News

results per page
Man wearing glasses and holding a black folder while singing in front of a Christmas tree
7
Aug
2020

"The university choir is such an awesome, academic thing." UNSW Engineering's Dr Stuart Prescott on why...

29572893_353118528507410_4126773843809275636_n
31
Jul
2020

Do you know what a guzheng is?

70171826_2403545146399641_2959191041984430080_n
27
Jul
2020

Fourth year Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science student Matthew Hollomon has been making the most of studying online, trying each week to join our online choir rehearsals from a more ridiculous location.

 

Yvette2
24
Jul
2020

A significant amount of work goes on behind the scenes for every concert. Today, we learn a bit more about Yvette Goodchild, one of our key staff members who works to get concerts to the stage, and what makes her tick.

74505868_2733966776654957_2679452430357233664_o
24
Jul
2020

We recently happened upon this Uniken article from 1989 written by the then Vice-Chancellor Lindsay Michael Birt AO, CBE, BAgrSc BSc PhD DPhil Hon.LittD Hon.LLD Hon.DSc 1981–1992.

53720727_10218498002986439_6655346172145696768_n
20
Jul
2020

Have you considered doing Honours?

Philip Eames
13
Jul
2020

2019-20 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize winner Dr Philip Eames discusses the "pressure on marketing oneself as ‘...

DSC_0686 Ronan Apcar 2019
10
Jul
2020

The Music Performance Unit UNSW is proud to announce the Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize for 2020.

78409006_996746293992729_2239797471742001152_o
29
Jun
2020

We asked UNSW Arts student Ben Curry-Hyde what UNSW can do to support music performance as students begin to return to Kensington campus. 

 

75501052_107775614017141_9149498569298804736_o
22
Jun
2020

We asked Oliver Jackson, UNSW Engineering student, and UNSW Orchestra and...

56726540_2109875912421970_6222452217903841280_n
9
Jun
2020

UNSW Orchestra cellist and Society of Orchestras and Pipers Secretary, Cassandra Ly has been actively involved in keeping the music going...

79226878_1016237212043637_7166711317779185664_o
9
Jun
2020

Choral Director Sonia Maddock has taken UNSW's Chamber Choir online. Tenor Sascha Graham gives us a glimpse into how it all works. 

Adele-Schonhardt_3MBS-Chair
2
Jun
2020

Since graduating from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW with an Executive MBA in 2018,...

PDP
2
Jun
2020

Starting a career as an international student in a new country can be challenging, which is why the Student and Careers Success (SACS) Team created the Professional Development Program...

67763761_913914098942616_6190990504423849984_o
19
May
2020

Creating music with other people has huge positive impacts on our mental health. We recently had a chat with Music Education student Alex Woof about how he has been managing without his on campus community.

 

DSC_1270-1
12
May
2020

Dear LIME Term 2 registered members

 

46883178_754154578251903_3785538205659430912_o
11
May
2020

Many young Australians have been forced to move home while they wait for university campuses to reopen and employers to rehire.

69801433_740676056408886_985981327016722432_o
11
May
2020

You don't have to study music to sing in Collegium Musicum Choir! Kyra is completing a combined B Engineering/B Arts in Mechatronics, Ancient History and Psychology!

High Res Ian Whitney-1.JPG
1
May
2020

Following a highly competitive application process, the Australia Ensemble UNSW is thrilled to announce the winner of the Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship for 2020-21 is ...

Andrew Thumbnail
28
Apr
2020

 With borders closed and concerts cancelled, we’re checking in on our guest musicians from our home office to theirs. We called Bass-Baritone Andrew O'Connor at his home in Perth to see what he is up to.

87064621_3043875745664057_1438551325305470976_n
27
Apr
2020

Where in the world is Vennisa Santoro? We gave former SOAP President, UNSW Alumni and Australia Ensemble Stage Manager, Vennisa a call to have a chat about her uni days at UNSW, and where she is now!

34423580ac13fb83f15481215297362e
24
Apr
2020

Ross Edwards joined Artistic Chair Paul Stanhope recently from his house in Sydney to discuss his work, Incantations, for wind quintet.

69058938_2304726826270210_9159811666244796416_o
20
Apr
2020

How do you run a student society from your bedroom? We asked SOAP President, Rachel Aquino. 

 

77103716_996746593992699_7600874288828121088_o
17
Apr
2020

Conductor Paul Vickers talks through James Barnes' Third Symphony to prepare students for their Term 1 Part Checking Exam.


Hi All, 

EnsembleMasterclass_whole%20group_2019%20(5)
17
Apr
2020

From all of us at the Australia Ensemble, we wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for your ongoing support.  

 

DC6151_10208_AE 2020_foto Keith Saunders
14
Apr
2020

We drop-in on this musical household to hear how they have been spending their time.

77369186_996738230660202_2287660436964769792_o
14
Apr
2020

Dear UNSWO members,

I hope that you are all keeping well in these crazy times. MPU asked me to put together some short videos which may assist those of you undertaking part-checking exams soon.

47579901_1920265981362144_8189166847103336448_n
7
Apr
2020

Alice Hu, former SOAP President, had her international exchange in Singapore come to an abrupt end, but she is finding the silver lining in her situation. We gave her a call to see how she is doing.

DSC_0010
4
Apr
2020

It is in times like these that the importance of music and what it can do for the human soul truly reveals itself.

timthumb
3
Apr
2020

With borders closed and concerts cancelled, we’re checking in on our guest musicians from our home office to theirs. We called oboist Huw Jones at his home in Brisbane to see how he is coping with the new normal.

46894196_754156831585011_3139919301545295872_o
30
Mar
2020

MPU Alumni Harrison Collins is in quarantine, after returning home from Pensylvania, USA. We gave him a call to check in and see how he is doing in this brave new world of social isolation.

 

dj-690986_1920
27
Mar
2020

So, you’re just coming to terms with the reality that...

Jennifer Murphy 280x280px
6
Mar
2020

Jenni Murphy is the Rehearsal Assistant for the Collegium Musicum Choir for 2020


The job

58378026_2061354900630202_4518934924064980992_o
2
Mar
2020

Anastasia began violin studies when she was 7, inspired by Hubay's 'Carmen Fantasy' and Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto.

DSCF7685
24
Feb
2020

If you've never been to a 'classical' music concert, it can seem a bit daunting, but don't worry! The Music Performance Unit is all about making classical music accessible to everyone on campus here at UNSW.

Eames BW Photo
24
Feb
2020

The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a...

Julian Smiles holds his cello and David Griffiths stands in front of the gold cladding in the foyer of Sir John Clancy Auditorium
24
Feb
2020

We asked Australia Ensemble cellist Julian Smiles how to get the most out of an Ensemble concert. Here are his four top tips.

16 HOLLY HARRISON
24
Feb
2020

The Australia Ensemble has a demonstrated commitment to the development of new Australian music and this International Women’s’ Day, Artistic Chair of the Australia Ensemble...

37373989_10211865754296272_4243136614219382784_n
12
Nov
2019

On Friday 22 November UNSW Wind Symphony will be performing their final concert for 2019. The concert, Songs, Poems & Dances, will feature the premiere of a new work by UNSW student and trombonist Bryony Pyke.

Thomas Azoury
11
Nov
2019

This Friday 15 November UNSW student and clarinettist with UNSW Orchestra, Thomas Azoury, will perform Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A. We sat down and asked him a few questions before the big day.

IMG_4798.JPG
11
Nov
2019

My name is Franny, I am completing my Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. I came to Australia from China in 2016 starting my foundation studies at UNSW Global.

01654c78-13b9-40b1-958b-371f9d8028a7
14
Oct
2019

We are excited to announce the newest release from the Australia Ensemble: Le Tango Perpetuel.

Jessica Wells
10
Sep
2019

The fifth concert in our 2019 Australia Ensemble Subscription Series, Heart * Beat, dual themes of Heart and Beat inspire this program of rhythmic vibrancy and emotional depth. We premiere our new commission by Sydney-based...

67322980_2714282621915129_1723853753532022784_o
26
Aug
2019

In July, the Music Performance Unit joined UNSW’s ASPIRE team to deliver music workshops in Gilgandra, country NSW.

1
2
Aug
2019

On 17 July the Burgundian Consort performed with the Boston Children's Chorus and the Australian Human Rights Institute Choir for a special...

30
12
Jul
2019

The University of New South Wales Orchestra will be celebrating its pearl jubilee with a special anniversary concert, 30 Years In The Making, which will take place at 7pm, Friday 9 August, 2019 at Sir John Clancy...

IMG_0087.JPG
14
Jun
2019

The Burgundian Consort has an opportunity for an alto to join the ensemble for the remainder of 2019. To apply, please complete the below form and you will be contacted to organise a time to audition

 

Murphy Exchange premiere
5
Jun
2019

A very loyal audience braved the inclement Sydney weather on Tuesday 4 June to join the Australia Ensemble for a free lunchtime concert in the Tyree Room of UNSW's John Niland Scientia Building.

32 Roger 2013
4
Jun
2019

Today we mourn the loss of Roger Covell, leading musicologist, author, performer, patron, visionary, and critic, who died in Sydney this morning aged 88.

Photo 7-5-19, 16 01 38
7
May
2019

The new foyer of Sir John Clancy Auditorium is now open!

MPU staff were lucky enough to recieve a tour of the newly renovated venue before graduations commenced on Monday 5 May.

Ct980500-12028_UNSW_FASS_Blakeman_Composition_Competition_2015_Web_Banner_V3_2_Inside_Page
3
May
2019

For the second time, UNSW's School of the Arts and Media is offering the Blakeman National Composition Prize.

A man with brown hair and glasses
15
Apr
2019

The final adjudication for the 2019 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship took place on Friday, 12 April 2019.

Winners Composite Imge
5
Apr
2019

In 2019, we offer the opportunity for soloists to audition for a performance opportunity in Term 2 & 3 with the UNSW Orchestra. All are welcome to apply, from within and outside the UNSW Orchestra.

APCAR Ronan SAM_7491-002
4
Mar
2019

We are thrilled to announce that young composer Ronan Apcar is the winner of the 2019 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize!

181113 UNSW_V3_FINAL LOBBY PEOPLE FOR CLIENT (3)
26
Feb
2019

As the home of a lot of the Music Performance Unit's activities, we are looking forward the results of a major refurbishment to the foyers of the Clancy Auditorium this year. 

DC6092_9550_Aust Ensemble_foto Keith Saunders
17
Dec
2018

Monday December 3 was a day full of new music at UNSW, with members of the Australia Ensemble and guest artists working on two brand new pieces by emerging composers for our first ever Composer Workshop celebration.

20181013_200228
17
Dec
2018

The Music Performance Unit is looking for an Operations & Communications Assistant to work with and support all of our programs. This part-time role is ideal for an energetic person embarking on an arts management career, giving a taste of a...

481 7683 Ross Edwards - Incantations
9
Nov
2018

We're very excited that the Australia Ensemble is part of a new release by ABC Classics to celebrate the 75th birthday of loved Australian composer Ross Edwards.

AE composite 2018
19
Oct
2018

Here's your chance to listen again to our Forces of Nature concert!

Murphy_Nicole sm
20
Aug
2018

Our congratulations to composer Nicole Murphy, who was awarded the Australia Ensemble Emerging Composer Fellowship for 2018!

Murphy_Nicole
30
Apr
2018

We are excited to announce Nicole Murphy as the first recipient of the Australia Ensemble Emerging Composer Fellowship!

ELSLEY Owen.JPG
22
Feb
2018

Our congratulations to composer Owen Elsley, who has been awarded the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize for 2018!

Arc-AusEns-2018-Digital-230x160-V1
19
Feb
2018

Australia Ensemble subscribers to the 2018 will soon have their new season passes, which are in the mail and on their way!

Yvette Goodchild: Operations and Artistic Coordinator
10
Jan
2018

This year we bid a fond farewell to our Operations and Artistic Coordinator, Yvette Goodchild. Yvette has recently accepted a transfer to the UNSW Law department, to act as their Transitional Support Officer throughout 2018. 

DSC_0546.JPG
30
Nov
2017

The UNSW Orchestra auditions all of its members at the beginning of the academic year. For 2018, auditions will be held on Thursday February 22 and Friday February 23.

christmas-biscuits-2939889
30
Nov
2017

After a busy year of activities, staff of the Music Performance Unit are taking a well deserved break over the summer!

Dowland Singers lg
3
Nov
2017

From 1975 until her retirement at the end of 2002, Dr Patricia Brown directed the choirs of UNSW with great energy and expertise. She was an academic in the Music Department, and the driving force behind a flourishing choral program.

Capaldo farewell concert 4
24
Oct
2017

On Friday October 20, UNSW Wind Symphony presented it's final program for 2017, and said farewell to the conductor of the past five years, Dr Steven Capaldo.

Alice Perc masterclass
9
Oct
2017

This Thursday October 12 at 1.10pm, guest artists Mark Robinson (left) and Joshua Hill (right) will lead UNSW students Alice Hu and Thomas Waller in a...

DSC_0950
5
Oct
2017

October is a busy time for concerts on campus, with the UNSW Orchestra and UNSW Wind Symphony each presenting an enormous program in two full-length concerts!

IMG_4676-Singers_600px_WEB
3
Jul
2017

The inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition Prize was awarded earlier this year to outstanding choral composer Matthew Orlovich, for his work Sonnet, to...

1
23
May
2017

Choristers of the CMC have been hard at work since the beginning of the year, and are thrilled to perform in their upcoming concert...

smoke-752039
23
May
2017

Redwood and Carmen

_DSC1278-sm
9
May
2017

The Australia Ensemble offers some of the tastes of America in a free lunchtime concert today, Tuesday May 9 at 1.10pm in Leighton Hall...

Matthew Orlovich
29
Mar
2017

Entries for the inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition competition ...

4-Kats-Chernin-web
13
Mar
2017

Saturday evening marked the first concert of the Australia Ensemble's 2017 season Voyages, and did not disappoint.

seamless-1904278
9
Mar
2017

The UNSW Wind Symphony and UNSW Orchestra combine forces for their opening concert of 2017, Cosmopolitan Variations, with a huge program in UNSW's Clancy Auditorium.

UNSW Orchestra
26
Oct
2016

October is always a busy month for concerts in the Music Performance Unit.

20161015_204344
17
Oct
2016

If you look closely, you'll notice Australia Ensemble associate artist David Griffiths in the middle of the Clancy Auditorium, creating a bit of extra excitement in Saturday night's performance of Lyn Williams' A Flock of Stars with the Sydney...

UNSWWS rehearsal 2016
7
Oct
2016

We're only a week away from the UNSW Wind Symphony's final concert for 2016!

CS165580 AusEns-2017-Digital-271x175-2
7
Sep
2016

On Tuesday September 6, donors and supporters of the Australia Ensemble joined the AE musicians in NIDA's Nancy Fairfax foyer to celebrate as Artistic Chair Paul Stanhope announced the delights on offer in the 2017 Subscription Season, Voyages....

MatthewHindsonPhoto2cBexPhotographyLowRes
6
Sep
2016

Matthew Hindson's 2010 commission for the Australia Ensemble, Light is both a particle and a wave, provides the topic of discussion for a pre-concert Composer Conversation with Artistic Chair, Paul Stanhope this Saturday evening.

Blakeman Prize winner Mark Grandison with Professor Andrew Schulz
17
Aug
2016

Congratulations Mark Grandison the winner of the inaugural Blakeman National composition prize. Mark was awarded the prize for his work Riffraction for clarinet, strings and piano.

Willgoss
8
Aug
2016

We are thrilled to announce that today marks the opening of the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize, a new prize in support of UNSW's thriving choral program.

IMG_4442.JPG
9
Jun
2016

The newness of music!

On Tuesday June 7, four members of the Australia Ensemble worked with PhD composition student Brad Taylor-Newling on one of the works in his portfolio, Into Outside Over There, for flute and string trio.

Australia Ensemble ®Keith Saunders
2
Jun
2016

The Australia Ensemble is supporting Gondwana Voices and Synergy/Taikoz by performing in a fundraising concert RHYTHM AND VOICE on Monday June 13 at City Recital Hall.

DC5611_9937_Aust Ensemble-®Keith Saunders web
2
Jun
2016

In the wee hours of Saturday May 28, Ian Munro’s String Quartet no.1 ‘from an exhibition of Australian woodcuts’ was performed as one of three finalists in the New Works Competition of the Villiers Quartet at Oxford University, with a live...

13247905_10209635328103611_5840166913581280478_o
27
May
2016

Tonight is the night!

DSC_1426-34
20
May
2016

Next Friday, May 27, the two large instrumental ensembles of UNSW come together for their second concert of the year!

BC venture out.JPG
12
May
2016

The spectacular sunset on Monday May 9 was made all the more spectacular for those walking down the main walkway at UNSW by the Burgundian Consort.

Alan Melrose
5
May
2016

Back in my days as an undergraduate student at UNSW, I had the pleasure of being a member of the Collegium Musicum Choir (CMC).

AK and AB sm
29
Apr
2016

THREE DREAMS IN PULSE  - a world premiere commission by Andrew Ball for the Australia Ensemble in May 2016, dedicated to Catherine McCorkill

LIME1 poster
14
Apr
2016
This Friday night, UNSW Wind Symphony and Orchestra present their first concert program of 2016!
DC5611_9937_Aust Ensemble-®Keith Saunders web
5
Apr
2016

The Villiers String Quartet, quartet in residence at the University of Oxford, have embarked on their third New Works Competition, a program for composers from all over the world to submit new string quartet works in a competitive format.

moon-416973_1280
22
Mar
2016

ABC Classic FM will be broadcasting the Australia Ensemble's opening concert of the 2016 season, ...

IDM Aust Ensemble-®Keith Saunders
9
Mar
2016

Performers interested in participating in the Australia Ensemble's 2016 Masterclass series are invited to register online!

Pages from AE News 1 2016
8
Mar
2016

With the first 2016 subscription concert of the Australia Ensemble only days away, now is the time to take in the AE News, including the background to the 2016 season 'Transfigured...

Farewell Luke.JPG
25
Feb
2016

Today is the last work day of our Operations Assistant, Luke Iredale, who has been working with the MPU for four and a half years.

clock-147257_1280
23
Feb
2016

Auditions for the UNSWO Orchestra are taking place this Friday, Feb 26 in the Robert Webster Building. But you already knew that, right?

Karin Schaupp, guitar
18
Feb
2016

Last September's lively 'Dance of Nature' concert will be broadcast on Fine Music FM 102.5 next Thursday, February 25 at 8pm.

violin-374096_1920
16
Feb
2016

If you've ever imagined what it might be like to experience the thrill of performing as a soloist with full orchestral accompaniment, now is your chance!

Burgundian Consort 2016 Auditions - sign up now!
2
Feb
2016

The Burgundian Consort has existed as an elite arm of the Collegium Musicum Choir for many years (since about 1985).

UNSW Orchestra
19
Jan
2016

Auditions for UNSW Orchestra 2016 will be held on Friday, February 26 on the ground floor of the Robert Webster Building.

writing-933262_1920
14
Jan
2016

Welcome SOAPies past, present and future to Large Instrumental Music Ensembles 2016!

 

christmas-1107820_1920
5
Jan
2016

Diaries at the ready...

 

Concert 1: Sunday May 29 at 5pm

HANDEL - Messiah HWV 56

with the Collegium Musicum Orchestra

 

Concert 2: Sunday October 23 at 5pm

KODALY - Mixed choruses

AE News Issue 6, 2015
22
Sep
2015

The October edition of the AE News is available now for download.

This month's features:

'Maintaining the Rage' by Greg Keane

'Transfiguration in a new light': 2016 season preview by Paul Stanhope

AE News Issue 5
25
Aug
2015

The September edition of the Australia Ensemble newsletter is available now. 

This month's features:

Greg Keane and Sonia Maddock on Ross Edwards' brand new work 'Animisms';

Karin Schaupp on stage fright;

Australia Ensemble News, Issue 4
28
Jul
2015

The latest edition of the Australia Ensemble News is available now.

keep-calm-we-re-open-for-business
11
Dec
2014

The Music Performance Unit has re-opened for 2015. Keep watching the website for updates about this year's Australia Ensemble, Collegium Music Choir and Burgundian Consort Seasons.

Gingerbread House
1
Dec
2014

A gallery of Festive images from the Collegium Musicum's annual Christmas concert

CMC concert sm
1
Oct
2014

UNSW's Music Performance Unit produces concerts of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW, Collegium Musicum Choir, Burgundian Consort, UNSW Wind Symphony and UNSW Orchestra, as well as special events.

bubbly
24
Sep
2014

On October 18, Artistic Chair Paul Stanhope announced the launch of the 2015 season, Raising Sparks, with a glass of bubbly and chocolate truffles.

1 (22)
24
Sep
2014

Rehearsals for UNSW's annual Christmas concert, Festival of Carols, begin on Wednesday October 29 in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW, 4.30-7.30pm.