Ayres & Graces

The Brandenburg musicians return to the stage in a sparkling series of live performances on period instruments.

Ayres & Graces is a socially distanced special event. Please scroll down and read all our health and safety information prior to purchasing your tickets and attending a live performance at City Recital Hall.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Subscribers are entitled to a complimentary Digital Première Pass. To claim your free pass, please log in to your brandenburg.com.au Subscriber account and select ‘Find tickets’ next to the digital première date (Sunday 1 November) or follow the instructions here.

Program Highlights

LULLY Prologue: Ouverture to Cadmus et Hermione, LWV 49
HOTTETERRE Pourquoy doux rossignols from Airs et Brunettes
PURCELL Curtain Tune on a Ground from Timon of Athens, Z 632
PLAYFORD Strawberries and Cream from The English Dancing Master (1657)
HANDEL Excerpts from Berenice, regina d’Egitto, HWV 38
Concert duration approximately 60 minutes, no interval. Please note that concert duration is approximate only and is subject to change.

View Ayres & Graces Concert Program

Melissa Farrow Baroque flute/recorder
Mikaela Oberg Baroque flute/recorder
Rafael Font Baroque violin
Marianne Yeomans Baroque viola
Anton Baba Baroque cello/viola da gamba
Tommie Andersson Theorbo/Baroque guitar

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is delighted to welcome you back to the concert hall and online for a very special concert series, Ayres & Graces

Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, Ayres & Graces is directed by Principal Baroque Flute/Recorder Melissa Farrow and lead by an ensemble of Brandenburg musicians performing on an eclectic combination of period instruments.

Be enthralled by music from the French Baroque performed uniformly in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lully, before stepping out into the centre of eighteenth-century London in a program brimming with the sounds that attracted entrepreneurial musicians such as George Frideric Handel to the city.

Set to a dream world of colour and sound with a stage-wide LED screen illuminated with imagery curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras, we welcome you to join us for our socially distanced performances in Sydney’s City Recital Hall this October or online for the digital première at 5pm on Sunday 1 November.

We are dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for all and additional health and safety guidelines will be in place throughout this concert series. 

A maximum of 400 tickets for each live performance are available to purchase to ensure social distancing. Temperature checks will occur on entry and there will be increased hygiene protocols throughout the venue. 

To read more about the health and safety measures in place for this performance, please click the button below.

Health & Safety at Ayres & Graces

For the very first time, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will be streaming a special digital première on Sunday 1 November at 5pm AEDT. To purchase your pass, please select this Sunday performance and complete your transaction. You can find detailed instructions on how to book at the button below.

You will receive an email from the Brandenburg on the day of the digital première with a private link to the performance and information on how to watch. As Ayres & Graces is a ticketed film it can only be accessed via this supplied link. The digital première will commence at 5pm and be available for 48 hours. After this time, the concert will not be available.

If you have questions about the digital première please don’t hesitate to contact our Box Office at tickets@brandenburg.com.au or find our handy steps on the digital première process via the button below. Our terms and conditions for digital events can also be read here.

How to purchase a Digital Première Pass



Download Ayres & Graces Concert Program

Photos: Keith Saunders


Venue Details
Brandenburg One
All of our digital performances and premières on Brandenburg One can be enjoyed on any mobile, tablet, computer or digital device with an internet connection.

City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Place
Sydney NSW 2000

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