C6 Bach Barton Brodsky

  • Sunday, 30 Apr 2023

  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston, ACT 2604

As musical collaborations go,  William Barton together with the four musicians of the Brodsky Quartet probably wins the prize.  Originally planned for 2020, William and the Brodskys finally get together with memories of that ill-fated summer but also with genuine hopes for musical reconciliation.

The program unites two icons of the classical canon with Barton’s own music and the belated world premiere of Andrew Ford’s quartet written during the bushfires of late 2019.  Bach’s Violin Sonata re-imagined by Brodsky and Schubert’s final string quartet represent a timeless musical statement of humanity united.



J.S. Bach, Violin Sonata arr. Brodsky

William Barton, work tbc

Andrew Ford, Eden Ablaze, String Quartet nr 7 (WP)


Franz Schubert, Quartet in G Major D 887



William Barton voice/didgeridoo

Brodsky Quartet


This concert is supported by Dianne Anderson AM and Brian Anderson AC

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Artist William Barton - composer, instrumentalist and vocalist


William Barton is Australia’s leading didgeridoo player as well as composer, instrumentalist and vocalist. William started learning the instrument from his first learnt the uncle, Arthur Peterson, an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga people and was working from an early age with traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands, orchestras, string quartets, and mixed ensembles. Throughout his diverse career he has forged a path in the classical musical world, from the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli and for the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with an ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. In 2021 he was the recipient of the prestigious Don Banks Music Award from the Australia Council and in 2022 he was announced as Australian of the Year for Queensland for 2023. With his prodigious musicality and building on his Kalkadunga heritage, William has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo.

Artist Brodsky Quartet


Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 60 recordings.

A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence.

Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.