The Brandenburg Quartet kicked off their 2018 tour with great flair in North Sydney on Saturday night with a great program of pieces for strings. The quartet consists of Shaun Lee-Chen (period violin), Ben Dollman (period violin), Monique O’Dea (period viola) and Jamie Hay (period cello). The foursome are all principal string players from the Aria Award winning Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

The group played a mix of classical pieces, but also included works by lesser known composers, like Francesco Durante from Naples, who taught at Sant’ Onofrio before becoming the head of the Conservatorio di Santa Maria di Loreto. He did not write for stage, but rather sacred music including two requiems and several masses. His concerto is sharp and intense demanding exacting performances.

The rest of the program was filled out with Andreas Romburg (string quartet in F Major, Op.1/3) and Franz Joseph Haydn (string quartet in D minor, Op.76/2). Romburg and Haydn held a longstanding and mutual appreciation of each other’s music. Romburg played with his cousin Bernhard Romberg and the slightly younger Beethoven in the Bonn orchestra in the early 1790s, but styled himself on Haydn whose work he greatly admired.

Haydn in turn promoted Andreas, passing Romberg’s work off as his own, before then revealing Romberg as the composer. The entire program is performed with adept attention to detail, the elaborate passages managed with what appears to be effortless aplomb.

The quartet will be in Perth and Adelaide before the tour concludes. For more information on the Brandenburg Quartet, see:


This Month in Sydney

18 Oct - 4 Nov
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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a two kilometre long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Aqualand proudly returns for its third year as Principal Sponsor, along with the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, which has increased to AUD70,000 in 2018 and will be awarded to an exhibiting artist whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

In 2017, Aqualand’s sponsorship was renewed for an additional five years and is the most significant in the exhibition’s history, continuing to support the growth of the iconic Bondi exhibition.

As one of Sydney’s most beloved and photographed events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts over 500,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney.