Limelight is an Australian monthly classical music and arts magazine and website. It has a unique place in Australia’s performing arts scene, and is recognised as the journal of record in classical orchestral and vocal music, as well as providing extensive coverage of related art forms. Limelight publishes reviews, news, interviews, artist profiles, event and listening guides through this website and via the 11 printed issues of the magazine each year.
Founded in January 1976, the magazine was originally published under the name ABC Radio 24 Hours, or simply 24 Hours, and relaunched as Limelight in June 2003. The magazine was originally a published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s classical music radio station, ABC Classic FM, and existed primarily to provide programme details for the station’s listeners. The ABC no longer programs its music in advance, but the magazine still includes concert highlights from ABC Classic FM.
Limelight was awarded the Relaunch of the Year prize at the 2012 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards, and its editor Francis Merson was runner-up in the Editor of the Year category. Clive Paget took over as editor in 2015 and oversaw Limelight’s increased coverage of theatre, musical theatre, dance and visual arts, as well as an increase in live reviews around the country.
In November 2017 respected arts journalist Jo Litson was appointed editor, while Clive Paget, now based in New York, is our editor-at-large.
From 2014 to 2018 Limelight was published by composer and entrepreneur Andrew Batt-Rawden’s Arts Initiative Pty Ltd. In March 2018 Limelight was purchased by a new company, Limelight Arts Media Pty Ltd.
The staff, contributors and owners of Limelight are passionately committed to maintaining the excellent quality and reputation of the magazine and providing in-depth, intelligent and independent coverage of music and the performing arts across Australia.