Luminescence Chamber Singers: A Luminous Christmas 

Christmas Classics, Christmas Pipes, Navidad: Christmas in Spain and Dancing Day
15-17 December 2023

Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT

Three days of carols, organ and Spanish music.

At the conclusion of Dancing Day on Sunday 17 December from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, friends and audience members are invited to join Artistic Director Roland Peelman for a celebratory drink in the courtyard and hear about the 2024 CIMF program.

Information and bookings: https://www.luminescence.org.au/

Ben Drysdale – single release and performance

The Canberra Irish Club
4-6pm, 17 December 2023
Free entry

Ben Drysdale’s debut solo single If I Don’t Lie Down will be launched at the Irish Club on 17 December 2023 but available on all streaming platforms Friday 15  December.

Barbie spoke to Ben Drysdale about the Hawaii Songwriting Festival and his award-winning song
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Canberra Choral Society – Hodie Christus Natus Est

A Christmas Concert
Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest ACT
Sunday 10 December 2023

The program will feature beautiful choral music and carols from the Middle Ages to the modern-day, including works by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Anton Bruckner, Josef Rheinberger, Morten Lauridsen, Herbert Howells, Sally Greenaway, and an arrangement of a traditional Appalachian carol by Dan Walker. There will also be well known Christmas carols.

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The Acacia Quartet – Debussy, Fritz Kreisler and Stephan Koncz

The Courtroom: Gunning’s Home of Chamber Music
101 Yass Street, Gunning
S2pm Saturday 16 September 2023

The Acacia Quartet will play in the excellent chamber music venue of the Courtroom in Gunning where the audience sits, as was intended with this form, closely and intimately with the players. 

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Big hArt & the ANU – Songs For Freedom

Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Action ACT
7pm Saturday 9 September 2023
150 minutes including 20 minute interval

Songs for Freedom is a concert of soul, blues, and country music, created by artists in the Ieramugadu community (Roebourne, WA) and beyond. It tells stories of the vast and striking beauty of this place and its people.

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From the Chocolate Box: David Pereira (Cello) and Andrew Rumsey (Piano)

The Courtroom: Gunning’s Home of Chamber Music
101 Yass Street Gunning NSW
2 pm Sunday 13 August 2023

Hear why the cello and piano were voted Australia’s two most-loved instruments in
a recent ABC classic FM national poll. David Pereira (cello) and David Rumsey
(piano) will treat you to a selection of much-loved pieces in a special concert they
are calling From the Chocolate Box.

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Ben Drysdale & Niall Howe – Aloha to Alinga

Smith’s Alternative
Alinga St Canberra City
Saturday 15 July 2023
6pm to 8pm

Canberra indie folk musician Ben Drysdale, who has just won second place at the prestigious Hawaii Songwriting Festival, will perform his award-winning songwriting at Smiths with Niall Howe.

Barbie talks to Ben Drysdale about his prize-winning song at the Hawaii Songwriting Festival
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Ruth O’Brien, launch of EP Songs for Abby

The Street Theatre Canberra
7.30pm Saturday 13 May 2023
110 Minutes including interval

You are invited to join Ruth O’Brien and band members Tabitha Hart – cello, vocals; Viktor Rufus – guitar; Matt Nightingale – bass to launch Songs for Abby.

Ruth O’Brien talks to Barbie about Songs for Abby
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Pirritu – ticket giveaway and new album tour

Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre
Thursday, 6 April 2023
Doors open 7:45pm
Show time 9pm

Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter, Pirritu (Brett Lee) has just released his second album, Fire When The Sun Goes Down, and is performing at festivals and venues throughout Victoria, Queensland and Canberra.

Living Arts Canberra has two double passes to give away to the first two people who email us at team@writingwithlight.com.au.

Pirritu (Brett Lee) talks to Barbie about Fire When the Sun Goes Down
Listen to Pirritu performing Smooth Sailin’
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Gunning Focus Group – David and Katie: A Fresh Take on Classic Songs

The Courtroom, Gunning, NSW
2pm Sunday 23 April 2023

Singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist David and violinist/vocalist Katie invite you on a journey through some of the best songsmiths of the last 50 years – Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Kelly, Tom Petty and more.  David and Katie don’t imitate; they make the songs their own. 

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