March 1, 2018


After playing sold-out seasons in Brisbane and Canberra, it’s now Sydney’s turn to be wowed by the exciting new Australian production of MAMMA MIA!


Inspired by the magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale is set on a Greek island paradise and centers around young bride to be Sophie, who, on the eve of her wedding sets out on a quest to discover the identity of her father. Sophie sends wedding invitations to three men from her mother’s past, to lure them back to the island, which they last visited 20 years ago.


Produced in Australia by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick this absolutely delightful fun filled show is directed by Helpmann Award winner Gary Young and features a talented cast that would be hard to better.

Natalie O’Donnell as mother of the bride Donna Sheridan is exceptional, keeping all eyes on her when she sings and dances her way through many of Abba’s fabulous hits such as Money, Money, Money. Sarah Morrison is also very believable as Donna’s daughter and bride to be Sophie. Natalie and Sarah look so much alike, they could actually be taken for mother and daughter. Alicia Gardiner and Jayde Westaby as Donna’s best friends Rosie and Tanya, bring their own special magic to these roles.


Ian Stenlake, Phillip Lowe and Josef Ber who play the three unsuspecting potential fathers, keep up the suspense as to which one will be giving the bride away.


MAMMA MIA! is a stage show full of great music, dancing, fun and laughter that the whole family will enjoy.

Playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre until 6 May 2018. After a season in Perth, MAMMA MIA! moves to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on 10 July 2018.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond    




February 25, 2018

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has opened their 2018 season with “Thomas Tallis’ England”, and Brandenburg’s Artistic Director, Paul Dyer AO, has not disappointed with his programme featuring English works by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Matthew Locke, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Henry Purcell.


Music by the German composer Handel, who took on British citizenship and was a major celebrity in his adopted home of London, is also included

To enhance these musical masterpieces, the orchestra has an expanded strings section, along with the magnificent voices of the Brandenburg Choir singing Tallis & Byrd. Topping off this whole experience is the return of countertenor Max Riebl, whose voice adds an extra dimension to this uplifting concert. Max commented “I’ll be singing two beautiful songs by Gibbons, from the late Tudor/early Jacobean period and an aria from Handel’s opera Orlando with lots of vocal fireworks. I’m probably most looking forward to singing Cold Song from Purcell’s King Arthur, a gut-wrenching masterpiece that is simultaneously epic and minimalist.”

Artistic Director, Paul Dyer AO, said “I urge everyone not to miss hearing the Brandenburg Strings perform the epic and cinematic Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. It is an amazing concert experience, regularly voted in radio station polls as one of the favourites of all classical music works for good reason – it’s beautiful and emotional and just soars! I’ve always wanted us to play it. The breathtaking and sublime music Thomas Tallis wrote 450 years ago that inspired the Fantasia is absolutely ‘to die for’ and will be sung by the Brandenburg Choir.”

Being able to enjoy the beautiful singing of the Brandenburg Choir, with the music of the Brandenburg Orchestra, was an added bonus that made for an unforgettable evening.

Performances at Sydney City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place until 3 March 2018.

Sandra Tiltman  Photo: John Pond