2016 Opening Concert! February 27

We begin our 2016 Concert Season with a bang on February 27th! uniting with award winning soloist Maximilian Riebl and Melbourne menswear label Vincent Li to celebrate the poetic, the theatrical, the fantastic in a magical evening of music & fashion at Deakin Edge, Fed Square, as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program.


Watch Maximilian perform: http://tinyurl.com/jskln9t


2015 Australian Singing Competition Winner Maximilian Riebl (Countertenor) joins the NPCO lead by Artistic Director, pianist/composer Gemma Turvey to present a sumptuous evening of chamber music, and showcasing the unique garments of Melbourne designer Vincent Li.


Repertoire will span centuries, featuring works by two Renaissance giants, Henry Purcell’s striking aria commonly known as The Cold Song and John Dowland’s Flow My Tears (one of the first pop songs!), Gemma Turvey’s St Elphen Suite arranged for chamber jazz orchestra, pieces from NPCO CDs Between the Lines and Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye and some well known favourites. See below for complete repertoire listing.


From 6.30pm-7.00pm, Carol Saffer (Founder, Computer Marker Services & NPCO Ltd Board Director) will moderate a Pre-Concert Panel Discussion with renowned fashion journalist Janice Breen Burns (VoxFrock), composer Dan Walker and designer Vincent Li, discussing the important contribution of fashion and music to our cultural landscape and the role of improvisation and individual expression across both industries.



Countertenor Maximilian Riebl began his stage career as a boy soprano and has since performed in operas and oratorios with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Victorian and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic as well as a host of baroque ensembles throughout Europe and Australia. He has sung in venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and Hamer Hall. Accolades include awards from some of Australia’s most prestigious vocal competitions including the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, Herald Sun Aria, the Sydney Eisteddfod and the Royal Philharmonic Aria.


Vincent Li is an emerging Australian menswear designer who established his label in 2014. The traditionally established rules of menswear are bent, and innovative ideas are experimented with. Styles incline towards ambigender but still retain masculinity. Reflecting East Asian aesthetics and philosophies, Li’s work combines different ethnic elements, juxtaposing textures and materials.


The NPCO is a nine-piece chamber orchestra, lead by Australian pianist and composer Gemma Turvey and comprising some of Melbourne’s finest classical, jazz and improvising musicians. The NPCO is about educating, inspiring and awakening audiences to the art of improvisation within instrumental music. Their performances span classical, jazz, folk and Latin American influences and feature melodic improvisation in almost every work.


Repertoire Listing

(not in performance order)

St Elphen Suite  -   Gemma Turvey

What Power Art Thou/The Cold Song –  Henry Purcell from King Arthur

Flow my Tears - John Dowland

Coda - Gemma Turvey

First Ride - Eugene Friesen/Paul Halley

Undiscovered -  Gemma Turvey

Boston Calling - Gemma Turvey from American Suite 

Ombra ma fui – George F Handel




New Palm Court Orchestra with Vincent Li

Guest soloist Maximilian Riebl | Artistic Director Gemma Turvey |

7:30pm Saturday 27th February Pre concert talk 6:30pm open to concert ticket holders

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Tickets $60 standard / $48 concession Book http://www.eventopia.co

(NB booking address is “.co” not “.com”)

Concert duration approx. 2 hours (including interval)

Deakin Edge (formerly BMW Edge) is located in the heart of Fed Square, opposite the Ian Potter Centre.