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PhiloMusica October 1 2023

Kendall School of Arts

A program to celebrate the 150th birthday of composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)


One of the greatest and most unique musical minds of the Twentieth Century, Rachmaninov left Russia in 1917 following the revolution and lived in Finland, Switzerland and the US where he died in 1943. His music remains a monument to late romanticism.

Brilliant young pianist Ching Pong Ng (watch this talented musician here) has curated a series of birthday concerts of Rachmaninov's music at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2023 and will present a program of solo piano works and songs with the rising star soprano Galatea Kneath. 

Their program includes:

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873- 1943)
Preludes (selection); Morceaux de Salon op 10 (selection); Selections from Etude Tableaux op 33 and op 39, Two Romances op 38 and the Sonata Vocalise in C major by Nikolai Medtner.

The performance at 2 pm will be introduced at 1 pm in a pre-concert talk: Rachmaninov's importance as a pianist and composer. with Goetz Richter and Ching Pong Ng in conversation.


Attendance at the pre-concert talk is free with a concert ticket. All profits from the concert benefit the Kendall National Violin Competition


More information and ticket bookings here or contact Mavis Barnes (02) 6559 4339 or email:

Kendall National Violin Competition Story

The Kendall National Violin Competition celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018 and has established itself as one of Australia’s foremost performance opportunities for young violinists. Past finalists and winners of the Kendall National Violin Competition have embarked on impressive careers and the Competition is proud to have encouraged these talented artists on their way.


The Kendall National Violin Competition is supported by many generous supporters of the Hastings, Camden Haven and Mid North Coast communities and is administered by an honorary management committee based in Kendall.


Please support the competition with your donation. The Kendall National Violin Competition is a registered charity and donations are tax deductible. 


October 1

A celebration of Rachmaninov's birthday featuring pianist Ching Pong Ng and soprano Galatea Kneath.

Ticket bookings here

September 30th, October 1 Long  Weekend

String Workshops

Sunday 19th November


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