CONTRA CONCERTS: A New Chamber Music Series

Contra Concerts and Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) are proud to announce a new musical collaboration, bringing virtuoso soloists together for a new series of invigorating chamber music to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and Toowoomba across April–May–June 2021.

Contra Concerts, in association with SXS, will perform one weekend a month throughout April, May and June, bringing intimate chamber music recitals to Holy Trinity Hall in Fortitude Valley and touring to Toowoomba's St Luke's Hall and the Toowoomba Grammar School Old Hall.


The first concert, BACH OUT LOUD (Toowoomba: 3pm Fri April 2 / Brisbane: 2pm Sat April 3) is performed over the Easter weekend and features soloists Jonathan Henderson–flute, Tania Frazer–oboe, Katherine Philp–cello and Alex Raineri–harpsichord, who form an intimate quartet offering a recital of quintessential works from the baroque period by J.S. Bach.


Next, DIGITAL DEBUSSY (Brisbane: 3pm Sat May 22 / Toowoomba: 3pm Sun May 23) features sololists Jonathan Henderson–flute, James Wannan–viola and Emily Granger–harp, fusing French and Japanese music by Debussy and Takemitsu with a new Australian composition from Sydney composer Tristan Coelho that transports acoustic chamber music into the digital age with the addition of live electronics.

The series closes with SONIC BEETHOVEN (Brisbane: 6pm Fri June 11 / Toowoomba: 3pm Sun June 13), a raucous 60-minute concert of Beethoven alongside powerful Australian works by Paul Dean and Lisa Cheney, performed by duo Jonathan Henderson–flute and Valley resident pianist and soloist Alex Raineri.

Flutist Jonathan Henderson – photo: Rasmus Jurkatam


For Contra Concerts curator and SXS flute soloist Jonathan Henderson, forming a connection with the audience is crucial. "In our series the musicians are right in front of you, with the music unfolding just metres away. The heritage halls we are performing in are intimate venues which seat around one hundred people, so there's no need for opera glasses or expensive A-reserve seating. Everyone can feel close to the musicians and fully absorb the music from any seat", Henderson says.

Contra Concerts' 2021 series artists Tania Frazer, Alex Raineri, James Wannan, Katherine Philp & Emily Granger


SXS Artistic director Tania Frazer said Southern Cross Soloists are very excited to be associated with Contra Concerts. "As one of the newest members of our ensemble, we were very eager to appoint Jonathan as flute soloist on his return to Australia after ten years working in leading orchestras in Europe. We are now delighted to support Jonathan in this unique and attractive series that brings appealing programming and world class performances to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and Toowoomba City.”

Concert 1. BACH OUT LOUD

Baroque masterworks in an intimate setting. TOOWOOMBA: St Luke’s Hall, 152 Herries St, Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350 / Friday April 2, 3pm

BRISBANE: Holy Trinity Hall, 9 Church St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006 / Saturday April 3, 2pm

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Concert 2. DIGITAL DEBUSSY

Flute, viola and harp trios for the digital age. BRISBANE: Holy Trinity Hall, 9 Church St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006 / Saturday May 22, 3pm TOOWOOMBA: St Luke’s Hall, 152 Herries St, Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350 / Sunday May 23, 3pm

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Concert 3. SONIC BEETHOVEN

Raucous Beethoven meets modern Australian chamber works for flute and piano. BRISBANE: Holy Trinity Hall, 9 Church St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006 / Friday June 11, 6pm TOOWOOMBA: Old Hall–Toowoomba Grammar School, 24 Margaret Street, East Toowoomba, Qld, 4350 / Sunday June 13, 3pm

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Single Tickets $15–45

3-Concert package: subscribe to attend all concerts and save 20%.

Tickets available online at www.contraconcerts.com.au or purchase at the door (subject to availability / card-only), ticket office opens 45min before concert start time.

Order by phone 10am-4pm M-F 0451 929 683

Advanced booking is recommended.