Date and Time
Fri 18 Nov, 6pm
Adult $50 / Student $20
The Lab (63 Light Square, Adelaide)
1 hour (without interval)

In Nocturne, we invite you into a salon with composer/pianist Frederic Chopin, romantic partner/novelist George Sand, and artist/friend Eugene Delacroix.

This theatrical recital enacts a collision of music, letters, images and identities, set to a soundtrack of Chopin’s Nocturnes and other piano pieces. 

Professor Anna Goldsworthy is Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and an award-winning pianist, writer, and festival director.

As a pianist, Anna performs extensively throughout Australia and internationally. She is a founding member of Seraphim Trio, whose most recent recordings are the ARIA-award-winning Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds for Decca, with Paul Kelly, James Ledger, and Alice Keath, and the CD set Trio Through Time for ABC Classics, tracing the development of the piano trio from Mozart and Haydn until today.

As a writer, Anna was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards for her debut memoir, Piano Lessons, detailing her formative lessons with pedagogue Eleonora Sivan, released in Australia, North America, Germany, Korea and Vietnam, and shortly to appear in China. Her most recent book, the novel Melting Moments, was released in 2020 to wide acclaim and longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. She is the author of the libretto of the opera A Christmas Carol, by composer Graeme Koehne, which will be premiered by Victorian Opera in December 2022. 

In 2022, Anna presents her music theatre work After Kreutzer at the Adelaide Festival; performs extensively around Australia and New Zealand, with Seraphim Trio, violinists Andrew Haveron and Kristian Winther, violist Christopher Moore, pianist Konstantin Shamray, and soprano Lorina Gore; and appears as concerto soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She directs the Coriole Music Festival, and the Hayllar Music and Mountains Festival in Queenstown, New Zealand. In 2022, Anna is also co-curator of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s ‘She Speaks’ festival with Anne Cawrse, and the PianoLab festival with Anne Wiberg. 

Humphrey Bower is an actor, director and writer based in Perth. He has worked across the country in theatre, dance, opera, puppetry, film, TV, radio and audio book narration. Recent credits include: The Duel (adaptor/director, WA Opera, Government House Ballroom, 2022), Mary Stuart (actor, Perth Festival, Heath Ledger Theatre, 2022), and The Tempest (Prospero, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Octagon Theatre, 2021).


Anna Goldsworthy pianist and co-creator
Humphrey Bower director/actor and co-creator
Natasha Pincus video designer and co-creator


A  theatrical recital enacts a collision of music, letters, images and identities, set to a soundtrack of Chopin’s Nocturnes and other piano pieces.