In 2018 Art Song Canberra will present seven recitals of fine art song by an outstanding array of award-winning, highly-accomplished artists, many of them widely experienced on the world stage.



In each year of its life Art Song Canberra has presented a series art song recitals, the Season of Song. The great majority of the society’s artists have been highly accomplished both in Australia and internationally. Singers have included such noted Australians as Eleanor Houston, Michael Martin, Sally-Anne Russell, Greta Bradman, Merlyn Quaife, Tobias Cole, Christopher Allan, Louise Page and Christina Wilson. Overseas-based singers have included Susan Burghardt (USA), Tanya Aspelmeier, Knut Schoch, Erwin Belakowitsch and Australian Sally Wilson (Germany), Rebecca Ryan (New Zealand), Thomas Weinhappel (Austria) and Bruce Cain (USA) who appeared with guitarist David Asbury. Pianists have included (from Australia) Andrew Greene, David Miller AM, Leigh Harrold, Phillipa Candy, Alan Hicks, Margaret Legge-Wilkinson, Nigel Butterley and Darryl Coote. Overseas-based pianists have included Roy Howat (UK) and Australians Mark Kruger (Germany) and Australian Stephen Delaney (Austria). Recital programs have ranged widely from such classics of the Lieder repertoire as song cycles of Schubert and Schumann to fine art song by an immense variety of composers including Australians Horace Keats, Nigel Butterley and Betty Beath.

Louise Page
Louise Page


Season of Song 2018 will begin in late February with a recital with exotic themes by Ayse Göknur Shanal and Alan Hicks. Susannah Lawergren (of the Song Company) and Benjamin Burton will appear in recital in April. A concert recalling the Belle Époque will be given by visiting French soprano Laetitia Grimaldi and South African-born pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz In May. Another with similar references will be given in October by local artists Sarahlouise Owens and Colleen Rae-Gerrard. In the meantime, David Greco and John Martin will give a recital in romantic vein in July and in September husband-and-wife duo Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks will present a recital based on folk music from around the world. Louise Page and Phillipa Candy will close a Season of great variety with a concert celebrating their wonderfully productive 25-year musical partnership.

For more extensive information on the concerts and the artists in 2018 click here. To download a pdf file containing this information or to download photographs of the artists of publication quality, see the press kit .

Admission to the concerts includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. For concert tickets prices, please see tickets .



Marilyn Richardson

In September Art Song Canberra will present a masterclass for performers of art song given by
noted Australian singer and pedagogue Marilyn Richardson. The masterclass is generously
sponsored by the Wesley Music Foundation. All will be welcome to join the audience to observe a
leading expert in the field of art song at work.

All will be welcome to join the audience to observe a leading pedagogue in the field of art song at work.