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Archive for April, 2019

April 21st, 2019


Two of Australia’s most adventurous classical musicians, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello), are touring NSW performing their beautiful multimedia show, Where Song Began. Based on Tim Low’s bestselling book, this performance tells the story of the evolution of song, featuring music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape. The experience has been described as “like being sung to by the country”.

Performances from April 28 – May 7 on the east coast, including Wauchope, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Armidale, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Central Coast.


‘Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world.


Inspired by leading ornithologist Tim Low’s award-winning book, this 50-minute performance explores the Australian origins of song, ‘the birds that can sing’. Such is their evolutionary significance, ‘one may ask whether human music would have reached the heights it has, had the first songbird not sung in an Australian rainforest.’


Accessible for all ages, this work encourages the audience to contemplate the origin of song and the importance of Australia’s rich and colourful bird history. The program includes music spanning 300 years, from Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and J.S. Bach to Arvo Pärt and new Australian works, enhanced by a film of evocative visual projections, and an immersive soundscape.


About the performers: Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.


Tickets and info visit www.wheresongbegan.com


Performance length: 60 minutes without interval, including a Q&A


WAUCHOPE  – Sunday, 28th of April, 2:00pm

Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Oxley Lane, Wauchope


COFFS HARBOUR – Monday 29th of April, 7:30pm
St John’s Anglican Church, 2 McLean St, Coffs Harbour


BELLINGEN – Tuesday 30th of April, 7:30pm
St Margaret’s Church Hall, 100 Hyde St, Bellingen


ARMIDALE – Wednesday, 1st of May, 7:30pm

New England Regional Art Museum, 106-114 Kentucky St, South Hill


MAITLAND – Thursday, 2nd of May, 7:30pm
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High St, Maitland


NEWCASTLE – Friday, 3rd of May, 7:30pm
Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd, Newcastle


PORT STEPHENS – Sunday, 5th of May, 7:00pm
Port Stephens Sailing and Yacht Club, Seaview Cres, Soldiers Point


CENTRAL COAST – Tuesday 7th of May, 7:00pm

Greenway Chapel, 460 Avoca Dr, Green Point



Arvo Pärt – Fratres for solo violin, 1977

Sarah Hopkins – Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending, 1917

Chris Williams – bird, songs, seas, 2017

Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dance No.2, 1990

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – Cucu Sonata, 1664

J.S. Bach – Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, c.1720

David Lang – Anthochaera carunculate (Red Wattle Bird), New Commission, 2017

Ngarra Burra Ferra – Traditional Indigenous hymn


ABC Radio National Feature: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/where-song-began/9811914


Music Australia article: 



Live audio sample:

Promo video:


These performances are supported by Birdlife Australia. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Birdlife or a related conservation cause.