Tomoe Kawabata, and is a Musica Viva FutureMakers artist in 2018–19.

ADÈS Darknesse Visible
BEETHOVEN Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’
LIM Summer from The Four Seasons
DEBUSSY L’Isle joyeuse

James Crabb

1.45pm – 2.30pm

James Crabb is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading classical accordionists. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with classical accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize in 1991. James went on to become professor at RDAM from 1995 – 2010 and has held a guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. Critics internationally have praised him for his breathtaking virtuosity and versatile musicianship. Recent performance highlights include the Sally Beamish accordion concerto ‘The Singing’ at London Proms; on-stage and orchestral roles in Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet at Glyndebourne and the Adelaide Festival; and touring Beamish’s ‘Seavaigers’ double concerto with violinist Anthony Marwood in the USA. James is also a passionate and sought-after music educator, mentor and curator, and since 2016 has been Artistic Director of Four Winds, Bermagui.

RAMEAU La Poule, L’Entretien des Muses, Les Cyclopes
HAMILTON Wheel of Moments
ZORN Road Runner


Jacqueline Porter and Ian Munro

3.15pm – 4pm

Jacqueline Porter appears regularly with Australia’s major symphony orchestras, opera companies and choral societies, in repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn to Beethoven, Mahler, Grieg, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Fauré, Brahms and Berlioz. This year she appears with Melbourne Symphony in Mozart Requiem, Sydney Symphony in Peter Grimes, Canberra Symphony for their Opera Gala, Australian Classical and Romantic Orchestra for Marriage of Figaro highlights, Melbourne Bach Choir in St Matthew Passion and in recital.

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians and composers, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. In 2003 he was awarded the Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium), and is the only Australian to have received this honour. Ian has also been the recipient of prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Ferruccio Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK (Leeds).

BOWMAN Three Night Songs
BOWMAN Murraguldrie Pastorale I & II
BOWMAN Crossing the Bar
SCHUMANN Arabeske in C major, Op.18
SCHUBERT Auf dem Wasser zu singen, Heidenröslein, Du bist die Ruh
MOZART Abendempfindung an Laura, K.523

Featured non-Australian music: Zemlinsky, Connesson, Novacek, Gershwin, Telemann, Beethoven, Rode, Kreisler, Waxman, Ades, Debussy, Rameau, Gubaidulina, Zorn, Schumann, Schubert, Mozart

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Ballade : for clarinet, cello and piano (2017) by Elena Kats-Chernin
— performed by Ensemble Liaison
Crossing the bar : voice with piano by Calvin Bowman
— performed by Jacqueline Porter and Ian Munro
Desaparecido : chamber ensemble by Nicholas Marks
— performed by Ensemble Liaison
Murraguldrie pastoral. No. 1 : soprano voice with piano by Calvin Bowman
— performed by Ian Munro and Jacqueline Porter
Murraguldrie pastoral. No. 2 : soprano voice with piano by Calvin Bowman
— performed by Ian Munro and Jacqueline Porter
Song of life : for solo violin (2007) by Matthew Hindson
— performed by Edward Walton
String trio : string trio (1932) by Miriam Hyde
— performed by Chris Howlett, Christopher Cartlidge and Elizabeth Sellars
The four seasons : (after Cy Twombly) (2009) ['Summer'] by Liza Lim
— performed by Aura Go
Three Night Songs : soprano voice with piano by Calvin Bowman
— performed by Ian Munro and Jacqueline Porter
Wheel of Moments (solo accordion) by Gordon Hamilton
— performed by James Crabb

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