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Soloist versus orchestra. From the petite to the grandest, all varieties, colours, ages and origins of music.

Matthew Toulmin is an enthusiastic advocate for classical music in all of its forms, from the purity of the baroque to the lush chromaticism of early Schoenberg and the demented rhythms of Steve Reich.
Matthew is a life-long singer in choirs. He started at the ripe old age of 6 in Oxford – singing evensong in New College Chapel every evening. He then swapped loyalties to sing in Clare College choir in Cambridge when at university. Since then he has had to balance work as an environm...learn more

21st May

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  • Leclair: Oboe Concerto in C, Op.7/3. Heinz Holliger, oboe, Dresden State Orch/Vittorio Negri.
  • Hill: Trumpet Concerto in B flat. Donald Johnson, tpt., West Australian SO/Thomas Mayer.
  • Mendelssohn: Concerto in E for two pianos. Stephen Coombs, pno., Ian Munro, pno., BBC Scottish SO/Jerzy Maksymiuk.
  • Joseph: Clarinet Concerto. Nigel Sabin, cl., Tasmanian SO/Dobbs Franks.
  • Giuliani: Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A, Op. 30. John Williams, gtr., Australian CO/Richard Tognetti.

  • 14th May

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  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat, Hob VIIe:1. Geoffrey Payne, tpt., Melbourne SO/Michael Halasz.
  • Ibert: Flute Concerto. Emmanuel Pahud, fte., Zurich Tonhalle Orch/David Zinman.
  • Rachaninov: Piano Concerto No 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op 1 Elyane Laussade, pno., Australian Classical Players/Vladimir Vais
  • Albrechtsberger: Concerto for jew's harp, mandora and orchestra in E. Fritz Mayr, jew's harp, Dieter Kirsch, mandore, Munich CO/Hans Stadlmair.
  • Stamitz: Viola concerto in D, Op.1. Tabea Zimmermann, vla., European Community CO/Dimitri Demetriades.

  • 7th May

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  • Forster: Horn concerto in E flat. Hector McDonald, horn, Academy of Melbourne/Brett Kelly.
  • Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor. Steve Newton, db., ANAM Orch/John Harding.
  • Brumby: Bassoon Concerto. Paul Blackman, bsn., Adelaide SO/Patrick Thomas.
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47. Adele Anthony, vln., Adelaide SO/Arvo Volmer.
  • Williams: Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. Amy Dickson, sax., Melbourne SO/Benjamin Northey.
  • Bach (arr. Avital): Violin concerto in A minor, BWV1041arr. Mandolin. Avi Avital, mndln., Potsdam Chamber Academy.

  • 30th April

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  • Corelli: Recorder Concerto in D minor, Op.5/7. Maurice Steger, rec., English Concert/Laurence Cummings.
  • Aldridge: Clarinet Concerto. David Singer, cl., A Far Cry Orch.
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18. Jayson Gillham, pno., Melbourne SO/Benjamin Northey.
  • Musgrave: Horn Concerto. Barry Tuckwell, horn, Scottish NO/Thea Musgrave.
  • Arutyunian: Trumpet Concerto (1950). Geoffrey Payne, tpt., Melbourne SO/John Hopkins.

  • 23rd April

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  • Corelli: Recorder Concerto in F, Op.5/10. Maurice Steger, rec., English Concert/Laurence Cummings.
  • Dorman: Mandolin concerto. Avi Avital, mndln., Metropolis Ensemble/Andre Cyr.
  • Martinu: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, H269. Giorgio Koukl, pno., Bohuslav Martinu PO,/Arthur Fagen.
  • Vivaldi: Violin concerto in D, RV208. Elizabeth Wallfisch, vln., Australian Brandenburg Orch/Paul Dyer.
  • Casella: Concerto for Strings, Piano, Timpani and Percussion, Op.69. Desiree Scuccuglia, pno., Antonio Ceravolo, perc., Rome SO/Francesco La Vecchia.
  • Haydn: Concerto for Violin and Harpsichord in F, Hob.XVIII:6. Stefano Montanari, vln., Ottavio Dantone, hpschd., Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone.

  • 16th April

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  • Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20. Roger Woodward, pno., Sydney SO/Edo de Waart.
  • Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor. Lyubov Bruk, pno., Mark Taimanov, pno., Leningrad PO/Arnold Katz.
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58. Stephen Kovacevich, pno., Australian CO/Stephen Kovacevich.
  • Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F. Andre Previn, pno., Pittsburgh SO/Andre Previn.

  • 9th April

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  • Hurlebusch: Concerto in A minor for 2 oboes, violin, strings & continuo. Musica Ad Rhenum.
  • Krommer: Concerto for Two Clarinets in E Flat, Op.91. Kalman Berkes, cl., Tomoko Takashima, cl., Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia/Kalman Berkes.
  • Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629. Penelope Howard, vln., Deller Consort, Stour Music Chorus, Stour Music Orch/Alfred Deller.
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16. Simon Tedeschi, pno., Queensland Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.14. Gil Shaham, vln., London SO/Lawrence Foster.

  • 2nd April

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  • Albinoni: Concerto in G minor, Op.5/11. Collegium Musicum 90/Simon Standage.
  • Berg: Concerto for Violin, Clarinet & Piano. Adagio 1924 Chamber Concerto. Australia Ensemble.
  • Schoenberg: Cello Concerto in D. Fred Sherry, vlc., Philharmonia Orch/Robert Craft.
  • Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33. Jamie Walton, vlc., Philharmonia Orch/Alexander Briger.
  • Stravinsky: Concerto for two pianos. Mark Wait, pno., Tom Schultz, pno., Orch of St Luke's/Robert Craft.
  • Sullivan (arr. Mackerras): Cello Concerto in D. Julian Lloyd Webber, vlc., London SO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Arnold: Clarinet concerto No.2, Op.115. Emma Johnson, cl., English CO/Ivor Bolton.

  • 26th March

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  • Kozeluch: Clarinet Concerto in E flat. Emma Johnson, cl., Royal PO/Gunther Herbig.
  • Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129. Janos Starker, vlc., London SO/Antal Dorati.
  • Loussier: Concerto for violin & percussion. Jean-Pierre Wallez, vln., Andre Arpino, perc., Prague CO.
  • Eklund: Concerto for Trombone and Winds with Percussion. Christer Torge, tbn., Swedish RSO/Goran N. Nilson.
  • Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in E Flat, K365. Tasmanian SO, Silver-Garburg Piano Duo/Alexander Mickelthwate.