The Meat Market will be the next venue to host Candlelight concerts in Melbourne.
The magic of Melbourne’s Candlelight concerts will burn bright through the winter months as the series of enchanting performances turns to North Melbourne’s Meat Market to continue mesmerising audiences in stunning locations.
No fewer than seven concerts will take up residence in the iconic and heritage-listed building on Blackwood Street. The gorgeous Cobblestone Pavillion with its stone arches and barrel-vaulted ceiling will turn down the stage lights and turn up the ooooh as a number of artists, from soloists to quintets, take to the stage to perform and leave audiences enamoured.
While tributes to Beethoven and Magical Movie Soundtracks make a return, there are a few new additions that will feature on multiple nights across July and August.
For one, the jazz tribute to The Beatles will be a truly spectacular night out as well as the special Candlelight Opera edition that sees the supremely talented Van-Anh on the piano joined by opera singers for renditions of Puccini, Verdi and more.
So, take a look at the list of concerts by Candlelight taking place at the Meat Market below because they promise to deliver a night out to suit all tastes, from classical to jazz and beyond.
When: July 6 and 7, August 3
What you’ll hear: From Disney’s Pocahontas and Frozen as well as songs from The Greatest Showman, Pirates of the Caribbean and West Side Story, you will relive some of your favourite movie moments bathed in candlelight as performed by Melbourne’s own Invictus Quartet.Tickets
When: July 8
What you’ll hear: Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven. The German composer remains one of the most revered figures in not only classical music, but across the history of all Western music. Whether you’ve heard the maestro’s scores before or not, experience his most famous works at the Meat Market for a truly sublime evening of classical music played on the piano.Tickets
When: July 9
What you’ll hear: Orlando Combo have been providing the genuine jazz experience across Melbourne at jazz clubs and international events since 1996 . They have already dazzled at Candlelight and performed tributes to Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong but for this Friday evening performance at the Meat Market they will include tributes to Nat King Cole, Diana Krall and Duke Ellington.Tickets
When: August 4
What you’ll hear: From Another One Bites The Dust to We Will Rock You, attendees at this tribute to Queen will want to live forever in the moment as a string quartet gives the legendary band the Candlelight treatment.Tickets
When: August 5
What you’ll hear: When it comes to pop, there is no bigger band than The Beatles but for this Candlelight concert the songs of the famous four will be jazzed up by Joe McEvilly on the keys and Janie Gordon’s spectacular voice—if the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you saw her on TV as part of Team Delta on The Voice. Don’t miss out on hearing The Beatle’s classic songs with a twist in August.Tickets
When: August 10
What you’ll hear: Van-Anh Nguyen is one of the top pianists performing in Australia today and is a joy to see perform. Having already performed a number of Candlelight concerts around Australia, she now turns her attention to Melbourne and the scores of Chopin where audiences will be delighted by the polish composer and virtuoso’s compelling oeuvre including Fantaisie Impromptu in C sharp minor Op. 66 and Prelude Op. 28: No. 15 in D flat major (‘Raindrops’) Op. 28.Tickets
When: 11 August
What you’ll hear: Returning to the stage for the second night in a row, Van-Anh Nguyen will be joined by two singers for a night of opera classics such as La Boheme’s Puccini O Soave Faniculla, La Traviata’s Libiamo ne’litei calici and Rigoletto’s La Donna e Mobile. Enjoy these timeless songs under the glow of candlelight and be swept off your feet by the melodies and harmonies at play.Tickets
When: 12 August
What you’ll hear: Jazz performer and multiple Theatre Guild Award winning vocalist Elly Poletti will accompany Joe McEvilly for a night of Aretha Franklin hits. Among the repertoire from the Queen of Soul expect to hear I Say A Little Prayer, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves among plenty more showcasing the phenomenal artistry of this woman you cannot help but admire and R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
From the most influential and acclaimed figures in the world of jazz, opera, classical and romantic music, do not miss these Candlelight concerts lighting up the stunning Meat Market Cobblestone Pavillion with candles.
The Candlelight series takes place twice each night with two back to back 60-65 minute performances. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each show and no late entry will be permitted.
Organisers are also taking every precaution to keep guests safe during the performances and the candles will be flameless, all of which will allow you to sit back in peace and be enchanted by the music.