John McCaughey: Musical Director

New from Melbourne and Italy

4th Lawrence Whiffin Concert

Media and métier of contrasting kinds form a pair of events with new creations in OCTOBER and DECEMBER. The performance landscapes bring different traditions into play: – interactive cross-disciplinary performances between music, film and theatre in October; solo virtuosity and chamber music in December, set in an environment of new choral composition.

Sunday December 9 brings the fourth of Astra’s Lawrence Whiffin Concerts – a forum for music from Melbourne and elsewhere in the globe.  Violist Phoebe Green combines with pianist Michael Kieran Harvey for two premieres – Ancestress by Helen Gifford, completed in 2018 for these two performers, and a rediscovered viola sonata by Lawrence Whiffin. Harvey further performs Whiffn’s breath-taking piano Études, launched as publications at this concert. From the choir come works ranging from Dorian Le Gallienne, who taught both Whiffin and Gifford, to younger Melbourne composers and recent Italian works.

Sunday 9 December, 5:00 pm

Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton

For tickets call Astra on (03) 9326 5424, or

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