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16th Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival

The Avon Valley abounds in charming little old churches and other historic buildings, ideally suited to intimate concerts of classical chamber music. Now in its sixteenth year, the Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival brings high quality performances of classical music to this region, with three enjoyable Sunday afternoon concerts presented in historic venues in York, Northam and Toodyay.

This 16th Festival presents a selection of Classical and Romantic chamber music for flute and strings, from Mozart to Molique, performed by some of Perth's finest musicians.

Celebrate the joy of music by joining us for a truly memorable musical journey through our beautiful Avon Valley in springtime!

Concert One - Classics on the Avon
2:30pm Sunday 8 September 2019
Holy Trinity Church (1854)
30 Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Festival commences at the historic town of York, a pleasant drive through picturesque forests and farm lands, with a concert in the splendid setting of Holy Trinity Church, situated on the eastern banks of the Avon River. Completed in 1854 and consecrated in 1858, Holy Trinity is WA's oldest inland church, and features exquisite altar panels and stained glass by renowned West Australian artist, the late Robert Juniper.

This programme of "Classics on the Avon" features works for string quartet and flute, including two delightful classical quintets by the much loved Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), complemented by a recently rediscovered masterpiece by Johann Martin Kraus (1756-1792), known as "the Swedish Mozart."

Concert Two - Romantic Reverie
2:30pm Sunday 15 September 2019
St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival continues in Northam, a regional centre still retaining echoes of its glorious past as the gateway to the Goldfields, with an enchanting "Romantic Reverie" presented in the magnificent setting of St John's Church. Built in 1889 from local stone in the Gothic Revival style, this elegant church with its distinctive bell tower has some of the finest traditional stained glass in Western Australia.

The concert features works from the Romantic Era, with two quintets by the German composers Franz Danzi (1763-1826) and Bernhard Molique (1802-1869), scored for the unusual combination of flute, violin, two violas and cello. These expressive works will be heard to full effect in the warm acoustics of this beautiful church.

Concert Three - The Magic of Mozart!
2:30pm Sunday 22 September 2019
St Stephen's Anglican Church (1862)
132 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay

The Festival concludes in the quaint little rural town of Toodyay, home to a thriving café strip and local produce stores, with a concert in the intimate setting of St Stephen's Church. Backing onto the Avon River, this charming church in the Victorian Gothic style was completed in 1862. Made from handmade bricks and local stone, it houses a rare complete set of coloured glass windows.

This concert celebrates everyone's favourite classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a recital of his popular quartets for flute, violin, viola and cello. Brimming with joyful melodic inventiveness, these works truly bring to life "The Magic of Mozart!"

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Benjamin Caddy - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

Subscription tickets to all 3 concerts $108, $93 concessions & seniors. Single tickets $38, $33 concessions & seniors.

Complimentary afternoon tea will be served at the conclusion of each performance, with the opportunity to meet the musicians. There will be numbered reserved seating, so booking is recommended. Door sales on the day unless sold out.

Enquiries & bookings phone 9574 1591.

Fan mail

Silver, Black and Gold

The woman stands like a statue
long dark hair, white arms
graceful and serene,
holding the silver flute
with her face full of focus
for the music.

The man wears a black tricorne,
a black cape and boots,
moves like a jester - like Puck -
telling improbable authentic stories
accurate, historical, and on the edge of belief.
St Cuthbert and - the sea otters?
whimsical, delightful.

The third player sits with the cello,
long boned, long fingered, balanced and intent.
The cello is old.
It has a subtle ornamentation of gold leaf
like purfling at the seams.
Once it had more - a golden scroll.
"Gaudy," says the player.

Such music they make, the flute of silver
flowing like a liquid silver stream;
the rich and dark golden cello
balancing and responding to the silver flute,
and the harpsichord pattering, chattering
joining all together,
playing beauty, grace and lightness
in the old church of St Cuthbert.

Jane, from Forrestfield (Concert, 22 September 2019)