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A masterful exploration of the rich world of chamber music and song, in its many diverse forms, from the 18th century to the present day.

Christopher Ellis during his career in education, first as a teacher of English and later as Principal and Headmaster of independent schools throughout Australia, has always been a strong advocate of music as a beneficial and an essential part of the educational experience of every young person.

As a long-standing enthusiastic listener to and supporter of MBS stations in Brisbane, Adelaide and more recently in Melbourne, Christopher recognises their support of local music-making ...learn more


12th November

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  • Mozart: Piano Trio in G, K.496. Maria Joao Pires, pno., Augustin Dumay, vln., Jian Wang, vlc.
  • Spohr: Six German Lieder, Op.103. Helen Donath, sop., Dieter Klocker, cl., Klaus Donath, pno.
  • Brahms: Violin sonata No.1 in G, Op.78. Anne-Sophie Mutter, vln., Alexis Weissenberg, pno.
  • Hill: String Quartet No.12 in E. Dominion Quartet.
  • Greenbaum: Three Pieces for a New Millenium. rompduo.

  • 5th November

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  • Rossini: String Sonata No.2 in A. Elizabeth Wallfisch, vln., Richard Tunnicliffe, vlc., Marshall Marcus, vln., Chi-Chi Nwanoku, db.
  • Schumann C: Lieder, op. 13. Vladimir Ashkenazy, pno., Barbara Bonney, sop.
  • Beach: Sonata in A minor, Op.34. Anita Pontremoli, pno., Terri Pontremoli, vln.
  • Glinka: Trio Pathetique in D minor. Southern Cross Soloists.
  • Goldmark: Piano Quintet in C sharp minor, Op.54. Oliver Triendl, pno., Quatuor Sine Nomine.

  • 29th October

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  • Farrenc: Trio in D minor for violin, cello and piano, Op.34 Nancy Oliveros, violin, Laura Sewell, cello, Mary Ellen Haupert, piano
  • Saint-Saens: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op.32. Members of The Australian Trio.
  • Poulenc: Rapsodie negre Op.1. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Bengt Forsberg, pno., Nils-Erik Sparf, vln., Ulf Forsberg, vln., Matti Hirvikangas, vla., Mats Lindstrom, vlc., Lars Paulsson, cl., Andreas Alin, fte.
  • Stravinsky: Septet. Orch of St Luke's/Robert Craft.
  • Zemlinsky: Irmelin Rose & other songs, Op.7. Andreas Schmidt, bass, Cord Garben, pno., Barbara Bonney, sop., Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop.
  • Hovhaness: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 208/2 - The Ancient Tree. Shanghai String Quartet.
  • Stanhope: Morning Star II. Sarah Meagher, oboe, Southern Cross Soloists.

  • 22nd October

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  • Purcell: Abdelazar: Suite. Purcell Quartet.
  • Monteverdi: Voglio di vita uscir. Emma Kirkby, sop., Anthony Rooley, chitarrone.
  • Monteverdi: Quel sguardo sdegnosetto. Emma Kirkby, sop., Anthony Rooley, chitarrone.
  • Corelli: String sonata in D, Op.1/12. Members of The English Concert/Trevor Pinnock.
  • Telemann: Paris Quartet No.6 in E minor Ensemble Florilegium
  • Handel: Trio sonata in G, Op.5/4. Pavlo Beznosiuk, vln., Richard Egarr, hpschd., Joseph Crouch, vlc., Rodolfo Richter, vln.
  • Bach JC: Sextet in C. English Concert.
  • Mozart: Die ihr unermesslichen Weltalls Schopfer ehrt, K.619. Ulrich Eisenlohr, pno., Lothar Odinius, ten.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in C, Hob.III:32, Op.20/2. Simon Standage, vln., Jennifer Ward Clarke, vlc., Micaela Comberti, vln., Trevor Jones, vla., Salomon Quartet.

  • 15th October

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  • Foerster: Wind Quintet in F, Op.96. Fodor Quintet.
  • Anderson: In Black Ink. Brenna Wee, pno., Alexandra Mathew, m-sop.
  • Debussy: Bilitis. Stephen Kovacevich, pno., Emmanuel Pahud, fte.
  • Kabalevsky: Cello Sonata in B flat, Op.71. Leslie Parnas, vlc., Malcolm [Piano] Frager.
  • Bartok: String Quartet No.5, Sz.102. Emerson String Quartet.
  • Tallis: Fantasy, for violin & piano. Monica Curro, vln., Stefan Cassomenos, pno.

  • 8th October

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  • Hill: String Quartet No.7 in A. Dominion Quartet.
  • Zemlinsky: Ehetanzlied & other songs, Op.10. Andreas Schmidt, bass, Cord Garben, pno., Barbara Bonney, sop., Hans-Peter Blochwitz, ten.
  • Rachmaninov: Trio Elegiaque No.2 in D Minor, Op.9. Borodin Trio.
  • Tcherepnin A: Cello sonata No.2, Op.30/1. Geoffrey Tozer, pno., Alexander Ivashkin, vlc.
  • Sculthorpe: Songs of Sea and Sky. David Bollard, pno., Nigel Westlake, cl.

  • 1st October

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  • Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K546. Quartetto Italiano.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132. Goldner String Quartet.
  • Schubert: Schwanengesang: Standchen, Der Doppelganger, Die Taubenpost Olaf Baer, baritone Geoffrey Parsons, piano
  • Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op.105. Gidon Kremer, vln., Martha Argerich, pno.
  • Berwald: Piano trio No.2 in F minor. Ilona Prunyi, pno., Andras Kiss, vln., Csaba Onczay, vlc.

  • 24th September

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  • Gibbons: Fantasias a 3. Parley Of Instruments/Peter Holman.
  • Dowland: Lady if you so spite me. Paul McMahon, ten., Daniel Yeadon, vlc., Tommie Andersson, lute.
  • Dowland: In darkness let me dwell. Paul McMahon, ten., Daniel Yeadon, vlc., Tommie Andersson, lute.
  • Vivaldi: Sonata in G minor for oboe, cello, harpsichord and archlute, RV58. Nigel North, archlute, Paul Goodwin, oboe, Susan Sheppard, vlc., John Toll, hpschd.
  • Telemann: Quartet in D minor. Alexander Magnin, fte., Klaus Preis, hpschd., Bettina Wolters, rec., Thaddeus Watson, fte., Ernst Prappacher, bsn.
  • Handel: Recorder Sonata in D minor, HWV367A. Pierre Hantai, hpschd., Pascal Monteilhet, theorbo, Hugo Reyne, rec., Jerome Hantai, viola da gamba.
  • Handel: Duetto XII: Tanti strali. James Bowman, alto., Gillian Fisher, sop., King's Consort.
  • Bach JC: Piano Quartet in G, Andre Op.2. Alda Stuurop, vln., Ruth Hesseling, vla., Norde Christiaan, vlc., Jacques Ogg, fortepiano.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in E flat, Hob.III:31,Op.20/1. Simon Standage, vln., Jennifer Ward Clarke, vlc., Micaela Comberti, vln., Trevor Jones, vla., Salomon Quartet.