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Search for the sublime: An evening of Percy Grainger

Date and Time

Wed 20th Jun
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Grainger Museum
University of Melbourne, 13 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia

Event description

Play On and Swampland Magazine are proud to present one enigmatic event in memory of one eccentric man: Percy Grainger. Held in collaboration with The University of Melbourne's Grainger Museum, this’ll be one night to discover, or rekindle your relationship with one of Australia’s most famed composers. 

Born in Brighton, Melbourne in 1882, the man would go from inauspicious beginnings to become the darling of the classical music world, traversing concert halls in Europe and North America housing dignitaries and doyennes alike. Clearly, he had some staying power: 20,000 people rocked up to his wedding to Swedish poet and artist Ella Strom in 1926. We hope to bring some of that magic back to the Grainger Museum for one night only.

Here’s how it’ll happen: We’ll be giving an introduction to the virtuoso, via his words, compositions and musical inventions. For those unacquainted, Melbourne-based writer Samuel Flynn will be reading a short excerpt of his essay on the Grainger—shifting the usual focus on his kinks to one that stakes his claim as “Australia’s first electronic musician”. To demonstrate this, our pals from OK EG will be presenting a short musical demo on one of Grainger's musical inventions. 

Stick around for booze and tunes courtesy of Play On DJs, and be sure to bring along your mates, and any niggling questions you have about Grainger—we’ll be able to help out. 

Doors @ 7.30pm. Set-times to be announced on the day. 


Swampland is a bi-annual print-journal specialising in longform Australian music journalism and photography. Our forthcoming issue (due out in June 2018) will feature the likes of Sampa the Great, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Prue Stent x Honey long. Previous issues may be viewed here:

Play On is a performing arts company that showcases Australia’s most acclaimed young classical musicians alongside the country’s best electronic artists, connecting audiences and performers through its unique and unconventional concert format:


Swampland and Play On acknowledge that our event takes place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and emerging. We acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.


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This event is supporting

Room to Read

In the lottery of life, where you are born and to whom you are born are completely random events that you have no control over. However, if you are born poor, to illiterate parents, in a low-income country, life is pretty much stacked against you. At Room to Read we believe that no child should be told that he or she was “born in the wrong place, at the wrong time” and hence, will not be educated. Founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and governments to transform the literacy skills of primary school children in low income countries, and ensure girls have the skills and support they need to stay in high school and complete their secondary education.