BackStage Music

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Support Living Music in 2019

BackStage Music showcases the music of our time, presenting concerts featuring early career and established artists from Australia and abroad. Be a part of supporting our 2019 series at The Newsagency.

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Since its inaugural concert series in 2017, BackStage Music has become a dynamic feature of the Sydney music scene. The series has featured renowned local artists including Ensemble Offspring, and The Australian String Quartet, plus international stars flautist Claire Chase and cellist Ashley Bathgate.

In 2019, we are seeking your support to build on the last two years. Your contribution will ensure BackStage Music can continue to assist musicians with the “backstage” work required to put on an event and establish a living space for our music community to grow.

We are thrilled to be presenting three tantalising concerts:
1) Oboist Cathy Milliken + Jane Sheldon + Lamorna Nightingale + Fiona Hill with emerging ensemble Lewis Mosley + Sam Weller + Charlie Sundborn.
2) Violinist Biliana Voutchkova + Clayton Thomas + Claire Edwardes + Jason Noble with emerging artist Henry Justo.
3) Didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton + Veronique Serret with emerging artist Niki Johnson.

At BackStage Music, the artists take 100% of ticket sales as income. So we require your support to cover the many costs associated with putting on an event, such as venue hire, public liability insurance, ticketing, and promotion.

Your support can help BackStage Music continue to create a stimulating music culture and economically viable model for presenting live, new music in Sydney.

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BackStage Music is a new music series dedicated to presenting living music in a living space. BackStage Music’s mission is to encourage and foster the creation of engaging, challenging and exciting new work in the field of classical music. and to build a stronger, more sustainable audience for the small medium music sector.

The music presented in the BackStage Music series will be curated by leading musicians in the field of new music, flautist Lamorna Nightingale and composer Elizabeth Jigalin.

Lamorna is a core member of the new music group – Ensemble Offspring -and has been performing with them since 2007. She has appeared regularly with Sydney’s finest orchestras and chamber groups including the SSO, AOBO and the ACO. Lamorna also runs her own music publishing business, Fluteworthy and is actively involved on the committee of the Flute Society of NSW.

Elizabeth Jigalin is a composer based in Sydney, Australia. Elizabeth is excited by the creative potentials of collaboration with much of her music directly inspired by the people she writes for. This keen interest for collaboration and creative music in Australia has seen Elizabeth direct and co-found “the music box project” (creative music collective of early career artists), curating a variety of projects and concerts and have her music performed and explored by a variety of ensembles and soloist musicians. Additionally, Elizabeth is interested in considering new and engaging ways to encourage creative music making in the classroom and has presented workshops at a variety of schools and for Sydney Symphony’s “TunED Up!” education programs.


Janusz Florek


John Nightingale


Melanie Walters


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