At the centre of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden lies the Calyx. In the Calyx, a glorious world of colour and light is continuously reimagined and brought to life by the horticultural team.
But this festive season, the Calyx and its 20,000-strong display of plants and flowers is hosting Candlelight concerts that will illuminate the kaleidoscopic world with hundreds of candles. It’s going to be a fanciful evening where the stage will not only be surrounded by flickering light, but will also be surrounded by water gleaming with the glow of candles.
The first Candlelight concerts to be held at The Calyx were performances celebrating the best film scores as well as a tribute to the award-winning German film composer, Hans Zimmer. Due to their success, Fever have announced more Candlelight concerts, this time in homage to Fantasy Film Scores and Christmas Classics.
Just two nights before Christmas Day, on December 23, pianist Van-Anh Nguyen and cellist Ezmi Pepper will be illuminated with the glow of hundreds of candles as they perform songs the most beloved songs from movies such as Frozen, The Lion King, Mulan, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas among others.
On Christmas Eve, Van-Anh Nguyen returns to the Calyx but is this time joined by another pianist, Joshua Creek, for “A Night of Christmas Classics”. The candlelit performance includes renditions of Tchaikovsky‘s Nutcracker Suite for Piano 4-Hands, compositions by Strauss and Brahms as well as the Voice Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the theme songs from Home Alone and Love Actually among many more.
The Calyx is home to one of the largest living green walls in the Southern Hemisphere, which stretches over 50 metres in length and stands at over 5 metres in height. While the Candlelight concert won’t take place in the greenhouse, the Candlelight stage will be set up in the very centre of the Calyx and will be surrounded by water with audiences on the other side.
Lose yourself among the flowery delights and the dizzying array of colours in the Calyx and be enchanted by music performed by Candlelight. Performances take place at both 7pm and 9pm on each night.
Please note that the images used are from other Candlelight concerts.