• CD of the Week – The Outsider

    The Outsider is Chris Cody’s new album for his all-star 8 piece band, ranging from jazz to gospel, infused with African and Middle Eastern grooves.

  • Coy Composers Round 5 – A Word Puzzle
    Coy Composers Round 5 – A Word Puzzle

    Can you help to find these composers who are all born in December in time for Christmas?

  • Born on this Day: Chuck Mangione (29 November, 1940)
    Born on this Day: Chuck Mangione (29 November, 1940)

    For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione’s love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage. Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap, in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie. In fact Dizzy gave Chuck an ‘updo’ horn just like his own.

  • Support for the Young: work-experience

    2MBS Fine Music Sydney has a goal focussing on young musicians and composers. This is expressed through our awards and scholarships, and two of our programs. Listen to Emergent Jazz to hear our Year10 work-experience students discover jazz.

  • Focal Point 24.11.22
    Focal Point 24.11.22

    A regular exploration of folk, classical, world and jazz on the rise and causing waves around the globe.

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Music Mornings

    Here is just a small sample from this week’s Classical Fine Music. Weekday mornings with Diversions in Fine Music, and Concert Hall.

  • Born on this day – Manuel de Falla (11/23/1876)
    Born on this day – Manuel de Falla (11/23/1876)

    Part Impressionist and part neo-Classicist, Manuel de Falla is difficult to peg, but he is widely regarded as the most distinguished Spanish composer of the early 20th century. His output is small but choice and revolves largely around music for the stage.

  • CD of the Week – Dancing Waters

    Anoesis’ album of original compositions ‘Dancing Waters’ aims to recognise the natural beauty of Australia and its history. ‘Dancing Waters’ was produced through the 2MBS Fine Music Jazz-Artist-in-Residence program.

  • Jazz After Hours

    Late night Sundays and Mondays are special times of the week. Jazz to engage, to relax and to refresh. From 10pm this week, Sunday (20th) brings Lerner and Loewe with Jeannie McInnes, while Monday(21st) brings Cuban jazz with Eddie Bernasconi.

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Classics

    Here is just a sample of this week’s Classical Fine Music: From Mendelssohn, Coward and Bernstein to a celebration of the tragically short life of Noel Mewton-Wood.

  • Fine Music Showcase

    On Sunday Special Sunday 13 November, Julie Simonds presents Fine Music Showcase, an exciting program of vibrant and varied music recorded live in our Founders’ Studio by 2MBS sound engineer Jayson McBride. Listen back, Listen Anytime

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Music Mornings

    Here is just a small sample from this week’s Classical Fine Music. Weekday mornings with Diversions in Fine Music, and Concert Hall.

  • Jazz-In-Conversation: Tomas Ford

    Each Friday, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour at noon, and this week is special guest Tomas Ford, from the 2022 Fine Music Jazz Artist-In-Residence, Anoesis.

  • MBS Network National Young Virtuoso Award Final

    Experience the virtuosity and excitement online of some of Australia’s brightest young stars of classical music at the MBS Network National Young Virtuoso Award Final on Sunday 20 November via digital stream.

  • Born On this Day – Frédéric Kalkbrenner (8 October, 1785)
    Born On this Day – Frédéric Kalkbrenner (8 October, 1785)

    Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kassel, to give his full and un-Frenchified name, was one of a number of remarkable demon pianists who flourished, mostly around Paris, in the early couple of decades of the Romantic era in music. He wrote a large quantity of music, mostly flashy and some of which is still played.

  • Jazz In Conversation: Jo Fabro

    Each Friday, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour at noon. This week’s guest is vocalist Jo Fabro, who has a new album, and is performing in the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Classics

    Here is just a sample of this week’s Classical Fine Music: Explore Italy through Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Walton or refresh your soul with Zelenka’s Missa sanctae Caeciliae.

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Music Mornings

    Here is just a small sample from this week’s Classical Fine Music. Weekday mornings with Diversions in Fine Music, and Concert Hall.

  • 2MBS Fine Music Sydney – Showcase

    2MBS Fine Music Sydney’s Showcase returns this Sunday from 3pm with 4 stunning performances captured live in our Founders Studio.

  • Inaugural Award Most Promising Young String Player

    The Sydney String Centre and the creation of the AwardThe Sydney String Centre partnered with Sydney Eisteddfod to create this…

  • A Fine Selection 036
    A Fine Selection 036

    Our weekly Spotify playlist A Fine Selection, features the very best in folk, jazz, classical and world sounds emerging from around the globe.

  • Born on This Day – Babs Gonzales (28 October, 1919)
    Born on This Day – Babs Gonzales (28 October, 1919)

    Hipster troubadour poet, author, street preacher and hustler. Beloved of the Beatniks and the cool jazz crowd, Babs Gonzales was a man as colourful as the clothes he wore.

  • Class Act – What a showcase

    Class Act: Sat 29th. We are committed to promoting Australian musicians, with a focus on the young. Class Act samples the abundance of new musical talent in our NSW schools

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Classics

    Here is just a sample of this week’s Classical Fine Music: Dvorak and Josef Suk; graduates of the Juilliard School of Music; and Tasmanian composers.

  • Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

    The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival returns for its 11th year for a week-long celebration (27 October to 5 November). Four headline shows, plus a stack of club gigs across eight venues.

  • Focal Point 26.10.22
    Focal Point 26.10.22

    A regular exploration of folk, classical, world and jazz on the rise and causing waves around the globe.

  • CD of the Week – The Golden Age Project

    Award winning saxophonist Nick Russoniello teams up with specialist historical string players for this ground-breaking new album: The Golden Age Project…

  • Jazz On Wednesdays: Lucian Ban

    Jazz On Wednesdays brings you the magic of world jazz, this week featuring Romanian pianist Lucian Ban. Listen at noon to Jazz Sketches with Robert Vale, and at 7pm to Planet Jazz with Xavier Bichon.

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    A Fine Selection 035

    Our weekly Spotify playlist, A Fine Selection, is available to listen to now. 21 hand chosen pieces of music covering the best in current and exciting Jazz, Classical and World sounds. Featured this week are acts such as … …

  • Coy Composers Round 2 – A Word Puzzle
    Coy Composers Round 2 – A Word Puzzle

    The British Are Coming! Help find these bashful Brits before they make like Liz Truss and leave for good!

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Music Mornings

    Here is just a small sample from this week’s Classical Fine Music. Weekday mornings with Diversions in Fine Music, and Concert Hall.

  • Jazz In Conversation: Chris Cody

    Each Friday at noon, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto A Jazz Hour. This week, his guest is pianist Chris Cody. Listen in while…

  • Alexander Gadjiev National Tour

    Winner at the 2021 Sydney International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu and Chopin Competitions, Alexander Gadjiev is one of the most inspiring pianists of his generation…

  • 2022 NSW Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award Finalists
    2022 NSW Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award Finalists

    Our 2022 Winner was Joshua Han, piano with Second Place to David Carreon, violin and Anna Chung, clarinet, received the Encouragement Award.

  • Sydney Cello Quartet – The Witching Hour

    In The Witching Hour, the Sydney Cello Quartet performs music exploring the nocturnal world and the dichotomy of darkness and light within it…

  • Jazz After Hours

    Late night Sundays and Mondays are special times of the week. Catch the FineJazz crew with jazz to engage, relax and refresh. From 10pm, listen out for Deborah Evans, and Gail Monjo.

  • CD of the Week – Debussy – Ravel

    Following on from their highly successful album, ‘A Winter’s Tale’, viola virtuoso Roger Benedict and extraordinary pianist Simon Tedeschi present a new album of Debussy and Ravel….

  • Jazz on Wednesdays – Linda Fredriksson

    Jazz On Wednesdays brings you the magic of world jazz, this week featuring saxophonist Linda Fredrikkson and her recent album, Juniper.  Listen to Jazz Sketches with Robert Vale at noon, and Planet Jazz with Xavier Bichon at 7pm.

  • Highlights from a week of Classical Fine Music

    Here is just a small sample from this week’s Classical Fine Music. Wagner Off Stage, The Life of a Composer, and At The Opera

  • Joe Bussard (July 11, 1936 – September 26, 2022)
    Joe Bussard (July 11, 1936 – September 26, 2022)

    Joe Bussard, renowned as the world’s leading collector of jazz, blues, bluegrass, country and folk recordings from the early 20th century has passed away at the age of 86. His archive of between 15,000 and 25,000 records, primarily 78 rpm discs, is a preservation of music so rare, it’s importance will live on well beyond his passing.

  • Coy Composers Round 3 – A Word Puzzle
    Coy Composers Round 3 – A Word Puzzle

    Unfinished Symphonies edition.These classical cads can’t be found for fear of failing! Help locate them so they can complete their…

  • Pharoah Sanders (October 13, 1940 – September 24, 2022)
    Pharoah Sanders (October 13, 1940 – September 24, 2022)

    The passing of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders this week saw one of the last remaining giants of a golden era for jazz music leave this mortal coil for his beloved higher plane. Ever spiritual, his rich, meditative tenor tones blessed not only some of the finest and most important works of John Coltrane’s career, but left behind a legacy of over 30 albums of music as a leader, and many important collaborations with artists such as Alice Coltrane, Leon Thomas, Done Cherry and more.

  • Focal Point 17.08.22
    Focal Point 17.08.22

    A weekly look at folk, classical, world music and jazz, on the rise and causing waves around the globe.

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Music Mornings 

    Here is a selection of some of the fine music that you will hear during weekday mornings, on Diversion in Fine Music and on Concert Hall.

  • Jazz In Conversation with Emma Pask

    Each Friday, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour at noon. This week, his guest is songstress Emma Pask. 

  • In Conversation: Charmian Gadd

    21/9 – A remarkable violinist who has had an extraordinary career across three continents, Charmian Gadd started in humble beginnings on a farm in the Central Coast in the 1940s. She exploded onto the music scene as a teenager, and went on to play with such luminaries as Yehudi Menuhin and Neville Marriner, living in the UK and the USA before coming back to Australia in the late 80s.

  • Born On This Day: Gustav Holst (21.09.1874)
    Born On This Day: Gustav Holst (21.09.1874)

    Known primarily for his popular orchestral composition, The Planets, Gustav Holst embraced a wide variety of musical models, from Arthur Sullivan, Edvard Grieg, and Wagner to the melodic simplicity of English folk music. In his maturity, he managed to merge these various influences into a rather sparse personal style that became increasingly transparent in his later years.

  • The music of the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II, Monday 19 September, 2022
    The music of the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II, Monday 19 September, 2022

    The music played at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday in Britain was a stirring and integral part of the ceremony. Alongside traditional service hymns were some of Queen Elizabeth’s personal favourite compositions. We have gathered a full playlist of all the music that featured during the main procession, the funeral service at Westminster Abbey, and the Committal Service at Windsor Castle on Monday 19 September, 2022.

  • The Song Company – Songs from the Heart

    The Song Company with the generous support of the Silo Collective have commissioned First Nations’ composers Elizabeth Sheppard and Sonya Holowell to create an a cappella program for 7 singers ­– Songs From The Heart – a unique and thoughtful musical reaction to the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

  • CD of the Week – Duet – Volume 2

    Duet features recordings of Tamara Anna Cislowska with studio guests from her popular radio program featuring 24 guest artists including Ben Folds, Karin Schaupp, Erin Helyard, Garrick Ohlsson and William Barton, in a rich kaleidoscope of musical colours from cello to saxophone, celeste to ophicleide and trumpet to didgeridoo.

  • Jazz On Wednesday – Antonio Mazzei Trio

    17th Sep: Jazz On Wednesdays brings you the magic of world jazz, this week featuring the Antonio Mazzei Trio and their recent album Casa.  Listen to Jazz Sketches with Robert Vale at noon, and Planet Jazz with Xavier Bichon at 7pm.  

  • Julie Simonds interviews Eric Whitacre

    Eric Whitacre joined Julie in the studio on Tuesday Breakfast to discuss the Sydney premiere of his latest major choral work, The Sacred Veil.

  • Highlights from a week of
    Classical Fine Music

    Here is just a small sample from this week’s Classical Fine Music. The World of the Symphony, Baroque and Beyond, and Music of the Night

  • Jazz After Hours

    Late night Sundays and Mondays are special times of the week. Catch the jazz crew with jazz to engage, relax and refresh. From 10pm,…

  • In Conversation: Naseema Sparks AM

    14/9 – Naseema Sparks AM is an experienced company director whose passion for the arts led her to take on key leadership roles at board level in organisations such as the Sydney Biennale and the Sydney Dance Company. Now chair of Sydney Living Museums and Music in the Regions, one of our newest arts organisations, she has said “the arts is my balance, it’s good for the soul”, which is a sentiment we can all agree with! In this conversation,

  • 2MBS Fine Music Sydney Magazine – September Out Now!

    The September issue of the 2MBS Fine Music Sydney Magazine has just been released. This month Virginia Ginnane talked to the 2019 Winner of the 2MBS Fine Music’s inaugural Ken Weatherly Jazz Scholarship, Kate Wadey, about her third album, the song-writing collaboration with the musicians she works with, and the relief of coming out of lockdown. Our cover features Ensemble Offspring’s Listen Up!, a micro festival of new music at the National Art School in Darlinghurst this month.

  • Tom Forrester-Paton on Tour

    2MBS Presenter Tom Forrester-Paton on holiday in Italy and ticking off a few bucket list items – at la Scala to hear a recital by Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff songs, and then a day trip from Milan to Cremona to see the violin museum.

  • Ramsey Lewis  (May 27, 1935 – September 12, 2022)
    Ramsey Lewis (May 27, 1935 – September 12, 2022)

    Ramsey Lewis, the iconic jazz pianist and composer who scored on the pop charts with hits “The In Crowd,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade In The Water” died peacefully at his home in Chicago at 87.

  • Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022
    Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022

    Director of Fine Music Sydney and chairman of the board of directors, Michael Morton-Evans OAM, reflects on the reign of the longest-lived British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her passing, September 9, 2022.

  • In Conversation: Lyndon Terracini

    7/9 – Lyndon Terracini has certainly left his mark on Australian opera – and he’s not done yet. He has been Artistic Director of Opera Australia since 2009, however his association with opera goes back decades, having first appeared with the company as a baritone in the 1970s. His operatic career took him to his ancestral home of Italy, though he made frequent visits back to Australia to perform here to

  • Letters from a Black Snake

    The CD Letters from a Black Snake contains two Song Cycles by George Palmer – Letters from a Black Snake, with text taken from the letters of Ned Kelly and Figures in an Urban Landscape, with text by three Australian poets, Judith Wright, Bruce Dawe and Kenneth Slessor.

  • Coy Composers Round 2 – A Word Puzzle
    Coy Composers Round 2 – A Word Puzzle

    Find these historical musicians hiding in plain sight – coincidentally all celebrating birthdays in September! Click HERE to play

  • Jazz-In-Conversation with Andrew Dickeson

    Each Friday, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hourat noon. This week drummer Andrew Dickeson will be talking about his musical experiences, and the music selection for his forthcoming gig.

  • Highlights from a week of Fine Music Mornings 

    Here is a selection of some of the fine music that you will hear during weekday mornings, on Diversion in Fine Music and on Concert Hall.

  • In Conversation: Eric Whitacre

    In this conversation, Eric talks about The Sacred Veil, which he is coming to Australia to conduct with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Sydney Opera House. We also hear insights about his composing and his unorthodox entry into the classical genre, the Virtual Choirs projects, his public speaking, plus he eloquently introduces a diverse selection of pieces which have inspired him over the years.

  • Nature Boy – How Eden Ahbez gave Nat King Cole, and the entire world, a gift
    Nature Boy – How Eden Ahbez gave Nat King Cole, and the entire world, a gift

    In late March 1948, the Nat King Cole Trio released their second 78rpm single of the year. Already well known for crossover pop smashes such as (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons, the trio were taking a flyer on something different for their next release. Initially buried on a B-side, Nature Boy was unlike anything else that they – or anyone else – had recorded. Cole sings the dreamy opening lyrics – “There was a boy / A very strange, enchanted boy” – with warm intimacy; the song ends with an eternal message: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn / Is just to love and be loved in return.”

  • Born On This Day – Amilcare Ponchielli (August 31, 1834)
    Born On This Day – Amilcare Ponchielli (August 31, 1834)

    Amilcare Ponchielli was an important nineteenth century Italian composer, primarily of operas. He is best known for his 1876 La Gioconda, though he wrote other significant operas, as well as ballets, orchestral, chamber music, and various vocal works. He was a rare example of a meek, but immensely talented, artist, whose backward nature sabotaged his career in certain respects. He had a vivid imagination, an uncanny ability to express varied situations and emotions, and superior orchestrational skills.

  • Highlights from a week of
    Classical Fine Music

    Here is just a small sample of this week’s Classical Fine Music. ~ Thursday 25th 8pm in the World of A Symphony: Lan Hovhaness – Symphony no2 op132 Mysterious Mountain. ~ Sat 27th 8pm in the Life of the Composer: Mikhail Glinka with Trio Pathetique in D minor. ~ Sunday 28th 3pm in Sunday Special: A proliferation Of Scarlatti

  • In Conversation: Brendan Joyce

    One of Australia’s most celebrated violinists, Brendan Joyce is the artistic director of Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. His leadership has been described by critics as both dynamic and indefatigable, which is why it’s unsurprising he often appears around Australia with such organisations as the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Van Diemen’s Band, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

  • Born On this Day –  Benny Moré (24 August, 1919)
    Born On this Day – Benny Moré (24 August, 1919)

    Benny Moré or Beny Moré as he was also known, embodies the best of Cuban music, its rhythm, its soul, its humor, and its joy. He is the greatest singer ever to emerge from Cuba, and is regarded as the benchmark for all Cuban soneros.

    One of nineteen children, Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré, was born on August 24, 1919 in a poor neighborhood named Pueblo Nuevo, in the town of Santa Isabel de las Lajas in the province of Las Villas.

  • The Song Company – Arms of Love

    The Song Company returns to Sydney with their heartbreakingly beautiful new program, Arms of Love – a pageant of light, voice, and movement, collaborating with Indigenous contemporary dance company, Karul Projects. Buxtehude’s Baroque vocal masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri and a specially commissioned a cappella work by Australian composer Chris Williams with set words from the novel ‘No Friend But The Mountains’ by Manus Island survivor Behrouz Boochani.

  • Coy Composers – A Word Puzzle
    Coy Composers – A Word Puzzle

    Find the 30 composers hiding in plain sight! Click HERE to play

  • Jazz On Wednesdays – Avishai Cohen Trio

    Jazz On Wednesdays brings you the magic of world jazz, this week featuring the Avishai Cohen Trio and their album Shifting Sands. Listen to Jazz Sketches at noon with Robert Vale and Planet Jazz at 7pm with Xavier Bichon.

  • Rays of Light Choir of St James’

    The Choir of St James’ directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones presents Rays of Light, a stunning programme featuring the mass setting…

  • Jazz In Conversation: Gary Daley

    Each week, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour at noon, this week Australian keyboardist Gary Daley. Gary Daley is best…

  • Simon Moore interviews Madeleine Easton

    The Australian World Orchestra is thrilled to be reuniting with Maestro Zubin Mehta for a concert at the Sydney Opera House on September 2at 8:00pm. This morning, Simon Moore caught up with violinist Madeleine Easton, who will be joining the Australian World Orchestra for this concert.

  • In Conversation: Daniel Dodds

    A violinist who has performed on every continent, Adelaide-born Daniel Dodds is the Artistic Director of Festival Strings Lucerne. He’ll be back in Australia shortly to appear as Concertmaster of the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, for performances in Melbourne on the 31st of August and Sydney on the 2nd of September.

  • Focal Point 17.08.22
    Focal Point 17.08.22

    A look at music that is both on the rise, and causing waves around the globe.

  • CD Review – Fable

    Jacinta Dennett is an Australian harpist, and this album gathers a number of compositions for solo harp by Australian women composers. They range chronologically from Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ Sonata for harp, written in 1950-51 for the Spanish harpist Nicanor Zabaleta and still performed by him more than 30 years later, to a work commissioned by Dennett, Alicia Grant’s Three pieces for harp, a depiction of a coastal environment.

  • CD Review – Dora Pejacevic: Piano Concerto; Symphony

    Research into the work of minor composers of the early part of the 20th century has unearthed a few gems in recent years, and the music of the Croatian composer, Dora Pejačević is another welcome addition to the musical picture of the period. Pejačević had a privileged upbringing but was also caught up in the turbulence of the times, including nursing in the Great War, while demanding that her music be accepted on her own terms.

  • In Conversation: Guy Simpson

    On In Conversation on Wednesday 10 August Simon’s guest was a person the musical theatre scene in Australia and around the world owes a great deal to… Guy Simpson.

    He has been supervising productions of The Phantom of the Opera for over 30 years around the world, from South Africa to New Zealand, Brazil to the Philippines. He has a similarly long association with productions of Miss Saigon, and has been instrumental in countless others – from the larger scale, like Evita and West Side Story, to the intimate, such as Anna O’Byrne’s recent one woman show Becoming Eliza, who was a guest on In Conversation back in May.

  • Vale Judith Durham AO

    With the passing of Judith Durham AO, we thought it worthwhile to revisit this chat Simon Moore had with her in October 2014, at the time of the launch of her final album, Live in London. She was a true icon of the Australian music scene, with broad appeal across varied musical genres. Her positive outlook and generous spirit is evident in this interview. Our thoughts are with her loved ones at this sad time.

  • In Conversation: Jack Liebeck

    This Wednesday at 1pm, In Conversation is on tour, coming to you from the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, in Townsville, which runs until this Sunday, 7 August. The Festival’s new Artistic Director is British/German Violinist Jack Liebeck. His music ranges from the intricacy of Mozart through to the passion of contemporary Australian works by Brett Dean. He’s on a whopping 17 albums, including playing on the film scores of Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina, has a keen interest in science to the extent that he’s collaborated with Professor Brian Cox, and he’s been described as possessing “flawless technical mastery”…

  • CD of the Week

    Kate Wadey is back with her third studio album “Forever Like This.” Written in collaboration with some of Australia’s finest composers and musicians, “Forever Like This,” presents a dazzling array of original compositions, showcasing Kate’s sophisticated storytelling and enchanting voice. Kate Wadey was winner of the inaugural Ken Weatherly Scholarship and “Forever Like This” was funded with the help of 2MBS Fine Music Sydney.

  • Simon Moore interviews Maria Lindsay

    On this Thursday’s Fine Music Breakfast, Simon Moore spoke with violinist Maria Lindsay, who will be performing Tommy Tycho’s Violin Concerto with The Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Sarah-Grace Williams at the Petersham Town Hall on Saturday 30 July. This violin concerto was written specially for Maria to play, and she shares with us the story of how the concerto came into being and the important role that Tommy Tycho played in the Australian music scene.

  • In Conversation

    An actor whose career on the stage, film and television is approaching half a century and still going strong, Simon Burke burst onto the scene in the highly acclaimed Devil’s Playground at the age of 13.

  • FineJazz welcomes Jazz About Town

    Planning your next live jazz outing? The FineJazz crew is excited to announce our new program, Jazz About Town, with Deborah Evans. It is an audio guide to jazz musicians playing at Sydney jazz gigs in the coming weeks. What’s hot in Sydney. You can hear it on Tuesdays at 1pm, and listen back from our website.

  • Simon Moore interviews Andrew Bain

    On this Thursday’s Fine Music Breakfast, Simon Moore spoke with Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Bain, about his career so far and his upcoming performances with the Australian World Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Mehta .

  • Jazz In Conversation – Kate Wadey

    Each Friday, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour at noon. This week’s guest is jazz songstress and composer, and Fine Music Sydney Weatherley Scholar, Kate Wadey.  

  • Jazz On Wednesdays

    Jazz On Wednesdays brings you the magic of world jazz.  At noon and 7:00pm, featuring Deanna Witkowski and her new album Force of Nature. Listen to Jazz Sketches at noon with Robert Vale and Planet Jazz at 7pm with Xavier Bichon.

  • CD of the Week

    A collection of new music for Violin and Piano from beloved composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Composed, arranged and recorded during lockdowns of 2021 this album introduces 12 new works to the repertoire. Performed by Vov Dylan, Clemens Leske, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, Susan Blake and Nicole Murray-Prior and recorded in Sydney’s Blue Mountains…

  • CD Review- Rhythm Ross Edwards: Frog and star cycles of change

    On this new recording, Ross Edwards’ Symphony no 2 joins Symphonies 1, 3 and 4 in the public sphere. Alongside this long-awaited release is his most recent orchestral work, the concerto for saxophone and percussion, Frog and star cycle, and a re-release of his Symphony no 3.

  • CD Review – Christopher Gordon: Chamber music

    Christopher Gordon is an English-born Australian composer. He has been commissioned by ensembles such as the SSO, the ACO and the Omega Ensemble; has provided ballet and dance works for Graeme Murphy; and has composed music for numerous films, including Mao’s last dancer and Ladies in black.

  • Jazz In Conversation: Jonathan Zwartz

    Each Friday, Barry O’Sullivan invites a studio guest onto Friday’s A Jazz Hour at noon. This week’s guest is double bassist Jonathan Zwartz. He is also a composer, arranger, producer, songwriter, and live music advocate! His debut album won two Bell awards, and his second and third albums have ARIA awards. Barry and Jonathan will discuss his music, its influences and his current tour with his latest album ‘Another Dance’.

  • Focal Point 29.06.22
    Focal Point 29.06.22

    A look at music that is both on the rise, and causing waves around the globe.

  • Born On this Day : Sahib Shihab (June 23, 1925)
    Born On this Day : Sahib Shihab (June 23, 1925)

    Besides being one of the first jazz musicians to convert to Islam and change his name (1947), Sahib Shihab was…

  • Vale Bob Barnard AM: 1933-2022

    Australian trumpeter and cornetist, Bob Barnard has died at 88. A jazz icon has passed, but we are the richer for his life. He grew up in a Melbourne musical family and continued to pass down his knowledge and experience to his children and even his grandchildren, which included our FineMusic Artist-In-Residence, pianist Casey Golden.

    He started playing cornet at 12, because the family band (led by his mother Kath Barnard) needed a trumpeter. But he was also deeply impressed by a record of Muggsy Spanier, as well as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, Bunk Johnson and Graeme Bell. He toured New Zealand and Papua New Guinea … … …

  • Jazz After Hours

    May 8th – Latenight Sundays and Mondays bring something special to this week, Cole Porter. From 10pm, Deborah Evans on Sunday and Gail Monjo on Monday. Catch them with jazz to engage, relax and refresh.

  • Focal Point 06.05.22
    Focal Point 06.05.22

    A look at music on the rise and causing waves around the globe.

  • Clouds of Gold

    The Choir of St James’ and BachBand@StJames’ present a dazzling and uplifting celebration of the Easter season in their first concert for 2022, CLOUDS OF GOLD. J. S. Bach’s Ascension Oratorio BWV 11, with works by renaissance masters, Victoria and Manchicourt, will be performed alongside contemporary works by Britten, Tavener, Whitacre and Judith Weir.