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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Madness & Confrontation

  • City Recital Hall 2-12 Angel Place Sydney, NSW Australia (map)

Madness & Confrontation recounts the story of Richard Gill AO conducting Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (based on the original play Day of Madness) who, with concertmaster Rachael Beesley and principal clarinettist Nicole van Bruggen, had the idea of establishing the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra. Along with a selection of duets and arias from Figaro, Mozart’s well-known clarinet concerto is performed by Nicole van Bruggen on basset clarinet – the original instrument for which the work was written. Beethoven's magnificent 5th Symphony ushered classical music into a new era and its infamous opening four-note motif confronts and enthrals audiences even to this day.


Australian Romantic &
Classical Orchestra

Rachael Beesley

Nicole van Bruggen
Basset Clarinet

Jacqueline Porter

David Greco


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro – Duets & Arias

Clarinet Concerto in A Major

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in C Minor