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Camerata – When the World Was Wide


Camerata – When the World Was Wide

  • Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019, 7pm
  • Venue: QPAC Concert Hall — Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Grey St and Melbourne St, Southbank, QLD
  • Tickets: Adult: $85 | Concession: $75 | Student: $33 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 136246

Event Details


Tama Matheson – writer & actor
Artists from Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts


Not quite a concert, not quite a play, When The World Was Wide is a melding of narrative, acting and concert music. It digs deep into the life and sparring friendship of two of Australia’s most iconic poets and writers, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, drawing on atmospheric and evocative music to set the scene. When The World Was Wide is the fifth collaboration between Camerata and Tama Matheson. Audiences and critics continue to praise these adventurous artistic collaborations. 

This was engaging and significant, an enjoyable event brokered by the productive, no frills alliance between music and theatre, where each art form was fully realised yet supportive of each other. Such success in the vexed terrain of interdisciplinary venture is rare. (Limelight Magazine on the 2017 smash hit, The White Mouse)


Excerpts from:

May Brahe/Helen Taylor Bless This House
John Thorn/Henry Lawson The Shame of Going Back
John Thorn/Henry Lawson Faces in the Street
Peter Sculthorpe Port Essington
John Tavener Eternal Memory for Cello and Strings
Miriam Hyde Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda (arranged for Strings)
Cameron Patrick  Impressions of Erin for String Orchestra

Featured non-Australian music: John Tavener

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

Featured Australian Works

Bless this house : string orchestra by May Brahe
— performed by Camerata (Queensland's Chamber Orchestra)
Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda : string orchestra by Miriam Hyde
— performed by Camerata (Queensland's Chamber Orchestra)
Port Essington : for strings (1977) by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Camerata (Queensland's Chamber Orchestra)
 Faces in the Street by John Thorn
 Impressions of Erin by Cameron Patrick
 The Shame of Going Back by John Thorn

Featured artists

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