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Justice Anthe Philippides with members of the Music Circle.

Musica Viva reaches out to young Indigenous leaders

Musica Viva is delighted to welcome a new generation of Indigenous leaders to the concert hall with free access to our International Concert Season, thanks to the vision and generous support of Justice Anthe Philippides, a Queensland Supreme Court Judge and Musica Viva supporter.

The Music Circle

Justice Anthe Philippides established the Music Circle in 2017 as a way of connecting young indigenous people with chamber music.

 “The genesis of the Music Circle was my thinking about what I could do to promote inclusion and empowerment of young indigenous students and early career professionals through a medium close to my heart. I am grateful to Musica Viva for wholeheartedly embracing the concept of the Music Circle and its goals. It is a great pleasure to share the insight and joy of Chamber music in this way.”, says Justice Philippides. 

The Music Circle began in Brisbane with 20 young Indigenous law students invited to attend the Musica Viva concert of American ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Participants included CareerTrackers participants, a national organisation that creates internship opportunities for Indigenous university students in all fields of study. The successful Brisbane experience led to similar events in Sydney and Canberra.

Engaging new audiences

Over 100 young Indigenous leaders and professionals participated in the Music Circle events in 2017 and attended performances by Angela Hewitt, the Pacifica Quartet and Rachel Podger and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Additionally, the group also attended other high-calibre performances presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland, CIRCA and Gondwana Choirs.

 “The Angela Hewitt concert was brilliant beyond words. Seeing the pianist at the pinnacle of her career was truly astonishing and every piece played was fascinating and engaging […]. Attending the concert would not have been possible without Justice Philippides creating the Music Circle. By joining the Circle, I have been given the opportunity to experience classical music live, meet musicians and network.” – Music Circle attendee

In 2018, the Music Circle will be again warmly welcomed to Musica Viva concerts including in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney as well many other cultural activities including symphony and opera performances.

To discuss ways in which you can support access to excellent chamber music in your city and state, please contact Judy Duffy, Acting Director of Development by email [email protected] or call 02 8394 6616.