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15th 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 fifteenth 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 15th Festival presents a wonderful variety of chamber music, ranging from exquisite Baroque works performed on period instruments, a programme of elegant quartets for flute and string trio, through to some of the most enjoyable repertoire for woodwind instruments, all performed by 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 - Music'Autentica
2:30pm Sunday 7 October 2018
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.

Back by popular demand, early music ensemble "Music'Autentica" will present a programme of Baroque and early-Classical music from England, Scotland and Germany, performed on authentic hand-crafted period instruments, including selections from "The Four Seasons" by Scottish composer James Oswald (1710-1769).

Artists:

Emily Gunson - baroque flute & recorder
Clare Tunney - baroque cello
John Hardy - spinet

Concert Two - Wendling Quartet
2:30pm Sunday 14 October 2018
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 and early-Romantic quartets, featuring music by contemporaries of Mozart, performed by the renowned Wendling Quartet.

Artists:

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

Concert Three - Cambini Quintet
2:30pm Sunday 21 October 2018
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 a spectacular upstairs choir gallery.

This concert celebrates the woodwind chamber music of Franz Danzi (1763-1826), highlighting the variety of tone colours and textures heard in this wonderful ensemble.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Kate Page - oboe
Catherine Cahill - clarinet
Melanie Starkey - bassoon
Dorée Dixon - French horn

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.