The Kirribilli Four

I am one 4th of the Kirribilli Four guitar ensemble. The group takes its name from our rehearsal venue at Kirribilli on the leafy suburban side of Sydney Harbour.

Of a weekly evening in the season we gather at the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre to devour fish & chips (or other choice from the "many excellent take-aways in the area" - the mad Italians for example) before setting to the music of masters old and new.

Depending on mood and the programme for our next gig we choose one or several works from our repetoire to work up through the evening. There follows a couple of hours of the kind of thing portrayed so well in Vikram Seth's An Equal Music, albeit at a less distinguished level. Fortunately there have been no divorces yet.

To round the evening off we retire to the Village Ristorante to variously lament or applaud the demise of capitalism, western civilisation, education, good manners etc. Altogether an excellent cultural experience.

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Kirribilli Four performing at Hopetoun Village

Bob Harrison, Tony Cusack, Bernard Hickey, Ian Cox

We perform mainly at musical society concerts and charity events, five or six times a year. Always on the lookout for opportunities, so if you have a function that might suit please get in touch.


The following is a representative selection from the K4 repetoire.

Bohemian Rhapsody - the famous Queen/Freddie Mercury classic, arranged by Mark Houghton.

Joseph Hadyn - Concerto for Horn no. 2 in D, Ist movement Allegro Moderato. Warm and upbeat, a classic of classicism.

Modest Mussorgski - The Old Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition. Ingenious harmonic colour over a repetitive rhythm - a gothic masterpiece.

Isaac Albeniz - Tango. Come here for instantly recognisable melody, and everyone's idea of romantic.

A Smooth One - Tony's arrangement of the Benny Goodman tune. The original septet recording included jazz guitarist Charlie Christian.

Vincent Lindsey-Clark - Freewheeling. Contemporary English guitarist composer's tribute to the bicycle.

Inspiration - Richard Charlton's arrangement of the Gipsy Kings hit.

Some of the above can be viewed in performance in the Videos section of our Facebook site.


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