ASQ Festival in Dunkeld

The Australian String Quartet have slipped across the border from South Australia to play two festivals in Dunkeld with guest pianist Laurence Matheson, from 1-5 April. 

We haven’t put the concerts into What’s On because they are booked out. But if the idea of food, wine, chamber music and Grampians scenery appeals, then you might like to read more about it and make a note to watch out for a repeat next year.

The ASQ are also performing in Melbourne at the MRC on 26 April.

Affinity Quartet is in London

The Affinity Quartet is one of ten quartets competing in the 2022 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The members of Affinity have just reunited in London for rehearsals. 

Affinity Quartet’s two Preliminary Recitals are: 
11am Tue Apr 5 – Works by Mozart and Janacek. 
1:30pm Thu Apr 7 – Works by Haydn and Beamish [live-streamed from Wigmore Hall].

Affinity would love you to visit Wigmore Hall’s website to sign up for the Round Two live-stream, which will be early hours of Friday April 8 for Melbourne/Sydney.

Affinity Quartet also performs two additional London recitals: 

7:30pm Thu Mar 31 Music at 22 Mansfield St for the Boas Trust. 
1:10pm Wed Apr 6 St James Piccadilly Lunchtime Concert – also live-streamed.


Following the competition, Affinity Quartet is one of 4 groups accepted into a ProQuartet Course on the Interpretation of Chamber Music.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Yes, we know that Townsville isn’t in Victoria. But we also know how many Victorians go north in winter to mix some sun with wonderful chamber music performances. So we thought we’d mention that bookings are now open, because it’s usually a sellout.

Click on the logo for more information.

Townsville, Queensland.
29 July to 07 August 2022

Partridge or Phoenix?

Continuo is the Concert Champion for the up-coming Musica Viva concert on 5 March. We asked the performers, the Partridge Quartet, what was in a name, and here’s what they told us…

“Partridge formed in 2016 back when we met as students at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). We began as a string quintet, assigned to play none other than Schubert’s C Major Quintet with two cellos, one of the most beloved chamber music works ever written. After Aly Partridge, who was one of the two cellists, graduated, the remaining four of us who decided to continue as a quartet found ourselves referring to the group as the Partridge String Quartet in her honour and before we knew it, the name had stuck! We went on to be invited to play in festivals and also competed in competitions after our time at ANAM and realised that each of us was willing to invest a large part of our lives into the quartet. The past couple of years threw us challenge after challenge and demanded us to adapt in ways we never knew we would have to. We were stuck in various parts of the world and needing to think of ways to keep going. However, with the huge help of several people and organisations including Musica Viva, over that time we were able to prove to ourselves that every struggle was worth it. Our essence and mission as an ensemble remained and even became stronger as our desire to go back to what we loved only grew over time. 

Now, a resurrected Partridge String Quartet returns! Finally able to rehearse hard and show what we love doing in front of beloved Melbourne audiences once again. It’s a full circle moment for us as our first performance back will be of the very first piece the Partridge String Quartet ever tackled and grew to love as a group – Schubert’s C major string quintet. We’re full of excitement and enthusiasm and hope this reunion concert will propel us into a busy season of chamber music!”

We have just three weeks left to meet our fund-raising target – please click on the picture of the players from the Partridge Quartet below to donate. Do it now!

2022 Peninsula Summer Music Festival

The Mornington Peninsula Summer Festival is going digital.

From January 1st 2022, they will release a new video every day for 5 days, thanks to the generous support of Mornington Peninsula Shire.

This will include:

These will be advertised through through their mailing list and social media channels.

Selby and Friends come to Primrose Potter Salon in 2022

Experience five glorious and intimate chamber concerts with an ensemble of artists counted amongst the best in the world.

This stellar line-up includes pianist Kathryn Selby AM, SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, SSO Principal Violist Tobias Breider, QSO Concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto, ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, violinists Natalie Chee, Grace Clifford and Dene Olding, and cellists Julian Smiles, Richard Narroway and Clancy Newman.  Watch the 2022 season video (right).

The March concert is currently sold out, so book early if you want to enjoy any of the later concerts.

Flinders Quartet 2022 season announced

In 2022, the Flinders Quartet completes their recording project of the works for string quartet by Margaret Sutherland in partnership with ABC Classic, undertakes their first national tour for Musica Viva Australia with Karin Schaupp (guitar), records for broadcast no less than four new works by emerging and established composers, continue their celebrated Composer Development Program, continues their role as Artistic Patrons of John Noble’s Quartet Program, and commissions seven new works to be played alongside our beloved Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. 

Constantly evolving, they have begun work on a new online string quartet hub, FQ Digital. It will be a one-stop portal for you to enjoy online content, interviews, exploration into the music, curated listening and viewing, and more. With a variety of free and paid content, an FQ Digital subscription will give you broad access like never before. Who needs Netflix?!

Australian Cultural Fund removes service fee on donations

In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and our commitment to artists and the sector, Creative Partnerships Australia is pleased to announce that from 9am AEDT, 1 December 2021 the service fee on new donations to the Australian Cultural Fund has been removed.

By eliminating the fee, 100% of donations raised by artists on the ACF will go directly to their creative project or initiative, supporting the arts and cultural sector during this time of recovery.

To help relieve the impact of the pandemic on the Australian arts community, the ACF supported campaigns such as the National Assistance Program for the Arts and Theatre Network Australia’s 1000X1000 Crisis Cash for Artists which saw the service fee waived for these COVID-19 response initiatives. We are now excited to be able to extend this initiative across the board for all artists using the ACF platform.

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival bookings open 10 November

We are thrilled to be able to welcome emerging superstars Chloe Lankshear, Grace Clifford and Charlotte Miles as well as Australian musical royalty David Elton, Sulki Yu, Amir Farid, Donald Nicholson and Stephen King to Bendigo for the first time.   BCMF family Sophie, Natsuko, Tobi and Daniel will again join us for 5 days of spectacular music making. 

Single tickets go on sale at 9.30am on November 10 to the general public but as a past ticket holder we wanted share with you the program beforehand.   The full program for the festival can be found by
clicking here.

We have also opened the Full Festival Pass for presale.  Similar to last year, I am sure these will sell very quickly so we wanted to give you first access.  

You can purchase them online by clicking here or by calling the fabulous Box Office team on 03 5434 6100.

Melbourne Recital Centre launches “Awaken”

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.

From January to March we present Season One: Awaken, a program that takes inspiration from warm summer nights and the Australian landscape, highlighting exploratory and visionary artists and musicians.

The program includes performances from many of the ensembles whose 2021 concerts were postponed: Syzygy, Invictus Quartet, Firebird Trio, Quartz, Christopher Watson and Calvin Bowman, Songmakers and more.

Your presale access starts now! Use the promo code AWAKEN when booking*

ACO Studiocasts: special $30 offer

The ACO is thrilled to share the latest film in their acclaimed ACO StudioCast season with you, Schubert’s Quintet – now available to stream on demand.

Directed by Matisse Ruby and filmed at the exciting new art gallery and performance space, Phoenix Central Park, this extraordinary film showcases Schubert’s soulful masterpiece in an intimate and immersive performance that reaches the very depths of human emotion.

A sublime journey through contemplation, sadness, and joy, Schubert’s String Quintet holds a special place in the hearts of musicians and music lovers alike. We look forward to sharing this moving experience with you.

SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: $30 for 30 day access to all six ACO StudioCasts by purchasing the ‘Intro Offer’.

Viva Edge – new in 2022

Viva Edge is Musica Viva Australia’s newest chamber music concert series located at The Edge in Federation Square, Melbourne. It replaces the old Melbourne Morning Masters season with lunchtime concerts.

Enjoy The Edge’s acoustics and architecture in an inviting and informal setting, with convenient transport options close at hand.

ACO 2022

2022 is a transformative new era for the ACO. We return to you, our beloved audiences, right across Australia with a National Concert Season that knows no boundaries. We present our acclaimed immersive film series, ACO StudioCasts, where you’ll be completely swept away by Richard and the Orchestra.

The ACO has always blazed its own trail. 2022 is no exception. Flights are booked, hotel rooms are reserved, freight cases are ready. We hope you’ll join us.

The ACO has three Melbourne season options, on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Musica Viva launches 2022 season

Any concert season tells a story, and the one Musica Viva Australia tells in 2022 is simple, if boldly told: it is a tale of creativity during adversity; of partnerships that span the country and the world; of resilience, communal experience and the sheer, astonishing joy of live performance.

Continuo is launched

Formed by a bunch of Melburnians who are passionate about chamber music, the Continuo Community aims to provide a one-stop-shop for Victorians wanting to find out what’s on and where, who’s who and what they’re doing, and what’s new in the chamber music scene in Victoria.

For those who join the community, there will be opportunities to support chamber music in a myriad of ways, from finance to friendship, advice and assistance.