The Dowling Project Concert
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You will share in the uncovering of Sydney’s lost musical past within the intimate spaces of the villa’s sumptuous drawing room. Performers from the historical performance unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, have been tasked with the challenge of bringing to life a special collection of sheet music recently discovered in our collections.
What has been called the ‘Rosetta Stone’ of music performance in early Sydney, the ‘Dowling Songbook’ is the first known collection of sheet music bound in Australia and was assembled by a young Sydney couple in the 1830s. Lilias and Willoughby Dowling lived a life of wealth and privilege and yet were constantly troubled by scandal and tragedy.
Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles during the interval, and look through a facsimile copy of the ‘Dowling Songbook’ as we examine the unexpected musical world of early Sydney, where Balfe was better known than Beethoven, Handel remained ever popular and Rossini ruled.