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Music in the Round 2016


Sunday 4 September 2016


Oratory, Industrial School, Mural Hall and Chapel


Sunday 4 September 2016


Oratory, Industrial School, Mural Hall and Chapel

“This concentrated chain of recitals featured gripping examples of music-making at every turn.”
Clive O’Connell, The Age (2015)

After two wonderful years, Music in the Round returns to the Abbotsford Convent this Father’s Day, Sunday 4 September. Presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, the event will showcase Australia’s leading and emerging classical musicians in the Convent’s unique heritage spaces. This year, Music in the Round will present its largest program to date, with 26 musicians, performing 12 concerts, across four historic venues; so audiences will be invited to curate their own unique concert experience.

This year’s program by Artistic Director Chris Howlett transcends 300 years of music, from J.S. Bach to Gordon Kerry, bringing together much-loved composers with rare and contemporary works.

The Music in the Round 2016 program has now launched, as outlined below.

Tickets to Music in the Round are available to be purchased now via the Melbourne Recital Centre website – book now to avoid disappointment.

A free outdoor program, which is not ticketed, will also run on the day. Featuring jazz and piano performances along with children’s classic PETER AND THE WOLF, the outdoor program runs from 9:30am until 3:15pm at various locations at the Convent.


Ian Munro
CPE BACH, Rondo in E major, H.265
CHOPIN, Waltz in C# minor, Op. 64 No. 1
LISZT, Mephisto Waltz, No. 1, S.514
RAVEL, Miroirs, 1. Noctuelles, 4. Alborada del gracioso and 5. La vallée des cloches

William Hennessy & Louisa Breen
BRAHMS, Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 100
DOUGLAS WEILAND, Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano

Zoe Knighton
PETERIS VASKS, Book for Solo Cello
JS BACH, Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat, BWV1010

Tristan Lee
BEETHOVEN, Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’
PROKOFIEV, Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 83

Arcadia Quintet
JACQUES IBERT, Three Pieces for Wind Quintet
JEAN FRANCAIX, Wind Quintet No. 1
RAVEL, Sonatina (arr. Wind Quintet)

Ensemble Liaison & Friends
RAVEL, Sonata for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN, String Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 9 No. 1

Nick Deutsch, Robin Wilson & Howard Penny
CPE BACH, Trio Sonata
TELEMANN, Trio Sonata, TWV 42

Caroline Almonte
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, Op. 90

Melbourne Piano Trio
ARENSKY, Piano Trio No.1 Op.32
Rachmaninoff, Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor

Syzygy Ensemble
GORDON KERRY, Making Signs
TAKUMA ITOH, Parallel Divergence

Kyle Stegall & Rhodri Clarke
MOZART, Wie unglücklick bin ich nit
MOZART, Lied der Freiheit
MOZART, Abendempfindung
HARRY SDRAULIG, Visions of Judgement
SCHUMANN, Liederkreis of J. Eichendorff

Music in the Round Young Performer
Yebin Yoo, Music in the Round Young Performer
JS BACH, Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001
YSAYE, Violin Sonata No. 5
KREISELER Recitative and Scherzo


First taking place in 1972, Music in the Round was the Australian Musicians’ Guild’s annual showcase for Australian chamber musicians. It relocated to the Abbotsford Convent in 1977, after debuting at Monsalvat and then Werribee Mansion. It delighted audiences at the Convent for nine years, until 1985, when State Government planning decisions required the venue. In 2014, the Abbotsford Convent Foundation brought this event back to life as part of its tenth birthday celebrations to become a key event in Melbourne’s classical music calendar.