Next performance: Sunday 2nd May 2021

7.00pm at Tempo Rubato, 34 Breese Street Brunswick

The Crossing Machine

The Crossing Machine’s first live concert since lockdown.

Schubert – Rosamunde Quartet No. 13 in A minor
Stuart Greenbaum – Light From Distant Stars
Borodin String Quartet No. 2, 3rd movement

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Enjoy The Crossing Machine’s latest performance from Melbourne lockdown:
Stuart Greenbaum’s String Quartet No. 5 (Light From Distant Stars)

Stuart Greenbaum String Quartet No.5 played by The Crossing Machine

The Juliet Letters

In 1993, Elvis Costello stunned critics and audiences alike with his gorgeous and ambitious album and song cycle, The Juliet Letters, recorded with The Brodsky Quartet. Against all predictions, the live-recorded classically leaning album, comprised of imaginary letters to Juliet Capulet climbed the charts worldwide.

Elvis Costello described The Juliet Letters as “a song sequence for string quartet and voice and it has a title. It’s a little bit different. It’s not a rock opera. It’s a new thing.”

“In The Juliet Letters, Elvis Costello has crafted a series of dramatic ballads in which passages written by male and female characters of varying ages and degrees of sanity tell stories of love, betrayal and death. Shakespeare’s most famous tragic heroine serves as a metaphor for the disillusionment they all experience in some way.”

Rolling Stone Magazine

The Juliet Letters in 2020

The Crossing Machine played The Juliet Letters on 15 and 16th February at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Three amazing musicians joined us:

Kat Stevens on violin (originally from Adelaide, now in Melbourne)

Jason Thomas on viola from Adelaide and a member of The Zephyr Quartet who have kindly lent him to us for 2 afternoons in February.

Janet Butler on cello from Melbourne who was a member of the Bournemouth Symphony.

The Juliet Letters in 2019

On 25 – 27th September 2019, The Crossing Machine played The Juliet Letters with Asher Reichman at the Melbourne Fringe Festival at The Melba, Sawtooth Studio, 35 Johnston Street Collingwood.


In June 2019, The Crossing Machine were special guest artists at the Cloud9 Women’s Choir Winter Concert 2019.

“Music to Stir the Spirit and Soothe the Soul”


Following on from a successful 2018 season, The Crossing Machine and tenor Doug Kelly returned to the Butterfly Club, Melbourne, 29th April – 4th May 2019 for another highly successful season.

Doug Kelly
Doug Kelly


The Juliet Letters in 2018

The Crossing Machine along with Doug Kelly and Asher Reichman performed The Juliet Letters at their inaugural Butterfly Club season, 3rd – 8th September, 2018.


The Debut concert of The Juliet Letters in July 2018, featuring Asher Reichman was SOLD OUT!

Asher Reichman


Stay tuned for upcoming performances of The Juliet Letters . . .