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.

The Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 16 November. The WBAC extends its thanks to the returning 2015-16 executive for all their hard work in helping the Chamber achieve all KPIs set this year as well as welcome a new face as secretary in 2016, Sally Walker from Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Get into the spirit with The City of Sydney’s 30 great days of Christmas in Sydney kicking off with a simultaneous concert in Martin Place and Hyde Park and the lighting of the City’s spectacular 21-metre high Martin Place Christmas Tree on November 26.

Not just your average oversized Chrissy tree, the interactive Martin Place festive staple will project light onto surrounding heritage buildings, host carol singers as well a site where Sydneysiders and guests have a chance to cuddle Labrador puppies before they embark on guide dog training.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are set to stage three unique concert events to mark the start of the festive season by performing Handel’s Messiah.

The 400-strong chorister group will sing Handel’s greatest and most loved choral masterpiece at the Sydney Opera House on December 3, 5 and 6th with Brett Weymark conducting and, in a world first, in collaboration with Accessible Arts and the Opera House, the concerts will be signed live by a choir of 18 to bring another element to this powerful piece of music.

Don’t look any further than Walsh Bay’s many fine restaurants, hotels and bars for a sumptuous, hassle free Christmas feast or memorable New Year’s Eve celebration this year.

To make life even easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best festive packages of offer in the area this year:

  • The Langham Sydney
  • Pier One
  • Sydney Dance Lounge
  • View by Sydney
  • Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

This month’s member profile is the executive director at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Philippe Magid.

“ My main focus is to help bring Artistic Director Stephen Page’s creative vision to life, by ensuring we have appropriate funding and budget to do so, “ Philippe says.

“Across the business, Bangarra works closely with the development team, I meet with a lot of prospective corporate and philanthropic partners, and see where we can innovate or tap into existing resources.

In this issue we travel ‘down south’ to gain some inspiration from a project that the Moss Vale Chamber of Commerce and the Wingecarribee Shire Council are collaborating on – the Moss Vale Buskers’ Battle. 

Designed to showcase the very best that the Southern Highlands has to offer, the two local authorities have joined forces to stage the Moss Vale Buskers Battle on Sunday March 6, 2016.
 Organisers say it will be a ‘vibrant celebration’ with over 25 buskers battling it out against a festive backdrop of gourmet produce, food and wine stalls in the heart of Moss Vale. 

Have you booked your ticket to the 2015 Arts Table on Tuesday November 10? Along with enjoying fine, local fare in a 5 course degustation menu sourced from the best NSW producers paired with the Hunter Valley’s Tempus Two wines, guests this year will be treated to a performance by talented hosts, Gondwana Choirs, aboard the magnificent 18th century replica ship, HMB Endeavour.

Adding real wow factor to the night Gondwana’s senior choristers will use the Australian National Maritime Museums’ historic square-rigged ship as the stage for their final performance. Guests at the event will also have the opportunity to explore onboard after the performance ends.

Walsh Bay has many fine establishments with special harbourside (forget the track!) deals on offer this Melbourne Cup. We’ve rounded up five of the best deals to help you make your mind up where you might be celebrating on 3 November…

Pier One’s Gantry Restaurant & Bar Melbourne Cup packages will impress with a welcome champagne, selection of chef canapés, ‘live stations’ of oysters and prawns followed by a two course meal designed by head chef, Joel Bickford as well as a three-hour drinks package for $220 per head.

After more than a decade as a month-long festival of temporary public art across the city Art and About has evolved to a yearly program.

Kicking off the City of Sydney’s new annual format of non-permanent public art is Games + Actions (for a Quiet City). This unique event entails a series of public performances orchestrated by sonic art collective, Super Critical Mass, whereby masses of volunteers perform a symphony of identical and democratic instruments in various public locations throughout the city. Performances will take place from 17 October to 1 November at Hyde Park, the State Library of NSW and Martin Place.