What better way to celebrate the Easter season than by attending Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performance of Mozart’s final work - Mozart Requiem and the Australian premier of Sir John Tavener’s It is Finished - featuring the hauntingly beautiful Song for Athene? 

With a high profile line up including Helpmann Award winning soprano, Taryn Fiebig, and a stellar cast of soloists, get in now to secure a place at this exclusive, Opera House Performance on Saturday March 26. www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au

Or if the sublime sounds of Monteverdi’s Missa In illo tempore interleaved with motets by William Byrd, Alice Chance, Nicolas Gombert, Elliott Gyger, William Mundy, along with The Song Company’s Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, appeals this Easter season make your way to St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday March 30.

‘Yes, that's it,’ said the Hatter with a sigh: ‘it's always tea time.’ Taking inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice in Wonderland, The Langham Sydney is putting on a unique tea party for big and little kids this Easter Sunday (March 27).

Billed as an “escape to a world of wonder, fun and nonsense,” The Langham Sydney’s ‘Alice Easter Tea Party’ is an event where children (and adults) are encouraged to explore their imaginations, taste buds and ‘fantastical creativity’. 

The City of Sydney’s next, free Business 101 seminar shares the know-how as well as hopes to inspire would-be entrepreneurs to get out there and start up a creative business.

Special guests as part of the day-long workshop include successful small business creatives such as Sam George, the founder of ‘pop-up’ exhibition concept, LOCO Project and Juliet Rosser, the brainchild behind unique art gallery brand, Platform72.

Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce warmly welcomes boutique French hair and beauty salon, Marie-France Group, to the Walsh Bay business community.
Inspired by the essence of Parisian life, Marie-France is a hair and beauty boutique specialising in 'Visagisme' - a French art that explores the relationship between who you are and the image you portray.
Established seven years ago on Sydney's North Shore, the Group quietly opened its doors on Hickson Road in December but held off on an official launch until earlier this month.
Taking an individualistic approach to hair and beauty – one the company says it achieves through an in-depth client consultation process taking into account style preference as well as other factors such as individual face shape, personality and lifestyle demands. Once the necessary information is gleamed the group’s talented stylists are armed with the information to tailor beauty treatments.

This month we introduce Pier One Sydney’s Guest Experience Manager (GEM) - Maria Macri Nosari. A new position to look out for at the best five star establishments across the world, Maria’s role at the iconic Walsh Bay establishment is all about making guests feel special in a customised and unique way - a job she explains is one of the best in the world!

“I meet and look after people from all over, from different fields and cultures… we (Pier One) are people’s home away from home. We: take care of people, celebrate their special occasions, create unforgettable memories from holidays to birthdays, weddings and everything in between. It is my job to create special memories for our guests, all tailored to their requests and needs. We also create wonderful surprises to make their stay something out of the ordinary,” Maria says.
“GEMs are a new role that hotels have been implementing in the past few years across the world. As we travel so much more than we ever did before we need to take travel and the travel experience to a new level. Guests are looking for an experience to take away with them - as opposed to just a place to stay.”

As part of the official line up for the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2016 Spectrum Now Festival, Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce are for the second time, holding Deckchair Arts – this year on Sunday, March 13.

The event is a unique Walsh Bay celebration of sight, sound and tastes that will feature collaborations from a range of talented performers including 11-piece horn and drum street band, Hot Potato, Indigenous dancer Kaleb Taylor, Australia’s best jugglers, comedian Benny B along with Sarah Louis-Jean on the boleadoras and drums.

As always WBAC members have a range of exciting new events on offer in and around Walsh Bay. This month we have the final installment of the ATYP’s ‘Voices Project’ for aspiring young actors (until February 20), contemporary Chinese art specialist, Vermillion Art Gallery, launch a exciting new exhibition featuring renowned photographic artist, Zhang Xiao, while Sydney Dance Company will get you into shape with a new lunchtime dance class, Jazz Express.

All Good Things is the last season of the ATYP’s six-year investment in monologues for young actors. Directed by one of Australia’s leaders in new writing, Iain Sinclair, this latest production aptly explores the theme of departures. Promising to be: “always surprising, tender, shocking and funny,” The Voices Project has been an important venture for a generation of young Australians. All Good Things runs until 20 February. Tickets $35 per head - www.atyp.com.au

Businesses in the City of Sydney as well as Leichhardt and Marrickville local government areas interested in implementing a live music program, or refine an existing live music program, can gain free advice from experienced musicians in a new pilot program to encourage widespread live music in Sydney.

AMPLIFY is a program that aims to cover many different aspects of getting involved in live music and will provide support for existing live music spaces - while encouraging the development of additional performance opportunities alongside the Live Music Office, Music NSW, APRA AMCOS and Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils.

This month in our out of area feature we look at the Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce’s unique, new tourism initiative – Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters.

Encouraging visitors to the Southern Highlands the project is a self-drive journey of nine, select high quality food and wine ‘clusters’ - each mapped into unique culinary experiences and downloadable for visitors via a dedicated website.

The idea is that each cluster area will help visitors to gain authentic local knowledge so they might shop like a local, eat where the locals eat as well as meet local growers and discover some of the Southern Highlands more closely held secrets.

In this month’s member profile, we chat to The Song Company’s new General Manger, Tim Carter.

After stints in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, joining Australia’s leading vocal ensemble located in the Walsh Bay precinct just over a month ago marks a welcomed return to industry for the recently appointed company head.

“I left industry ten years ago with the intention to gain a skillset that would be of benefit to the arts when I returned – I have now come home to where I belong with six months to spare,” Tim says.

The full program for the Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now Festival presented by ANZ has now been released and Sunday 13th of March 2016 will bring the second instalment of Deckchair Arts. Be prepared to once again be inspired by vibrant collaborations from a wide range of exciting performers including musicians, dancers, juggling, balancing acts and more. They will excite, surprise and eventually get you up on the dance floor!

Performances on the day will be provided by the 11-piece horn and drum street band, Hot Potato, Indigenous dancer Kaleb Taylor, one of Australia’s best jugglers and physical comedians Benny B, as well as Sarah Louis-Jean who will astound with boleadoras and drums.

The presence of the18th century replica of the HMB Endeavour added a real wow factor to another successful WBAC Arts Table on Tuesday November 10.  

Along with the spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, the Australian National Maritime Museums’ historic tallship was a magnificent backdrop that doubled up as unique stage for some 50 young voices from Gondwana Choirs to perform the evening’s breathtaking finale.