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Practical Music Honours

21 – 22 September 2023
7.30pm – 8.30pm AEST
Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
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Rebecca Mathews | Carol Bao

Two music students share the culmination of their practical honours across two evenings. On Thursday strap in to experience all the thrills of a rock opera then take a calmer route with a classical recital on Friday.

*The two performances are on seperate evenings. Please make sure you book a ticket to the evening you wish to attend.



When I am laid in rock n' roll

A rock opera by Rebecca Mathews

This one act rock opera fuses the dramaticism, vocal technique and reflection of the operatic aria with the instrumentation and experimentalism of different rock eras spanning from Bill Haley & The Comets to Meatloaf. I have created a love letter to music and the way it has sculpted my life. Please join Dave Carr (lead guitarist), Dominic Yeap-Holliday (bassist), Sheren Sujanto (drummer), Stephen Siu (keyboardist) and myself for a celebration of music and its ongoing importance in our everchanging lives.



The Romantic Butterfly

by Keyan (Carol) Bao

The butterfly has been a symbol of rebirth, hope, and beauty in many cultures. In this recital, the butterfly will be flying through the nineteenth century, from the romantic period of the arts in Europe to the ancient and ongoing traditions in China, to demonstrate the beauty of the butterfly.

Two classic works will form a strong contrast of responses to the butterfly motif. Papillons (“Butterflies”)Op.2 is a suite of twelve short piano pieces written by Robert Schumann, often characterizing the composer’s friends and colleagues. The Butterfly Lovers is based on a famous folk story from China, re-arranged and imagined by Keyan (Carol) Bao (piano) and performed with Zina Fan (pipa).


This event is presented by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture with assistance from the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab.


Io Myers Studio is a part of the the Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab (CPL) which is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus. Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream. 





Wheelchair Access
The Creative Practice Lab is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus. The closest accessible drop-off point to the venue is a lift accessible underground carpark opposite the building. Access via Gate 2, High Street and turn right at the round about. Vehicles can drop off patrons directly in front of the venue or proceed to the underground carpark to the right which is a 200 metre walk approximately.

More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here

Hearing Loop
The Creative Practice Lab has hearing assistive technology available. Patrons wishing to utilise this service must collect a Roger™ inductive neck loop receiver from the venue staff, and this system can be used with a hearing aid or cochlear implant with a T-coil, or with headphones. Please advise if you require the use of the hearing loop before arrival. 

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request.

To book and discuss access services, please call the CPL on 02 9348 2313 or email


The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is easily accessible via public transport and the closest light rail stop is UNSW Anzac Parade (L3 line). For more information please call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Free parking is also available in the Barker St Car Park (Gate 14) from 5.30pm. For access to free parking, event patrons must park in the UNSW Permit Holder bays, available on all levels. The Barker St Car Park (Gate 14) parking station is located here. 

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’ in all other UNSW car parks. For more information head here



For all the other enquiries, please email or call the Creative Practice Lab on 02 9348 2313.

The Creative Practice Lab is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9348 2313. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9348 2313. For more information on all other relay calls visit here.