In 2017 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 2017 will begin in late February with a recital with romantic theme by husband-and-wife duo Christina Wilson and Alan Hicks. Sally Wilson and Mark Kruger gave a recital for Art Song Canberra in 2010. Not long returned to Australia after some years living and working in Germany, they will make a return appearance in April. In May Louise Page and Phillipa Candy with clarinettist Rachel Best Allen will perform a program including Schubert’s wonderful “Shepherd on the Rock”. Sonia Anfiloff and Ben Connor will again visit from Vienna to perform with Alan Hicks in July. Rising stars Julia Wee and Lucus Allerton will in September perform a program of songs sung by the renowned soprano, Jessye Norman. Alan Hicks will return to the platform with Jill Sullivan, co-founder of Art Song Perth, and violist Robert Harris in October to perform a program with a nocturnal theme including the wonderful Brahms Alto Rhapsody. In the final concert in November Susan Ellis, accompanied by Dianna Nixon, both widely known in the Canberra musical scene, will present a fascinating program featuring two 19th-century poets, Mary Gilmore and Emily Dickinson.

For more extensive information on the concerts and the artists in 2017 click here. To download a pdf file containing this information or to download photographs of the artists of publication quality, see the press kit .

For concert tickets prices, please see tickets .



Yvonne Kenny (by )
Yvonne Kenny (by Paul Gosney)

In September Art Song Canberra will present a masterclass for performers of art song given by its Patron, renowned soprano
Yvonne Kenny AM. The masterclass is generously sponsored by the Wesley Music Foundation.

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