Thoroughbass – July 13 7PM Margaretta Cottage July 19 2024 St John’s College 6.30pm July 21 3.15pm St Jude’s Bowral

ThoroughBass Newsletter

Good Afternoon Friends


Here is some news I’m really excited about. You will remember that with Dr Michael Tsalka I made a CD featuring square piano and harpsichord last October. Well, Full Moon has been named CD of the Week by Radio 2MBS Fine Music for June 24. Whoo-hoo!!! Listen out if you can. Meanwhile Full Moon has been turning up in odd places, like the gnome in Amelie, in Israel, Germany and elsewhere around the world. I wonder how that happened!

The very same wonderful musician Michael Tsalka returns for some spectacular concerts in July which I sincerely hope you will come along to.

Set in Stone

Three stunning concerts in three historic settings. Internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Tsalka joins Thoroughbass director Diana Weston for a mix of old and new. Concertos for harpsichord by the great JS Bach and by Australia’s favourite composer Elena Kats-Chernin (Ancient Letters), a new work for the unusual combination of harpsichord and early piano forte by the ever-versatile Ann Carr-Boyd, and much else. As a keyboard duo Michael and Diana show ‘consummate teamwork’ (Israel review) and ‘exquisite playing’ (Canberra City News). These concerts are rare events and not to be missed.


Dr Michael Tsalka (piano, harpsichord)

Diana Weston (harpsichord, piano)


Saturday July 13 at 7 pm

Margaretta Cottage, Leichhardt St, Glebe

Music by JS Bach, Soler, Vanhal, Ann Carr-Boyd and Piazzolla



Friday July 19 at 6.30 pm

St John’s College, Missenden Rd, Camperdown

Music by JS Bach, Elena Kats-Chernin, Soler and others




Sunday July 21 at 3.15pm

St Jude’s Church Bendooley St, Bowral

Music by Piazzola, Vanhal and Ann Carr-Boyd

Bookings 0411 375 821





Classics at Picton 7th July 2024

Classics at Picton



Classics at Picton welcomes acclaimed musicians – Laura Chislett (flute) and John Martin (piano) – to entertain us with a mix of 19th century classics and 20th & 21st C Australian music.

Come along and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of music by various composers – including Donizetti, Schubert, Reinecke and Australians Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Esther Rofe, Anne Boyd, Ros Bandt and Ann Carr-Boyd AM.

1.30pm Sunday 7th July 2024

Wollondilly Shire Hall, 52 Menangle St, Picton

Tickets $25 (cash only) at the door.

OR online tickets:

(tea, coffee, sandwiches & cakes included)

Students FREE with an accompanying adult.

Contact us: &

OR @classicsatpicton OR phone 0431 434 417

Ann’s Biography – Book Published by Wirrapang

Fandango (Book) – Ann Carr-Boyd – Australian Composers

Ann is a meticulous diarist and a writer of comprehensive lists. Rigorous discipline, then, as well as aptitude, hard work, application, as well as being gifted with talent makes this book compelling reading.

Being blessed with, and in possession of, a creative and independent spirit, Ann would have found it difficult not to ‘work’, paid or otherwise. After all, she has composed over 280 pieces of music, and painted over 80 works of art . Her love and talent for music began at an early age – at the metaphorical knees of her gifted father and uncle. Her love for, and appreciation of, art commenced commensurately – at the knee of her mother, a clever artist.’ Kerry Anderson

“… a particular strength of Kerry’s biography lies in its generous inclusion of anecdotes and commentary from Ann’s colleagues, family members, and friends. This approach guarantees a warmth and liveliness that springs off the page, revealing Ann not simply as an outstanding musical figure but also as a person who relishes interaction, liking few things better than catching up with friends or making new acquaintances.”  Adrian Wintle

Scattered throughout the book are QR codes of tracks from Ann’s CDs which, when using a smart phone, can be listened to and enjoyed.