Music in the Round

Music in the Round

Please note, this event takes place at Abbotsford Convent.


Classical Music. Historic Spaces. New Perspectives.

See the Abbotsford Convent come to life with classical music thanks to Music in the Round.

Presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation with Artistic Director Chris Howlett, this year’s program delivers Australian and contemporary works alongside festival classics. See the return of preeminent musicians, including William Hennessy, Ian Munro and Arcadia Winds, alongside luminary musicians making their Music in the Round debut, including Sophie Rowell, Julian Smiles, Stefan Cassomenos and Anna Goldsworthy. From Mozart and Mendelssohn, to Brahms and Bach, curate your own concert experience.

Enjoy a complimentary treat on arrival thanks to award-winning Bursaria Fine Foods. Pre-purchase a hamper, or book a premium ticket to enjoy front row concert seating and a beautiful lunch by Bursaria.

Book by 31 July for the early bird special!

‘This concentrated chain of recitals featured gripping examples of music-making at every turn.’ Clive O’Connell, The Age

Presented by Abbotsford Convent Foundation


Arcadia Winds

Samuel Barber
Summer Music

Lachlan Skipworth
Echoes and Lines

Carl Nielsen
Wind Quintet

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with Louisa Breen

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet No.2 in A, Op.26

Stefan Cassomenos

Franz Liszt / Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

Anna Goldsworthy

J.S. Bach
Prelude and Fugue

Franz Schubert
Impromptus Op.90 No.2, 3 and 4

Sergei Prokofiev
Five Sarcasms

Franz Liszt / Giuseppe Verdi
Rigoletto Paraphrase

Chris Howlett and Rhodri Clarke

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Cello Sonata

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Ian Munro and Sara Macliver

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Reynaldo Hahn, Henri Duparc
Selected Songs

Sophie Rowell

Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasia No.10

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

Julian Yu
Passacaglia after Biber

Julian Smiles

Paul Hindemith
Sonata for Violoncello Solo, Op.25, No.3

J.S. Bach
Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008

Ernest Bloch
Suite for Solo Cello No.1

Caleb Wong (MITR Young Performer)

J.S. Bach
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat, BWV 1010

Zoltán Kodály
Solo Cello Suite

Jackie Wong (MITR Young Performer)

J.S. Bach
Solo Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001

Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata for Solo Violin in D, Op.115


Stefan Cassomenos piano
Rhodri Clarke piano
Anna Goldsworthy piano
Chris Howlett cello
Ian Munro piano
Sara Macliver soprano
Sophie Rowell violin
Julian Smiles cello

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with Louisa Breen:

William Hennessy violin
Stefanie Farrands viola
Michael Dahlenburg cello
Louisa Breen piano

Arcadia Winds:

Matthew Kneale bassoon
Kiran Phatak flute
David Reichelt oboe
Rachel Shaw french horn
Lloyd Van’t Hoff clarinet

MITR Young Performers:

Caleb Wong cello
Jackie Wong violin


This production is part of the following series: