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Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Romantics Competition returns for 2018 with the $6000 Elisabeth Murdoch Prize up for grabs, plus performance and recording opportunities.

This competition is open to university music students and recent graduates, with any instrument or vocal combination (of 5 ensemble members or less). Entrants must be aged between 18 – 25 years of age (at 1 January 2018) and permanent residents or citizens of Australia.

Competition repertoire must consist of work/s composed between 1810-1900 and not exceeding 20 minutes in total duration. Competition applications close at midnight on Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Although the competition is based in Melbourne, interstate applicants are encouraged to enter and may apply for funding to support travel and accommodation expenses.

Entry information and competing guidelines can be found at


Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea 

Major sponsor C & C Rigg Bequest - since 1994 one of Melbourne's longest running and most loved chamber music series. 


Anne Gilby (oboe)Darryl Coote (piano), Darryl Coote & Max Cooke (piano four-hands). Works for oboe and piano by Poulenc, Arnold, Morricone, Schumann, Sutherland and others, plus piano duets by Mozart.

Sunday June 24, 2018 at 6.30pm
Rippon Lea Ballroom, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick (Melway 67 E2)

Poulenc – Sonata for oboe and piano

Mozart – Sonata in B-flat major for piano four-hands KV 358

Arnold - Sonatina for oboe and piano

Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe for oboe and piano

Mozart – Andante & Variations in G major for piano four-hands KV 501

Schumann – Three Romances Op 94 for oboe and piano

Morris – A Day in the Brindabellas for oboe and piano

Martin – In a Native Garden for oboe and piano

Sutherland - Sonatina for oboe and piano







Opportunity for Secondary-Level Double Reed Players:

 Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition is dedicated to young musicians passionate about J.S. Bach.

The competition repertoire needs to be any work of J.S. Bach not exceeding 10 minutes in total duration. Soloists and ensembles of up to five members who are 17 years of age and under (at 1 January 2018) are welcome to apply. Applications close on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at midnight and the finals will be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 17 June 2018.


Cash prizes of up to $2,000 are available to be won. Semi-finalists will also receive free tickets to the Bach Gala Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre on the evening of Saturday 16 June.

For further entry information and competing guidelines, students can visit -

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