• CD of the Week – Bird Spirit Dreaming

    This recording shines a light on Australian compositions for the soprano saxophone, combined with piano and at times joined by cello, violin and percussion. HD Duo (Michael Duke and David Howie) perform this selection of featured compositions by Edwards, Hindson and Broadstock.

  • As It Happened : Lauren White

    Songstress and double bassist, Lauren White was awarded our 2024 Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship. And in late last year, she…

  • World Radio Day

    The decision to choose 13 February as World Radio Day (WRD) coincides with the day that the UNESCO established its own ‘United Nations Radio’ in 1946. The objectives of WRD are to raise awareness amongst the public and the media regarding the importance of radio. It’s also intended to encourage decision makers to establish and…

  • CD of the Week – Heavenly Mozart

    The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra reinvigorates two of Mozart’s best-known works in its brand-new recording Heavenly Mozart with conductor Rachael Beesley and fortepiano soloist Neal Peres Da Costa. They’re two of Mozart’s most familiar works – the Jupiter Symphony No.41 and Piano Concerto No.23. Hear ARCO re-illuminate this music with a historically informed performance…

  • Fine Music Showcase

    Fine Music Showcase returns this Sunday from 3pm. Recorded in our Founders’ Studio, this program features performances by Graham Jesse and Michael Bartolomei, Justin Wang, Isobel Archer and The Fabulous Baker Boys. Sunday 11 February at 3pm.

  • Classics from Asia

    Classics from Asia presents the music of Asian civilisations, including practices with their roots in literati, court, folk, and early modern cosmopolitan music-making. Listen Live on Sunday 11th Feb at 6:00pm.

  • CD Review – Night Thoughts

    Chances are that you’ve heard Len Vorster. Born in South Africa, he has been resident in Australia for the last 40 years, and is a pianist, accompanist, and teacher. He has achieved recognition for his recordings of de Falla (with Merlyn Quaife) and a two-piano version of Holst’s The Planets (with Robert Chamberlain) and has…

  • 100% Australian Made

    Starting this February, the first Monday of each month at 1pm, will feature a one hour program highlighting Australian composers and performers.

  • Lauren White:  2024 Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholar

    The Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship was established following a generous bequest by passionate jazz lover and former 2MBS Fine Music Sydney presenter, Ken Weatherley. Our 2024 Weatherley scholar is bassist and songstress, Lauren White.

  • Mosaic Jazz Collective:  2024 Jazz Artist-in-Residence

    The 2MBS Fine Music Sydney Artist-in-Residence program supports Sydney jazz ensembles. This year’s Jazz AiR goes to a young 10-piece jazz ensemble, the Mosaic Jazz Collective.

  • CD of the Week – Four Hands at Home

    Playing piano four-hands was both vital in the dissemination of music in the nineteenth century and also a popular domestic activity. The original 1853 Parisian Erard piano on which this recording was made demonstrates the clarity, warmth and differentiated timbres characteristic of the ‘straight stringing’ that was later replaced by the ‘cross-stringing’ of the modern…

  • The Sibelius Kullervo Symphony

    Dan Bickel investigates the work’s epic background The Kullervo Symphony, an early composition by Jean Sibelius, is a five-movement work for soprano, baritone, male choir, and orchestra. The premiere took place on 28 April 1892 in Helsinki and was both a great success and a breakthrough for Sibelius in establishing his career as a composer.…

  • Sophie Hutchings: In a natural way

    Lyndon Pike talks to the Australian neoclassical composer I first encountered the music of Australian pianist Sophie Hutchings back in 2010 via her album Becalmed, which served as the soothing soundtrack on my car’s stereo as I drove laps of my suburb late at night to lull my first-born child, a notoriously difficult sleeper, to…

  • An Evening in Honour of Jeff Beck

    Renowned guitarist Paul Mason is set to dazzle the Factory Theatre once more with his critically acclaimed Evening in Honour of Jeff Beck.

  • Maria Callas: incomparable voice and stage presence

    Derek Parker celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas It was during the Second World War, in German occupied Athens, that Maria Callas began her career as a professional singer. Born in New York in 1923, she had been brought to Greece by her domineering mother after her parents’ divorce, and at…

  • CD Review: Over Under – Luke Severn, Evan Fein
    CD Review: Over Under – Luke Severn, Evan Fein

    I imagine that the title of this release refers to the fact that the musicians involved hail from different hemispheres, but have also performed together in both the USA and Australia. Luke Severn is Australian and currently the artistic director and principal conductor of the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra. He is a cellist and, as a…

  • The talent of Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Barry O’Sullivan reviews her headline performance at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival There is no doubt that Cécile McLorin Salvant has been blessed with a unique vocal instrument. Commencing classical piano lessons at the age of five and then singing in a children’s choir at age eight, she began classical voice lessons as a…

  • CD of the Week – Il Sassone

    In 18th century London it was common for publishers to make arrangements of operatic arias for small ensembles ideal for playing in the home. On Il Sassone, False Consonance, seek to revitalise this tradition through a selection of instrumental arrangements of popular arias from Handel’s operas.

  • Meet the 2024 2MBS Artist in Residence – Outback Brass

    Outback Brass is a quintet that was formed in 2018 by Phill O’Neill, who, after having spent years living in regional Australia where he felt top-level musical performances were less common there than in coastal centres and major cities, had the desire to develop an ensemble with a primary focus on sharing and performing top…

  • Cassandra Doyle – 2024 Kruger Scholar

    Meet our 2024 Kruger Scholar, Cassandra Doyle. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2023 Cassandra will travel to Europe and North America to pursue further study, performance opportunities and audition for young artist programs.

  • The World of a Symphony: Popov and Shostakovich
    The World of a Symphony: Popov and Shostakovich

    Imagine living in an age where in a stroke, your life could be erased from the pages of history while being forced to rejoice through clenched teeth and a bitter heart. A world whose very social fabric was being ripped apart at the seams and replaced with fear, betrayal, lies, and above all, terror.

  • Sir Eugene Goossens: Symphonies, Sorcery and Secrets
    Sir Eugene Goossens: Symphonies, Sorcery and Secrets

    For over four decades, speculation and theories have swirled around Goossens’ disgrace. Some speculated conspiracy and blackmail, while others even connected it to the Petrov spy scandal. However, evidence came to light that began to unravel the mystery, exposing a tale of the conductor’s reckless sexual obsessions and a connection to a mysterious paganist and…

  • CD of the Week – Lost Codex of Avalon Vol II

    Inspired by his lifelong immersion in authentic medieval sound, composer, countertenor and medieval harpist David Yardley’s compositions conjure the lost music of the mythic isle of Avalon, from Arthurian legend. The Lost Codex of Avalon Volume II features spine-tingling and unique new music performed by outstanding musicians.

  • Maria Callas Comes to Sydney
    Maria Callas Comes to Sydney

    It’s taken a long time for opera singer Maria Callas to make it to Australia, but finally she arrived this past weekend. But wait a minute, I hear you say, I thought the diva was dead. Well, it’s true. She died in 1977 at the early age of 53, but thanks to the wonders of…

  • Dale Barlow: A Remarkable Saxophonist & Jazz Composer
    Dale Barlow: A Remarkable Saxophonist & Jazz Composer

    Dale Barlow, the renowned Australian jazz saxophonist and composer, was born on December 25, 1959, in Sydney, New South Wales. His musical journey began with the piano, but it was his transition to classical flute and clarinet during his teenage years, alongside jazz courses at the New South Wales Conservatorium, that unveiled his true calling.

  • Maria Callas: incomparable voice and stage presence
    Maria Callas: incomparable voice and stage presence

    It was during the Second World War, in German-occupied Athens, that Maria Callas began her career as a professional singer. Born in New York in 1923, she had been brought to Greece by her domineering mother after her parents’ divorce, and at fourteen was enrolled in the Greek National Conservatoire.

  • Sophie Hutchings: In a natural way
    Sophie Hutchings: In a natural way

    Lyndon Pike talks to the Australian neoclassical composerI first encountered the music of Australian pianist Sophie Hutchings back in 2010…

  • Born on this day: Gaetano Donizetti (29/11/1797)
    Born on this day: Gaetano Donizetti (29/11/1797)

    In the annals of operatic history, Gaetano Donizetti emerges as a luminous figure, his life and compositions resonating with a symphony of passion, innovation, and the poignant echoes of personal tragedy.

  • CD Review: George Walker – Five Sinfonias

    The American composer George Walker lived a long life, passing in 2018 at the age of 96. Only in his later life did Walker receive the acclaim that his talents deserved, and it was in 1996 that he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, the first African American to receive the award.

  • Half-priced CD Clearance

    Our Half-price CD clearance sale has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise sincerely for the short notice.

  • 2024 National Young Virtuoso Award

    The National Final of the 2023 Young Virtuoso of the Year Award was held at the 4MBS Classic FM Performance Studio in Brisbane on Friday 17 November. The five extremely talented finalists all performed brilliantly, each wowing the audience in the intimate venue.

  • CD Review: The Bowerbird Collective – Life on Land’s Edge

    I had the good fortune to attend a live multimedia presentation of Life on Land’s Edge at the Newcastle Music Festival earlier this year – but while the visual component was impressive, the musical content was well able to stand alone.

  • High Five: Simone Waddell
    High Five: Simone Waddell

    Simone Waddell is one of Australia’s top contemporary jazz artists performing jazz, soul, and funk-infused with groove. She was the first Australian to win a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston USA and after completing her music degree, she has continued her career internationally in Asia, Europe, and Australia, performing at…

  • The ‘degenerate music’ of war
    The ‘degenerate music’ of war

    When we think of wartime music, popular songs such as The White Cliffs of Dover and Do your balls (ears in the sanitised version) hang low? come to mind. Between WWI and WWII, patriotic anthems, classical music, swing, and jazz, sounded in the music halls, muddy trenches, and later, radio broadcasts.

  • 2MBS Fine Music Sydney – Showcase

    2MBS Fine Music Sydney’s final Showcase of the year was broadcast on SUnday 12th, with a spectacular batch of performers,including Alexander Yau (piano), jazz pianist Kevin Hunt, The Barayagal Choir, Maria Lopes (vocals), duo Maria Lindsay (violin) and Josephine Allan (piano). Listen Anytime to these remarkable performances.

  • Remembrance Day 2023

    On 11 November, we remember the more than 100,000 Australians who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving our nation in World War I, and the conflicts that have followed. We respect and honour those who have served and continue to serve. 2MBS Fine Music Sydney aired a special program in remembrance, which is available for…

  • Don Banks: remembered at 100
    Don Banks: remembered at 100

    Born in October 1923, Don Banks grew up in a family surrounded by musical instruments and jazz. His father played in bands with jazz legends Roger and Graeme Bell, the same bands that he would himself play in as he grew up. This beginning to his musical education established the pattern of curiosity and experimentation…

  • 2MBS Young Virtoso Award

    2MBS Fine Music Sydney would like to congratulate 1st prize winner Teresa Yang (violin) and runners-up Justin Wang (clarinet) and Kanon Ito (piano). We would also like to thank our other 4 finalists and 50 applicants.

  • Born On This Day – Ferdinand Hiller: An Unsung Hero of Romantic Music (24/10/1811)
    Born On This Day – Ferdinand Hiller: An Unsung Hero of Romantic Music (24/10/1811)

    In the vast symphonic landscape of the 19th century, one name that often gets overshadowed by giants like Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt is that of Ferdinand Hiller.

  • Simon Moore on New York, ABBA and Chopin
    Simon Moore on New York, ABBA and Chopin

    2MBS’ Simon Moore can be found most years on Broadway. “Broadway is home to the pinnacle of the peak art form for musical theatre,” says Simon. He describes it with gusto saying that it offers “musical theatre in various flavours including outstanding and new work.”

  • Andrey Gugnin Recital

    Gugnin, is celebrated worldwide for his exceptional musical prowess and has gained international recognition after winning the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016. His performances have captivated audiences with their precision, passion, and depth, establishing himself on the world stage of classical music.

  • Work Experience

    2MBS is committed to promoting young Australian musicians. Part of this committment is support for work experience students. Emergent Jazz brings you a program developed by young trumpeter on work experience. Saturday 21st at 7:00pm

  • CD Review: The Art Of Collaboration – Simone Waddell
    CD Review: The Art Of Collaboration – Simone Waddell

    Collaboration involves a group of people working together to complete a shared goal. This is a captivating journey through the realm of jazz. The album delivers a fresh perspective on a variety of compositional forms and innovative interpretations of well-known pop songs alongside some original compositions and arrangements from Jim Kelly and the vocalist Simone…

  • Carla Bley: Pioneering Free Jazz and Avant-Garde Visionary has passed away
    Carla Bley: Pioneering Free Jazz and Avant-Garde Visionary has passed away

    Carla Bley, an iconic figure in the world of jazz, has passed away at the age of 87 due to complications arising from brain cancer. Her legacy, spanning several decades, is a testament to her remarkable contributions as a pianist, composer, bandleader, and visionary artist.

  • Australian Indian Orchestra – Symphony of Lights

    A 60-piece orchestra featuring Indian instruments, dancers, and singers, the Australian Indian Orchestra is set to light up this Diwali season. Special 20% discount offer.

  • CD of the Week

    Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed, Orava Quartet, has recently unveiled their second album titled “Orawa,” a release paying tribute to their late mentor, Uzi Wiesel.

  • Inner West Jazz Fest

    Inner West Jazz Fest Sat21st & Sun 22nd. A festival whose time has come, the Inner West Jazz Fest brings together a rare collection of local musicians, from acknowledged masters such as Mike Nock and Phil Slater, to emerging leaders such as 2023 Freedman Jazz fellowship winner Philippa Murphy-Haste.

  • Passion, perseverance, precision: Celebrating Pablo Casals

    My father was a keen photographer, and our family used to enjoy slide nights where we would relive earlier times. Years later, he scanned a selection of these slides and put them on a disc for me. Mostly they were of the family, either at home or on holidays. But there was one which was…

  • CD Review: Latin American Piano Music – Alejandro Alberto Téllez Vargas
    CD Review: Latin American Piano Music – Alejandro Alberto Téllez Vargas

    Latin American Piano Music presents the music of seven composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries: one, Luis G Jordá, was born in Catalonia but spent most of his career in Mexico City; another, Ernesto Lecuona, was Cuban; the rest were Mexican.

  • Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival
    Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

    The future of jazz will soon be heard at eighteen ear-opening concerts from 25 October through to 5 November in Sydney. The festival has everything, from the finest soul and jazz singers to cutting-edge instrumental jazz and anthemic alt-pop album launches, showcasing the most talented, inspiring, and creative musicians from home and abroad.

  • IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition

    Tune in at 1pm, Tuesday 10 October to relive the breathtaking performances by five talented young vocalists as they competed for the prestigious IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.

  • Jill Hickson on Austria, Adelaide and Dame Joan
    Jill Hickson on Austria, Adelaide and Dame Joan

    Mary Jo and Lloyd Capps are passionate about music and travel. They’ve travelled the world with their earliest musical trip being to New York to hear the NY Phil and the Met, Blue Note and Birdland. None of which disappointed.

  • Keeping up with our Kruger: Xiaokang Zhang
    Keeping up with our Kruger: Xiaokang Zhang

    The 2MBS Fine Music Sydney Stefan Kruger Scholarship supports young, outstanding individuals further their career in the field of classical music. This annual scholarship is made possible through the generous bequest of passionate music lover, Dr Stefan Kruger.

  • Good Goliards!
    Good Goliards!

    In Yorkshire, the county in England where I grew up, there is a place called Mount Grace Priory. It is a partly ruined, but much-preserved Carthusian monastery with a physic garden, a fish farm, and cells for 17 monks living as hermits, engaged in devotional writing and pious contemplation. Except that they weren’t – at…

  • Sonny Rollins: A towering figure in the world of jazz
    Sonny Rollins: A towering figure in the world of jazz

    Walter Theodore ‘Sonny’ Rollins, born on 7 September 1930 in New York City, emerged as a towering figure in the world of jazz as a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Growing up in the vibrant musical landscape of Harlem, Rollins was influenced by what he heard in iconic venues such as the Savoy Ballroom and the…

  • Class Act – Sat 30th
    Class Act – Sat 30th

    Musical Mastery in the Making The September 2023 edition of ‘Class Act’ includes works by several student composers.We hear contributions…

  • On this Day: September 27, 1827 – Franz Schubert finishes his song cycle Winterreise
    On this Day: September 27, 1827 – Franz Schubert finishes his song cycle Winterreise

    Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is not only a musical masterpiece but also a work steeped in the profound emotions of the Romantic era. Composed in 1827, a mere year before Schubert’s untimely death at the age of 31, Winterreise is a song cycle for voice and piano, set to 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller, telling the…

  • CD Review: Hunger by Bungarribee
    CD Review: Hunger by Bungarribee

    Driven by genre-fusing ardour, with the inclusion of warped, shaped sounds, the ethnic intrusions and Eastern tangents of vocalised rhythmic syllables (Konakol), with instruments plus electronics, Bungarribee jazz quartet leans on solid ground while moving in mysterious ways between music of the jazz-infused avant-garde and classical. Embracing different genres, grooves and intensities, they have released…

  • Melodious, Irresistible and Unique
    Melodious, Irresistible and Unique

    By 1866, when he was 47, Jacques Offenbach, although born in the Rhineland, had achieved his ambition to become a celebrated French composer. He began his campaign, not with a bang but a whimper, by persuading the Paris Opéra-Comique to produce his first operetta, Pascal et Chambord.

  • Born on this day: Clara Schumann (13/09/1819)
    Born on this day: Clara Schumann (13/09/1819)

    Clara Schumann was one of the most distinguished pianists and significant female composers of the Romantic era. She was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1819 to Friedrich Wieck, a piano teacher, and Marianne Wieck, a singer. Her father recognized her musical talent early on and began training her to be a child prodigy.

  • High Five: Hamed Sadeghi
    High Five: Hamed Sadeghi

    Born in Iran, Hamed Sadeghi is an acclaimed multi-award winner Persian-Australian tar player and composer known for his innovative blend of Persian classical music with Western contemporary and jazz music. Hamed has performed on a variety of projects as well as performing solo on the tar.

  • The poetry of Die schöne Müllerin
    The poetry of Die schöne Müllerin

    As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Die schöne Müllerin, the collaboration between the poet Wilhelm Müller and composer Franz Schubert, we should recognize that every German schoolboy knows the enchanted opening line by heart: ‘Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust!’ (Roving is the miller’s delight!).

  • Mark Wigglesworth on Dmitri Shostakovich
    Mark Wigglesworth on Dmitri Shostakovich

    British conductor Mark Wigglesworth has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. Wigglesworth has recorded the complete Shostakovich symphonies with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, to critical acclaim

  • The other Kreutzer
    The other Kreutzer

    When I came across a work by a composer called Kreutzer in the library at 2MBS Fine Music, I assumed that this might be the same Kreutzer after whom Beethoven had named one of his most famous violin sonatas. To my surprise, this particular Kreutzer was another composer altogether!

  • Geoffrey Chard AM ‘Reflections’

    Join the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation in celebrating Geoffrey Chard’s 93rd Birthday (this month) with a walk down memory lane as Geoffrey entertains guests with anecdotes from his amazing life as one of Australia’s most outstanding international baritones.

  • High Five: Steve Barry
    High Five: Steve Barry

    Dr Steve Barry is a multi-award-winning pianist, composer, improviser, and lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and now living and creating on Gadigal land, Barry works across the music industry as a performer, accompanist, educator, and consulta

  • Sydney Mandolin Orchestra

    The Sydney Mandolin Orchestra performs its 3rd and final 90th anniversary celebration concert. The program, “Evocative Images”, includes exciting works from near and far and features the world premiere of “Backyard Images” a newly commissioned work by SMO’s conductor & Musical Director Werner Ruecker.

  • Born On This Day: Leonard Bernstein (25.08.1915)
    Born On This Day: Leonard Bernstein (25.08.1915)

    Leonard Bernstein’s life story is a tapestry woven with remarkable achievements and complex layers. Born on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Bernstein displayed his prodigious musical talents early on. Commencing piano lessons at a mere 5 years old, he astounded by conducting his first orchestra by the age of 10.

  • Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter – Australian Tour Interview
    Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter – Australian Tour Interview

    Currently touring Australia are Chicago based jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and prodigious musician and producer Charlie Hunter. I caught up with Kurt and Charlie during the Melbourne leg of their tour, showcasing songs from their ongoing Superblue project, which arrives in Sydney on Wednesday August 30th at City Recital Hall.

  • Mark Wigglesworth on Dmitri Shostakovich
    Mark Wigglesworth on Dmitri Shostakovich

    British conductor Mark Wigglesworth has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. Wigglesworth has recorded the complete Shostakovich symphonies with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, to critical acclaim

  • Fine Music Showcase

    On Sunday Special, 13th August, Julie Simonds presents Fine Music Showcase, an exciting program of vibrant and varied music performed by John Martin, Alexander Yau, Rachel Siu and Nomad Quartet.

  • New Perspectives: Period-style performers charm the piers
    New Perspectives: Period-style performers charm the piers

    “Stable temperatures… the weather was just right,” said Nicole van Bruggen, Co-Artistic Director of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO), after the concert. Her relief wasn’t simply for the sake of concertgoers, but the delicate period instruments.

  • Born On This Day – André Georges Louis Onslow (27/7/1784)

    Andre Georges Louis Onslow (or George, as he was more commonly known) was born into a wealthy family, which allowed him to pursue his musical studies without financial worry. He studied piano and composition with some of the leading musicians of the day, including Ignaz Pleyel, Johann Baptist Cramer, and Jean-Baptiste Rey.

  • Annie Ross – None One But Me (Documentary)

    “Annie lived a jazz life,” said Gill Parry, producer of No One But Me, this remarkable documentary about Annie Ross that originally screened at the 2012 Glasgow Film Festival.

  • August Events In Sydney
    August Events In Sydney

    If it’s a classical or jazz performance you’re interested in attending throughout the month of August, 2MBS Fine Music Sydney have made some hand picked highlights to help you decide.

  • CD Review: Light Dance – Black Tulip Trio
    CD Review: Light Dance – Black Tulip Trio

    The arrival of a new trio recording such as this often evokes the feeling of greeting an old friend. The…

  • The BBC Proms 2023
    The BBC Proms 2023

    The BBC Proms 2023 is the 128th season of the BBC Proms, a classical music festival held every year at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The season will run from July 14 to September 9, 2023, and will feature a total of 84 concerts, including 13 world premieres.

  • High Five: Lucy Kiely

    Originally from Sydney, Lucy Kiely has lived and worked on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast of Italy for almost a decade. She has experience as a singer and songwriter, including co-writing the official Platinum Jubilee song for Queen Elizabeth II, performed at Buckingham Palace in 2022 by Grammy Award

  • Born on this Day: Deodat de Séverac (20/07/1872)
    Born on this Day: Deodat de Séverac (20/07/1872)

    Deodat de Séverac was born on July 20, 1872, in Saint-Félix-Caraman, a small village in the south of France. He came from a family of noble lineage, but they lost their titles during the French Revolution. Displaying exceptional musical talent from a very young age. At the age of four, he reportedly began picking out…

  • As It Happened – Leah Berry

    2MBS Fine Music Sydney’s goals include promoting young Australian musicians. We have established As It Happened, creating recording opportunities for emerging artists. Welcome songstress Leah Berry.

  • Sundays sound different

    From Sunday 2 July, Sundays will sound different. With two new programs (Explorations and Jazz Interaction), the day is still fine presenting, fine curation, fine music.

  • Infinite Dial 2023 reveals 81% of Australians listen to digital audio monthly
    Infinite Dial 2023 reveals 81% of Australians listen to digital audio monthly

    Australia is leading the way in digital audio listening, challenging the perception that younger music fans have abandoned radio for platforms like Spotify and TikTok. According to the seventh Infinite Dial Australia report, 81% of Australians aged 12 and above listen to digital audio monthly, surpassing the figure of 75% in the United States. This…

  • The prince who launched a rocket
    The prince who launched a rocket

    Frederick the Great wasn’t wrong when he said Carl Theodor was a Glücksschwein, which does not mean ‘lucky pig’ but ‘good luck pig’. Good luck pigs are still to be found on charm bracelets, especially in Germany. What Frederick meant was that Carl Theodor had acquired all his lands and wealth through inheritance, without even…

  • The Sydney International Piano Competition:The marathon begins
    The Sydney International Piano Competition:The marathon begins

    It’s July. By now all the aspiring pianists around the world have learned whether they were successful and made the cut for the 32 competitors who will battle it out on the keyboard for this year’s winner.

  • From Bernstein to the Ring Cycle: a trip around the globe with the Capps
    From Bernstein to the Ring Cycle: a trip around the globe with the Capps

    Mary Jo and Lloyd Capps are passionate about music and travel. They’ve travelled the world with their earliest musical trip being to New York to hear the NY Phil and the Met, Blue Note and Birdland. None of which disappointed.

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  • Every Day Jazz

    As part of the rescheduling of Sunday’s programs, FineJazz can now be heard every day at noon and 7pm. Sunday 2nd July is when it all starts, with two new FineJazz programs

  • 2023 Art Music Awards to take place at Carriageworks
    2023 Art Music Awards to take place at Carriageworks

    APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are thrilled to announce that the Art Music Awards of 2023 will take place on Tuesday, August 15th, at Carriageworks in Sydney, on Gadigal land. This grand event aims to celebrate the remarkable achievements of exceptional talent in the composition, performance, education, and presentation of Australian music.

  • Born on This Day – Georgie Fame (26.06.43)
    Born on This Day – Georgie Fame (26.06.43)

    Georgie Fame is without a doubt, a hugely iconic figure in the UK jazz scene, renowned for his unique blend of jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul. Born as Clive Powell on June 26, 1943, in Leigh, Lancashire, Georgie Fame displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age.

  • CD Review: To Listen, To Sing: Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples composers
    CD Review: To Listen, To Sing: Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples composers

    Ngarra-Burria (‘To Listen, To Sing’) is a program instigated by Dharug composer and teacher Christopher Sainsbury in 2016 to encourage and enable indigenous composers to ‘create notated compositions and industry connections’.

  • In Memoriam: The Girl from Ipanema
    In Memoriam: The Girl from Ipanema

    83-year-old Astrud Gilberto gazes out of the window of her residence at the Society Hill Towers overlooking the Derwent River in Philadelphia; one of her cats lazily stretches on a rug, dappled by sunlight beaming in between the open curtains. On the walls of her home hang several paintings she has recently made, while photos…

  • Born On This Day: Pablo Bruna (22.06.1611)
    Born On This Day: Pablo Bruna (22.06.1611)

    In the vast realm of classical music, the name Pablo Bruna may not be as widely recognized as some of his contemporaries. However, this Spanish composer of the Baroque era left an indelible mark on the music world with his exceptional organ compositions and his contributions to sacred music.

  • Contemporary Music Collective – A New Lineup

    The Contemporary Music Collective remains a critical part of 2MBS Fine Music’s fine music. Two new programs join the eccentric and the talented: The Pounding System is presented by Clay Caplice, and Snail Radio by Danny Wild.

  • As It Happened: The Motion Quartet

    2MBS Fine Music is committed to promoting Australian musicians with a focus on the young. On Saturday’s Emergent Jazz at 7:00pm, we present The Motion Quartet, a jazz group of significant talent from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • Australian Haydn Ensemble – Die Stille Nacht

    Die Stille Nacht is a beautiful concert of baroque works that turns the dark night of the soul into a blissful place. The ebony tones of bass-baritone David Greco blend perfectly with dark velvet strings, while, against them, the baroque flute of Melissa Farrow shines as delicately as a thin crescent of moonlight.

  • The Hohle Fels Flute: Unveiling the Earliest Known Musical Instrument
    The Hohle Fels Flute: Unveiling the Earliest Known Musical Instrument

    In the picturesque region of the Swabian Jura in Germany lies a cave that guards a profound secret dating back 40,000 years—a musical treasure that fundamentally reshapes our comprehension of human history.

  • MUSICA VIVA GARRICK OHLSSON REVIEW
    MUSICA VIVA GARRICK OHLSSON REVIEW

    The touch was as light as a feather as American pianist Garrick Ohlsson teased the pianissimo opening out of Franz Schubert’s Impromptu in C minor, the first of his Opus 90 four impromptus. It set the scene for what was to be a wonderfully intimate recital at the City Recital Hall.

  • CD Review: In The Waves
    CD Review: In The Waves

    Born out of a pandemic-inspired reconnection with ocean swimming, these compositions are loosely themed on the physical and philosophical qualities of water as a common thread.

  • Jazz-In-Conversation: Jason Bruer

    Each Friday at noon, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour, this week welcoming Australian saxophonist, Jason Bruer.