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Musica Viva Sessions: For the Beauty of the Earth

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16 Feb 2021

Taking place against the backdrop of The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, featuring one of the largest and most spectacular vertical floral walls in the southern hemisphere, this Sessions event combines music, science and wine!

Experience a varied program of works with a capella group Vocal Detour. This program celebrates nature with a range of music from the Baroque period to new Australian compositions, while surrounded by the Calyx’s latest exhibition ‘inBLOOM’.

Beginning at 6:30pm, Paul Nicholson, historian and horticulturalist, will take you on a brief journey through the evolution of flowering plants. Discover the stories behind some of the most beautiful, weird and amazing flower adaptations on display in the Calyx exhibition ‘inBLOOM’ and in the wider world of plants.

Enjoy a glass of wine on arrival as we invite you into the inspiring Calyx for an intimate musical and botanical experience.

Presented in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Funded by the NSW Government, with additional support from Inspiring Australia.


Vocal Detour
Anna Fraser
Hannah Fraser Mezzo-Soprano
Andrei Laptev Tenor
Mark Donnelly Baritone
Andrew O'Connor Bass-Baritone

In celebration of the natural beauty that surrounds us, Vocal Detour, a newly formed ensemble of five passionate and highly experienced musicians, takes you on a journey of enchantment and reflection through the songs of Finzi, Hindemith and Wesley-Smith.

The closest Royal Botanic Gardens entrance to The Calyx is the Morshead Fountain Gate. This gate is located on the corner of the Eastern Distributor and Macquarie Street (Opposite the State Library of NSW across Shakespeare Place). You can also search for “Morshead Fountain” in Google Maps.

We recommend Public Transport – the closest train station is Martin Place. Closest parking is Domain Car Park, Mrs Macquaries Rd or in the city. If you're coming via taxi or ride share, you should be able to request the “Morshead Fountain & Gate” or the State Library of NSW.

Please meet at The Calyx any time from 6.00 pm and give your name to the welcoming staff at the desk inside to receive your token for a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. The official program will commence at 6.30 pm. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Royal Botanic Garden will be closed to non-ticket holders from 8:00pm and egress will be through Morshead Fountain Gate only.

If you are lost on the evening or need assistance, please contact 02 9231 8188.

Please note: This event will go ahead in all weather. 

Current NSW Government health orders require all patrons to wear masks at all times when inside the venue.

To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff, we will be implementing a number of COVID-19 related safety measures throughout the venue. We ask that you please adhere to our procedures and guidelines to help make everyone’s experience as safe as possible. You can learn more about our safety measures here. Venue specific information for The Calyx can be found here.

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Event Dates


$25 (includes glass of wine on arrival)


The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens,
Sydney NSW

Drinks 6pm, Event commences 6:30pm