Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald

Artistic Director and Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra : Richard Tognetti.

A dream come true for Richard Tognetti

Approaching his 29th year leading the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti still seems like a man in a hurry, boiling with fresh ideas and ambition.

SSO assistant principal Emma Jezek and Taikoz's Ian Cleworth.

'We're going to need a big orchestra'

There are precious few instruments that can challenge the volume of a symphony orchestra in full flight, but the huge Japanese drums called odaiko are more than up to the task.

'Your doors should be open': Mark Kilmurry outside the Ensemble Theatre.

The show (director) must go on

With just two hours' notice that he would have to "go on" because one of his leading actors had been felled by the flu, there was no time for Ensemble Theatre artistic director Mark Kilmurry to be nervous.

The boys of St Mary's Cathedral Choir.

Sacred duty produces sublime music

St Mary's Cathedral is mostly deserted on this Thursday morning. But as the 22 boy choristers of the cathedral choir begin singing, the few tourists wandering around grabbing iPhone snaps are suddenly transfixed.

Natural dag: Muriel's Wedding, The Musical star Maggie McKenna.

New Muriel's Wedding star named

Sydney Theatre Company has announced that Maggie McKenna will take the lead role for its upcoming production, Muriel's Wedding The Musical, the stage version of the much-loved 1994 film starring Toni Collette.