An update

Dear friends,

We hope you’re all well. Just a quick update from us.

Due to the current environment we didn’t perform our concert scheduled for this week, Friday 12th June. We have also cancelled our September concert.

It’s too early to know whether our last concert of the year will go ahead on Friday, 27th November. We are of course subject to all the issues of social distancing, government guidelines and venue availability, covering both the concert evening and rehearsals. Stay tuned for updates.

For our annual ticket subscribers, we’ll be in touch about arranging a refund for the June and September concerts. Thank you to those who are generously offering their ticket cost as a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Take care, and we look forward to sharing music with you again soon.

Cancelled ~ concert 20 March 2020

In light of the changing environment with Coronavirus and its associated guidelines and protocols, we have cancelled our concert scheduled for this Friday 20th March.

This is a precautionary measure to help protect the health and wellbeing of our audience, musicians and volunteers, and because our concert venue is now closed for public events until at least mid-April.

We will be issuing refunds to those who have already purchased tickets.

Thank you for your understanding; and please take care.

Happy New Year… and a trip down memory lane

The Melbourne Sinfonia wishes everyone a very Happy and Musical New Year. Thank you all for making our 2019 concerts so enjoyable.

We can’t end the year without a trip down memory lane, because 2019 was our 30th anniversary year! We began as the Collingwood Chamber Orchestra, founded by Kevin Morgan in 1989 with the support of the Collingwood council. The group first rehearsed at the Organ Factory Theatre in Collingwood and then at Princes Hill Primary School. The first rehearsal comprised 9 string players and the group made its debut at Collingwood Senior Citizens Hall with 14 players. Later concerts were held in the Collingwood Town Hall.

Our name changed to The Melbourne Sinfonia in late 1990 and concerts moved to Melba Hall at the University of Melbourne, where they remained until November 2011. With Melba Hall no longer available, the venue changed to the James Tatoulis Auditorium at MLC.

Joannes Roose has been our Musical Director and Principal Conductor since 1998.

Since 2004 we have been an Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Our unique position as a fundraiser for the RCH unites us, as we join in the spirit of enjoying music for a good cause. We currently support the RCH Gatehouse Centre which provides a crisis service and ongoing support for children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. Gatehouse helps these vulnerable young people develop resilience and other coping skills.

We look forward to another year of music. Our 2020 concert dates are 20 March, 12 June, 4 September and 27 November.

Thank you for a wonderful concert

What a wonderful evening of music at our concert on 29th November – we ended the year on a positive note! Thank you to our musicians, volunteers, audience and our Musical Director, Joannes.

Special congratulations to Lee Abrahmsen for her beautiful Mozart arias. There was lots of praise for Lee – her richness and clarity of tone, emotional connection to the music and stage presence. Bravo, Lee!

We very much enjoyed performing Beethoven’s 4th symphony, which is often overshadowed by his 3rd and 5th. The last movement was a speedy way to end the concert! Thank you and well done to all.

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Thank you… and save the date: 29 November

Thank you to everyone involved in our concert on 6 September – the musicians, our Musical Director Joannes Roose, our audience, and of course our dedicated volunteers. We hope you all enjoyed the evening. Bravo to our guest soloist, Anne-Marie Johnson!

Our next concert will be on Friday, 29 November 2019, commencing at 8pm at MLC in Kew. Stay tuned for our concert program!

Next concert 6 Sep 2019 ~ Mendelssohn & Brahms

Our next concert on Friday, 6 September 2019 will feature the following program:

  • Mendelssohn ~ Ruy Blas Overture
  • Mendelssohn ~ Violin Concerto in E Minor with soloist Anne-Marie Johnson
  • Brahms ~ Symphony No. 3

Our online ticket prices are $26 adults / $13 students (children free) and can be purchased here. We also sell tickets at the door for $30 / $15 (cash only).

The concert will commence at 8pm at the James Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew.

We look forward to the pleasure of your company.

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