Kaleidoscope Arts Magazine

Kaleidoscope is an Arts Magazine program designed to bring the music, drama and literature in the Adelaide community, and from wider afield, to listeners.  It is produced and presented by Emily Sutherland and can be heard each Wednesday at 6.00pm with a repeat on Saturday 11.00am. or Listen on Demand to Kaleidoscope by accessing 5mbs.com  

This week you will meet singer Jonathan Bligh, cellist Zoe Knighton, historian and singer Gillian Dooley and  resident psychologist of Support Act, Ash King. 

Jonathan Bligh

JONATHAN BLIGH is a singer, musical director, successful teacher and founder of Festival Statesman. As such he has been around the musical scene for a long time and as he is currently a member of the chorus in the Verdi Requiem at Festival Theatre I asked him for  some insights into the production. This is one of the main attractions at the Adelaide Festival of Arts this year. With a chorus of eighty singers, dancers from Ballett Zurich, soloists and the ASO conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, it promises to be an uplifting and profound experience.


Zoe with her cello

ZOE KNIGHTON plays a cello which was made especially for her by a  luthier in Castlemaine. She is part of the Flinders Quartet who in their next Musica Viva concert will be joined by classical guitarist Karen Schaupp. The music chosen is a very interesting combination of contemporary and traditional.  It is quoted as being ‘works to touch the heart and move the feet of all who listen’.So get your feet moving to the Adelaide Town Hall, 9 March 7.30 pm. Tickets are available at musicviva.com.au 


GILLIAN DOOLEY explores the musical world of Colonial South Australia in a concert at Urrbrae House on 19 March 2.30pm. In a later concert she sings Jane Austen’s Four Last Songs, although there are  many more than four songs on the program. This concert is at St David’s Anglican Church, Burnside at 3.00pm. 

Gillian has researched and written books about Mathew Flinders, the early history of South Australia, and Jane Austen. Into this mix are musicians James Huon George and Gemma Vice for the first concert, and Ray Booth, who joins Gillian for the second.

Both can be booked through trybooking.com 

Ash King


Ash King had a career as a singer until a medical condition meant she could on longer sing professionally. She then studied psychology, and from that study has devised ways to help other people in the music industry to cope with stressful situations. This year there will be a range of mental health support services and wellbeing programs offered, thanks to a grant from the South Australian Government. The program is delivered in partnership with MusicSA while Ash King is the woman in charge.

Fund all the details at supportact.org.au  then click Mental Health and find the details for South Australia

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