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13th 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 thirteenth year, the Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival brings high quality performances of classical music to this region, with three delightful Sunday afternoon concerts presented in historic venues in Toodyay, York and Northam.

A Baroque Musical Journey

This 13th Festival presents an exciting musical journey across Europe, exploring the rich and varied repertoire of Baroque chamber music for mixed ensembles of woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon), strings (violins, cello) and keyboards (harpsichord, organ), performed by members of the 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 - Baroque Gems
2:30pm Sunday 11 September 2016
St Stephen’s Anglican Church (1861)
132 Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival opens with an inspiring afternoon of music presented in the splendid setting of St Stephen’s Church, Toodyay. Backing onto the Avon River, this church in the Victorian Gothic style was completed in 1862 from handmade bricks and local stone. The locally made wooden pews enhance the church’s warm acoustic.

Our musical journey commences in northern Germany and moves through Paris and London to Venice. Works include quartets, quintets and chamber concertos by a variety of Baroque composers including Loeillet, Naudot, Fasch, Schickhardt, and the much loved Venetian genius Antonio Vivaldi.


Emily Gunson - flute
Samuel Parry - oboe
Rebecca Glorie & Andrea Mendham - violins
Sacha McCulloch - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Two - Baroque Delights
2:30pm Sunday 18 September 2016
York Uniting Church (Wesley Church, 1888)
61 Pool St (cnr Grey St), York

The Festival continues 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).

Our musical journey continues through Paris and Naples, with a programme of delightful Baroque chamber music, including a charming flute concerto by Blavet and two works by the Neapolitan maestro Alessandro Scarlatti.


Emily Gunson - flute
Samuel Parry - oboe
Rebecca Glorie & Andrea Mendham - violins
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord & organ

Concert Three - Baroque Masterpieces
2:30pm Sunday 25 September 2016
St John’s Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival concludes with a recital performed in the magnificent setting of St John’s Anglican Church in Northam. Built in 1889 from local stone, this historic church has some of the finest traditional stained glass in Western Australia, and a superb pipe organ by J. E. Dodd & Sons (1925), fully restored just last December.

Our musical journey weaves through Hamburg and Berlin before returning via Venice to Paris. This exciting programme of Baroque masterpieces includes two splendid quartets by Telemann, a chamber concerto by Boismortier and a recently discovered work by Vivaldi.


Emily Gunson - flute
Samuel Parry - oboe
Natalya Czernicziw - bassoon
Zak Rowntree - violin
Louise McKay - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord & organ

Subscription tickets to all 3 concerts $105, $90 concessions & seniors.
Single tickets $37, concession and seniors $32.
There will be numbered reserved seating, so booking is recommended. Door sales on the day unless sold out.

Complimentary afternoon tea will be served at the conclusion of each performance, with the opportunity to meet the musicians.

Enquiries & bookings phone 9574 1591.