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Australian Bushfire Benefit


Australian Bushfire Benefit

  • Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020, 4:30pm
  • Venue: Royal Academy of Music — Marylebone Road, London, United Kingdom
  • Tickets: Students - £10 General Admission - £35 Premium with Reception - £60

Event Details

Join us for a concert, reception and auction hosted by Australian artists and musicians to support the bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

Formed by Australian musicians in London, we are producing a concert of Australian music at the Royal Academy of Music featuring Australia’s finest UK based musicians, to honour the brave men and women who are fighting the worst fires in Australia’s history. 

Our hearts are with the people of Australia and we hope that the money raised from this concert will make a tangible difference to the victims of this horrific tragedy.

Musical direction by Australian conductors Jessica Cottis, Toby Thatcher, and special guest conductor Simone Young. 


‘Kondalilla’ by Stephen Leek (ABBL Choir conducted by Hester Wright) 

‘Dawn Wail For The Dead’ by Connor D’Netto (Lotte Betts-Dean and Hill Quartet) 

‘Yanada’ by Ross Edwards (Amy Dickson) 

‘Interlude’ by Paul Stanhope (Solo Horn – Renee Kennedy) 

Australian Medley | ‘Brave New World’ from Australian musical Eureka by Michael Harvey & ‘Waltzing Matilda’ arr by Christina Macpherson (Phantom of the Opera Cast: Paul Tabone, Una Reynolds,Corinne Cowling & Chad Vindin)

‘Pastorale’ by Peggy Glanville Hicks (Joseph Havlat) 

‘Abschiedslieder Op 14: No’s 1 & 3’ by Erich Korngold (Stuart Skelton and Simone Young) 


ABBL Strings, Orchestra and Choir 

‘Short Stories No.3: Embers’ by Brett Dean (ABBL Strings conducted by Toby Thatcher) 

‘The Lake’ by Ella Macens (ABBL Strings conducted by Jessica Cottis) 

‘Home Sweet Home’ by Sir Henry Bishop arr. James Ledger (ABBL Choir feat. Miriam Allan) 

‘Elegy’ by Frederick Septimus Kelly (ABBL Strings and Harp conducted by Toby Thatcher) 

‘Earth Cry’ by Peter Sculthorpe (ABBL Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis)

Excerpts from Verdi Requiem: ‘Quid sum miser & Rex Tremendae’ (ABBL Orchestra conducted by Simone Young with Helena Dix, Catherine Carby, Sam Sakker & Simon Thorpe) 

‘I am Australian’ by The Seekers arr. Misha Mullov-Abbado (ABBL Orchestra & Choir, Alex Given, Phoebe Panaretos, Embla Bishop & Kurt Kansley conducted by Simone Young) 

Featured non-Australian music: Verdi, Korngold

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Dawn interlude : solo horn in F (1999) by Paul Stanhope
— performed by Renee Kennedy
Dawn Wail for the Dead : (elegy) for soprano and string quartet (2018) by Connor D'Netto
— performed by Hill Quartet and Lotte Betts-Dean
Earth cry : full orchestra (1986) by Peter Sculthorpe
Elegy for string orchestra : in memoriam Rupert Brooke (1915) by Frederick Septimus Kelly
Digital sheet music sample Great southern spirits : SATB choir [Kondalilla] by Stephen Leek
Pastorale for piano (solo piano) by Peggy Glanville-Hicks
— performed by Joseph Havlat
Short Stories : five interludes for string orchestra (2005) [Embers] by Brett Dean
Digital sheet music sample The Lake : for string orchestra (2018) by Ella Macens
Yanada : saxophone solo by Ross Edwards
— performed by Amy Dickson

Featured artists

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