Pre-Concert Talk in Melbourne by Dr Alan Maddox

Dr Alan Maddox, a long-time friend of the Brandenburg, will be hosting his widely popular and engrossing pre-concert talks ahead of the Brandenburg Concertos.


We are very excited to announce that  Dr Alan Maddox, a long-time friend of the Brandenburg, will be hosting his widely popular and engrossing pre-concert talk for the first time ever in Melbourne during our 30th-Anniversary opening concert series Brandenburg Concertos. He will be presenting insights and opening discussions on everything J.S. Bach and Brandenburg Concertos related.

The talk will be presented in the Board Room at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 10th of March and will begin promptly at 4:20pm. This pre-concert talk is free and seating is limited to 70 persons only – first in best dressed!

Dr Alan Maddox is passionate about historical performance practice.

Through the years, Alan has been our musicologist giving pre-concert talks in Sydney and Brisbane as well as writing notes for our concert programs. He has provided our audiences across Australia with in-depth knowledge on the composers and works featured in each series, and given valuable context and perspective to help both new and experienced audiences fully appreciate the beauty of our music, our period instruments, and the intricacies of historically-informed performance.

Alan is a lecturer in Musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium, where much of his teaching focuses on the history and performance practice of European music of the 17th and 18th centuries. His main research interests are in the influence of rhetoric on vocal performance practice in Italian music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and in Australian colonial music in the mid-19th century. His current research project is a ‘research through performance’ study on the influence of classical gesture on the vocal delivery of recitative in Italian Baroque music. He has given papers on rhetoric and performance practice at several conferences of the Musicological Society of Australia as well as at the International Musicological Society (IMS) congress in Zürich in 2007, the IMS Symposium in Melbourne in 2004, and at the 2003 conference of the Wolfenbüttler Arbeitskreis für Barockforschung.

Fun fact, Alan performed professionally as a tenor with Opera Australia for several years, and has worked as a freelance singer in Australia and Europe. His repertoire ranges from Medieval to contemporary, with a particular love for Italian and German music of the 17th and 18th centuries, especially the songs of Schubert.

If you still have not booked your tickets to see us perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, it’s time to make it a priority so you don’t miss out on experiencing the concert the Brandenburg was born to perform.

Sydney talk will be held at City Recital Hall and will commence 40 minutes prior to each performance. The talks normally take place on level 3 at the venue, but please watch out for signs at the entrances in case of any changes on the day.

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