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Experience classical music in non-traditional spaces
Aura Go. Image appears courtesy of Anne Moffat.

A favourite on the annual classical music calendar, Music in the Round returns to Abbotsford Convent on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Discover fresh faces and new perspectives as the Abbotsford Convent's historic spaces come to life at Music in the Round.

Held from 10.30am to 4pm, the day-long program will feature renowned musicians performing intimate concerts in stunning heritage surrounds, including the Oratory and Industrial School and for the first time, North Magdalen Laundry, an evocative new venue laden with history.

Image appears courtesy of Lizzie Bailey.

Presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation with Artistic Director Chris Howlett, Music in the Round delivers a fresh and exciting mix of exceptional performers and repertoires that span the past 300 years – from classics like Beethoven to some of Australia's leading female composers.

Howlett said this year's program features much-loved Australian artists alongside rising stars of the classical music scene. Artists include globe-trotting pianist Aura Go, chamber music group Ensemble Liaison, soprano singer Jacqueline Porter and internationally renowned pianist Ian Munro, accordion virtuoso James Crabb, and 13-year-old violin prodigy Edward Walton with Melbourne pianist Laurence Matheson. Cellist Chris Howlett will also be performing alongside award-winning violinist Elizabeth Sellars and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra violist Chris Cartlidge.

Ensemble Liaison. Image appears courtesy of Greg Barrett.

"Music in the Round celebrates the amazing artistry that we have in Australia – both performers and composers. The program features some fabulous Australian female composers including Elena Kats-Chernin, Liza Lim and Miriam Hyde, as well as extraordinary young violinist Edward Walton," Chris Howlett said.

"This year, Edward has won the 2019 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, as well as first prize at the Medallion International Concerto Competition (Atlanta, USA); first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition (London); and Premier Grand Prix at the Concours Jeunes Artistes des Musicales du Centre (France). We are thrilled that Edward will be joining us for Music in the Round as our Emerging Artist for 2019."

Edward Walton will be joined on stage by rising star pianist Laurence Matheson, who has been a mentor and pianist for many of Australia's top young violinists and performs regularly as a chamber musician with leading Australian artists. Following Matheson's crowd-pleasing performance with Christian Li at last year's Music in the Round, the young artist session is set to be a program highlight again in 2019.

James Crabb. Image appears courtesy of Christoffer Askman.

Abbotsford Convent Foundation CEO Collette Brennan said the event is an accessible way for audiences to experience classical music in non-traditional spaces.

"First launched in 1972, Music in the Round is now the flagship program of our Convent Live series, complementing thousands of events held annually at the Convent. Each September, Music in the Round brings new and returning talent to our historic venues; it is a day unlike any other, a tailored experience that continues to surprise and delight audiences. We can't wait to share this exciting program of classical music with lovers of the genre."

Attendees can tailor the experience to their tastes, with two of the day's four sessions offering alternate options. All packages include a grazing-style luncheon, morning tea and afternoon tea by the Convent Bakery, as well as complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day.

Plan your visit today by heading to Tickets are now on sale and priced $165 standard or $140 concession. Booking fees apply. Early bookings are advised.

For the full line-up of artists and program, please see

Chris Howlett. Image appears courtesy of Cameron Jamison.

Music in the Round 2019 is presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation with Artistic Director Chris Howlett, and proudly supported by The Angior Family Foundation, Bowness Family Foundation, 3MBS, Kawai and the Convent Bakery.

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When: Sunday 8 September 2019 10.30am - 4pm
Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Cost: $165 standard | $140 concession
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