Sunday Concert Program 2016

We hope you enjoy this free concert program.
Booking is essential.  Tickets can be booked one month before a concert by clicking on the link accompanying each concert below.  Booking does not guarantee seating.  Please arrive at least at least half an hour early to secure seating.
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The Court would like to thank the ANU School of Music for their generous loan of a concert grand piano, and Peter Hislop for providing professional photographs for the artists and the Court to use.

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Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop


Sunday 22 May 2016 at 1:30pm SOLD OUT
Canberra City Band & Canberra Youth Orchestra

Bringing together two of the ACT's most powerful musical forces - Canberra’s official wind and youth orchestras – this performance promises to dazzle and delight. The programme will focus on core works in the repertoire, combining the penchant for electricity and excitement of both these ensembles’ young directors with the scale and boldness appropriate to the setting. Each ensemble will present a number of works, culminating in a combined performance of one of the most revelatory moments in music.

Canberra City Band (CCB) is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious concert bands. Placed second at the 2015 National Band Championships, CCB ranked ahead of ensembles from major conservatoriums around Australia. It is the flagship ensemble of the CCB organisation, currently seven ensembles strong. CCB’s concert series for 2016 will concentrate on presenting new and engaging works by Australian composers, including works commissioned for the Band. The Band performs in venues around the region and is committed to community engagement and art music performance at the highest level. 

Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the premier youth symphony orchestra within the ACT and wider region, bringing together the finest young musicians.  Recently acclaimed as an orchestra of “dedicated and expert young musicians at the top of the game” (CityNews, 24 October 2015), CYO performs four major orchestral concerts in the Llewellyn Hall every year. Conducted by Leonard Weiss, CYO performs a diverse range of repertoire and features world-renowned soloists. Their 2016 concert series, Icons, highlights symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Dvo?ák, Sibelius and Brahms.

 Duration 90 minutes. Make a Booking

canberra city band  canberra youth orchestra

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop

Sunday 29 May 2016 at 1:30pm SOLD OUT
Pop Up Choir
  Heaven, Earth and the Place In-Between

Under the inspired musical direction of Rachel Hore, 100 singers will combine to present a powerful and exhilarating concert within the Great Hall of the High Court.  Rachel's original songs and arrangements are enchanting, uplifting, powerful and fun; telling the story of our connection to country, spirituality and song.

The Pop Up Choir is Canberra based but has members from all over Australia.  Their aim is to change the nature of public space through sound and singing. You might find them popping up in tunnels, churches, foyers, museums and street corners, anywhere where there is a space that can be warmed by the beauty of the human voice.

Rachel Hore was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for her services to the choral community. 

For more information on Rachel Hore or the Pop Up Choir go to

Duration 1 hour. 

pop up choir

Photograph courtesy of Bronwyn King

Sunday 26 June 2016 at 1:30pm Duo Vela: Flute and Guitar Ensemble

Within the beautiful architecture of the High Court, join Duo Vela as they transport you, guided by the stars, across the ocean to other lands. Experience new sounds and indulge your senses in the colours and picturesque scenes painted by the flute and guitar. 

Duo Vela is not the traditional, run-of-the-mill classical music concert program. Duo Vela’s primary goal is to engage you, the audience member, bringing you a little bit closer to their art and craft.  In this program, you will read about the composers, detailed information on each piece and fun facts and you will learn about various musical techniques.  It is our hope that this selective repertoire will captivate, inspire and leave a lasting impression.

For more information please visit or to listen:

Duration 75 minutes. Make a booking

duo vela

Photograph courtesy of Eric Kinney

Sunday 24 July 2016 at 1:30pm Igitur Nos Chamber Choir

Experience the soaring beauty of sacred choral music within the majesty of the High Court of Australia as Igitur Nos Chamber Choir join Zach Raffan and The Trumpet Club to ignite the passion and spirit embodied in this powerful tradition.

Composed of experienced singers with high standards of musicianship, Igitur Nos Chamber Choir devotes itself to excellent blend, production and presentation. Formed in 2003 by its director, Matthew Stuckings, the choir has sung in many beautiful sacred spaces and cultural institutions in Canberra and beyond, and live on the ABC. The choir rehearses weekly and presents numerous public concerts and performances in liturgical context throughout the year.

For more information or to enquire about membership please visit

Duration 90 minutes. SOLD OUT

igitur nos chamber choir

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop

Sunday 31 July 2016 at 1:30pm Mimosa Duo

Come and join the Mimosa duo at the High Court as they express, deep from within their swinging hearts, a joyful virtuosic mix of their delicate classical repertoire, upbeat gypsy jazz and a few spin balls in between. 

Mimosa is a Sydney born and bred, guitar and violin duo of international standard. Its members Phoebe O’Shea and Morgan Haselden met whilst studying with scholarships at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  

After graduating in 2009, the Mimosa project began with Morgan and Phoebe's talent and passion creating a high demand for Mimosa.  Having studied classical music Mimosa naturally began building its ever increasing repertoire with original classical arrangements. Over time Mimosa has increased its repertoire to include music from different genres including the gypsy jazz compositions of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.  

For more information please visit, or to listen:

Duration 1 hour.  Make a Booking

mimosa duo

Photograph courtesy of Jess Pace

Sunday 28 August 2016 at 1:30pm Luminescence Chamber Singers & Kompactus Youth Choir

Luminescence Chamber Singers was founded in 2013 under the direction of respected Canberran composer and conductor Daniel Brinsmead.  Now under the collaborative artistic control of its singers, this eight part vocal ensemble comprises past and current students who have studied for a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical singing or have had extensive experience performing in the Canberra community.

Luminescence strives to present ambitious but accessible programs and sings a wide repertoire from the Renaissance period to the 21st century.  Luminescence takes pride in promoting contemporary Australian music and has premiered a number of Australian original works as well as having arrangements created especially for them by prominent composers such as Daniel Brinsmead, Alistair Noble, Patrick Baker and Olivia Swift.

Kompactus was formed in 2008 by a group of university students searching for the opportunity to develop the skills of talented singers between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine years.  In pursuit of this goal, the choir enlisted the help of counter tenor David Yardley who assisted in developing the musical direction of the choir whilst still maintaining the choir’s autonomy.  Now with a very diverse and versatile repertoire Kompactus performs with acclaim, work stretching as far back as the late medieval through to modern contemporary music.

In 2013 Kompactus farewelled director David Yardley with a concert at the High Court and has since worked with Roland Peelman, Judith Clingan, Daniel Brinsmead and Mary Tatchell. The group is currently directed by Olivia Swift, also a member of Luminescence and a composer currently studying under Paul Stanhope at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Duration 75 minutes.  Make a Booking

luminescence chamber singers

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop

Sunday 4 September 2016 at 1:30pm Canberra Choral Society

Voices in Space

Voices in Space, featuring Tobias Cole and the Canberra Choral Society (CCS), will perform contrasting choral works that exploit the unique acoustic qualities of the High Court.

Including Charles Villiers Stanford's exquisite ‘Blue Bird’, listeners will be amazed by the power of ‘Voices in Space’.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to discover the wonders of singing in this vibrant space. 

From humble beginnings in 1952 as a small group of people singing for pleasure, the CCS has become one of the most innovative and exciting choirs in the capital. Led by Artistic Director Tobias Cole, CCS is known both for traditional choral repertoire such as Handel’s Messiah and for surprising audiences with new music, new venues, and new ways to experience old favourites.

Tobias Cole is a singer, conductor and educator who, as director of several choirs including CCS Chorus, CCS New Voices, Turner Trebles, Vocal Fry and Lyneham High Voices, has inspired many people of all ages to sing.

For more information please visit

Duration 1 hour.  Make a Booking

canberra choral society

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop

Sunday 11 September 2016 at 1:30pm ANU Open School of Music, including VOCAL FRY

This showcase concert performed by the talented and dedicated students of the ANU Open School of Music will feature works for chamber ensemble, solo instrumentalists, and choir (VOCAL FRY).
A highlight of the program will be key movements from the amazing Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, written in the final weeks of his short life. Hear why the writer Rousseau referred to its first movement as ‘the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer’.
Be transcended in this lovely program created by Lindy Reksten and Tobias Cole.

ANU Open School of Music

The aim of the Open School of Music is to provide developing musicians with a supportive and nurturing social environment in which they can improve their technical and theoretical knowledge of music, interact and share their love of music with their peers, and rub shoulders with the world of professional music-making.

In particular, it aims to ensure that high-quality music education is accessible to all children in the ACT who have the interest and aptitude. Its principal supporter is artsACT.

ANU VOCAL FRY was established by Tobias Cole at the start of 2014 when the ANU Open School chamber music program was expanded to be available to any ACT high school or college student. Since then VOCAL FRY has grown to include a junior and senior choir and, recently, established DEEP FRIED, an ensemble for boys with changing voices. Performance highlights include Canberra International Music Festival 2015-2016, Double Trouble in The Street Theatre (CCS 2015) and concerts in the Hungarian Embassy and Italian Ambassador’s residence.

Duration 1 hour.  Make a Booking


Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop

Sunday 25 September 2016 at 1:30pm Polifemy, The Gentleman’s Agreement, Walking
the Dog & Brass

Bird Music

Birds are a source of wonder, with their calls and colours, their mastery of the air, the solitary wildness of some and the collective lifestyles of others. Our winged cousins have been responsible for wonderful human music over the ages using direct imitation of birdsong and other acoustic images to portray beauty, love and loss. This concert showcases compositions inspired by birds, from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Australian Kookaburras and White-Throated Warblers will flock together with Europe's Nightingales and Cuckoos as the sounds of recorders, voices, brass and strings mingle and soar in the wide open spaces of the High Court’s Great Hall. The performances feature Canberra vocal ensembles Polifemy and The Gentleman’s Agreement and recorder players Walking the Dog among others, and the music of composers such as Orlando Gibbons, Jacob van Eyck, Brenton Broadstock and Eric Whiteacre. An aural and avian experience not to be missed!

Duration 90 minutes.  Make a Booking

polifemy the gentlemans agreement

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop

Sunday 9 October 2016 at 1:30pm
The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra
  Classics in the Court

The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra presents works by Haydn, Mozart and Elgar and the premiere of a forgotten work by Frederick Septimus Kelly, an Australian composer who died 100 years ago on the Western Front. Led by violinist and conductor Thomas Jones the orchestra brings together talented musicians from across the legal profession in Sydney.  The orchestra is proudly supported by Corrs Chambers Westgarth where Thomas Jones is a partner.

Since its debut in 2014, the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra has been regularly performing for the general community in Sydney and has held a number of concerts at historic churches in Sydney.  It has also helped in fundraising for charitable causes, recently supporting the fundraising efforts of Save the Children Australia for the victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji.  In December 2015, it performed with the NSW Bar Choir in support of The Katrina Dawson Foundation.

The orchestra's performances have been described as 'wonderful' and 'utterly magical' and its conductor was recently featured in an article in the Law Society of NSW Journal where he commented upon the ‘transformational power’ of music.

Duration 1 hour. Make a Booking

The Sydney Lawyers

Photograph courtesy of Jason McCormack and the NSW Law Society Journal

Sunday 30 October 2016 at 1:30pm Canberra Wind Symphony
  Legally High

Join this stunning wind orchestra – the freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – for an afternoon of musical magic with compositions by contemporary Australian and international composers.  Be quick to secure your ticket as this will book out.

Under the baton of their Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Geoff Grey, the Canberra Wind Symphony supports the work of beyondblue, helping fight depression in Australian farmers.

With 40 of the Capital Region’s finest players combining to bring only the best wind literature to the concert stage, this dynamic orchestra is taking its ever-growing audience to new heights with their personal approach to delivering a concert experience to remember. Quite simply - they’re captivating, engaging and brilliant!

For more information and details of other exciting Canberra Wind Symphony offerings in 2016 please visit

Duration 1 hour. Make a booking

canberra wind symphony

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop

Sunday 6 November 2016 at 1:30pm Limestone Consort

Limestone Consort is a Canberra-based chamber ensemble which formed in 2012. It comprises music students, semi-professional and professional musicians and is led by violinist Lauren Davis. Limestone Consort enjoys performing music from the baroque period through to music composed today and regularly works with guest soloists, including David Pereira (cello), Peter Hagen (chamber organ), Anne Gross (soprano, USA) and Justin Lingard (trumpet).

For more information visit

Duration 1 hour.

limestone consort

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop

Sunday 13 November 2016 at 1:30pm

Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society
The Recorder’s Versatile Repertoire Throughout the Ages

Experience the rich and varied sound of the recorder brought to life by Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society (CREMS) within the unique acoustic environment of the High Court of Australia. The recorder is one of the very few instruments that can claim a repertoire extending from the eleventh century to the present day. Sacred and secular music, dance tunes and opera compositions, folk, jazz, contemporary and avant garde works, even romantic music written for Csakan (pretty much a recorder in disguise) as well as various recorder ensemble arrangements of classical orchestra compositions form the enormous content of this instrument’s repertoire. CREMS is delighted to showcase the renaissance sound in contrast to the contemporary style, the romantic repertoire for orchestra in comparison with the jazzy ensemble, and more.  If you have ever considered the recorder to be limited this concert will change your mind.

The Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society (CREMS) was founded in 1974 and is a friendly, non-auditioned group of recorder players of different ages from Canberra and the surrounding region.  Enjoying playing early and modern music in ensembles and recorder orchestra, CREMS holds monthly playing sessions and other workshops in Canberra plus twice yearly weekend-long workshops in Bundanoon in association with the Sydney Society of Recorder Players.
Led by Barbara Jerjen CREMS invites you on a journey to experience the versatility of the recorder throughout history.

For more information visit:

Duration 1 hour. Make a Booking


Sunday 11 December 2016 at 1:30pm SOLD OUT

Special Christmas Concert


Directed by Helen Moore and Louise Page

Helen Moore Executive Assistant of Illumina, Flowers of War and Voices in the Forest, joins with Soprano Louise Page and Luminescence Chamber Singers in creating a very special Christmas event.  Delighting audiences with all-time favourite Christmas carols and more quirky numbers, Canberra’s best soloists and ensembles will join in song.  This promises to be an uplifting concert of Christmas music for the whole family, and a beautiful celebration of and a conclusion to the Court’s 2016 concert program.

This concert is so popular that admission is strictly by ticket only. No tickets at the door.

Duration 90 minutes. Make a booking

In conjunction with this concert guests are invited to view a special photograph exhibition Peter Hislop, Photographer: People, Performances and Places with images spanning Peter Hislop’s 40 year career.

special christmas concert

Photograph courtesy of  Peter Hislop

Sunday 18 December 2016 at 1:30pm

Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen


Postcards from the Mediterranean

Winner of the Classical Music Rising Star Award at the inaugural 2015 London Music Awards, Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen is now bringing her unique style and talent to Australia’s High Court. As well as winning prizes and scholarships around the world, Belle was hand picked for the 2014 NOISE Festival Curator’s Choice for Music Award by Brian Eno, who described her music as “Original and provocative.” Belle's music has been featured on BBC China, Classic FM, ABC FM, 4MBS, Macroview TV Taiwan and Dateline TV Australia.

In this concert Belle will present Postcards from the Mediterranean, which takes the audience through a journey around the vibrant Mediterranean coast. From quirky, elegant works of French composers Ravel and Poulenc, the rhythmic dances of Spanish composers Mompou and Albeniz, to the exotic and mysterious work by Turkish composer Fazil Say, this programme will bring to life the kaleidoscopic cultures and sounds of the Mediterranean.

For more information and to listen to Belle Chen please visit:

Make a booking

Belle Chen

Photograph courtesy of Burke Turner for Eito Music

Tuesday 20 December 2016 at 12:30pm - Free Lunch Time Concert

Duo Amythis


The Duo Amythis says Thank You!

Please join accomplished classical guitarists Harold Gretton and Veronique van Duurling for a free lunch time concert celebrating dance, pulse, and ritual, war, grief, and joy.  Featuring guitar music from Spain, England, Sweden, Serbia and Australia, Canberra-born guitarist Harold Gretton and partner Belgium guitarist Véronique van Duurling will delight you with highlights from their new album as well as a few new surprises.  

The Duo have performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Australia, Ireland, Romania, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Montenegro, USA, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Hungary, Vietnam, Mexico and Greece.   For more information please see  and to hear their music

Duration 60 minutes. Make a booking

Duo Amythis

Photograph courtesy of  Novo Foto Alicante