James Crabb

ACO Up Close: James Crabb & Anthony Marwood

Accordion virtuoso James Crabb and British violinist Anthony Marwood in a thrilling collaboration, up close and personal at ACO Pier 2/3.


“In the hands of these two musicians, violin and accordion make a splendid sound together” – The Strad


Two close friends of the Orchestra join a small group of ACO players for a thrilling and varied program.

Classical accordionist James Crabb brought audiences across the country to their feet when we performed music by Piazzolla together in 2022. Violinist Anthony Marwood regularly performs with leading orchestras around the world, and has appeared with the ACO as a guest director. Marwood and Crabb form a much-celebrated duo, augmented in this concert by a quintet of ACO string players.

Together they perform Haydn’s elegant double concerto for violin and keyboard, as well as Sally Beamish’s evocative Seavaigers, praised by The Scotsman for creating a “seamless mesh between folk and contemporary classical music”.

Between these two works sits an iconic work in a new arrangement: Vaughan Williams’ beloved The Lark Ascending, performed by James and Anthony as a duo.



JOSEPH HAYDN Double Concerto in F Major Hob.XVIII:6
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (arr.Crabb for violin and classical accordion) The Lark Ascending


About ACO Up Close

ACO Up Close is your opportunity to experience astonishing musicians in an intimate setting.

Across a series of nine concerts throughout the year, leading soloists from around the world and musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra present fresh and innovative music in a relaxed setting.

ACO Up Close takes place in The Neilson, our state-of-the art 270-seat concert hall at the newly opened ACO Pier 2/3 in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Acclaimed for its extraordinary acoustic, The Neilson provides an intimate context for these concerts.

We're thrilled to be presenting some of these concerts in Melbourne as well.