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A darkened hall with a large orchestra filling the stage, dressed in formal black and white concert attire How to listen to an orchestra
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How to listen to an orchestra

11 April 2022

Are you put off by the idea of classical music as high-brow and inaccessible? Bourby Webster has 10 tips to help you have the experience of your life at an orchestral concert.

Reading time • 10 minutesMusic
Reading time • 4 minutesMulti-arts
A woman in a Bavarian costume dances on stage with men behind her wearing lederhosen and playing brass instruments Fringe World! back to the eighties
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Fringe World! back to the eighties

29 January 2022

The 80’s have arrived at Fringe World. Bourby Webster discovers some of the more quirky ways the decade of cheesy ballads, naughty pop and synth music can be kept alive, with two very brassy tribute shows.

Reading time • 6 minutesFringe World Festival
Two women dressed in leopardskin dresses singing on in the spotlights of a darkened stage for the show Wild Womxn WILD WOMXN – a celebration of being a woman in control
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WILD WOMXN – a celebration of being a woman in control

21 January 2022

Simone Craddock and Jessie Gordon are two of Fringe’s busiest artists. Clad in leopard skin and armed with killer voices, their first show Wild Womxn celebrates what it is to be a woman in control. Bourby Webster is thrilled to hear them roar!

Reading time • 4 minutesFringe World Festival
A pianist sits at the piano with a group of five string players sitting in front playing their instruments Local focus yields rich rewards
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Local focus yields rich rewards

10 November 2021

2021 has been the year of showcasing extraordinary WA talent for Musica Viva and this concert, showcasing the Sartory String Quartet and teen pianist Shuan Hern Lee, was a stunning example.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
10 singers dressed in blue and white formal attire variously stand or sit against a white backdrop A daring debut from Perth’s newest vocal ensemble
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A daring debut from Perth’s newest vocal ensemble

21 June 2021

The Vanguard Consort performed incredibly challenging music at their debut concert, and Bourby Webster says while nerves made for a cautious performance, the stage is set for an impressive future.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
nine singers stand in an arc on a small stage in front of spot-lit archways. In the foreground the heads of audience members are visible in sillouette Singers aim for the stars
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Singers aim for the stars

24 March 2021

Offering audiences a fresh experience of classical music is both daring and necessary. Bourby Webster finds The Giovanni Consort’s season opener exciting and a little uncomfortable.

Reading time • 4 minutesMusic
Two men in tuxedos smile at a woman in white dress as they sit on stage steps Cheeky chemistry, great talent
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Cheeky chemistry, great talent

19 January 2021

Bourby Webster had goosebumps watching superb performers bringing the greats to life in Ella & Louis!.

Reading time • 4 minutesFringe World Festival
Two singers stand on stage with musicians playing harpsichord, cello and violin Pure Handel
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Pure Handel

5 August 2020

Perth’s baroque royalty come together for this Freeze Frame Opera performance. But can you have too much Handel? Bourby Webster finds out.

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
A musical hug
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A musical hug

3 July 2020

Local chamber collective Cygnus Arioso lifted Bourby Webster’s spirits with their first post-lockdown performance.

Reading time • 4 minutesMusic

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

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