Australian Chamber Orchestra

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Photographer Bill Henson’s dramatic night-time landscapes and moody explorations of sensuality form the backdrop to a meditative soundscape of music in this arresting multi-sensory journey.

Henson’s darkly dramatic photographs ask challenging questions – exploring the twilight zones between day and night, male and female, youth and adulthood, urban and rural settings – as well as defining a new idea of beauty. For artists as imaginative as Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, providing a musical dimension has been a process of true creative discovery.

And the result – with Henson’s images accompanied by specially devised lighting, vocals from cult Australian singer Lior, and live music written by composers ranging from Janáček and Pēteris Vasks to George Crumb and REM – simply has to be experienced on its own terms. ‘The effect will be like a see-saw: the ebb and flow of all these elements’ says Henson. ‘The most you can hope is that it creates wonder.’

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Composer Focus – Episode 4: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Richard Tognetti

In episode four, host Edward Seckerson is joined by violinist, composer, and Australian Chamber Orchestra artistic director Richard Tognetti to discuss the genius, larger than life character, and prodigious talent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Barbican Sessions: Timo-Veikko Valve


In our latest session, Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cello at the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's Sarabande from Suite No.4 for Unaccompanied Cello BWV1010 in E-flat Major at Milton Court.

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Composer Focus – Episode 2: Benjamin Britten with Roderick Williams

In episode two, host Ed Seckerson is joined by baritone and composer Roderick Williams to discuss Benjamin Britten, a complex and often contradictory character, and one of the 20th century’s greatest opera composers.

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Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.

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