Sydney Soloists, What the Audience Said

It was another truly memorable concert for the Society on Friday 11 July 2014 when the Sydney Soloists performed three great Mozart concerti arranged by Sydney composer, Julie Simonds.

We  spoke with some of our audience members about the concert. This is what they said.

‘Stunning. I haven’t listened to much horn music before, so the horn concerto was particularly enjoyable for me. I liked the horn player’s [Robert Johnson] amusing introduction to the piece.’

‘I don’t normally like reductions, but these arrangements were very good.’

‘Great performance, just what you expect from the Mozart Society. Nice to see the young violinist [James Dong] playing confidently in this distinguished group.’

‘Wonderful. I'll be back.’

‘I came with friends. This is my first time at a concert like this. The music was lovely.  I’m amazed how talented the musicians are. I liked the way they seemed to have fun on stage. I thought they would be very serious, instead they were smiling and interacting all the time. That’s something you don’t get listening to a CD at home.’

‘It was all good. I liked the new arrangements. The arrangement of the flute concerto worked really well. The graceful sound of the string quartet and the  rich notes from the clarinet and horn complemented the flute perfectly.’

‘Three concertos performed brilliantly. What a treat.’

‘Loved the clarinet concerto, especially the final movement.’

It was a quite a concert. Here are some of our favourite photos from the night.




Catherine Hewgill, even warming up in the rehearsal room, her cello playing is a joy.




Robert Johnson, not just a virtuoso horn player, but also a fine baritone as the audience discovered when the Sydney Soloists performed a surprise encore with Robert singing  the very witty Flanders and Swann song ‘Ill Wind’ to the horn concerto rondo.




James Dong, looking smart, confident and ready for a great night.




Susan Collins, preparing for a beautifully polished performance.




Francesco Celata, taking in the applause for his thrilling performance of the clarinet concerto.