Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation Inaugural Dinner


The evening began with a superb classical duet performed by extremely talented Christina Leonard (Sydney Symphony Orchestra),and her former Australian Brandenburg Orchestra counterpart, highly accomplished musician, Kirsty McCahon – neither requiring introduction in classical circles. Our heartfelt thanks to both musicians for their time, and professionalism, and for their contribution in making the evening a resounding success.

Guests were then treated to the gorgeous vocals of duet, Prudence Holloway & Genevieve Little, whose body of work in acting, and singing in Sydney, are well known in the arts community, and beyond. We are so very grateful to both Prudence and Genevieve for not only their haunting vocals, but for their generosity of spirit.

Classical quartet Acacia, performed Shubert string quartet No.10 in E-Flat major 1 , much to the absolute delight of all guests . Not only are this group of musicians highly accomplished, they are also extremely generous in donating their time to entertain our guests, and leaving a huge mark with their twenty minute recital. If you are a classical music purist, be sure to save Sunday the 18th June, on your calendar, as Acacia Quartet present Rosamunde Haydn – String Quartet Op. 77/1, Raphael – String Quartet No. 2 — Schubert – String Quartet No. 13 Op. 29 D804- Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House.

Sydney based hip hop artist, Urthboy aka Tim Levinson, was the surprise package of the evening. He embraced the older demographic, being far more at home with the 18-30’s, but managed to hold them in the palm of his hand, with a combination of humour and extraordinary talent. He and his outstandingly talented back up vocalists were faultless, and there music saw people who would not usually get up and dance – on their feet and enjoying every minute of the performance. The generous nature of these young musicians was truly overwhelming, and something we will never forget.