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Events 2023

January 8-13

Australasian Recorder Festival


Opening Concert - 8th January

re-grounded performance - 12th January

March 25 & 26


St John Passion

Saturday 25th 3pm - Australian Poetry Hall of Fame, Guyra

Sunday 26th 3pm - Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School

April 27 - 30

New England Bach Festival

La Folia - Virtuosic Dance music

Alana Blackburn - Recorder

Joanne Arnott - Recorder

Anthony Abouhamad - Harpsichord

Friday 27th April 7.30pm Armidale Uniting Church



Heroic Marches and Recorders

Alana Blackburn
Benjamin Thorn

Joanne Arnott

Sunday 30th April 12.30pm Armidale Uniting Church


June 23

Handel's Alexander Feast

UNSW Collegium Musicum Choir


UNSW Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington

June 30- July 2nd

Making music together - performance and recording

The Music and/as process study group celebrates its 10th annual conference with a performance of new collaborative, experimental and improvisational works which will be recorded and released on Birmingham Record Company label NMC Recordings.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University)

Birmingham, United Kingdom

July 7-9

Open Recorder Days Amsterdam

A weekend full of performances, a makers' market and international recorder competition.

Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

July 21-22

Regional Futures Exhibition Opening and Symposium

The sate-wide initiative "Regional Futures" will present artists' works at the Casula Powerhouse in the exhibition "Artists in Volatile Landscapes"

"Sweet Alcaic Meters" - Alana Blackburn (sound) & Mike Terry (visuals)

Casula Powerhouse

Exhibition opening: Friday 21st July

Symposium: 9.30am-4pm Saturday 22nd July

For more information and to register and purchase tickets to the symposium here

October 10 & 11

Australasian Computer Music Conference


Premiere of 'String Theory' by Dr Mark Oliviero

Riverside Theatre Tuesday 10th @ 2pm

Parramatta Lanes Festival, Eat Street car park  Wednesday 11th @ 5.45pm


October 15

La Folia - Virtuosic Dance music

Alana Blackburn & Joanne Arnott - recorders

Anthony Abouhamad - harpsichord


Robert Knox Hall

45 Mann st, Gosford


Tickets and info:

October 21

Music and pestilence: 14th century and 21st century during pandemics

Online presentation for the Early Music Society of Queensland


11am (NSW)/10am (QLD)

For more information and to register: TBC

November 11

Baroque Curios, Gems & Genius

Alana Blackburn - recorders

Steve Thorneycroft - guitars

Sofia Debus - cello

Sarah Lawrence - words


The Playhouse

309 Beardy St, Armidale

Tickets $35/25:

December 15

Sounding Spaces

Sound Artist Ros Bandt collaborates with recorder player Alana Blackburn and sound engineer Jim Atkins, this rare performance features original works that push artistic boundaries. World premiere of 'Debris' a new multimedia work for two recorder players and soundscape.

Melbourne Recital Hall


More information and tickets here.

Events 2024
January 7-12

Australasian Recorder Festival


February 16 and 18

Salut! Baroque - "The Genius"

CPE Bach described his father’s house as “like a pigeonry, and just as full of life”, with Johann Sebastian keeping an open house where “no master of music was likely to travel through [Leipzig] without making my father’s acquaintance and letting himself be heard by him”. Bach was a genial host, in contrast to his combative relationship with authority. The complex character behind the music we admire so greatly was not always so well regarded during his life, and it was often his rivals who enjoyed the greater success. This program places the genius of Bach’s music beside the composers who most impacted his life and work.

Friday 16 February 2024, 7.30pm
Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Sunday 18 February 2024, 3.00pm
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music


March 17, 18 & 19

Newcastle Fringe Festival

Re-Growth? performance of electroacoustic works for recorder

Works by Ros Bandt, Benjamin Thorn, Donna Hewitt

Video Artist- Jutta Pryor

Sound Engineer - Jim Atkins


The Royal Exchange

32-34 Bolton St


17th - 6pm

18th - 6pm

19th - 4.30pm

March 25

Looking Through Windows: A multimedia Aboriginal history and art exhibition

Performance at the opening ceremony

The University Gallery

University Drive

University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus


Register with Eventbrite here.

March 27

Music and Shakespeare

Alana Blackburn & Alex Robson

A short act about music, the recorder and Shakespeare. 

UNE Showcase @ Parramatta Nights - Philip Lane


Free event

April 19

Tamworth Country Music Festival

UNE Showcase - staff and students perform

Tamworth Library



April 30

Breath Transformed

Alana Blackburn & Riley Lee

The Armidale Playhouse

Beardy St, Armidale


Tickets $35 Adults, $25 concession

August 25


Backstage Music series

For more information and program visit Backstage Music

Nauti Studios 

201 Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook


Tickets here

August 26


Backstage Music series

For more information and program visit Backstage Music

Woodburn Creatives

82 Cope Street, Waterloo


Tickets here

September 25

Music on a Market Sunday - Grounds and cycles with a twist

Finger, Purcell, Weiss & Frisell, but not like you've heard them before!

Alana Blackburn (recorders)

Steve Thorneycroft (guitars)

Ash Hall (trumpet)

Sarah Lawrence (narrator)

Armidale Uniting Church

Rusden St, Armidale

12.30pm - free event (donations welcome)

November 6

Breath Transformed

Alana Blackburn & Riley Lee

1/37 Fairlight St, Fairlight



January 8-13

Australasian Recorder Festival

Public Performance & Tutor 

Armidale, NSW




March 25 & 26


St John Passion



April 23

Blackheath Music Festival

Alana Blackburn & Riley Lee



April 27 - 30

New England Bach Festival

January 31

Happy Birthday Benjamin Thorn!

A celebration of one of Australia's most prolific composers.

Benjamin Thorn is an important contributor to Australian recorder music.

Uniting Church

Rusden St, Armidale


April 18

Crosswinds Duo

Performance of Crosswinds Duo (Maryanne Piper & Alana Blackburn)

with special guest Damian Wright (flamenco guitar) for the launch of the New

England International Circle

Danica Park, Nemingah. NSW

Donation $29 includes food and drink



April 19


A children's show angled around New England children's author Sophie Masson's children's picture book, 'Join the Armidale Parade', illustrated by local illustrator Kathy Creamer and published by local publisher Little Pink Dog Books, and it's attracted a lot of enthusiasm from the schools, especially as it will be happening around the traditional time of the actual Parade in Armidale.

Sophie Masson - Author

Alana Blackburn - Recorders

Maryanne Piper - Clarinet

Damian Wright - Guitar

St Joseph's Primary school, Uralla

April 20


10 am - Kelly's Plains Public School


12pm - Armidale City Public School 

2pm - Drummond Public School

April 29 - May 2

New England Bach Festival

Sydney Consort  "Farewell concert: Bach and Sons"- Music from the Bach family for violin, recorder and harpsichord by JS, WF, CPE and JC Bach, and a little Handel on the side.

Stan Kornel - Violin

Alana Blackburn - Recorder

Monika Kornel - Harpsichord

Thursday 29th April

Uniting Church, Armidale



"The German Recorder and Friends" 

Premiere of a new work by Steve Thorneycroft for recorder and guitar

Alana Blackburn - Recorders

Steve Thorneycroft - Guitars

Friday 30th April

Uniting Church, Armidale



June 19th

12 Threads

New Australian Art song project brought to you by Blush Opera

Supported by the City of Sydney

Vicki Lee Gallery

2/350 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Tickets Free Register at

December 16

Regrowth? New Multimedia work for recorder by Ros Bandt premiere

Armidale Playhouse

Armidale NSW

6.30pm for 7pm performance

Tickets $25 adult, $15 concession

January 18 & 19

Chaos & Chasms 

A program of French Baroque repertoire by historical performance

musicians around Australia.

Saturday 18, 7pm

Sunday 19, 2pm

The Oratory - Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC


Tickets: or cash at the door

January 21-25

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Various appearances throughout events at the TCMF

Wednesday 22nd January: 11am 'Story Time' Tamworth Library

Friday 24th January: 11am Entrepreneurs Hour discussion panel, UNE Tamworth

Tamworth, NSW

April 4th and 5th - Cancelled

St John Passion - J.S. Bach

Saturday 4th April: Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, 3.00pm

Sunday 5th April: TAS Hoskins Centre, Armidale. 7.30pm

For Tickets:

April 25th - Cancelled

Away from Home

Performance with local Ezidi musicians

May 7-10 - Cancelled

New England Bach Festival 

Performances with some of Australia's finest early music ensembles

Thursday 7th May - Sydney Consort 'Farewell Concert, Bach and sons'

7.30pm Uniting Church


Saturday 9th May - Austral Harmony 'Bach and Florid Song'

7.30pm TAS Memorial Hall

See for details


May 24

Free Space — Live music from an empty gallery

FREE SPACE is a series of live performances at New England Regional Art Museum featuring local musicians using the unique physical qualities of the gallery's spaces to explore sonic possibilities.

Download the program notes here.



November 22

Inverell Music Society

Early music for recorder and lute/guitar with local guitarist Steve Thorneycroft


Inverell Art Gallery, 5 Evans St, Inverell NSW

December 13

Fiori Musicali

Sunday 6.00pm

The Armidale School. Armidale NSW

Tickets $20: or at the door



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