• Laura Tchilinguirian and composer Natalie Williams

    Laura Tchilinguirian and composer Natalie Williams

  • Arcadia Winds, David Reichelt, Kiran Phitak, Rachel Shaw, Lloyd Van'T Hoff and Matthew Kneale

    Arcadia Winds, David Reichelt, Kiran Phitak, Rachel Shaw, Lloyd Van'T Hoff and Matthew Kneale

  • Dr Matthew Hindson and composer Natalie Williams

    Dr Matthew Hindson and composer Natalie Williams

  • Elaine Dillon with Annette and Michael Cole

    Elaine Dillon with Annette and Michael Cole

  • Astrida Mednis and Ingrid Mitchell

    Astrida Mednis and Ingrid Mitchell

  • Marjorie Lindenmayer with Peta and Jim Gould

    Marjorie Lindenmayer with Peta and Jim Gould

  • Sarah Kimball  and Melanie Kontze

    Sarah Kimball and Melanie Kontze

  • Michelle Berndt and Joanne Weir

    Michelle Berndt and Joanne Weir

  • Stephanie Anderson and Cameron Suidgeest

    Stephanie Anderson and Cameron Suidgeest

  • Meredith Ratten anf her father Douglas Ratten

    Meredith Ratten anf her father Douglas Ratten

  • Sarah Malone and Mark Doughton

    Sarah Malone and Mark Doughton

  • Margaret Reid, June Gordon and Elizabeth Grant

    Margaret Reid, June Gordon and Elizabeth Grant

  • Angela and Tim Collier

    Angela and Tim Collier

Australian Series with Arcadia Winds @ the National Portrait Gallery

2 March 2017

The inaugural concert in the innovative Australian Series was the ultimate in value adding for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the National Portrait Gallery.

To coincide with the exhibition The Popular Pet Show, Companion Pieces was a performance by Arcadia Winds presenting a program of Australian composers and reactions to the NPG exhibition with Natalie Williams Animalia a significant and delightful inclusion.

Arcadia Winds with Kiran Phatak, David Reichelt, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, Rachel Shaw and Matthew Kneale are a young and vibrant group, described by curator and compere Dr Matthew Hindson – Head of School at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music - as “rising stars in the Australian music scene” and together presented a diverse repertoire of original music.

As a pleasant interlude and to make the most of the wonderful venue guests were able to enjoy pre-concert drinks and then a visit to the Popular Pet Show exhibition as an after concert treat. Did it make the music more relevant, perhaps yes, but imagination and some explanation in the introductions did make for a better appreciation of the creative excellence of the chosen composers.

To follow this inaugural concert the Musical Portraits on 1 June will see portraits created through music in conjunction with the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize. Now that will be a unique interpretation of a photographer’s ‘moment in time’ and the composer’s extrapolation of the result.