Classical musicians have been “crossing over” since Mario Lanza made The Student Prince; and before that too. “Sing ’em muck,” was Dame Nellie Melba’s advice to another singer. And she meant – put some pop in your repertoire – not rubbish.
Electronics and classical instruments have meant cross-overs are even more adventurous in recent times: the Cecilia Quartet’s classical repertoire is laced with Gershwin and Porter and they are wired for sound; the hilarious sexpots Bond took the idea a step further and the latest to make the leap is Aston, a group of six recent graduates from the Conservatorium.
Led by percussionist Daniel Lunscombe (BMus ’09) they play classically scored interpretations of popular music and audiences love them. They’ve been signed to Warner Music Australia, and have clicked up more than two million views on youtube for their version of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. And they’re going international with their debut album.
Check out Viva La Vida on www.youtube.com/astonmusic and find their album and “like” them on Facebook www.facebook.com/astonclassical
Photo: left to right Ella Jamieson (Piano), Will Henderson (Guitar), Eliza Morrison (Violin), Hanna Oblikov (Cello), Michael Bennett (Violin) and Daniel Luscombe (Percussion).