Adelaide Baroque present Music of the Ships • Glam Adelaide

Adelaide Baroque present Music of the Ships

Music of the Ships is a unique journey into the history of South Australia seen through the music of European explorers including Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin.


Adelaide Baroque will be kicking off their 2020 season, with their first offering this year (post Covid 19 performance restrictions) with Music of the Ships. The August performance will include an introduction by Dr Gillian Dooley, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University. Bethany Hill will be special guest soprano with the ensemble.

Founding Orchestra member and violone player Rob Nairn, who taught historical performance at New York’s Juilliard School of Music for 14 years before returning to Adelaide said, ‘The ‘encounter’ between Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin in April 1802 is the starting point for Music of the Ships, a unique journey into the history of South Australia seen through the music of these European explorers.

‘Works include Peter Sculthorpe’s Sonata for Strings No. 3, with its second movement based upon an Aboriginal chant transcribed by a member of the 1802 Baudin exploratory expedition and forming the first such music committed to Western notation’.

The program will also include chamber works by Mozart, Haydn, Pleyel, Hoffmeister, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Sculthorpe; Songs by Haydn, Paisiello and Matthew Flinders himself.

Formed in 2018, the Adelaide Baroque Orchestra has between 16 and 20 players, who are mainly Adelaide-based. Performing with period-style instruments and earlier playing styles, the Orchestra will also commission new works from young composers. For Music of the Ships the Orchestra will perform as a smaller chamber size ensemble.

For more than 40 years Adelaide Baroque has given concerts of baroque music to enthusiastic audiences in Adelaide, interstate and abroad. Concert programs have been innovative and varied, featuring music from the vast repertoire of 17th and 18th century European music as well as some contemporary music from Australia. Their aim is to excite contemporary audiences with the power of baroque music. Importantly, Adelaide Baroque has led the resurgence of interest in the presentation and promotion of historical performance practice and has been the training ground for many Australian musicians through its regular workshops. Its commitment to best practice has seen Adelaide Baroque involved in nurturing the next generation of performers.

Adelaide Baroque will also present two Baroque Explorations series concerts – Heidi von Bernewitz and Robert Nairn have selected works for viola and violone on 11 October, and violinist Simone Slattery will present solo works on 1 November. On 14 November Adelaide Baroque will present Cathedral Christmas, a celebration of the season with a variety of Christmas repertoire from the Baroque.

All concerts will adhere to both Adelaide Baroque’s and the venues’ COVID-safe plans including completing an attendance record, disinfecting practices and physical distancing measures.

Adelaide Baroque will present Music of the Ships on Saturday 22 August at 6.00pm and 8.00pm in the Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Tickets for are Adult $49 | Concession $39 (incl. Seniors) and may be purchased online through or by phoning 0492 287 912

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