July 2011, Melbourne – New Chamber Music series ENSEMBLE URBANE Concert 1 announced.


ENSEMBLE URBANE Concert No. 1 @ Artboy gallery is the first in this exciting new chamber music series.


“urbane” = suave, elegant, refined, polished – having the savoir-faire regarded as characteristic of social life in a cosmopolitan city….

Ensemble Urbane = Friends and colleagues playing music that moves us.


ENSEMBLE URBANE showcases some of Melbourne’s most vibrant talent, taking music out of the confines of the concert hall and placing it into non-traditional urban contexts.



September 4th 2011 6:30pm – Artboy Gallery 99 Grevlle St. Prahran VIC 

The Music:

Purcell – selected Fantasias for String Quartet
Schnittke – “Hymn No. 2″ for Cello and Double Bass
Piazzolla – “Four For Tango”
Schubert – Octet in F Major

The Musicians:

Violin – Monica Curro, Kirsty Hilton, Jenny Khafagi, Lynette Rayner, Kristian Winther
Viola – Christopher Cartlidge, Jenny Khafagi, Leah Zweck
Cello – Blair Harris, William Hewer
Double Bass – Stephen Newton
Clarinet – Phillip Arkinstall
Horn – Saul Lewis
Bassoon – Brock Imison

Door prizes –

Our friends at The Cullen Hotel (awarded Best New Boutique Hotel in Australia by the Australian Gourmet Traveller) generously donated an accommodation voucher to be awarded as a door prize to one lucky ticket holder.

The Hat Mansion in Greville St. donated a $100 voucher.

Art exhibition –

At the time of the concert, Artboy Gallery hosts Melbourne artist Matthew Dunn’s much anticipated solo exhibition, “The Justice Will Be So Fantastic”.

It presents visual interpretations of the music of Crippled Black Phoenix.

“More misery, more questioning the mind, more cynicism, more justice and ultimately more hope.” – Justin Greaves (CBP)

Matthew’s powerful work is bound to both compliment and starkly contrast the music which spans a range of emotions from plaintive to joyful, absurd to sombre, and features moments of sublime beauty and almost overwhelming optimism.







An eclectic, refreshing and surprising concert package.

“SHUFFLE” gives audiences a chance to see STRING SOURCE artists in a unique context.

The musicians play their favourite music from throughout the centuries, chat a little about the pieces and share the odd story from their colourful careers. Careers which have seem them perform, tour and record with a wildly diverse range of artists which includes the likes of Lana Del Rey, Pete Murray, Luciano Pavarotti, Harry Connick Jr., Glenn Shorrock, Josh Groban, Missy Higgins, Kanye’ West, Bliss N Eso and many more.

Masterfully executed music presented in a laid back context.  Audiences are given an insight into the world of these exceptional musicians and a little taste of their personalities at the same time.

They mix cheeky and fun covers of pop and rock hits with virtuosic classical gems and all sorts in between. Think Rihanna, Vivaldi, Guns N Roses, Mozart, Clean Bandit, Gotye, Don McLean – even Daft Punk. The sort of thing you might hear if one of them hit “shuffle” on their iTunes account. See what we did there?…

“SHUFFLE” has something for everyone and you might even hear something that you never knew you’d love!