Croissants & Whiskey – Spirits

Croissants & Whiskey

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Croissants & Whiskey


Concert Cancelled: Croissants & Whiskey

Due to artist illness, we are sorry to advise that the Croissants & Whiskey concert on Thursday 14 December has been cancelled.

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Event details

What we embrace, how we evolve, what we choose to leave behind, and what stays with us.

Australia’s one and only prog-baroque quartet Croissants & Whiskey present a moving program brimming with contemporary Australian talent. Comprising four of Melbourne’s most sought-after virtuosos with Joy Lee on harpsichord, Ryan Williams on recorders, Miranda Hill on G violone, and Katie Yap on viola, Croissants & Whiskey deftly weave together unexplored soundscapes, captivating audiences with their enthralling blend of drama, humour, and vulnerability.

Featuring the world premiere of a major new work by Kym Alexandra Dillon, Spirits is a playful and irreverent work about these entities, inviting listeners into a sequence of games and plays about how we relate to our past and the spirits bequeathed to us: what we embrace, how we evolve, what we choose to leave behind, and what stays with us. Exploring the idea of spirits with two additional works, Elizabeth Younan’s The Fertile Crescent propels audiences into a high-octane, evocative journey through three vibrant dances that link the Middle East to the West. Witness Croissants & Whiskey highlight their own distinct voice with a new co-composed work, inspired by storytelling techniques drawn from the Chinese traditional music of Lee and Yap’s own heritage. Immerse yourself in the unconventional blend of harpsichord, G violone, baroque viola, and recorders as they come together in a resplendent and incisive performance not to be missed.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

Praise for Croissants & Whiskey

‘Spanning nearly 400 years of music, this debut concert by Croissants and Whiskey heralds a new era in composition for the Baroque quartet.’ – Limelight Magazine

‘As far as I can see they can do no wrong.’ – Australian Viola da Gamba Society

‘The last minute is pure sonic imagination: 80s metal band meets baroque meets manic Lebanese wedding band on steroids.’ – Andrew Pogson, The Music Trust

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Katie Yap baroque viola
Miranda Hill violone
Joy Lee harpsichord
Ryan Williams recorders


Kym Alexandra Dillon
S•P•I•R•I•T•S – Commissioned by the Continuo Commissioning Circle

Elizabeth Younan
The Fertile Crescent – Commissioned by ABC Classical Commissioning Fund.

Croissants & Whiskey
New Work – Supported by Creative Victoria