The National Art School is to join Melbourne Digital Concert Hall as a presenting partner for a series of spring concerts in the school’s Cell Block Theatre, bringing live performance to music lovers at home, wherever they are and enabling Sydney musicians to perform on this global network, despite the lockdowns.
From 24 September to 30 October 2020, some of Australia’s most outstanding and accomplished musicians will give performances broadcast live online for audiences all over the country and overseas, curated by MDCH artistic director Chris Howlett.
The series begins with didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton joined by violinist Véronique Serret and string quartet for Light of the Everlast, exploring the songlines of the modern world. This is followed by the charismatic composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin playing a lively mix of her works called Don’t Medley with Me!
Simon Tedeschi, Jane Rutter, Kathy Selby, the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Kirsty McCahon and many more will be returning to perform in what has been an enormously difficult time for artists everywhere.
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall launched in March 2020, created by visionary artistic director and cellist Chris Howlett and arts manager Adele Schonhardt to help Australian performers hit hard by coronavirus as their incomes disappeared overnight. Since MDCH’s first event on March 27, they have streamed 155 concerts around the country and overseas, from Berlin to London to Singapore, earned $650,000 in ticket revenue for Australian artists and attracted a dedicated and enthusiastic audience of more than 10,000 ticket buyers.
Tickets for the concerts are $24. $20 goes directly to the musicians; $4 booking fee goes towards operating costs.