And of course the year wouldn’t be complete without the annual Vienna Pops on New Year’s Eve. After his successful debut last year Mark Coughlan will be directing again, sharing the stage with Fiona Campbell and jazz diva Ali Bodycoat for an evening of Viennese classics and champagne.
The festive season kicks off with the Australian Chamber Orchestra bringing a fascinating East meets West concert to Perth on December 2nd. The orchestra will collaborate with brothers Joseph Tawadros (oud) and James Tawadros (percussion) who will bring a fresh perspective to a program that includes Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
The home grown fair is where things get really festive: WASO bring their music to thousands at the annual free Symphony in the City on 12th December and the Best of British is back again on December 22nd (note the change of date) conducted by Ian Westrip and in the style of Last Night at the Proms. Voyces present Noel, a mix of traditional and modern carols on December 18th with Sara Macliver and Fiona Campbell. The Perth Symphony Orchestra presents the magical Christmas story The Snowman screened with live orchestral accompaniment including the famous song Walking in the Air on 19th December.
On the sacred front Collegium Symphonic Chorus perform their annual Messiah on December 19th and on Tuesday 8th (note date change here too) St George’s Cathedral present their much anticipated concert version of Handel’s neglected opera Judas Maccabeus with Paul Wright leading the Baroque orchestra The Musician’s Table. Book quickly as this is expected to sell out by end of November.