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The Voyage of Musical Discovery music education series was established and designed by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra and its founding artistic director and world-renowned educator, the late Richard Gill AO. Each program is designed for intergenerational audiences. Both school groups and the general public are warmly invited to discover this unique way to explore music from the past and present in a new light.

The Voyage of Musical Discovery is equal parts concert and demonstration. Co-artistic directors, Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen present each Voyage featuring musicians of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in the first half, and a contemporary guest artist or ensemble featured in the second half. By placing Australian music written in the last 25 years alongside earlier Classical and Romantic works, listeners are shown the many compositional links and similarities in structure, tonality, rhythmic function, orchestration and modes of expression between old and new music.

This Voyage of Musical Discovery introduces, demonstrates and explains key concepts of design and innovation in music across the centuries. Witness core elements of composition, performance and musicology align in contemporary creative practice, in works presented by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, and composer/pianist Sally Whitwell and guests.


Visitor Safety Information

Before you arrive at City Recital Hall, familiarise yourself with our new venue protocols here.

Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. If you have tickets and are no longer able to attend:

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*Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra 

    Sally Whitwell
    Anna Fraser
    Katy B Plummer 
    Video Installation Artist