Past concerts

The Spirited Life

Thursday 4th March 2021


Melbourne Recital Centre – Southbank

A concert highlighting the ancient sonic backstory of belief in all its forms. Composers Olivier Messiaen, John Cage and Anne Norman have all been fascinated by the power of music to express spirituality. Take a journey through deep and inspired works, by these artists and more, exploring how music through the ages has sought to convey worship and divine belief in all its forms. 

Aus den visionen der Hildegard – Sophia Gubaidulina – Soprano

Wherever they go – Anne Norman – Shakuhaci & voice

Sonnekus 2 – John Cage – Voice

Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus – Olivier Messiaen – Cello & piano

Hymn 1 – Alfred Schnittke – Cello & timpani & guitar

The memory of the glance of God – Eve Duncan – Trombone & percussion

O divina virgo flore – Gavin Bryars – All instruments

Three generations of Australian women composers are celebrated in a richly hued kalidiscope of music from across the decades.

Helen Gifford’s compelling compositional voice begins the journey, with her seminal works setting the scene for generations of women composers including Christine McCombe, Annie Hsieh, Melody Eotvos, Kate Neal and Kate Moore.

With a particular focus on the female voice, coupled with an eclectic mix of instruments and ensemble settings, the power of these individuals speaks to us across the generations.

Saturday 4 May 2019 3pm

Primrose Potter Salon, MRC,

Tickets: Standard $39 ($29 Concession)

Duration: 1 hour 20 mins (no interval)

Guest artists: Peter Dumsday, Vivien Hamilton, Michelle Johnn, Joy Lee, Jeannie Marsh, Tim Phillips, Hamish Upton and Melina VanLeewen.


Traces of Passage

Debussy was one of the leading composers of the impressionistic style, conveying mood and emotion through colour, ambiguous tonality and extended harmonies.

Though at seemingly opposite ends of the continuum of twentieth century music, Debussy’s music left a trace through to the post-war compositions of Messiaen and Boulez.

Messiaen talks about Debussy’s use of colour in Pelleas et Melisande, as having a huge influence on his work and like a cosmic echo, Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maitre uses the surrealist poetry of Rene Char to create a distinctive tint of Debussy exoticism.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Six Degrees Ensemble

Melbourne Recital Centre


July 18th 2018


Arcko Symphonic Ensemble and Six Degrees Ensemble presents:

Eighty Plus! an 80th birthday celebration of the chambermusic of Helen Gifford and Nigel Butterley

Featuring Phoebe Green—viola, Justine Anderson—voice, Peter Dumsday—piano, Bruno Siketa—trumpet, Timothy Phillips—conductor and musicians from Arcko Symphonic and 6 degrees ensemble.

WHEN: 7.30 p.m. Friday 11 December 2016

WHERE: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street Carlton

TICKETS: $27 // adults $20 // senior $15 // concession // tickets also available at the door

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Laconisme de l’aile – Kaija Saariaho

Adnan Songbook – Gavin Bryars

Helen Gifford – Desperation

Saturday June 27th 6pm

Church of All Nations

180 Palmerston Street


Tickets $15

Guest artists: Anita Hustas, Leigh Harold, Jacob Abela, Stuart Fisher, Paul Zabrowarny, Aviva Endean, Michael Hewes.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program

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Featuring music by Davidson, Andriessen, Ford, La Monte Young, Greenbaum and Scelsi.

Guest artists: Jacob Abela, Stuart Fisher, Jonathan Chim.

6pm Saturday 8th November 2014

Richmond Uniting Church

314 Church Street Richmond

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Melbourne Recital Centre – 6pm 5th April 2014 – The Salon
Despite the modern world’s fast-paced existence particularly since the industrial revolution, these themes continue to intrigue and excite the human mind. This proposed program performed by Six Degrees Ensemble and guest artists is formed around the astounding Garden of Earthly Desire, a chamber ensemble piece by Melbourne-born/UK-based composer Liza Lim. The work is based on the most famous work of 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, a triptych that presents a sequence of scenes depicting the beginning and end of time; from Adam and Eve to a fiery Hell ending, with the Garden of Delights radiating in the centre. The concert will begin with the luminous The Heavenly Spheres Are Illuminated by Lights by Japanese composer Somei Satoh. A central element in all Japanese philosophy (Shintoism, one of the main religious and philosophical practices in Japan) is its deep respect for nature. It is understood that in the Japanese musical sense, there is no strict distinction made between the sounds of nature and the sounds of music. Satoh’s music has been said to attempt “a kind of therapy in which the physical and the spiritual blend.”  This is followed by Helen Giffords Music for the Adonia.

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Premiere of Kandinsky by Brendan Colbert and Peter de Jager’s Ladder for solo viola, followed by George Crumbs Mundis Canis and a guitar duet Zamorra by Terry Riley. To finish the program is the short but not so sweet Albumblatt by Clementi and a gorgeous work for voice and vibes by Christine McCombe.

Thursday 28th November 2013, 7.30  Kew Court House

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6˚ensemble is performing the Klaus Lang piece for Soprano, Percussion, Flute and Viola einfalt. stille. as part of the inaugural year of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, curated by the Australian composer David Chisholm.

10.30 pm Friday 13th September 2013

Bendigo Bank Theatre Music Up Late 2013-09-13

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6˚ensemble creates a unique auditory and dramatic concert experience for the audience with  Luciano Berio’s Naturale and Sequenza III, Helmut Lachenmann’s Toccatina, Beat Furrer’s Poemas and the world premiere of a new work for viola by the Australian composer James Rushford.

Wednesday March 20th 2013 8pm

Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville

3MBS Radiothon

6 Degrees is doing a live to air performance at 8pm as part of 3MBS 2012 Radiothon on Tuesday 22nd May, 2012.

We’re performing a segment of a larger work by the Melbourne composer David Horowicz based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson.


6° presents a programatic feast of New music, featuring Beat Furrer, Liza Lim, Andrew Ford, David Chisolm and and Christine McCombe.

Be shocked, delighted and perhaps made just a little bit afraid by the performances of Justine Anderson – soprano, Jennifer Enchelmaier – piano, Ant Field – guitar, Phoebe Green – viola, Zac Johnston – violin & Peter Neville – percussion.

Sunday 13th November 2011

Richmond Uniting Church

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A concert inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, featuring music by Aaron Copland, David Horowicz, Peter Neville and Toru Takemitsu. Justine Anderson – soprano, Jennifer Enchelmaier – piano, Ant Field – guitar, Phoebe Green – viola, Zac Johnston – violin & Peter Neville – percussion. With guest artist Leah Scholes.
Sunday 27th February 2011
Richmond Uniting Church