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Ensemble Q & William Barton

Musica Viva Australia

  • Monday, 30 Sep 2024 - 7:30PM
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What are the sonic possibilities when the oldest wind instrument in the world – the didgeridoo – teams up with instruments that found their final form only two centuries ago? And who better to explore them than distinguished artist and composer William Barton?

Ensemble Q is a group powered by the passion and fizz of curiosity and underpinned by the virtuosic integrity of some of Australia’s finest musicians. It might just be the perfect playground for making music. Their ear-catching program includes works by William Barton and Paul Dean alongside hand-picked masterpieces by Brahms and Ligeti, which promise to wrap audiences in a multi-faceted kaleidoscope of sound.

"The possibilities are extraordinary. [William Barton] is a great man. He radiates." – Sir Simon Rattle

"[Ensemble Q was] quite possibly the best performance I’ve seen all year and an astonishing feat of music-making... Frankly, this was a jaw-dropping performance." – Limelight 


Alison Mitchell Flute
Huw Jones Oboe
Paul Dean Co-Artistic Director and Clarinet
David Mitchell Bassoon
Peter Luff Horn
Trish Dean Co-Artistic Director and Cello
Phoebe Russell Double Bass
William Barton Didgeridoo/Composer

Alison Mitchell, Huw Jones, David Mitchell, and Phoebe Russell appear courtesy of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.


William BARTON New work (2024)*
Johannes BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (arr. Breuer)
György LIGETI Six Bagatelles
Paul DEAN Concerto for Cello and Wind Quintet

*World premiere performance. Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia with the support of the Hon Anthe Philippides SC.


Start 7:30pm
Interval TBC*
Finish TBC*

*Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.


$40 FOR UNDER 40s
Under 40 tickets are $40 for anyone under 40 years of age. A valid proof of ID must be presented at time of booking and may be requested on the night.

$15 Student tickets are available for full-time students, and may be booked in advance and at the door for all MVA concerts. 
Valid ID card must be presented upon purchase to receive the discount and carried on the night.

Means-tested Australian pensioners (Aged, Disability, Veteran's Affairs and Supporting Parent) and Health Care card holders are eligible to receive Musica Viva's Concession prices.

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Presented by Musica Viva Australia with special thanks to Ensemble Patrons Ian and Caroline Frazer for their support of this tour.