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Music on the Terrace 2022



A message from Mark Coughlan, Artistic Director of the Government House Foundation:

"We welcome back to Perth and to the Ballroom the brilliant, internationally-acclaimed Rachelle Durkin. After spending the past 20 years in New York and singing at the world's major opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Rachelle has decided to return to Western Australia. She will be appearing with the Australian Baroque Orchestra, a newly-formed ensemble under the leadership of violinist Helen Kruger. Rachelle and Helen have put together an exhilarating program that features some of the most exciting arias written for the powerful and dangerous women of baroque opera.

Joseph Nolan and the St George's Cathedral Consort always present the most inspiring concerts and it is a great pleasure to have them return to Music on the Terrace. Their program will begin with one of the most famous of all choir works, the Misere by Allegri. The soaring top notes will resonate beautifully in the ballroom's magnificent acoustic. It will also be a great pleasure to see these highly-refined musicians let their hair down in the second half of the concert and bring us a lovely selection of popular works from Elton John to ABBA.

Alan Dodge and Sarah McNeill are well-known figures around Perth and it is wonderful to have them both presenting performances for us. Sarah's group, Lit Live, will present a series of captivating stories, read by professional actors, with musical interludes that enhance and develop the storytelling. Alan is world expert on Russian art and music and will present a fascinating afternoon of chamber music with insights into Russia's search for identify in the late 19th century. 

Alexander Gadjiev is one of the world's most exciting young pianists and it is a huge thrill to be presenting him in a solo recital. Be prepared to be swept away by his flair and musical poetry. 

Jazz on the Lawn is also returning with ever-popular Libby Hammer and The Western Australian Jazz Project

As always, we are extremely grateful to Governor Kim Beazley and Ms. Susie Annus for their passionate commitment to an artistically vibrant community and their support for the Foundation. I look forward to seeing you in the Ballroom!"


By becoming a member of the Government House Foundation, you are directly supporting the conservation, restoration and enhancement of this magnificent property and promoting the historic and contemporary relevance of the Government House. 

As a member you will enjoy the benefits including:
- Member only events at Government House 
- Priority bookings to the Music on the Terrace series
- Entitles you to purchase two tickets at Member price per event
- Regular updates and special offers from our arts industry associates

There are many opportunities to meet other friends who share the same appreciation for the importance of Government House and are part of a close community that embraces the Music on the Terrace and Jazz on the Lawn series. 

To enquire about Government House Membership, click here.