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Welcome to 2020

Due to concerns with the corona virus, some regular events will need to be postponed.  The Chamber Music competition will not take place, and the Prizewinners' concert for the 12 and Under and 15 and Under will be delayed.  

Results for the 12 and Under and 15 and under are under NOTICES

Please check the website, and consult the newsletter for further news re District Centre concerts


Many of our members have continued their musical education and are now professional musicians.  During this difficult period, orchestral and recital work has almost disappeared, and they are providing outstanding concerts and recital online.  Upcoming concerts are listed below.  

Please support our musicians, and for a small subscription be ensured of a wonderful concert in the comfort of your home.  


As ongoing Covid restrictions continue to make it difficult to perform live for large audiences, I am thrilled to invite you to another online live Chamber Music extravaganza, featuring the famous Schubert Trout Quintet!

WHERE: Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (

WHO: Kirsty McCahon (Bass), Tamara Anna Cislowska (Piano), Katherine Lukey (Violin), Virginia Comerford (Viola), Rowena Crouch (Cello). 

COST: $24 (Ticket revenue goes to the Artists less a small administration fee). 

PROGRAM: Elena Kat-Chernin's 'Adrift' for Double Bass and Piano & Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'Trout'

Due to the pandemic, the careers of the musicians performing in this concert are still greatly affected. Your support is truly appreciated. 

Wherever you are in the world, thanks for tuning in and enjoy the concert!



Due to Corona Virus restrictions, the usual live concert for the 3MBS FM YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR will not take place.  Instead, 3MBS has arranged a Commemorative Digital Recital featuring past performers, and a live performance from Hoang Pham, on Sunday 25th October at 5.45 p.m.  In order to access this this, please go to and search the event under 3MBS to gain a ticket.                                                                                                                    We look forward to having as many members supporting this



Celebrate 32 years of the 3MBS Victorian Young Performer of the Year Award


For 32 years, the 3MBS Victorian Young Performer of the Year Award has become a defining opportunity for Melbourne’s young and emerging musicians. The prestigious music competition attracts many of Victoria’s finest young musicians to perform and compete in front of a live audience. However, this year the event will be celebrated a little differently.

Tune in to 103.5FM on Sunday 25 October at 2pm, as presenter Colin Fox delves into our music archives to present highlights of the competition, past musical moments and fond memories. Also, hear interviews from past winners as they describe how the award has influenced their music-making career.

The event is free to listen; however, please consider becoming a Young Performer Angel to support future events like this occurring.

Sunday 25 October, 2pm
Broadcast on 103.5FM





3MBS Listening Highlight


Illuminations: Charles Ives - American Modernist
Throughout his life Ives was better known for his creativity in structuring life insurance packages in his insurance business than for his musical output. Since his death in 1954 his popularity slowly grew and Ives is now lauded for using such innovative musical concepts as polytonality, aleatory and quarter tones. Callum Moncrieff discovers the life and music of this highly original composer. 

(Originally broadcast 3 May 2018)

Thursday 15 October, 8pm 
with Callum Moncrieff


Reflections: James Ehnes CM OM FRSC 
Canadian violinist James Ehnes CM OM FRSC is renowned for his stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality. He made his debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at 13 and has since performed in the world’s greatest concert and recital halls. This program was recorded in his dressing room at Hamer Hall where he was preparing for concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 

(Originally broadcast 3 June 2018)

Sunday 18 October, 4pm
with Doug Beecroft




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3MBS Digital Digest


Yarra Valley Opera Festival goes online | 16 - 25 October
Jess Carascalao Heard sits down with Gertrude Opera’s Artistic Director Linda Thompson to discuss the upcoming Yarra Valley Opera Festival. Listen to the interview...


New leader for Four Winds Easter Festival
Acclaimed opera and festival director Lindy Hume takes over the reigns at Four Winds Easter Festival for 2021/2022, stepping into the shoes of former artistic director, accordionist James Crabb. Read more...


ASO recognises Mental Health Week with ‘Meditation Virtual Concert Series’

To celebrate Mental Health Week, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is offering Meditation Virtual Concert Series, a collection of six online concerts, each designed around a theme to lift spirits and provide a space for reflection. Read more...


Victorian Opera launches major opera prize
In 2021, Victorian Opera’s newly launched a $50,000 Michael Stubbs and Malcolm Roberts Opera Prize will enable young artists to work as residents of the company, perform in roles and in recital. In addition, artists will receive professional development training, private coaching and mentoring opportunities. Applications are now open! Read more...


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