2018 Media Releases


18 June 2018

7pm, Saturday 28 July & 2pm, Sunday 29 July
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

The Willoughby Symphony’s FREEDOM concert will see Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM lead the orchestra through the verdant landscapes of Scotland in Mendelssohn’s haunting tribute. Resplendent with heavenly melodic turns and delectable harmonies, the work is awakened by an orchestration that is endlessly varied and striking.

In a special addition to the concert, Willoughby Symphony Concertmaster, Maria Flindsay, will perform with one of the bows used by Russell Crowe during the filming of the 2003 film, Master and Commander. The bow, a Victor Fétique silver mounted bow circa 1920 was sold during Crowe’s recent Art of Divorce auction.

Followed with Beethoven’s superlative Violin Concerto, the Willoughby Symphony proudly welcomes sensational young Australian violinist, Courtenay Cleary, whose masterful rendition of this divine concerto will make this concert a triumphant and moving occasion for all who attend.

Courtenay exploded onto the classical music scene in 2017 with a spectacular performance for the British Royal Family at Westminster Abbey. She is currently on a full tuition scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studies with Maureen Smith.

A recipient of the Sleath String Scholarship for outstanding students and winner of the Sid Paige & Musica Viva/4MBS Chamber Music Prize, Courtenay is a member of the Patronus Quartet, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and was concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists Program in 2010. 

Purchase your tickets now on 8075 8111 or visit theconcourse.com.au

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Email: Samantha.Connor@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au 

For non media related enquiries contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au