Imagine receiving an invitation to a musical evening in 1840 at what is now one of Australia’s most finely curated historic house museums. What tunes would swirl around the decorated plaster dome in the saloon? Just as these historic interiors can challenge contemporary ideas of technology and taste, many of us would be similarly surprised by the soundscape of mid-19th-century Sydney houses. Using evidence uncovered in our own music collections, this concert will contrast and compare musical taste in Sydney and London in the 1830s and 40s.
The public concert follows a one-day symposium hosted by Sydney Living Museums as the sole Australian partner of the international Sound Heritage network, which looks at the role of music in historic places across four countries. The concert will explore some of the symposium’s themes, including the discovery of lost Australian compositions, ways of creating new narratives in historic houses for contemporary audiences through the discovery of early music activity, and understanding the history of Australian music making in an international context.
Enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments while listening to singer Nyssa Milligan, singer and pianist James Doig, and UK based pianist Katrina Faulds, perform popular 19th-century music from our collections.