Sanctuary Suite

Luke and Nat

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Submit to the ethereal magnetism of music.

A sonic exploration of reflective, thoughtful and meditative music, Sanctuary presents an afternoon of aural delight in the sonorous Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Featuring an incredible array of artists, audiences are encouraged to drift in and out of the program as they feel, engaging with the space and wide-ranging soundscapes.

Sanctuary is an escape from the brisk winter weather where audiences can bask in the warmth and nurturing ambience of live music. A time to reflect, connect and submit to the ethereal magnetism of music.

Featuring performances from Lady Lash, Zoe Knighton, Nick Tsiavos, Mindy Meng Wang & Paul Grabowsky, and Nat Bartsch & Luke Howard.

Sanctuary invites you to rejoice in the wonderful contrast of live music experiences – the quiet insular moments and the shared sense of community and belonging. A special musical journey to reenergise, reflect and take comfort.

First Nations programming is by Neil Morris. First Nations audiences can access free tickets to this event – simply use the promo code FIRSTNATIONS when booking.

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Set Times

2pm Lady Lash

3pm Zoe Knighton
J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008
J.S. Bach Cello Suite No.3 in C BWV 1009

4pm Nick Tsiavos Liminal

5pm Mindy & Paul

6.20pm Nat Bartsch & Luke Howard

The inimitable Lady Lash builds intoxicating ambience through sultry vocals, poetic rhymes and haunting sonic sequences. Both a Kokatha and a Greek woman living in Australia, she is influenced by the two ancient cultures.

Zoe Knighton is one of Australia’s most sought after cellists. Known for her profound sensitivity and intimate rapport, her performances boast impressive artistry with breathtaking ease.

Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work traverses the intersections of cultural boundaries – from deconstructed 6th century chant to contemporary minimalism and experimental improvisation; and from church to pub to concert hall.

Mindy Meng Wang and Paul Grabowsky offer a rare combined listening experience exploring life and shared emotions. Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2022 Artist in Residence Mindy Meng Wang is a versatile Chinese/Australian composer and performer, masterfully trained on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng. Paul Grabowsky is an ARIA-award winning jazz composer and pianist and former Artist in Residence.

Nat Bartsch and Luke Howard explore their shared affinity for collaboration in a graceful journey into the world of two pianos. Nat Bartsch occupies the space between classical and jazz with warmth and tenderness. Luke Howard captivates audiences with compositions that capture moments of beauty and nostalgia.


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.