Selby & Friends presents “chamber music at its best” (SMH) with six subscription seasons around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Turramurra and the Southern Highlands, each presented five times per year.
Australian pianist Kathryn Selby, AM, created the concert series in 2007 and her guest artists include many of the finest solo and ensemble performers from Australia and around the world. The series is widely considered “world class” and of “the highest possible level of performance” with many hailing Ms Selby as not only an “entrepreneurial force” but amongst the finest of Australian artists. She was awarded the ‘AM’ as part of the Australia Day Honours, 2013. Please visit our website, www.selbyandfriends.com.au, to see more detail and listen to our concerts recorded live.
Selby & Friends originally began as a series of concerts introducing music to children presented by Kathryn Selby at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney with a second series for general audiences in the evening, supported by IBM Australia from 1989-1993. Re-established in 2007 as a new, nationally touring series with Selby and invited guest artists, Selby & Friends has continued to present concerts of the highest quality with stunning reviews and a large and loyal audience. ABC Classic FM and the MBS network record for broadcast each tour program.
Selby & Friends is unique in Australia: amongst the first to feature artists speaking directly from the stage about their personal experiences or historical and amusing anecdotes creating an intimate and long-lasting connection with audience members that is reflected in the consistent loyalty of returning patrons; it is the only Australian series to mentor brilliant young Australians within a tour performance setting with artists older and more experienced; it was the first Australian series to continue to encourage children to learn about chamber music by inviting those 14 and under to attend the concerts for free.
Our goals are to present memorable experiences with world-class events, to support young people in a learning capacity and to help them reach their professional potential, and to support Australia’s cultural life as a vital balancing element within strong communities. To that end we have been extremely successful as our strong subscriber base, mentoring programs and consistently stunning reviews from audience and critics alike (and our popularity with national radio broadcasters) will attest.
The art of sharing great music through the medium of the piano trio takes pride of place in the 2017 season with further insight into magnificent and important works by Beethoven, Haydn, Ravel and Dvořák. Youth and exuberance is celebrated with Saint-Saens, Mozart and Turina along with great storytellers, Elena Kats-Chernin and Fauré.
“My guest artists and I are all looking forward to working together and sharing with you this great repertoire of truly imaginative, thrilling and nourishing music for the soul. I am joined in 2017 by yet another splendid ensemble of artists with whom I have had the pleasure to work in past seasons. Violinists Natalie Chee, Daniel Dodds and Andrew Haveron are joined by brilliant young Australian virtuoso Grace Clifford who returns from the US for a special tour with cello favourite Clancy Newman. Old friends Julian Smiles, Umberto Clerici, Timo-Veikko Valve and violist Tobias Breider complete an outstanding group of performers whose brilliance and charisma always bring unique charm, wit and warmth to the stage”, says Kathy.
Why we need your support.
It is thanks to the incredible generosity of chamber music lovers that we have been presenting Selby & Friends since 2007. As we move into our second decade, we would like to once again ask for your support to help Selby & Friends continue to bring performances and wonderful listening opportunities with first-class Australian and international musicians to our stages whilst managing to cover costs like venue hire, artist fees, travel, marketing and publicity. With your help, the Selby & Friends series can continue its broader inspirational outreach to children and young Australian artists, and enrich the communities in which we present concerts and the wider public through radio broadcasts.
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