Scenes that are Brightest

Published on Friday 24 February 2023

In the elegant setting of Elizabeth Bay House, donors were immersed within a world of early-Victorian music making that both surprised and beguiled, challenging our preconceptions of the past sound world of NSW.

The musical soundscape of Sydney in the 1840s and 1850s was presented by Neal Peres Da Costa, Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of historical performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Toby Martin, Anita Gluyas, Mikaela Oberg , Koen Van Stade and Julia Russoniello to launch the 2023 Annual Giving program.

Scenes that are Brightest included the first modern performances of several mid-19th century musical works composed in Sydney, including songs and piano pieces by Isaac Nathan and Edward Boulanger.

The concert was presented in association with Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, and the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects scheme.

Our 2023 Annual Giving program will give donors access to unique and diverse opportunities to engage with Museums of History NSW.

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