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14th 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 fourteenth 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 Toodyay, Northam and York.

This 14th Festival presents a wonderful selection from the rich and varied repertoire of Baroque and Classical chamber music for mixed ensembles of woodwinds, strings and keyboards, performed by members of Perth’s popular Emanuel Ensemble.

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

Concert One - Pastoral Pleasures
2:30pm Sunday 15 October 2017
St Stephen’s Anglican Church (1862)
132 Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival opens in the intimate setting of St Stephen’s Church in Toodyay. Backing onto the Avon River, this 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.

The programme will present a delightful variety of works, from expressive Baroque trio sonatas by Telemann to lyrical Classical trios by Mozart’s contemporaries Carl Stamitz and Joseph Schmitt.


Emily Gunson - flute
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Eve Silver - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Two - Spring Serenade
2:30pm Sunday 22 October 2017
Northam Town Hall (1898)
85 Wellington St (cnr Gordon St), Northam

The Festival continues with a splendid quartet concert in Northam’s magnificent Town Hall. Built in 1898 at the height of the Gold Rush, it was described in 1901 as “a particularly neat and substantial structure, the interior very ornate and artistically finished.”

The Town Hall’s majestic interior will provide the perfect setting for this programme of Classical quartets, featuring three of the sons of Bach — CPE Bach, JCF Bach and JC Bach, as well as works by Mozart and Domenico Cimarosa.


Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

Concert Three - Totally Telemann!
2:30pm Sunday 29 October 2017
York Uniting Church (Wesley Church, 1888)
109 Centennial Dr (cnr Grey St), York

The Festival concludes at York’s historic Uniting Church. Built in 1888 from local granite in the Gothic style, this former Wesley Church has a simple elegance with excellent acoustics, and features a fine pipe organ by Alfred Monk (1895).

This concert celebrates the music of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), with brilliant quartets and expressive trio sonatas by one of the most enjoyable composers of the Baroque era, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of his death.


Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Zak Rowntree - violin
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord & organ

Subscription tickets to all 3 concerts $105, $90 concessions & seniors. Single tickets $37, $32 concessions & seniors.

Complimentary afternoon tea will be served at the conclusion of each performance, with the opportunity to meet the musicians.
Numbered reserved seating, so booking is recommended. Door sales on the day unless sold out.
Enquiries & bookings phone 9574 1591.

3pm Sunday 19 November 2017

Emanuel Ensemble presents

“Viva Vivaldi!®”

St Luke's Church, 20 Monument Street, Mosman Park

The Emanuel Ensemble was formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. For almost thirty years they have been delighting Perth audiences with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making with a strong focus on the Bach family, presenting regular concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth’s finest musicians.

This concert celebrates the exciting chamber music of Antonio Vivaldi, who is not only one of the best loved of all Baroque composers, but was also the finest violin virtuoso of his day.

The programme features three of Vivaldi’s spectacular chamber concertos (RV 91, 100, 106), complemented by two expressive trio sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann, commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death.

The Emanuel Ensemble returns to St Luke’s Church in Mosman Park. With its excellent acoustics and intimate atmosphere, this woodpanelled historic church provides the perfect setting for this exquisite programme.


Emily Gunson - flute
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Tickets $37, $32 concessions & seniors. Admission includes a programme and afternoon tea at interval. Seats are numbered and booking is recommended. Door sales available on the day.

For all enquiries please phone 9574 1591.