Planning is underway for the 2021 season and while we have been slightly delayed, we are pleased to be able to share with you the planned dates for our next Australia Ensemble UNSW season.
Holly Harrison's new work 'Slipstream' was due to be premeried in our October 2020 concert, A Song Before The Storm.
Are you a budding flutist looking to have a career in a symphony orchestra? Or have you just wondered what it takes to win a post with a professional orchestra?
This week, Ian Munro called his Australia Ensemble UNSW colleagues to see how they're all getting along, and to find out what we've been up to in this strangest of years.
Tuesday 17 November 2020 is #InternationalStudentsDay! We were lucky enough to have three international students from UNSW Global complete their Professional Development Program with us in October. Meet Amy, Suzie and Hayes.
The pandemic’s impact on UNSW has been widely reported with significant job losses and a major restructure.
With the reopening of the South Australian border, Adelaide-based Geoffrey Collins was able to...
Our first tentative steps towards returning to choral singing on campus - five members of UNSW's chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort...
It was no surprise to us to learn that one of our subscribers has an amazing life story, as we suspect is the case for many.
The saxophone has been described as the...
To Fan is in his second year of his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering.
This week our latest commissioned Australian composer,...
Alice Giles plays Ravel, Debussy and Salzedo
Maurice Ravel Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet
Our very own Head of Cultural Networks & Communities, Sonia Maddock and...
"But the thing about artists, and musicians, and dancers, and anyone within the arts is that we are – what are we? We’re creative. And what is creativity? It’s the capacity to invent.
Arthur Edward Smith was from London and trained initially in engineering design, working as a fitter and turner then progressing to be a senior design draughtsman.
Junias Tjanaria is making the most of her first year at UNSW, global pandemic or not! As well as commencing her combined Bachelor of Chemical Engineering/...
“Is that something Yvette could do?” My immediate response to Paul Goodchild’s question back in 2010 was “absolutely”, when he curiously enquired about our part-time role of Operations Assistant in the Music Performance Unit.
Returning from a year’s secondment, I was greeted by our new effervescent and thoroughly engaging colleague who was taller than me!! Outrageous!
Do you know what a guzheng is?
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.
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.
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.
Have you considered doing Honours?
The Music Performance Unit UNSW is proud to announce the Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize for 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.
Harry Sdraulig is the Layton Emerging Composer Fellow for 2019-2020.
Choral Director Sonia Maddock has taken UNSW's Chamber Choir online. Tenor Sascha Graham gives us a glimpse into how it all works.
Since graduating from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW with an Executive MBA in 2018,...
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.
Dear LIME Term 2 registered members
Many young Australians have been forced to move home while they wait for university campuses to reopen and employers to rehire.
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!
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 ...
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.
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!
Ross Edwards joined Artistic Chair Paul Stanhope recently from his house in Sydney to discuss his work, Incantations, for wind quintet.
How do you run a student society from your bedroom? We asked SOAP President, Rachel Aquino.
Conductor Paul Vickers talks through James Barnes' Third Symphony to prepare students for their Term 1 Part Checking Exam.
From all of us at the Australia Ensemble, we wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for your ongoing support.
We drop-in on this musical household to hear how they have been spending their time.
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.
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.
It is in times like these that the importance of music and what it can do for the human soul truly reveals itself.
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.
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.
So, you’re just coming to terms with the reality that...
Jenni Murphy is the Rehearsal Assistant for the Collegium Musicum Choir for 2020
Anastasia began violin studies when she was 7, inspired by Hubay's 'Carmen Fantasy' and Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto.
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.
The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a...
We asked Australia Ensemble cellist Julian Smiles how to get the most out of an Ensemble concert. Here are his four top tips.
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...
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to announce the newest release from the Australia Ensemble: Le Tango Perpetuel.
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...
In July, the Music Performance Unit joined UNSW’s ASPIRE team to deliver music workshops in Gilgandra, country NSW.
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...
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
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.
Today we mourn the loss of Roger Covell, leading musicologist, author, performer, patron, visionary, and critic, who died in Sydney this morning aged 88.
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.
For the second time, UNSW's School of the Arts and Media is offering the Blakeman National Composition Prize.
The final adjudication for the 2019 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship took place on Friday, 12 April 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.
We are thrilled to announce that young composer Ronan Apcar is the winner of the 2019 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize!
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.
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.
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...
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.
Here's your chance to listen again to our Forces of Nature concert!
Our congratulations to composer Nicole Murphy, who was awarded the Australia Ensemble Emerging Composer Fellowship for 2018!
We are excited to announce Nicole Murphy as the first recipient of the Australia Ensemble Emerging Composer Fellowship!
Our congratulations to composer Owen Elsley, who has been awarded the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize for 2018!
Australia Ensemble subscribers to the 2018 will soon have their new season passes, which are in the mail and on their way!
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.
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.
After a busy year of activities, staff of the Music Performance Unit are taking a well deserved break over the summer!
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.
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.
Both UNSW's Burgundian Consort and Collegium Musicum Choir will take to the Clancy Auditorium stage on Sunday October 22 for a lush program of Ralph Vaughan...
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...
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!
The inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition Prize was awarded earlier this year to outstanding choral composer Matthew Orlovich, for his work Sonnet, to...
Choristers of the CMC have been hard at work since the beginning of the year, and are thrilled to perform in their upcoming concert...
Redwood and Carmen
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...
Entries for the inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition competition ...
Saturday evening marked the first concert of the Australia Ensemble's 2017 season Voyages, and did not disappoint.
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.
October is always a busy month for concerts in the Music Performance Unit.
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...
We're only a week away from the UNSW Wind Symphony's final concert for 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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Tonight is the night!
Next Friday, May 27, the two large instrumental ensembles of UNSW come together for their second concert of the year!
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.
Back in my days as an undergraduate student at UNSW, I had the pleasure of being a member of the Collegium Musicum Choir (CMC).
THREE DREAMS IN PULSE - a world premiere commission by Andrew Ball for the Australia Ensemble in May 2016, dedicated to Catherine McCorkill
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.
ABC Classic FM will be broadcasting the Australia Ensemble's opening concert of the 2016 season, ...
Performers interested in participating in the Australia Ensemble's 2016 Masterclass series are invited to register online!
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...
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.
Auditions for the UNSWO Orchestra are taking place this Friday, Feb 26 in the Robert Webster Building. But you already knew that, right?
Last September's lively 'Dance of Nature' concert will be broadcast on Fine Music FM 102.5 next Thursday, February 25 at 8pm.
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!
The Burgundian Consort has existed as an elite arm of the Collegium Musicum Choir for many years (since about 1985).
Auditions for UNSW Orchestra 2016 will be held on Friday, February 26 on the ground floor of the Robert Webster Building.
Welcome SOAPies past, present and future to Large Instrumental Music Ensembles 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
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
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;
The latest edition of the Australia Ensemble News is available now.
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.
A gallery of Festive images from the Collegium Musicum's annual Christmas concert
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.
On October 18, Artistic Chair Paul Stanhope announced the launch of the 2015 season, Raising Sparks, with a glass of bubbly and chocolate truffles.
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.