The Callaway Lecture

Event details


Date and time

  • Thursday 4 May 2023, 6.30pm

Event type

  • Musicology


  • Anyone who likes music
  • Music students

Event Fee

  • Free

The Callaway Lecture is one of the most prestigious events on the Conservatorium of Music calendar. This year Sydney-based Neal da Costa Peres and Daniel Yeadon present a lecture entitled: Mozart Reimagined – using practice-led methods to renew identities and sound worlds in classical music.

The first half of the 20th-century saw unprecedented change in ‘classical’ music performance, culminating in a ‘modern’ style in which the notation came to be considered sacrosanct, arguably for the first time ever. This text-literal ‘classicised’ style remains pervasive and has stultified performers and audiences alike. This Callaway lecture will highlight a novel reading of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 488 with Neal Peres Da Costa as piano soloist and Daniel Yeadon as lead cellist in the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra on period instruments, which used innovative methods to reignite artistic agency and unlock the modernist sound of Mozart.

Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar, researcher and educator. He has held academic posts at the University of NSW, University of Leeds, Trinity College of Music (London), and Royal Academy of Music (London). He is Professor of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he founded the Historical Performance division in 2007, and was the division's chair for eight years. Subsequently, he was Program Leader of Postgraduate Research. Currently, he is Associate Dean (Research).

Dr Daniel Yeadon is a Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, where he teaches cello, coaches chamber music, and engages in research into learning, teaching and historical performance practices. He has a physics degree and is an ambassador for Sydney Nano.
Daniel has a love of a wide range of musical genres and is an exceptionally versatile cellist and viola da gamba player, performing repertoire from the Renaissance through to Contemporary. Daniel is a passionate chamber musician, playing regularly with Ironwood, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and Bach Akademie Australia.


Date: Thursday 4 May 2023

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Callaway Auditorium

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