Past concerts

W. A. Mozarteum presents

"Mozart and Friends on Mothers Day"

3pm Sunday 12 May 2024

St Cuthbert's Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Rd), Darlington

Celebrate Mothers Day with the magical music of "Mozart and Friends."

This enjoyable Sunday afternoon concert will feature four delightful classical quartets for flute and string trio, by Wolfganf Amadeus Mozart, one of the best loved of all composers, complemented by works by three of his friends - Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), Friedrich Hartmann Graf (1727-1795) and Franz Ignaz Danzi (1763-1826), performed by members of the W. A. Mozarteum.

The venue is the iconic St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, on Darlington Road (corner of Hillsden Road),  Darlington. This pretty little stone church is situated amongst a grove of fragrant eucalyptus trees in the Perth Hills. Built in 1924, the church's serene interior features decorative stained-glass windows with scenes from the life of Saint Cuthbert, and the church's warm resonant acoustic makes it the perfect setting for this programme of classical chamber music.

Artists are flautist Emily Gunson, with leading musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra -  principal second violin Zak Rowntree, principal viola Daniel Schmitt, and associate principal cello Isaac Davis.

Don't miss this truly wonderful way to celebrate Mothers Day in the Perth Hills!

Programme

Mozart - Quartet in A major, K.298
Graf  - Quartet no. 1 in G major
J C Bach - Quartet no. 1 in D major
Danzi - Quartet in D minor, op. 56 no. 2

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Daniel Schmitt - viola
Isaac Davis - cello

Flutissimo's Festival of Fine Music presents

Part Two: "Masterpieces of Classical Chamber Music"

March - April 2024

Callaway Auditorium & Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

This exciting series of five concerts will present a variety of fine chamber music works by the greatest classical composers, including Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Rossini and Mendelssohn.

The programmes will feature chamber music for piano in combination with other instruments.

Special guest artists are three of Perth's finest pianists: Tommy Seah (Concerts 1 & 2), Anna Sleptsova (Concert 3) and Shuan Hern Lee (Concerts 4 & 5), with Emily Gunson (flute) and principal players from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, including Zak Rowntree (violin), Daniel Schmitt (viola), Isaac Davis (cello), Adam Mikulicz (bassoon) and Robert Gladstones (French horn), with members of the Cambini Quintet and W.A. Mozarteum.

3pm Saturday 9 March 2024

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Presents Bach's glorious Flute Sonata in B minor, a lyrical quartet for flute, clarinet, bassoon and French horn by Rossini, and Mozart's Quintet for piano and wind instruments, described by Mozart himself as the best work he had ever composed.

Programme

Bach - Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030
Rossini - Wind Quartet no.4 in B-flat major
Mozart - Quintet  in E-flat major, K.452

Artists

Tommy Seah - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Clare Waters - clarinet
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn

3pm Saturday 16 March 2024

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Presents two of Haydn's sparkling piano trios, complemented by the elegant Serenade in D major by Beethoven, for flute, violin and viola.

Programme

Haydn - Trio no.30 in D major, HOB XV:16
Haydn - Trio no.31 in G major, HOB XV:15
Beethoven - Serenade in D major, op.25

Artists

Tommy Seah - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Daniel Schmitt - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello

3pm Sunday 24 March 2024

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Presents the magnificent Trio Sonata in C minor, from Bach's "Musical Offering," followed by an exquisite divertimento by Haydn, for flute, violin and cello, then Weber's Trio in G minor, a true Romantic master-work.

Programme

Bach - Trio Sonata in C minor, from "Musical Offering," BWV 1079
Haydn - Divertimento in D major, HOB IV:6
Weber - Trio in G minor, op.63

Artists

Anna Sleptsova - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Isaac Davis - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Saturday 30 March 2024

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert opens with Schubert's hauntingly beautiful Introduction and Variations for flute and piano, followed by Danzi's passionate Trio in E minor for flute, violin and cello, then Mendelssohn's popular Trio in D minor, in the composer's own version for piano, flute and cello, which has only recently been rediscovered and republished.

Programme

Schubert - Introduction and Variations, op.160
Danzi - Trio in E minor, op.71 no.2
Mendelssohn - Trio in D minor, op.49

Artists

Shuan Hern Lee - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Melinda Forsythe - cello

3pm Sunday 7 April 2024

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This final concert presents Mozart's two most loved piano concertos, no.20 in D minor and no.21 in C major. These superb masterpieces combine graceful lyricism with sparkling brilliance, ensuring a perfect conclusion to this Festival.

Programme

Mozart - Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, K.466
Mozart - Piano Concerto no.21 in C major, K.467

Artists

Shuan Hern Lee - piano soloist
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Bourby Webster - viola
Grace Ah-Quee - viola
Isaac Davis - cello
Giovanni Vinci - double bass
Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Jane Blanchard - oboe
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn

Fan mail

Well - where to begin? Concert One was a magnificent start to this incredible series of concerts. I particularly loved the Rossini [Wind Quartet no.4 in B-flat major] - the Andante was simply melting! As each concert progressed, you had us really hooked, with such a wonderful diversity of works. Thank you so much! As for yesterday, the final concert of the series -  it was simply amazing, and Shuan Hern Lee at the piano was incredible - extraordinary to watch! Altogether, an afternoon totally memorable - thanks again!” Yvonne, from City Beach (Concerts, 9, 16, 24, 30 March, 7 April 2024)

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed your recent series of concerts. Your choice of composers and pieces for each concert has been wonderful, ensuring that each programme has been delightful. You were absolutely right about the [Mozart piano] concerti and the small orchestra [one player per part] - I loved hearing the individual instruments, and I was particularly taken with some of the bassoon lines. I am amazed at your generosity in presenting the concerts. Many, many thanks for your huge effort in putting together these programmes - preparing, organising and presenting them. Your efforts are appreciated enormously!” Dana, from Nedlands (Concerts, 9, 24, 30 March, 7 April 2024)

“In appreciation of your ‘Masterpieces of Classical Chamber Music’ series, and grateful thanks for the amazing fifth and final concert on Sunday 7th April. Just magnificent! We could have been sitting in the ‘Burgtheater’ [Vienna].” Lynley & Joyce, from Wembley (Concerts, March-April 2024)

“It was such a nice warming musical experience today. I was really moved by the performance and how engaged the audience was. Congratulations on the conclusion of the series. There’s so much more classical music in Perth because of you!” Adam, from Mount Lawley (Concert, 7 April 2024)

“I have never seen you smile and look so happy all the way through a whole concert - loving the whole performance, playing and listening to your favourite pieces! You were meant to be given this gift of interpreting, researching, and then presenting to us this wonderful music. Congratulations!” Jan, from Coodanup (Concert, 7 April 2024)

Flutissimo's Festival of Fine Music presents

Part One: "Homage to Mozart"

Celebrate the magnificence of fine classical chamber music with this Festival of Fine Music.

This ongoing series commences with a special two-part "Homage to Mozart," one of the greatest of all composers. Enjoy masterpieces by Mozart alongside works by composers who were deeply inspired by him and composed works of their own in homage to Mozart.

Don't miss this special Mozart celebration! 

"Happy Birthday, Mozart!"

3pm Saturday 27 January 2024

St Cuthbert's Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Rd), Darlington

The first concert commemorates  Mozart's exact 268th birthday, with quartets by Mozart and Franz Danzi, complemented by Gordon Jacob's "Four Fancies," a delightful suite that pays homage to the classical idiom of Mozart, performed by Emily Gunson (flute), with members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Nik Babic - viola
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

"Mozart's Flute and Harp"

3pm Sunday 28 January 2024

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The second concert features Mozart's much loved Concerto for Flute and Harp, with special guest harpist Yi-Yun Loei, complemented by the evocative "Deux Interludes" for harp, flute and violin by Jacques Ibert, whose own "Hommage à Mozart" was composed for Mozart's bicentenary. Also on the programme is Haydn's Notturno in C major, performed by members of the W. A. Mozarteum.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Yi-Yun Loei - harp
Zak Rowntree - violin
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Bourby Webster - viola
Grace Ah-Quee - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
Giovanni Vinci - double bass
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Jane Blanchard - oboe
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn

Fan mail

”Loved the concert in Darlington yesterday. You bring us such pleasure!" Merrilyn, from Kalamunda (Concert, 27 January 2024)

”Huge thanks to you, Emily, and all the musicians for a wonderful 'Homage to Mozart' concert at the Callaway yesterday. What a treat! Truly uplifting and joyful. We are so blessed to have such wonderful 'salon' style performances, thanks to your leadership and talents as well as excellent musicians." Carolyn, from Burswood (Concert, 28 January 2024)

”Thank you for that wonderful concert yesterday - it was truly amazing! Beginning with Ibert ["Deux Interludes" for harp, flute & violin], I just loved that Spanish influence - it gave me goosebumps - wow! Altogether a concert that left us feeling very blessed to have such fine musicians playing incredible works - loved it all!" Yvonne, from City Beach (Concert, 28 January 2024)

”Thank you for some of my most pleasurable musical memories!" Jane, from Spearwood (January 2024)

”Thank you for organising such joyful and beautiful music." Anne, from Helena Valley (January 2024)

”The Summer Mozart Festival series are the best!" Greg, from Shenton Park (January 2024)

Flutissimo presents

"A Treasury of Trios"

A Celebration of Classical Music in the Perth Hills

The Hills will come alive with the sweet sounds of exquisite classical chamber music! This splendid series of five concerts will be presented in three of the most charming and historic little stone churches in the Perth Hills, each with their own unique appeal and warm intimate acoustics.

The series commences with two concerts in the serene ambience of St Cuthbert's Church (1924), nestled among the gum-trees in Darlington. Next are two performances in the picturesque St Swithun's Church (1910) in Lesmurdie, and the series concludes at the elegant little Church of the Epiphany (1914) in Mundaring. All three venues are air-conditioned, and there is ample parking on-site (Darlington and Lesmurdie), or in the car-park opposite (Mundaring).

The programmes feature classical trios for flute, violin and cello, composed by the eighteenth-century flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), friend and inspiration to Mozart. These attractive works are filled with lyrical melodies, expressive harmonies and sparkling brilliance, with every piece presenting fresh and original delights. Wendling's trios are arguably his finest compositions, and the charming venues, with their intimate ambience and warm acoustics, will provide the perfect setting for these exquisite chamber music works.

Flautist Emily Gunson is joined by violinist Zak Rowntree from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, well known to Hills audiences for his regular appearances with the Darlington Chamber Ensemble, along with cellists Catherine Tabi, Miranda Murray-Yong and Miah Smith. Concert Two includes Natalya Czernicziw (bassoon) and John Hardy (harpsichord).

Concert One: "Classics at St Cuthbert's"

3pm Sunday 19 November 2023

St Cuthbert's Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Rd), Darlington

Programme

Wendling - 6 Trios, GUN 25 (1785)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Catherine Tabi - cello

Concert Two: "Serenade Among the Gum-Trees"

3pm Saturday 25 November 2023

St Cuthbert's Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Rd), Darlington

Programme

Wendling - 6 Trios, GUN 14 (1772)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Natalya Czernicziw - bassoon
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Three: "Classics at St Swithun's"

3pm Sunday 26 November 2023

St Swithun's Church
195 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie

Programme

Wendling - 6 Trios, GUN 16 (1774)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Miranda Murray-Yong - cello

Concert Four: "A Bouquet of Trios"

3pm Saturday 2 December 2023

St Swithun's  Church
195 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie

Programme

Wendling - 6 Trios, GUN 4 (1766)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Miah Smith - cello

Concert Five: "Magical Melodies in Mundaring"

3pm Sunday 3 December 2023

Church of the Epiphany
9 Mann Street, Mundaring

Programme

Wendling - 6 Trios, GUN 8 (1769)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Miah Smith - cello

Fan mail

”Thank you for a year of magical music, and in appreciation of all that you give. We, the audience, are truly blessed!" Yvonne, from City Beach (2023)

2:30pm Saturday 4 November 2023

Holy Trinity Church
30 Pool Street (cnr Newcastle St), York

Avon Valley Classical Concerts presents

"Spring in the Valley"

performed by the Cambini Quintet

Perth's popular Cambini Quintet returns to York for an enjoyable spring concert at the Avon Valley's oldest church, the historic Holy Trinity Church (1858), situated on the eastern banks of the Avon River.

The programme presents delightful Classical wind quintets by Anton Reicha (1770-1836) and Franz Danzi (1763-1826). Brimming with joyful melodies, these pieces explore the variety of textures and timbres found in this entertaining ensemble.

Programme

Reicha - Quintet in A major, op. 99 no. 3  [1819]
Danzi - Quintet in B-flat major, op. 56 no. 1. [1821]

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Esther Lee - oboe
Clare Waters - clarinet
Joanne Littlely - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

Music Research In Performance
Johann Baptist Wendling - 300th Anniversary

"Complete Concertos"

presented by Dr. Emily Gunson

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), the finest flute virtuoso of the eighteenth century, and a friend and inspiration to Mozart. Concerts featuring Wendling's music will be presented throughout the year by Dr. Emily Gunson, international authority on Wendling. She will share insights from her research, with each programme exploring aspects of Wendling's life and times, tracing his extraordinary journey from a medieval village in Alsace to the famous Mannheim Court Orchestra.

This spectacular series presents the first performance of Wendling’s complete concertos for flute, accompanied by a varied ensemble of strings, with harpsichord, oboes and horns. Composed over a thirty-year period, these magnificent works provide a chronicle of Wendling’s many concert tours across Europe, performing at the major musical centres of Paris, London and Vienna, and at princely courts throughout Germany, culminating with his influence on Mozart’s solo flute works.

For this series, Wendling’s concertos have been freshly edited for performance from the original manuscripts and eighteenth-century editions. These entertaining and enjoyable works represent a major contribution to the concerto repertoire, with their idiomatic flute writing and abundance of fresh and original musical ideas, and it is hoped that this project will help them to become better known.

Flautist Emily Gunson is joined by principal musicians from the WA Symphony Orchestra and other local performers.

Concert One: "Doyen of Paris"

6pm Friday 22 September 2023

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Explores Wendling’s unique artistic achievements in the glittering French capital, across three decades (1751-1780).

Concerto in G major, 1769 (GUN 9, no. 1)
Concerto in D major, 1769 (GUN 9, no. 2)
Concerto in C major, ca.1775 (GUN 18)

Concerto in D major, 1777 (GUN 19)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
Tahlia Denn - French horn
Arianne Rooney - French horn

Concert Two: "Virtuoso on Tour"

3pm Sunday 1 October 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Traces Wendling's successful visits to other musical courts, including Berlin (1749) where he impressed the flute-loving King Frederick the Great, and London (1771-1772) where he was greatly esteemed.

Concerto in G minor, ca.1749 (GUN 1)
Concerto in C major, ca.1755 (GUN 1a)
Concerto in G major, 1769 (GUN 6)
Concerto in G major, 1771 (GUN 13)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Three: "Mozart's Magic Flautist"

3pm Saturday 8 October 2023

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Focuses on Mozart’s visit to Mannheim (1777-1778), where Wendling’s flute playing and friendship provided inspiration to the young genius

Concerto in C major, 1769 (GUN 5)
Concerto in A major, ca.1769 (GUN 7)
Concerto in D major, ca.1778 (GUN 20)

Mozart - Rondo: Tempo di Menuetto, from Concerto in G major, K.313

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Miranda Murray-Yong - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
Esther Lee - oboe
Jane Blanchard - oboe
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Tahlia Denn - French horn

3pm Sunday 3 September 2023

Flutissimo presents

Cambini Quintet

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australian

The Cambini Quintet is dedicated to exploring the rich repertoire of Classical and Romantic chamber music for woodwinds, with a special focus on the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, known as the "Wind Quintet."  The ensemble is named after Giovanni Cambini (1746-1825), who composed the first known works for this grouping, published in 1803.

Concerts by the Cambini Quintet draw exclusively from this enjoyable but neglected repertoire, which includes a wealth of superb works from the time of Mozart through to the full flowering of the French and German late-Romantics, revealing the warm sonority and varied tonal textures of the wind quintet.

This programme presents quintets by Cambini, Franz Danzi (1763-1826) and Peter Müller (1791-1877). Brimming with joyful melodic inventiveness, these pieces explore the full range of textures and timbres found in this entertaining woodwing ensemble.

Programme

Cambini - Quintet no. 3 in F major
Danzi - Quintet in A major, op. 68 no. 1
Müller - Quintet no. 2 in C minor

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Laura Biemmi - oboe
Clare Waters - clarinet
Natalya Czericziw - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

3pm Saturday 19 August 2023

Flutissimo presents

Emanuel Ensemble

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australian

35th Anniversary Concert
1988~2023

The Emanuel Ensemble has proven itself to be Perth's most successful and enduring independent chamber music group, delighting audiences for the past thirty-five years with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making.

Formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), the Emanuel Ensemble has presented hundreds of concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, with a strong focus on the Bach family, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

Bach and Sons

In keeoing with the occasion, this anniversary concert features the immortal music of the Bach family. Exquisitely beautiful works by Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach and his ypungest brother Johann Christian Bach are complemented by johann Sebastian Bach's much loved Suite in B minor (BWV 1067) for flute, strings and harpsichord, and his magnificent Sinfonia from Cantata no. 209.

Emanuel Ensemble founding members Emily Gunson (flute) and John Hardy (harpsichord) are joined by principal musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, performing in the resonant wood-panelled Callaway Auditorium, with its fine acoustics and intimate atmosphere.

Don't miss this exciting anniversary event!

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
John Hardy -harpsichord

Music Research In Performance
Johann Baptist Wendling - 300th Anniversary

"Complete Sonatas"

presented by Dr. Emily Gunson

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), the finest flute virtuoso of the eighteenth century, and a friend and inspiration to Mozart. Concerts featuring Wendling's music will be presented throughout this year by Dr. Emily Gunson, international authority on Wendling. She will share insights from her research, with each programme exploring aspects of Wendling's life and times, tracing his extraordinary journey from a medieval village in Alsace to the famous Mannheim Court Orchestra.

This series presents the first performance of Wendling's complete sonatas. They belong to the rarely played genre of the Classical solo sonata, for flute with cello and piano continuo. This genre flourished during the latter part of the eighteenth century, appearing in between the Baroque sonata with harpsichord and the early-nineteenth century sonata with piano.

Wendling's sonatas, published in 1762 and 1774, represent a major contribution to this form. The first set, dedicated to the celebrated opera composer Niccolò Jommelli, established Wendling as a cutting edge virtuoso, extending the range and expressive capabilities of his instrument. The second set was composed at the height of his powers, further exploring the dramatic potential of the flute as played at the renowned Mannheim Court.

3pm Sunday 18 June 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 6 Sonatas, GUN 3 (1762)

3pm Saturday 24 June 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 6 Sonatas, GUN 17 (1774)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Michael Goldschlager - cello
Lisa Rowntree - piano

Music Research In Performance
Johann Baptist Wendling - 300th Anniversary

"Complete Quartets"

presented by Dr. Emily Gunson

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), the finest flute virtuoso of the eighteenth century, and a friend and inspiration to Mozart. Concerts featuring Wendling's music will be presented throughout this year by Dr. Emily Gunson, international authority on Wendling. She will share insights from her research, with each programme exploring aspects of Wendling's life and times, tracing his extraordinary journey from a medieval village in Alsace to the famous Mannheim Court Orchestra.

This programme prresents Wendling's complete quartets for flute, violin, viola and cello, which are among his finest compositions. Published in Mannheim in 1781, these mature works by Wendling continue the tradition of Mozart's virtuoso flute quartet in D major (K. 285), composed by Mozart a few years earlier while he was a guest at Wendling's home.

Wendling's quartets will be complemented by a fascinating work by Wendling's colleague Carl Joseph Toeschi (1731-1788), concertmaster of the Mannheim Orchestra. It features arrangements of an Allemande by Wendling and a popular theme from Grétry's comic opera "Lucile."

3pm Sunday 14 May 2023

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Wendling - Quartet in G major, GUN 23, no. 1
Wendling - Quartet in E minor, GUN 23, no. 2
Wendling - Quartet in D major, GUN 23, no. 3

Toeschi - "Quatuor de Lucile" & Menuet, with "Wendling's Allemande"

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello

Music Research In Performance
Johann Baptist Wendling - 300th Anniversary

"Flutes Plus"

presented by Dr. Emily Gunson

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), the finest flute virtuoso of the eighteenth century, and a friend and inspiration to Mozart. Concerts featuring Wendling's music will be presented throughout the year by Dr. Emily Gunson, international authority on Wendling. She will share insights from her research, with each programme exploring aspects of Wendling's life and times, tracing his extraordinary journey from a medieval village in Alsace to the famous Mannheim Court Orchestra.

This first series presents the first performance of Wendling's complete duets for two flutes. These five sets of works were composed over a twenty-year period, and each concert will include one set in its entirety, demonstrating Wendling's development as a composer.

Wendling's duets will be complemented by a wide variety of other chamber music works, with the addition of harp, piano, cello and bassoon.

Concert One: "Passport to Paris"

3pm Sunday 26 March 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 6 Duets, GUN 2 (1760)
PLUS harp - for works from France, by Gaubert, Faure and Berlioz

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Yi-Yun Loei - harp

Concert Two: "Friends with Flutes"

3pm Saturday 1 April 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 12 Duets, GUN 10 (1770)
PLUS piano - for salon favourites, by Boehm, Beethoven, Köhler and Doppler

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Hayley Rowntree - flute
Lisa Rowntree - piano

Concert Three: "English Holidays"

3pm Saturday 8 April 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 6 Duets, GUN 15 (1772)
PLUS cello - for trios by Johann Christian Bach and Haydn

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

Concert Four: "Opéra Comique"

3pm Monday 10 April 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 6 Duets, GUN 21 (1779)
PLUS bassoon - for Mozart's "Don Giovanni"

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon

Concert Five: "Mannheim's Magic Flautists"

3pm Sunday 16 April 2023

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Wendling - 6 Duets, GUN 22 (1781)
PLUS cello - for Classical trios, by Stamitz, Schmitt and Wendling

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Hayley Rowntree - flute
Eve Silver - cello

Fan mail

A big thank you for a wonderful series of concerts. I marvel at the extent of research and so much attention to detail, to provide your audiences with such a special experience. Emily, you truly shone, and gave us a deeper insight and obviously the love of this composer, Wendling. I always come away from the concerts feeling uplifted and appreciative of these opportunities to hear these music works - very special! I must add that John, in full regalia, gave us a splendid performance of 'the Don' [Mozart's Don Giovanni]." Yvonne, from City Beach (Concert series, 26 March - 16 April 2023)

3pm Sunday 26 February 2023

Flutissimo presents

Cambini Quintet

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

The Cambini Quintet is dedicated to exploring the rich repertoire of Classical and Romantic chamber music for woodwinds, with a special focus on the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, known as the "Wind Quintet."  The ensemble is named after Giovanni Cambini (1746-1825), who composed the first known works for this grouping, published in 1803.

Concerts by the Cambini Quintet draw exclusively from this enjoyable but neglected repertoire, which includes a wealth of superb works from the time of Mozart throught to the full flowering of the French and German late-Romantics, revealing the warm sonority and varied tonal textures of the wind quintet.

This programme presents works by Franz Danzi (1763-1826), his third set of wind quintets, opus 68. Brimming with joyful melodic inventiveness, these pieces explore the full range of textures and timbres found in this entertaining woodwing ensemble.

Programme

Danzi - Quintet in A major, op. 68 no. 1
Danzi - Quintet in F major, op. 68 no. 2
Danzi - Quintet in D minor, op. 68 no. 3

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Esther Lee - oboe
Andrew Elliot - clarinet
Natalya Czericziw - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

Summer Mozart Festival 2023

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this delightful Summer Festival of three Sunday afternoon concerts!

This Festival features the divine music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his music, complemented by works composed by his contemporaries, including his mentor Johann Christian Bach.

The Healing Power of Mozart

This Festival explores the healing power of music, and in particular the restorative  healing qualities found in the music of Mozart. The three programmes highlight his genius for creating music of sheer exquisite beauty, that touches our hearts in a most unique way. This special gift can be heard in the unexpectedly poignant slow movements in early works composed by the teenage prodigy, through to the expressive masterpieces by the mature maestro.

Works include quartets, quintets and symphonies, for woodwinds and strings, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth's finest musicians. Artistic director is flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

This Festival is dedicated to the memory of Anne Elizabeth Gunson (1931-2022), a lover of all the Arts, and a founding member of the Sydney Mozart Society.

Concert One: "Mozart Meditations - A Healing Concert"

3pm Sunday 15 January 2023

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The healing power of music has been recognised and praised by philosophers throughout the ages. It is widely acknowledged that many symptoms of illness can be alleviated by this most gentle of the Arts.

Music soothes the pain of separation from loved ones, it can help to lift depression, and it has a special ability to ease the suffering of loss and bereavement.

Titled "Meditations," this special Healing Concert presents an imaginative programme of exquisite Andante movements and noble Adagios, selected from a wide range of Mozart's works. The music has been carefully chosen for its expressive and contemplative qualities, inviting you to quietly reflect, or just let the sounds wash over you.

Through the gentle sounds of flute and strings, the healing power of Mozart's beautiful music will certainly bring tranquility of mind and spirit.

"Patience and tranquility of mind contribute more to cure our distempers than the whole art of medicine" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1787)

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello

Concert Two: "Cambini Quintet"

3pm Sunday 22 January 2023

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The repertoire of Classical chamber music for woodwinds is always enjoyable and uplifting, with cheerful melodies and varied tonal textures produced by the variety of instrumental colours..

The Cambini Quintet makes a welcome return, to perform works by Mozart, Franz Danzi (1763-1826) and Giuseppe Cambini (1746-1825). This concert is sure to give much pleasure!

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Esther Lee - oboe
Clare Waters - clarinet
Natalya Czernicziw - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

Concert Three: "Master and Pupil - Johann Christian Bach and Mozart"

3pm Sunday 29 January 2023

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Festival finale features works by Mozart's childhood mentor Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), with two quintets for flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello, with harpsichord continuo (opus 11). Composed for the musicians of the Mannheim Court Orchestra, Bach's quintets are full of elegant charm and grace, revealing him as a true master of the cantabile Italian vocal style and a great inspiration to the young Mozart.

These works are complemented by two sparkling symphonies for strings with pairs of flutes and French horns, comosed by Mozart in 1772 (K.134) and 1773 (K.199), while he was still a teenager completeing his apprenticeship at the Salzburg Court. Brimming with youthful effervescence, these early works nevertheless contain moments of extraordinary expressiveness in their Andante movements, which will surely touch your heart.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Alexandra Allan - oboe
Tahlia Denn - French horn
Doree Dixon - French horn
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

”So good to have you back on track - and what a great start yesterday with Mozart!!! What a splendid symphony [K.199] to finish the programme - again driving home in high spirits! Thank you so much!" Yvonne, from City Beach (Concert, 29 January 2023)

”It was an absolutely fabulous concert yesterday - a real 'gold scooter' event!" Mescal, from South Perth (Concert, 29 January 2023)

Summer Mozart Festival 2022

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this spectacular Summer Festival of four delightful concerts!

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his music, complemented by works by his contemporaries, with readings from Mozart's own letters and other contemporary sources.

The four varied programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from a sparkling symphony composed by the teenage genius, a quartet arrangement of "The Magic Flute," and his magnificent concerto for flute and harp, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth's finest musicians.

We explore Mozart's tumultuous visit to Paris in 1778, including his controversial meeting with Giuseppe Cambini and his fruitful association with the noble Guines family who inspired Mozart's concerto for flute and harp, featuring performances by harp soloist Yi-Yun Loei, and the Cambini Quintet.

Artists include principal players from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart's Magic Flute"

3pm Sunday 16 January 2022

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Our enchanting journey commences with a performance of Mozart's beloved opera "The Magic Flute" (K.620), in an elegant contemporary arrangement for quartet, made by Franz Heinrich Ehrenfried (1747-1828) shortly after Mozart's death.

Artists

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

Concert Two: "Cambini Quintet"

3pm Sunday 23 January 2022

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

In Paris in 1778 Mozart crossed paths with Italian maestro Giuseppe Cambini (1746-1825). Although Mozart's descriptions are tinged with envy and rivalry, Cambini was nevertheless renowned as a successful innovator in the field of music for wind instrumenst, and he composed the earliest known works for wind quintet, published in Paris in 1801.

This programme presents Cambini's Quintet no.1 in B-flat major, complemented by earlier woodwind works by Mozart, performed by the Cambini Quintet.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Esther Lee - oboe
Clare Waters - clarinet
Natalya Czernicziw - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

Concert Three: "Mozart's Magic Harpist"

7pm Thursday 27 January 2022

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

Celebrate Mozart's exact birthday (27 January 1756) with this intimate soiree in the serene setting of St Cuthbert's Church in the Perth Hills, featuring exquisite chamber music for harp, flute and cello.

Setting the scene for Mozart's meeting with harp virtuoso Marie-Adrienne de Guines (1759-1795) in Paris in 1778, this programme includes works by her teacher Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz (1747-1790), complemented by a trio by Mozart (K.376) arranged by the harpist Johann Georg Heinrich Backofen (1768-1830).

Artists

Yi-Yun Loei - harp
Emily Gunson - flute
Michael Goldschlager - cello

Concert Four: "Magnificent Mozart"

3pm Sunday 30 January 2022

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Festival concludes with a magnificent pair of works by Mozart. First, his Symphony no.15 in A major (K.114), composed in Salzburg in 1771, at the age of 15. This extraordinary masterpiece is lively and effervescent, as well as dramatic and expressive.

The finest work to result from  Mozart's visit to Paris in 1778 was his Concerto in C major (K.299) for flute and harp, with strings and pairs of oboes and French horns. It was composed for the Duke of Guines and his daughter, and in his letters Mozarts describes his interactions with this noble pair, who played the flute and the harp respectively at a truly professional level.

This much loved work combines graceful lyricism with sparkling brilliance, ensuring a perfect conclusion to the Festival.

Artists

Yi-Yun Loei - harp
Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kylie Liang - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Benjamin Caddy - viola
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Esther Lee - oboe
Jane Blanchard - oboe
Tahlia Denn - French horn
Catherine Gunson - French horn

Fan mail

”What a delightful beginning to the Mozart Festival! Thank you so much for all that you do. We are indeed a fortunate audience, when there is so much unrest in the world - to be able to be transported in those two hours, into a magical place - I just loved the Magic Flute!! Can't wait until next Sunday!" Yvonne, from City Beach (Concert, 16 January 2022)

”Thanks to you for your sparkling concerts in January 2022!" Julie, from North Fremantle (Concerts, 16 & 23 January 2022)

”There certainly was a 'wow' factor when you made your way into the Auditorium yesterday - and you brought us a 'wow' afternoon of Mozart - sheer delight! Each of the concerts brought such diverse insights into Mozart's life - one marvels at the brilliance of his music, bringing together the strings, woodwinds, brass, into such wonderful works - the inspiration - such genius! Into the mix yesterday we enjoyed the exquisite addition of Yi-Yun Loei on harp. I had goosebumps in the Andantino! I am sure you felt the appreciation of your audience - although we were all 'masked up' and you could not see the happy faces!" (Mozart, Flute & Harp Concerto)" Yvonne, from City Beach (Concert, 30 January 2022)

”Thank you so much for organising and performing all the wonderful concerts, especially in these uncertain times. Much of your music was new to me, and so beautiful. All the musicians, so talented and accomplished - I can still hear Zak’s exquisite violin in Mozart’s 14th symphony (K.114), the second movement in particular, so expressive and sweet. Thank you to John for the well researched and presented narration - I think I now understand the story of the Magic Flute! Congratulations to all involved, and hopefully we can look forward to more of your inspiring and brilliant concerts!" Anne, from Helena Valley (Concerts, 16, 23 & 30 January 2022)

3pm Sunday 19 December 2021

Flutissimo presents

Cambini Quintet

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

The Cambini Quintet is dedicated to exploring the rich repertoire of Classical and Romantic chamber music for woodwinds, with a special focus on the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, known as the "Wind Quintet."  The ensemble is named after Giovanni Cambini (1746-1825), who composed the first known works for this grouping, published in 1803.

Concerts by the Cambini Quintet draw exclusively from this enjoyable but neglected repertoire, which includes a wealth of superb works from the time of Mozart throught to the full flowering of the French and German late-Romantics, revealing the warm sonority and varied tonal textures of the wind quintet.

This programme presents works by Franz Danzi (1763-1826), his second set of wind quintets, opus 67. Brimming with joyful melodic inventiveness, these pieces explore the full range of textures and timbres found in this entertaining woodwing ensemble.

The venue is St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, situated on Darlington Road (corner of Hillsden Road), Darlington. Nestled among the trees, this charming historic church has a serene ambience with glorious acoustics - and it is air-conditioned.

Programme

Danzi - Quintet in G major, op.67 no.1
Danzi - Quintet in E minor, op.67 no.2
Danzi - Quintet in E-flat major, op.67 no.3

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Esther Lee - oboe
Clare Waters - clarinet
Natalya Czericziw - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

3pm Sunday 12 December 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Series

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), this ongoing concert series has been featuring chamber music by Beethoven and his lesser known contemporaries, for various instrumental combinations.

"Passing the Torch"

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This fifth and final concert explores the prophetic words of Beethoven's patron Count Ferdinand Waldstein, who predicted in 1792, after the death of Mozart, that Beethoven would "receive Mozart's spirit from Haydn's hands."

This programme presents exquisite works by these three composers, tracing their influence upon each other, their reverence for each other's genius, and their shared role in "passing the torch."

Programme

Mozart - Quartet in D major, K.285
Haydn - Quartet in D major, op.5 no.1
Beethoven - Serenade in D major, op.25

Artists

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

3pm Sunday 5 December 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

"Jewels of the French Baroque"

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

Formed in 1988, the Emanuel Ensemble has been delighting audiences for over three decades with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making, presenting regular concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

This concert explores the unique sound world of French Baroque chamber music, featuring some of the loveliest jewels in the eighteenth-century repertoire. Drawing on elements of traditional dance forms and popular songs, these exquisite pieces are a perfect blend of elegance and expressiveness, reflecting the brilliant and elegant court of King Louis XV, "le Bien-Aime" ("the Well-Beloved").

Artists are Emily Gunson (flute & recorders), John Hardy (harpsichord), and Michael Goldschlager (cello), renowned soloist and former member of the Macquarie Trio, who plays a genuine eighteenth-century cello, made in Paris in 1780.

The venue is the historic St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, situated on Darlington Road (corner of Hillsden Road), Darlington. The warm acoustics and intimate atmosphere will provide the perfect setting for this delightful event.

Programme

Delalande - Symphonie des Noels
Caix d'Hervelois - Suite in A major, op.6 no.1
Boismortier - Sonata in E minor, op.9 no.1
Leclair - Sonata in G major, op.9 no.7
Blavet - Sonata in D minor, op.2 no.2

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute & recorders
Michael Goldschlager - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

Just letting you know how much I enjoyed the concert yesterday. It  was spectacular! Especially the final work [Blavet, Sonata in D minor] when the flute and the cello were having a conversation! I look forward to seeing Michael join Emily and John for some more wonderful concerts!" Jan, from Coodanup (Concert, 5 December 2021)

3pm Sunday 21 November 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Series

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), this ongoing concert series has been featuring chamber music by Beethoven and his lesser known contemporaries, for various instrumental combinations.

"Simple Pleasures"

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert further explores Beethoven’s genial friendship with his pupil Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), and will also give an insight into the lighter side of Beethoven's character and his enjoyment of life's "Simple Pleasures." His delightful "Variations on National Airs" are based on cheerful folk tunes, skilfully developed into sets of imaginative and entertaining variations, in Beethoven's inimitable and highly original style. The concert also features a romantic masterpiece by Ries, for flute and string trio.

Programme

Beethoven - Variations on National Airs, op.105 & op.107, for flute & piano
Ries - Quartet in A major, op.145 no.3, for flute, violin, viola & cello

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Shuan Hern Lee - piano
Zak Rowntree - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello

Fan mail

”Wow, what nimble fingers did young Shuan have on Sunday! An amazing performance by both artists!" Yvonne, from Shenton Park (Concert, 21 November 2021)

17th 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 Toodyay, Northam and York.

This 17th Festival presents a selection of Classical and Baroque chamber music for woodwinds and strings, performed by some of WA's finest musicians, including works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and the featured composer Franz Danzi (1763-1826)..

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

Concert One - Spring in the Valley

2:30pm Sunday 10 October 2021

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1862)
132 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay

The Festival commences in the quaint little rural town of Toodyay, home to a thriving cafe 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. Built with handmade bricks and local stone, it has a rare complete set of coloured glass windows.

This special opening event to welcome "Spring in the Valley" features music for flute, violin, cello and harpsichord, with James Oswald's enchanting Scottish baroque pieces in praise of spring, and trio sonatas by Vivaldi and CPE Bach, complemented by two fascinating works by Wendling and Danzi..

Concert Two - Mozart and Friends

2:30pm Sunday 17 October 2021

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival continues in Northam, a regional centre still retaining echoes of its grand past as the Gateway to the Goldfields, with a performance 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 best traditional stained glass in Western Australia.

The programme presents an inspiring selection of superb quartets for flute, violin, viola and cello, composed by Mozart and two of his friends, Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) and Franz Danzi (1763-1826). These lyrical and expressive works will be heard to full effect in the warm acoustics of this beautiful church.

Concert Three - Cambini Quintet

2:30pm Sunday 24 October 2021

Holy Trinity Church (1854)
30 Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Festival concludes at the historic town of York, a pleasant drive through picturesque forests and farm lands, with a concert at 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 it features exquisite altar panels and stained glass by renowned Western Australian artist, the late Robert Juniper.

This concert presents works by Franz Danzi for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, composed in 1821, only a few decades before this church was built. Brimming with  joyful melodic inventiveness, these highly original works explore the full range of tonal textures and the variety of timbres found in this enjoyable ensemble of wind instruments.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord
Alexandra Allan - oboe
Clare Waters - clarinet
Natalya Czericziw - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

3pm Sunday 3 October 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Series

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), this ongoing concert series explores chamber music by the young Beethoven and his lesser known contemporaries, for a variety of interesting instrumental combinations.

"The Winds of Change"

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

This programme further explores Beethoven’s life-long friendship with the Bohemian flautist Anton Reicha (1770-1836), and the way both composers experimented with woodwind instruments combined with piano and strings.

Programme

Beethoven - Trio in G major, for piano, flute & bassoon
Reicha - Grand Quatour Concertante in E-flat major, op.104, for piano, flute, bassoon & cello

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Joanne Littlely - bassoon
Eve Silver - cello
Tommy Seah - piano

3pm Sunday 22 August 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Series

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), this ongoing concert series explores chamber music by the young Beethoven and his lesser known contemporaries, for a variety of interesting instrumental combinations.

"Friends With Flutes"

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

This programme explores Beethoven’s youthful friendship with the Bohemian flautist Anton Reicha (1770-1836), with flute duets by both composers. Also included is an exquisite Adagio by Beethoven, originally written for a mechanical organ. Finally, a sparkling romantic trio by his friend Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832), who was known as "the Beethoven of the flute."

Programme

Beethoven - Allegro & Minuet
Reicha - 3 Romances, op.21
Beethoven - Adagio in F major
Kuhlau - Trio in G major, op.119

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Tommy Seah - piano

Fan mail

”Thank you for yet another delightful afternoon of magical music! I simply loved the Adagio by Beethoven, so pure and delicately handled. The trio in G major, op.119, by Kuhlau, was so joyful, it transported me into such a happy place, and I smiled all the way home! The Eileen Joyce Studio was the perfect setting for this wonderful programme. We are so lucky to have you here in Perth!” Yvonne, from City Beach (Concert, 22 August 2021)

3pm Sunday 15 August 2021

Flutissimo presents

"From Mozart to Paris"

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

A recital of Classical and Romantic chamber music, featuring the gentle sounds of flute and harp.

Flautist Emily Gunson is joined by virtuoso harpist Yi-Yun Loei for a special concert of rarely heard works for this popular pairing of instruments, heard to great advantage in the warm resonant acoustics of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington.

This all-French programme explores the world of the harp in Paris, from the time of Mozart's visit to the fashionable cultural centre in 1778, with works by his contemporary Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz (1742-1790), complemented by a lyrical Nocturne by François-Joseph Naderman (1781-1868), which features a Tyrolean theme from Rossini's French grand opera "William Tell." Also a delightful set of variations by Rossini (1792-1868), who spent his latter years in Paris. Other works include the evocative "Pièce en forme de habanera" by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), and the Spanish-inspired "Entr'acte" by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962).

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Yi-Yun Loei - harp

Programme

Krumpholtz - Sonata in B-flat major, op.8 no.1
Naderman - Nocturne, Tyrolienne & Rondoletto
Rossini - Andante con variations
Krumpholtz - Sonata in F major, op.8 no5
Ravel - Pièce en forme de habanera
Ibert - Entr'acte

Fan mail

”Thank you for an amazing and brilliant concert on Sunday. It is one that will be etched in the memory!” Jan, from Coodanup (Concert, 15 August 2021)

“This was the most beautiful concert that I have been to in years.” Mary, from Parkerville (Concert, 15 August 2021)

3pm Sunday 1 August 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Series

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), this special ongoing concert series explores chamber music by the young Beethoven and his lesser known contemporaries, for a variety of interesting instrumental combinations.

"Master, Teacher, Pupil"

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The programme includes Beethoven’s delightful sonata for flute and piano; an enchanting trio for harp with flute and cello by his teacher Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736-1809); and a romantic trio by his brilliant piano pupil Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838).

This concert features Yi-Yun Loei, equally accomplished as a virtuoso on both harp and piano, with Emily Gunson (flute) and Melinda Forsythe (cello).

Programme

Beethoven - Sonata in B-flat major, for flute and piano
Albrechtsberger - Partita in C major, for harp, flute and cello
Ries - Trio in E-flat major, op.63, for piano, flute and cello

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Yi-Yun Loei - harp & piano

Fan mail

"Many thanks for your recent concert, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I particularly liked the combination of flute, harp and cello - quite wonderful!” Enid & Jim, from Manning (Concert, 1 August 2021)

3pm Sunday 18 July 2021

Flutissimo presents

"Mozart and Friends"

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

The historic St Cuthbert's Anglican Church in Darlington will again be the venue for another enjoyable Sunday afternoon concert, featuring delightful classical chamber music for flute, violin, viola and cello.

The programme includes quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and three of his friends: Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), first flautist of the renowned Mannheim Court Orchestra; Friedrich Hartmann Graf (1727-1795), music director and flautist at Augsburg; and Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831), whose quartets Mozart greatly admired.

Artists for this performance are Emily Gunson (flute), with W. A. Symphony Orchestra principals Zak Rowntree (violin), Alex Brogan (viola) and Eve Silver (cello), who have all appeared regularly in concerts in the Perth Hills, including the Summer Mozart Festival with the W. A. Mozarteum.

Programme

Mozart - Quartet in A major, K.298
Wendling - Quartet in D major, GUN 23 no.3
Graf - Quartet no.1 in G major
Pleyel - Quartet in G major, op.56 no.2

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello

3pm Sunday 13 June 2021

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

The Emanuel Ensemble was formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788). For over three decades they have been delighting audiences with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making, presenting regular concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

To celebrate the recommencement of their concerts in 2021, the Emanuel Ensemble will present a programme of chamber music by their namesake, featuring four of the finest works ever composed for the genre of trio sonata for flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord continuo. These passionate and expressive masterpieces reveal Emanuel Bach's extraordinary genius and originality.

Artists are WA Symphony Orchestra principals Zak Rowntree (violin) and Eve Silver (cello), with Emanuel Ensemble founding members Emily Gunson (flute) and John Hardy (harpsichord).

The venue is the historic St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, situated on Darlington Road (corner of Hillsden Road), Darlington. The warm acoustics and intimate atmosphere will provide the perfect setting for this much anticipated event.

Programme

CPE Bach - Trio sonata in B minor, Wq. 143
CPE Bach - Trio sonata in D minor, Wq. 145
CPE Bach - Trio sonata in A major, Wq. 146
CPE Bach - Trio sonata in A minor, Wq. 148

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Eve Silver - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"Wonderful to see you all ‘live’ again — long may it last!" Fiona, from Forrestfield (Concert, 13 June 2021)

"I have thought so much of you all over the course of this year [2020], and have missed so terribly the wonderful concerts that you give! I feel so blessed for the years of inspirational music, and the careful presentation of these composers - bringing us music otherwise rarely heard. I do thank you, and hope that perhaps in the not-too-distant future that we may again experience more beautiful concerts from you all!" Yvonne, from Maylands (has been attending our concerts since 2001)

3pm Sunday 15 March 2020

W. A. Mozarteum presents

"Encore, Mozart!"

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

By popular demand, the W. A. Mozarteum makes a welcome return to the Perth Hills, following the success of their recent Summer Mozart Festival 2020.

Concerts by the W. A. Mozarteum bring to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of Mozart's chamber music, complemented by works composed by friends and colleagues that he met on his travels across Europe, and interspersed with readings from Mozart's own letters.

The venue is the iconic St Cuthbert's Anglican Church (1924), located on Darlington Road, corner of Hillsden Road, Darlington.

Programme

Mozart - Quartet in D major, K.285
J C Bach - Sinfonietta no.2 in C major
Toeschi - Quartet in G major, op.1 no.1
Graf - Quartet no. 1 in G major

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Eve Silver - cello

Summer Mozart Festival 2020

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this spectacular Summer Festival of five delightful concerts!

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues and pupils, with readings from Mozart's own letters and other contemporary sources.

The five contrasting programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from a lyrical trio, a brilliant piano concerto, a magnificent symphony, and some of the earliest compositions by the boy genius, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth's finest musicians.

Mozart's musical legacy is explored, with a particular focus on two of his best known piano pupils: Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), who lived in Mozart's home for two years from the age of seven; and Ludwig van Beethoven, who had some lessons as a teenager and was a lifelong admirer.

By popular demand, special guest piano soloist Shuan Hern Lee returns for three concerts in this Festival. One of Perth's most exciting and talented young musicians, Shuan Hern has performed to great acclaim across Australia and around the world, and last year he won the prestigious Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas, when still aged only sixteen.

The other special guest is soprano Emma Pettemerides, who recently appeared in the West Australian Opera's acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd."

Artists include principal players from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart Soiree in the Hills"

7pm Thursday 9 January 2020

St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

The Festival commences in the delightful setting of St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Darlington. Performed on period instruments, this enchanting soiree brings to life the elegant music-making at the royal courts of Paris, London and The Hague, at the time of the Mozart family's early visits.

The programme includes two of Mozart's early violin sonatas composed at that time, G major, K.9 (1763) and C major, K.28 (1766), played by Helen Kruger (baroque violin) and John Hardy (spinet), alongside works by Handel and J. C. Bach, with Emily Gunson (traverso & baroque recorder).

Artists

Helen Kruger - baroque violin
Emily Gunson – traverso & baroque recorder
John Hardy - spinet

Concert Two: "Mozart and his Legacy - Part 1"

3pm Sunday 12 January 2020

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert of chamber music explores Mozart's legacy, opening with a Trio in F major (K.376) by Mozart, arranged for piano, flute and cello by his contemporary J. G. H. Backofen (1768-1830), followed by Beethoven's youthful Trio in G major (piano, flute & bassoon), composed at the age of fifteen. Finally an early-Romantic trio by Hummel, his Adagio and Variations on a Russian Theme, op. 78 (piano, flute & cello).

Artists

Shuan Hern Lee - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Melinda Forsythe – cello

Concert Three: "Mozart and his Legacy - Part 2"

3pm Sunday 19 January 2020

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

Mozart's legacy is further explored through two larger scale works by Haydn and Beethoven. The highlight will be Beethoven's Piano Concerto in B-flat, op. 19. It is known as "no. 2," but it was actually written first, when Beethoven was just seventeen.

The concert also includes Haydn's splendid Symphony no. 88 in G major, and Mozart's sparkling Flute Concerto no. 2 in D major (K.314), with soloist Emily Gunson.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Anna Rodger - oboe
Jane Blanchard - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Kate Pitcher - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Doree Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kate Sullivan - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist

Shuan Hern Lee - piano

Concert Four: "The Colours of Mozart"

3pm Saturday 25 January 2020

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert is a tribute to the woodwind soloists of the Mannheim Court Orchestra, whose artistry changed Mozart's conception of the capabilities of these instruments. and inspired him to use the characteristic colours of the flute, oboe and bassoon in counterpoint with his favourite instrument, the soprano voice.

The programme features three arias for soprano with solo woodwinds: first, Susanna's aria "Deh vieni non tardar," from "The Marriage of Figaro" (K.492); then the exquisitely beautiful "Et incarnatus est," from Mass in C minor (K.427); and finally, the rarely heard gem, "Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner" (K.383).

The programme also includes a sextet in E-flat major for three woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon) and three strings (violin, viola, cello) by Ignaz Holzbauer (1711-1783), the Mannheim Kapellmeister greatly admired by Mozart; and a recently rediscovered masterpiece for string quartet and flute by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792), known as "the Swedish Mozart."

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kate Sullivan - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist

Emma Pettemerides – soprano

Concert Five: "Happy Birthday, Mozart"

3pm Monday 27 January 2020

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

Celebrate Mozart's exact birthday (27 January 1756), commencing with his best loved Symphony no. 40 in G minor (K.550), presented in its original scoring for strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns.

The Festival concludes with Mozart's brilliant Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major (K.453). This work features particularly prominent parts for the woodwind instruments, and there is a true chamber music quality in the interplay between the piano and the woodwind soloists.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Alexandra Allan - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Kate Pitcher - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Doree Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kate Sullivan - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Benjamin Caddy - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist

Shuan Hern Lee - piano

Fan mail

"Thank you for this year's Summer Mozart Festival! We attended four of the five concerts and loved them all. Every member of the W.A. Mozarteum performed especially well, and of course it was a privilege to hear Shuan Hern Lee (piano soloist). Emily's well chosen programmes and John's entertaining readings certainly did achieve the aim of bringing to life the fascinating life of Mozart." Elizabeth, from Cottesloe (Summer Mozart Festival, January 2020)

"With Monday's music still ringing in my ears, please accept our sincere gratitude for the joy you bring us - your music, John's readings, the generous afternoon tea - it is all so special and lifts our hearts always!" Patsy, from Roleystone (Summer Mozart Festival, January 2020)

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

Emanuel Ensemble's Winter Series in the Hills

"Baroque Masters"

Formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the Emanuel Ensemble has been delighting audiences for over thirty years with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making, presenting regular concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

The Emanuel Ensemble's inaugural "Winter Series in the Hills" presents three concerts in charming and historic stone churches in the Perth Hills, featuring chamber music for flute, recorder, cello and harpsichord, by the three best loved German Baroque composers - Bach, Handel and Telemann - complemented by graceful French Baroque works by Michel Blavet.

Concert One

3pm Sunday 4 August 2019

St Swithun's Church
195 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie

Concert Two

3pm Sunday 11 August 2019

Church of the Epiphany
9 Mann Street, Mundaring

Concert Three

3pm Sunday 18 August 2019

St Cuthbert's Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Rd), Darlington

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute & recorder
Michael Goldschlager - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

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, 18 August 2019)

3pm Saturday 11 May 2019

"Ladies Day"

presented by The Weatherly Club

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including some of the most successful women composers of the time.

This programme, to celebrate Mothers Day, will feature a selection of songs by Weatherly in collaboration with women composers, including "A Mother's Heart" by May Brahe, "Dearest, I Bring You Daffodils" and "Mifanwy" by Dorothy Forster, "Love Were Enough" by Hope Temple, and "An Old Time Wooing" by Florence Aylward. Several of these songs include a beautiful violin obbligato. Also some evocative flute solos by Melanie Bonis (1858-1937) will complement the songs.

Your host for the afternoon is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by renowned soprano Elisa Wilson and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson and Zak Rowntree (violin).

The intimate venue was named in honour of the famous West Australian pianist Eileen Joyce. Its serene outlook to the grove of pine trees provides the perfect setting for this elegant event!

Fan mail

"Wonderful concert, great range of composers, Telemann and Vivaldi, in addition to the usual suspects." John, from High Wycombe (Season 2019)

"I always enjoy your concerts and particularly like the informative format." Karen, from Inglewood (Season 2019)

"Love the concerts, especially Wendling!" Frank and Olga, from East Victoria Park (Season 2019)

3pm Saturday 20 April 2019

Cambini Quintet

Cottesloe Civic Centre
109 Broome Street, Cottesloe

The Cambini Quintet was first formed in 1994 to explore the rich repertoire of Classical and Romantic chamber music for woodwinds. The ensemble is named after Giovanni Cambini (1746-1825), who composed the first wind quintets in 1802.

Concert programmes are drawn from this enjoyable but neglected repertoire, which includes a wealth of superb works, ranging from the Classicism of the time of Mozart through to the full flowering of the French and German late-Romantics, revealing the warm sonority and varied tonal textures of the wind quintet.

This concert presents a magnificent quintet by Franz Danzi (1763-1826), a Romantic masterpiece by Peter Mueller (1791-1877), and a delightful work by the Quintet's namesake Giovanni Cambini.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Annabelle Farid - oboe
Jodie Upton - clarinet
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Tahlia Denn - French horn

Fan mail

"I had to drop you a note to say how delightful this afternoon's concert was. I just loved the interplay with those instruments, something you don't always get in a larger group. I loved the Andante con moto, and the Finale was fantastic! (Peter Muller, Quintet in C minor)" Yvonne, from Maylands (Cambini Quintet, 20 April 2019)

3pm Saturday 16 March 2019

Wendling Quartet

"Autumn Serenade"

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Wendling Quartet was first formed in 1993 to explore the extensive repertoire of music for the ensemble of flute, violin, viola and cello, known as the "Flute Quartet."

The Quartet is named after flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), who pioneered the new virtuosity and fullness of tone that were to make this grouping so successful. Mozart in particular was inspired by Wendling in his famous four flute quartets.

The combination of a flute with one each of the three stringed instruments has proved to be an ideal vehicle for art music in a chamber setting, from the Classical period through to the present day. The Wendling Quartet presents this fine music in exciting and varied programmes, tracing the fascinating development of this popular genre.

The programme opens with a brilliant quartet in G major by Wendling, then early-Romantic works by Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824) and Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841), complemented by an evocative Pastorale by 20th-century Hungarian composer Mátyás Seiber. Also an excerpt from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro," arranged for this instrumental combination in 1791 by Johann Wendt (1745-1801).

Artists:

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

Summer Mozart Festival

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this spectacular Summer Festival of four delightful concerts!

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a selection of his masterpieces, complemented by a variety of works composed by his friends, colleagues and rivals, with readings from Mozart's own letters.

A special highlight of this Festival will be the performance of three of Mozart's sublime piano concertos, nos. 17, 18 & 19, all composed in Vienna in 1784. Guest soloist is 16-year-old Shuan Hern Lee, one of Australia's most exciting young pianists and a semi-finalist in the ABC's 2018 Young Performers Award.

Works by Mozart's contemporaries include rarely heard music for a variety of instrumental combinations, by Haydn, J. C. Bach, Cambini, Wendling, Holzbauer, C. E. & F. H. Graf, and also Mozart's most devoted admirer, Schubert.

Artists include principal players from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, led by former concertmaster Margaret Blades (violin), and the Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart - Friends and Foe"

3pm Saturday 12 January 2019

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Festival commences in the delightful setting of the Eileen Joyce Studio, with a programme of duets & trios performed by Emily Gunson & Naoko Matsushita (flutes) with Louise McKay (cello).

This concert features works by musicians Mozart encountered during his travels across Europe, with sparkling trios by his London mentor Johann Christian Bach and Viennese friend Joseph Haydn, with two of the finest flute duets of the eighteenth century composed by his Mannheim friend, the flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (GUN 2). Also an elegant trio by Mozart's rival, the Paris-based Italian composer Giuseppe Cambini.

Concert Two: "Mozart and the Brothers Graf"

3pm Sunday 13 January 2019

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road), Kalamunda

The Festival continues with rarely heard works by two musical brothers, first a lively chamber symphony by Christian Ernest Graf (1723-1804), who the eight-year-old Mozart met in The Hague in 1764, then a lyrical quartet for two flutes, viola and cello by Friedrich Hartmann Graf (1727-1795).

The concert concludes with Mozart's sublime Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major (K.453), composed in April 1784. All three concertos performed in this Festival (with piano soloist Shuan Hern Lee) feature prominent parts for the woodwind instruments, and there is a true chamber music quality in the interplay between the piano and the woodwind soloists.

Concert Three: "Mozart and Schubert"

3pm Sunday 20 January 2019

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road), Kalamunda

This concert highlights the veneration held by Franz Schubert for his "immortal Mozart." Born in Vienna just five years after Mozart's death, Schubert grew up surrounded by Mozart's music, becoming one of his most passionate admirers. At the age of nineteen Schubert composed his exquisite Symphony no. 5 in B-flat major (D.485), returning to the "classical" instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns, in homage to his beloved Mozart.

The concert concludes with Mozart's magnificent Piano Concerto no. 18 in B-flat major (K.456), composed in September 1784.

Concert Four: "Happy Birthday, Mozart"

3pm Sunday 27 January 2019

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road), Kalamunda

The Festival finale celebrates Mozart's birthday (27 January 1756), opening with his much loved Andante in C major (K.315), an enchanting gem for flute accompanied by strings, two oboes and two French horns, with soloist Emily Gunson. This is followed by an extraordinary Sextet in E-flat major for three woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon) and three strings (violin, viola, cello), composed by Ignaz Holzbauer (1711-1783), the Mannheim Kapellmeister who was greatly admired by Mozart.

The Festival concludes with Mozart's glorious Piano Concerto no. 19 in F major (K.459), composed in December 1784.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute (1-4)
Naoko Matsushita - flute (1, 2)
Margaret Blades - violin (2, 3, 4)
Rebecca Glorie - violin (2, 3, 4)
Alex Brogan - viola (2, 3, 4)
Louise McKay - cello (1-4)
Elizabeth Browning - double bass (2, 3, 4)
Anna Rodger - oboe (2, 3, 4)
Jane Blanchard - oboe (2, 3)
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe (4)
Joanne Littlely - bassoon (2)
Kate Pitcher - bassoon (2)
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon (3, 4)
Melanie Starkey - bassoon (3, 4)
Robert Gladstones - French horn (2, 3, 4)
Catherine Gunson - French horn (2, 4)
Tahlia Denn - French horn (3)

Guest artist

Shuan Hern Lee - piano (2, 3, 4)

Fan mail

"You have contributed wonderfully to our musical experiences and enjoyment over the years, and we pray that you will continue to do so. Looking forward to our January 2019 Mozart days with you once again!" Yvonne & Ted, from Shenton Park (Summer Mozart Festival, 2019)

"Thank you for a wonderful Summer Mozart Festival! Such a wealth of music - from Haydn's London Trio in Concert 1, through to the amazing finale on Sunday last - a real joy! That young pianist - so incredibly mature, with his handling of the music and the skills that he possesses! Also John, always giving the audience the inside stories, as well as the 'Dress Code' - so special. I just loved the Mozart Andante in C Major opening the last concert - beautiful! Thank you so much!" Yvonne, from Maylands (Summer Mozart Festival, 2019)

"A very BIG thank you for bringing such lovely music with high quality players to the Hills! Many in your audience, like myself, have been frequent concert goers in the past, but now find travelling difficult. You have given us a second chance to hear live beautifully played classical music again. I lived in Croydon, Surrey [England] for many years and often attended the Fairfield Hall concerts where our resident orchestra was the London Mozart Players. Now, in old age, I have the W. A. Mozarteum - with the unique addition of John Hardy's amusing and colourful readings of contemporary letters, which we all love!" Betty, from Kalamunda, and Margaret, from Lesmurdie (Summer Mozart Festival, 2019)

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

Fan mail

"You provide a unique contribution to the cultural life of the Avon Valley!" Bob & Beth, from Toodyay (Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival, October 2018)

"Another superb Avon Valley Spring Festival! Your untiring effort in bringing together the best musicians for a truly unique musical experience has been a wonderful journey for me, and I look forward to more in the future!" Emmely, from Kelmscott (Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival, October 2018)

Emanuel Ensemble presents

30th Anniversary Festival

The Emanuel Ensemble was formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. For 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.

"Bach and Sons"

These three different programmes feature a selection of chamber music for mixed ensemble by Johann Sebastian Bach and his four famous sons, with Baroque masterpieces and Classical gems for a wide variety of instrumental combinations.

Concert One: "The Inspiration of the Bachs"

3pm Sunday 5 August 2018

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Festival commences with a programme that explores the theme of inspiration, with two masterpieces of the trio sonata genre for flute, violin and basso continuo, the first by the Ensemble's namesake Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second by his father Johann Sebastian Bach (from "A Musical Offering"), revealing how these two great composers were inspired by each other.

Also Classical works by the two younger sons, with an elegant quartet by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, and a brilliant quintet for flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello by Johann Christian Bach (from opus 11), composed after he was inspired by hearing the virtuoso musicians of the famous Mannheim Court Orchestra.

Concert Two: "An Enchanted Evening with the Bachs"

7:30pm Thursday 9 August 2018

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Festival continues with a magical soirée held in the intimate setting of the Eileen Joyce Studio. This programme presents two of Johann Sebastian Bach's finest chamber works for flute, cello and harpsichord, an expressively beautiful sonata in E minor and an enchantingly pastoral sonata in E major.

These works will be complemented by an exquisite trio for piano, flute and cello by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach.

Concert Three: "The Magnificence of the Bachs"

3pm Sunday 12 August 2018

St Luke's Church
20 Monument Street, Mosman Park

The Festival concludes with a concert of magnificent works, presented at the historic St Luke's Church in Mosman Park. This programme includes the exciting sinfonia from Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata no. 209, for flute, strings and basso continuo.

There are also two works by the eldest of the Bach brothers, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, a sparkling trio sonata in D major for two flutes and basso continuo and a magnificent adagio and fugue for two flutes and strings.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Alexandra Allan -oboe
Zak Rowntree - violin
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Louise McKay - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord & piano

3pm Sunday 13 May 2018

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Beethoven & Friends

Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia

Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Perth's popular Emanuel Ensemble presents the first in a new series exploring the neglected chamber music repertoire for winds, strings and piano by Beethoven and his lesser known contemporaries.

This concert presents a youthful Flute Sonata by Beethoven, a Quintet for French horn, string trio and flute by Giovanni Punto (1746-1803) who was the inspiration for Beethoven's horn sonata, and the magnificent Nocturne, opus 8, for piano with string trio, flute and two French horns by Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (1772-1806), dedicatee of Beethoven's third piano concerto.

Please join us for this exciting event!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Lisa Rowntree - piano
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Robert Gladstones & Francesco Lo Surdo - French horns
Irina Vasileva - piano

Fan mail

"Thank you very much for the lovely concert yesterday - it was absolutely gorgeous! It was just fantastic, especially the very interesting last piece by the nobleman (Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia), I just thought that was absolutely amazing. It was all gorgeous and it was just fantastic!" Paula, from East Perth (Concert, 13 May 2018)

"I just wanted to commend you for the wonderful concert on Sunday at the Callaway Auditorium. You all excelled yourselves!" Margaret, from Wembley (Concert, 13 May 2018)

Summer Mozart Festival

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this exciting Summer Festival of four delightful chamber music concerts!

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues and rivals, with readings from Mozart's own letters.

The four varied programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from a lyrical divertimento, a sparkling flute concerto, an elegant sinfonia concertante, and some of the earliest compositions by the boy genius, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth's finest musicians. The highlight will be Mozart's final piano concerto, no.27 in B-flat major (K.595), performed by special guest artist, Russian concert pianist Irina Vasileva (Concert 4).

Works by Mozart's contemporaries include rarely heard chamber music for a variety of instrumental combinations, by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), Franz Xaver Süssmayer (1766-1803), Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) and Antonio Salieri (1750-1825).

The Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart & Friends"

3pm Sunday 21 January 2018

Zig Zag Cultural Centre
50 Railway Road, Kalamunda

The Festival commences at the award-winning Zig Zag Cultural Centre, with a programme of Classical trios for flute, violin and cello.

This concert features two dazzling divertimentos - one by Mozart (K.App.229), and one by his Vienna mentor Haydn (HOB IV, no.6). Also included are works by two of Mozart's friends, members of the renowned Mannheim court orchestra - a quirky trio by the flautist Wendling (GUN 14 no.2) and a stylish gem by Carl Stamitz (opus 14 no.1).

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Eve Silver - cello

Concert Two: "The Art of Mozart"

7:30pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

Kalamunda Modern Art Gallery
10-12 Stirk Street, Kalamunda

The Festival continues with an intriguing new venture - a bold fusion of art and music - with an intimate soirée held at the Kalamunda Modern, a newly built gallery with an international focus.

The exhibition features paintings of Munich-based German expressionist artist Georg Dudek (b. 1943). Dudek's colourful canvasses will offer a captivating counterpart to the brilliant compositions by Mozart.

The concert presents some of Mozart's extraordinary earliest pieces (K.1-3, K.11, K.15), alongside music he experienced while visiting London as a child, by Handel and J. C. Bach, performed on authentic replica period instruments.

We are grateful for the support of gallery owners Roma Babuniak and Roman Antonuik, and we also acknowledge the generous assistance of Kalamunda MLA Mr Matthew Hughes.

Artists

Emily Gunson - traverso (baroque flute) & baroque recorder
John Hardy - spinet

Concert Three: "Happy Birthday, Mozart"

3pm Sunday 28 January 2018

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert celebrates Mozart's birthday with his two best loved compositions for solo flute, written under the influence of the Mannheim virtuoso flautist Wendling - the magnificent flute concerto in G major (K.313) and the lyrical andante in C major (K.315), with soloist Emily Gunson.

These works are complemented by two fascinating pieces - a delightful quintet in D major for oboe, flute, violin, viola and cello by Mozart's friend and pupil Franz Xaver Süssmayer, and a lively "concertino da camera" by Mozart's arch-rival Antonio Salieri.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Samuel Parry - oboe
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Pascale Whiting - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Concert Four: "Mozart - Piano Magic"

3pm Sunday 4 February 2018

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

The Festival concludes with a magnificent concert finale presented in the Theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. Following a sparkling quartet in C major for two flutes, viola and cello (opus 19 no.1) by Mozart's childhood friend and mentor J. C. Bach, there is a rare performance of the exquisite sinfonia concertante from serenade no.9 (K.320), featuring pairs of solo flutes, oboes and bassoons, with strings and two French horns.

The highlight will be Mozart's piano concerto no.27 in B-flat major (K.595), composed in the last year of his life. With its light instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns, this much loved work combines graceful lyricism with sparkling brilliance, ensuring a perfect conclusion to the Festival. Soloist is special guest Russian piano virtuoso Irina Vasileva.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Elizabeth Chee - oboe
Kate Page - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Melanie Starkey - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Andrea Mendham - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist

Irina Vasileva - piano

Fan mail

"Wonderful music and interesting historical detail." Wendy, from Darlington (Concert, 24 January 2018)

"I enjoyed the concert very much - I didn't want it to end!" Margaret, from Bibra Lake (Concert, 28 January 2018)

"The concert was stunning - I loved it!" Rosemary, from Subiaco (Concert, 4 February 2018)

3pm Sunday 17 December 2017

The Holy City: Parlour Songs for Christmas

presented by The Weatherly Club

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special Christmas presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day. His most successful creative partnership was with Stephen Adams (pen-name of acclaimed baritone Michael Maybrick), and their long-lasting collaboration produced many magnificent songs.

This programme presents parlour songs by Weatherly and Adams, inspired by themes of Christmas, including "The Star of Bethlehem," "The City of Light," "The Light of the World," and of course "The Holy City," as well as A. H. Behrend's exquisite "The Gift," and selections from George F. Root's Christmas cantata "Bethlehem." Flute solos of the period will complement the songs.

Your host for the afternoon is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by esteemed West Australian mezzo-soprano Eva-Marie Middleton and British pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson.

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.

Artists:

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

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.

Artists:

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.

Artists:

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.

Artists:

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

3pm Sunday 3 September 2017

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Totally Telemann!

Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia

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.

Commemorating the 250th anniversary of his death, this Fathers Day concert is a tribute to Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), who was god-father of the Emanuel Ensemble's namesake, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Telemann is one of the most popular composers of the Baroque era, and this programme presents a selection of his finest trio sonatas, revealing the extraordinary genius of this Baroque master.

The Emanuel Ensemble returns to the Callaway Music Auditorium at the University of WA's School of Music. With its excellent acoustics and comfortable tiered seating, this wood-panelled concert room provides the perfect setting for this exquisite programme.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute & recorder
Zak Rowntree - violin
Louise McKay - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Sunday 6 August 2017

Songs after Hans Christian Andersen

presented by The Weatherly Club

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day. One of his most enduring creative partnerships was with James Lynam Molloy (composer of "Love's Sweet Song"), and their successful collaboration produced many delightful songs.

This programme presents a rarely performed set of songs by Weatherly and Molloy, inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Originally released as single items over a five-year period, these twelve songs are now brought together for the first time for this performance as a complete song cycle. Weatherly's lyrics perfectly distill the essence of Andersen's enchanting tales, and are beautifully enhanced by Molloy's evocative musical settings, including "The Little Match Girl" and "Death and the Nightingale." Flute solos of the period will complement the songs.

Your host for the afternoon is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by popular soprano Fiona Mariah and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson.

We look forward to your company at this elegant event!

Fan mail

"Another delightful programme at my favourite venue! (Eileen Joyce Studio) Thank you sincerely for the effort and attention to detail that goes in, to give us such wonderful concerts - much appreciated. The delightful interspersed gems played by Emily Gunson (flute) with the amazing Lisa Rowntree on piano, and of course the delightfully animated vocals - just so entertaining! - and extra special, providing the lyrics - very thoughtful." Yvonne, from Maylands (Concert, 6 August 2017)

3pm Sunday 14 May 2017

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Bach & Sons

Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia

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.

A Mothers Day Tribute to the Bach Family

This year's Mothers Day concert presents a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach and his two wives, with a variety of chamber music by JS Bach and each of his four musically famous sons - Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich and Johann Christian.

For this concert, the Emanuel Ensemble returns to the Callaway Auditorium at the University of WA's School of Music. With its excellent acoustics and intimate atmosphere, this air-conditioned wood-panelled concert room provides the perfect setting for this special Mothers Day event.

Artists:

Emily Gunson & Tresna Stampalia - flutes
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Sophie Curtis - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord & piano

3pm Sunday 19 March 2017

Emanuel Ensemble presents

French Reflections - A Healing Concert

Church of the Resurrection, 105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

The healing power of music has been acknowledged by many throughout the ages. Music eases the pain of loss and bereavement, and soothes the heartache of separation from loved ones. Music lifts depression, and it can even help to alleviate painful symptoms of physical illness.

This autumn Healing Concert, during the reflective season of Lent, offers an opportunity for peaceful contemplation while immersed in a beautiful sound world. Flautist Emily Gunson has created a unique programme, featuring gentle and expressive French music composed by contemporaries of Debussy, including Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Gaubert and Caplet, presented by the Emanuel Ensemble with Zak Rowntree (violin) and Lisa Rowntree (piano), interspersed with exquisite French art songs performed by Elisa Wilson.

The venue is the elegant Church of the Resurrection, newly restored with an inspiring blend of traditional and modern architecture. With its light and airy interior and majestic gum trees out front, the Church provides the perfect ambience of serenity for this Healing Concert.

Come and share a special afternoon of gentle reflection, with the sweet and healing balm of beautiful music, followed by complimentary afternoon tea.

Fan mail

"I very much enjoyed your selection of beautiful music! The venue was perfect for such a performance - so peaceful and calming. In particular, I loved the "Soir sur la plaine" (by Gaubert), and that "Panis Angelicus" (Franck) took me back to my school days at Victoria Square - we sang it in the choir - and Elisa Wilson was superb!!" Yvonne, from Maylands (Concert, 19 March 2017)

Summer Mozart Festival

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this exciting Summer Festival of four delightful chamber music concerts!

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues, and even his own son, with readings from Mozart's own letters.

The four varied programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from lyrical divertimentos, an early quartet arrangement of "Don Giovanni," and two sparkling symphonies composed by the teenaged genius, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth's finest musicians. The highlight will be Mozart's most loved piano concerto, no.23 in A major (K.488), performed by special guest artist, distinguished Russian concert pianist Irina Vasileva (Concert 4).

Works by Mozart's contemporaries include rarely heard chamber music for a variety of instrumental combinations, by Franz Xaver Mozart, Cannabich, Danzi, Rosetti, Vanhal, Fröhlich and Wendling.

The Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Ashley Smith - clarinet
Catherine Cahill - clarinet
Natalya Czernicziw - bassoon
Melanie Starkey - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Andrea Mendham - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Sally Boud - viola
Louise McKay - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist: Irina Vasileva - piano

Concert One: "Mozart - Talented Teen"

3pm Sunday 22 January 2017

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Festival opens with an exciting concert featuring two brilliant symphonies by the teenaged Mozart, composed in 1772 and 1773 for the Salzburg court orchestra, scored for strings with pairs of flutes and French horns (no.21 in A major, K.134; and no.27 in G major, K.199).

Also on the programme are trios for flute and two French horns (opus 11) composed by Mozart's son Franz Xaver at age seventeen, and a sparkling quintet in F major for two flutes, violin, viola and cello by Christian Cannabich, director of the renowned Mannheim court orchestra.

Concert Two: "Mozart Soirée on the Hill"

7pm Wednesday 25 January 2017

Zig Zag Cultural Centre
50 Railway Road, Kalamunda

The Festival continues with an intimate soirée at the award-winning Zig Zag Cultural Centre, with a programme of trios performed by Emily Gunson (flute), Rebecca Glorie (violin) and Louise McKay (cello).

This recital presents a rare performance of two of Mozart's delightfully lyrical divertimentos (from K.App.229), originally composed for a trio of basset horns.

Also included are works by two of Mozart's Mannheim friends - a quirky trio by the flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (GUN 8 no.4) and an Early-Romantic masterpiece by the cellist Franz Danzi (trio in E minor, opus 71 no.2).

Concert Three: "Mozart and the Bohemians"

3pm Sunday 29 January 2017

Callaway Auditorium

University of Western Australia

This concert explores Mozart's interactions with Bohemian musicians across Europe, and features two splendid works for flute, two French horns and string trio by Rosetti and Vanhal. Also an early quartet arrangement of Mozart's great opera "Don Giovanni" which received its premiere performance in Prague in 1787.

Artists are Robert Gladstones and Dorée Dixon (French horns), with Emily Gunson (flute), Rebecca Glorie (violin), Sally Boud (viola) and Louise McKay (cello).

Concert Four: "Mozart - Piano Magic"

3pm Sunday 5 February 2017

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

The Festival concludes with a magnificent concert finale presented in the Theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. This programme opens with a concerto for flute, strings and two French horns by Mozart's friend Wendling, edited for performance by Dr. Emily Gunson (GUN 19). Also a newly rediscovered serenade for flute, clarinet, viola and cello by Joseph Fröhlich.

The highlight is Mozart's best loved piano concerto, no.23 in A major (K.488), which features the unusual instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of clarinets, bassoons and French horns. The soloist is special guest artist Russian piano virtuoso Irina Vasileva.

Fan mail

"Thank you so much for bringing such a highlight to Kalamunda. It was fabulous!" Roma, from Kalamunda (Concert, 5 February 2017)

"Wow, what a wonderful concert you gave yesterday afternoon! Not only world class standard, stunning, and SO well played… but must have knocked Kalamundans out of their socks! WELL DONE et Encore!!!" Roman, from Kalamunda (Concert, 5 February 2017)

"I had a wonderful afternoon at Kalamunda. I loved the whole concert, but my favourite movements were the last two in the (Frölich) Serenade in D major, and the (Mozart) Piano Concerto no.23 in A major. When the Andante began, I went to another place - I just felt transported and lighter - and then the Presto for an amazing finale. Totally brilliant!" Jan, from Coodanup (Concert, 5 February 2017)

"It is lovely being able to go to a quality concert so close to home! Thank you!" Jane, from Kalamunda (Summer Mozart Festival, 2017)

3pm Sunday 6 November 2016

Emanuel Ensemble presents

A Baroque Celebration!

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

48 Canning Road, Kalamunda

Perth's popular Emanuel Ensemble returns to Kalamunda for an exiting concert, celebrating the rich and varied repertoire of Baroque chamber music for mixed ensemble of woodwinds, strings and keyboard. The programme includes Baroque masterpieces by Telemann and Vivaldi, alongside delightful gems by lesser known composers from France, Germany and Italy.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 48 Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road).

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Samuel Parry - oboe
Julia Watson - violin
Sacha McCulloch - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"A note of thanks for yet another beautiful concert! I particularly loved the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor. That Largo - magic!" Yvonne, from Maylands (Concert, 6 November 2016)

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.

Artists:

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.

Artists:

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.

Artists:

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

Fan mail

"Love the concerts and the venues! Thank you for some great music!" Silvana & Mark, from Leeming (Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival, September 2016)

"Thank you so much for bringing beautiful chamber music to the Avon Valley. I absolutely love your concerts!" Jacqueline, from Beverley (Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival, September 2016)

3pm Sunday 3 July 2016

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Music for George and Charlotte

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

Royal watchers will be familiar with George and Charlotte, the charming children of "Wills" and Kate. However, this concert focuses on their ancestors and namesakes, nine generations and three centuries earlier: King George III of England (1738-1820) and his wife Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), formerly Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

George and Charlotte were passionate music lovers: George played the flute and adored Handel, while Charlotte played the piano and preferred the latest modern Classical music: many up-and-coming composers dedicated their works to her. This concert presents works by Handel, Mozart, Pleyel, Haydn, and a newly rediscovered trio by Christopher Papendiek who was Page to the Royal Family.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Sophie Curtis - cello
Lisa Rowntree - piano
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Sunday 29 May 2016

Wendling Quartet presents

Mozart's Complete Flute Quartets

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

Mozart's quartets for flute and string trio are the most beloved chamber music works in the flute repertoire, but are seldom performed together.

Combining sparkling brilliance with expressive lyricism, these attractive pieces reveal a masterful interplay between the singing timbre of the flute and the warmth of the stringed instruments, exemplifying the confident and optimistic spirit of Mozart in his early twenties.

Programme:

Mozart - Quartet in D major, K.285
Mozart - Quartet in G major, K.285a
Mozart - Quartet in C major, K.App.171
Mozart - Quartet in A major, K.298

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Sophie Curtis - cello

3pm Sunday 8 May 2016

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Melodies for Mothers Day

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

The Emanuel Ensemble was formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and for the past twenty-eight years they have been delighting audiences with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making, presenting regular concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

Featuring the unusual but attractive combination of flute, violin and piano, this programme presents a delightful selection of lyrical works by a variety of composers including JS Bach, JCF Bach, Beethoven, César Cui, Josef Suk and Jacques Ibert.

For this concert, the Emanuel Ensemble returns to the Eileen Joyce Studio at the University of Western Australia's School of Music. With its intimate atmosphere and serene outlook to the grove of pine trees, this air-conditioned concert room provides the perfect setting for this enjoyable event.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Lisa Rowntree - piano

12th 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 twelfth 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 York, Toodyay and Northam, performed by WA's finest musicians.

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

Concert One - Romantic Reverie

2:30pm Sunday 11 October 2015

Holy Trinity Church (1854)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Festival opens with a "Romantic Reverie" presented in the warm intimate setting of the Avon Valley's oldest church, the historic Holy Trinity Church situated on the banks of the Avon River in York. Completed in 1854 and consecrated in 1858, it is WA's oldest inland church, with altar panels and stained glass by renowned WA artist, the late Robert Juniper.

The programme features beautiful music to touch the heart, including a magnificent quartet from the Romantic era by Ferdinand Thieriot (1838-1919), and music from Mozart's much-loved opera "The Marriage of Figaro."

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Kathryn Shinnick - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello

Concert Two - Mozart's Magic Flautist

2:30pm Sunday 18 October 2015

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
132 Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival continues with a fascinating afternoon spent with "Mozart's Magic Flautist," 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 pews enhance the church's warm acoustic.

This programme explores the enchanting music of Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), with a selection of trios and quartets composed by this 18th-century flute virtuoso who was a lifelong friend and inspiration to Mozart.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello

Concert Three - Viva Vivaldi!

2:30pm Sunday 25 October 2015

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

To conclude, an exciting concert of "Viva Vivaldi!" performed in the magnificent setting of St John's Anglican Church, Northam. Built in 1889 from local stone, this elegant church has some of the finest traditional stained glass in Western Australia.

One of the best loved of all composers, Antonio Vivaldi's music overflows with rustic vitality and pastoral charm, perfect for the rural setting of the Avon Valley. This programme presents chamber concertos by Vivaldi, complemented by works of his compatriot Luigi Boccherini (1745-1805).

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree and Kathryn Shinnick - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Music Research In Performance

Johann Baptist Wendling - Life and Trios

presented by Dr. Emily Gunson

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Concert One

3pm Saturday 6 June 2015

"Pathway to Success"

Wendling - 6 Trios, 1766 (GUN 4)

Concert Two

3pm Saturday 20 June 2015

"Doyen of Paris"

Wendling - 6 Trios, 1769 (GUN 8)

Concert Three

3pm SUNDAY 21 June 2015

"Success Across the Sea"

Wendling - 6 Trios, 1772 (GUN 14)

Concert Four

3pm Saturday 4 July 2015

"In the Paradise for Musicians"

Wendling - 6 Trios, 1774 (GUN 16)

Concert Five

3pm Saturday 18 July 2015

"Mozart's Magic Flautist"

Wendling - 6 Trios, 1785 (GUN 25)

This series of five concerts presents the first performance of the complete trios for flute, violin and cello by Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), friend and inspiration to Mozart.

Wendling was arguably the finest flute virtuoso of the eighteenth century. He also enjoyed considerable success as a composer of flute music. The most important part of his output is his thirty trios, produced as five sets of six and composed over a twenty year period. Each concert in this series will present a set in its entirety, demonstrating Wendling's development as a composer.

Dr. Emily Gunson, international authority on Wendling, will share insights from her research, with each programme exploring aspects of Wendling's life and times. Each set of trios was dedicated to an illustrious member of the European nobility, thus serving as staging posts to explore aspects of Wendling's extraordinary life story, tracing his journey from a medieval village in Alsace to the famous Mannheim Court Orchestra.

Music Research in Performance

The unique concept of these concerts provides an opportunity for the wider music-loving community to share in some of the exciting discoveries being made by scholar and flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, in the field of 18th-century music with particular regard to the flute - its history, its repertoire, and the lives of its greatest exponents. The artists will perform from parts edited for performance from the original eighteenth-century publications and manuscripts.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Kathryn Shinnick - violin (Concert 1)
Louise McKay - cello (Concert 5)

Fan mail

"Just a note of thanks for yet another delightful programme. I count myself so very fortunate to have the opportunity of hearing such inspiring music. You are amazing Emily - and together always with such talented musicians! How lovely of Prof. Tunley to speak so warmly and rightly giving you the praise so deservedly earned." Yvonne, from Maylands (Concert, 18 July 2015)

3pm Sunday 10 May 2015

Music for Mothers Day

Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia

Perth's popular Emanuel Ensemble returns to the Callaway Auditorium to present another of their delightful Mothers Day concerts, featuring a variety of chamber music for flute, string quartet and harpsichord, by some of the best loved classical composers.

The programme includes the Sinfonia from Cantata no.209 by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Divertimento in D major for flute and strings by Haydn, and a rarely performed Quintet by Luigi Boccherini. Also works by Mozart, Johann Christian Bach, and the Ensemble's namesake Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

The venue is the Callaway Auditorium at the University of Western Australia's School of Music. With its excellent acoustics and tiered seating, this wood-panelled music room is the ideal setting for this enjoyable and entertaining event.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kathryn Shinnick - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Melinda Gourlay - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

2pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

Songs for Remembrance Day

presented by The Weatherly Club ON TOUR

Pantymwyn Village Hall
Cilcain Road, Pantymwyn, Flintshire

The Weatherly Club presents a special concert of music for Remembrance Day, featuring songs with lyrics by Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929).

Founded in 2011 and based in Perth, Western Australia, The Weatherly Club is dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song. Artists for this concert are Berkshire-born John Hardy, renowned raconteur and vocalist, and Australian flautist Emily Gunson.

The programme features songs on themes of war, loss and remembrance, including "The Old Brigade," "Rosemary," "For Remembrance," and of course "Roses of Picardy," complemented by flute solos of the period.

Admission £4, £3 pensioners, includes afternoon tea. Tickets at the door.

Enquiries please phone +44 1352 752737 or +44 1352 713368.

Presented by Flintshire U3A Music Appreciation Group.

7:30pm Friday 7th November 2014

Songs by the Poet of Portishead

presented by The Weatherly Club ON TOUR

Portishead Folk Hall
95 High Street, Portishead, Somerset

The Weatherly Club presents a special concert in celebration of Portishead-born lyricist Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929).

Founded in 2011 and based in Perth, Western Australia, The Weatherly Club is dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song. Artists for this concert are Berkshire-born John Hardy, renowned raconteur and vocalist, and Australian flautist Emily Gunson.

The programme explores Weatherly's life story with songs illustrating his early life in Portishead, including "The Green Hills o' Somerset," "The Red Star of the Romany," "The Midshipmite," and of course "Danny Boy" ("Eily Dear"), complemented by flute solos of the period.

Admission £5, includes refreshments at interval.

Tickets from Morgan-Westley, 28-30 High Street / Sandy Tebbutt, 45 Nore Road.

Enquiries please phone +44 1275 843566.

Part proceeds will be donated to Portishead in Bloom, and the Gordano Society for World War One research.

11th 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 eleventh 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 York, Toodyay and Northam, performed by WA's finest musicians.

This Festival opens with "Viva Vivaldi!" then an afternoon with "Mozart and Friends," and finally classical chamber music for woodwind instruments performed by the Cambini Quintet.

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

Concert One - Viva Vivaldi!

2:30pm Sunday 7 September 2014

Holy Trinity Church (1854)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Festival opens with "Viva Vivaldi!" presented in the warm intimate setting of the Avon Valley's oldest church, the historic Holy Trinity Church situated on the banks of the Avon River in York. Consecrated in 1858, it is WA's oldest inland church, with altar panels and stained glass by renowned WA artist, the late Robert Juniper. The pipe organ by Albert Pease dates from 1898.

Antonio Vivaldi is one of the best loved of all composers. His music is filled with rustic vitality and pastoral charm, perfect for the rural setting of the Avon Valley. The Emanuel Ensemble performs solo sonatas and a cantata for soprano and flute, complemented by sacred songs with organ & cello.

Treat yourself to an invigorating dose of "Vivaldi in the Valley"!

Artists:

Elisa Wilson - soprano
Emily Gunson - flute
Michael Goldschlager - cello

John Hardy - organ & harpsichord

Concert Two - Mozart and Friends

2:30pm Sunday 14 September 2014

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
132 Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival continues with a delightful afternoon with "Mozart and Friends," performed in the glorious resonant acoustics of St Stephen's Church, Toodyay. Backing onto the Avon River, the church was built in 1861 from handmade bricks and local stone. The wooden floor boards and locally made pews enhance the church's natural warm timbre.

This enjoyable programme presents a selection of quartets for flute, violin, viola and cello, composed by the young Mozart and some of his close musical friends and colleagues. These sparkling works combine the silvery brilliance of the flute with the lyrical warmth of the strings.

Be enchanted by the magic of "Mozart and Friends"!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello

Concert Three - Cambini Quintet

2:30pm Sunday 21 September 2014

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

To conclude the Festival, the Cambini Quintet presents a concert of classical chamber music for woodwind instruments in the magnificent setting of St John's Anglican Church in Northam. Built in 1889 from local stone, this majestic church has exquisite acoustics and some of the finest traditional stained glass in Western Australia.

Appearing for the second time in the Avon Valley Festival, the Cambini Quintet will perform an exciting programme of works, including quintets by Giuseppe Cambini and Franz Danzi, highlighting the variety of tone colours and textures heard in this wonderful ensemble.

A fitting Festival finale by this quality Quintet!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Liz Chee - oboe
Catherine Cahill - clarinet
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Dorée Dixon - French horn

Fan mail

"We wanted to thank you for a simply wonderful concert at York. Handel and Vivaldi are two of my favourite composers. The music and John's costume transported me to another time and place." Wendy, from Maylands (Concert, 7 September 2014)

3pm Sunday 13 July 2014

A Garland of Songs

presented by The Weatherly Club

Cottesloe Civic Centre
109 Broome Street, Cottesloe

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song, in a congenial and convivial setting!

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including Stephen Adams, Haydn Wood, Eric Coates, and Kennedy Russell.

The programme explores the songs that were enjoyed in the parlours of England's stately homes during the period portrayed in Downton Abbey, including "The Green Hills o' Somerset," "Roses of Picardy," "Colinette," "Your Dear Brown Eyes," "Dear Hands That Gave Me Violets," and of course "Danny Boy" ("Eily Dear"), complemented by flute solos of the period.

Your host for the afternoon's entertainment is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist, with flautist Emily Gunson.

The venue is the elegant jarrah-panelled ballroom (1898) at Cottesloe Civic Centre, as part of the Music for Pleasure Series.

3pm Saturday 17 May 2014

Emanuel Ensemble presents

The Four Seasons

Church of the Resurrection
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

"Airs for the Seasons" is a delightful collection of pieces by 18th-century Scottish composer James Oswald (1710-1769). Each exquisite little sonata bears the name of a flower, appropriate to each of the Four Seasons.

The instruments of the Emanuel Ensemble - woodwind, strings & harpsichord - will be heard to great advantage in the glorious acoustics of the newly restored Church of the Resurrection, formerly named Saint Oswald's.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience this unique event!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Kathryn Shinnick - violin
Catherine Tabi - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Sunday 13 April 2014

Palm Sunday Concert

presented by The Weatherly Club

Church of the Resurrection
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

This concert for Palm Sunday will present sacred songs with lyrics by Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), including "The Chorister," "Resurrexit," "The Shadow of the Cross," "Beyond the Dawn," "Voices of the Angels," "The Bird and the Cross," and of course "The Holy City" ("Jerusalem").

The programme also features three of the most popular sacred arias of Weatherly's day, Gounod's "O Divine Redeemer," Mascagni's "Ave Maria," and "The First Palm Sunday" by Jean-Baptiste Faure. The vocal works are complemented by reflective instrumental music for flute and cello, and these instruments will also provide obbligato accompaniments in several of the songs.

Your host for the afternoon will be John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by renowned soprano Elisa Wilson and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson and Melinda Gourlay (cello).

The venue is the beautifully refurbished Church of the Resurrection.

3pm Monday 21 April 2014

Centenary of The Great War, 1914-1918

presented by The Weatherly Club

Church of the Resurrection
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including Stephen Adams, Haydn Wood, Joseph Roeckel, and Odoardo Barri.

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this programme will feature songs on themes of war, loss and remembrance, including "The Soldier's Good-bye," "(The Boys of) The Old Brigade," "The Veteran's Song," "For Remembrance," "Rosemary," and of course "Roses of Picardy."

Your host for the afternoon will be John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by popular soprano Fiona Mariah and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson.

The venue is the beautifully refurbished Church of the Resurrection.

3pm Saturday 8 March 2014

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Tercentenary Concert

Callaway Music Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Emanuel Ensemble was formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788). For the past twenty-five years they have been delighting audiences with their own unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making, presenting regular concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born in Weimar on 8th March 1714, and to celebrate the exact 300th anniversary of his birth, this anniversary concert presents a concert of chamber music by their namesake, featuring trio sonatas for flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord continuo. These passionate masterpieces are among his finest chamber music works, revealing his genius and originality.

For this concert, the Emanuel Ensemble returns to the Callaway Auditorium at the University of Western Australia's School of Music. With its fine acoustics and intimate atmosphere, this air-conditioned wood-panelled concert room provides the perfect setting for this exciting event.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Louise McKay - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Emanuel Ensemble®

Summer Festival of Classical Masterworks

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road, Kalamunda

The Emanuel Ensemble presents a series of concerts of intimate classical chamber music, in the air-conditioned comfort of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre.

Concert One

3pm Sunday 5 January 2014

"The Genius of Haydn"

The complete trios for flute, cello and piano by Joseph Haydn.

Concert Two

3pm Sunday 12 January 2014

"The Beauty of Bohemia"

Lyrical and evocative works by Czech-born composers.

Concert Three

3pm Sunday 19 January 2014

"Treasures for Trio"

Romantic masterpieces by friends of Beethoven.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Michael Goldschlager - cello
John Hardy - piano

Fan mail

"Just had to drop a line straight away, to thank you for another beautiful afternoon of fine music! We felt so uplifted by it all, particularly the Trio in F major by Dussek, and I just loved the work by Martinu. Look forward to next week's delights." Yvonne, from Maylands (Concert, 12 January 2014)

10th 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 tenth year, the Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival continues to bring high quality performances of classical music to this region, with three delightful Sunday afternoon concerts presented in historic venues in Northam, York and Toodyay, performed by WA's finest musicians.

The Festival explores a variety of enjoyable music from England, Germany, France and Italy, commencing with a visit to eighteenth-century England in "Georgian Gems," then an elegant recital featuring "Bach & Friends," and finally an exciting performance of "Viva Vivaldi!"

For this year's Festival, all concerts will be performed by the Emanuel Ensemble, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year.

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

Concert One - Georgian Gems

2:30pm Sunday 8 September 2013

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival opens with a unique presentation of music from Georgian England, performed in the warm intimate ambience of St John's Anglican Church in Northam. Built in 1889 from local stone, this majestic church has exquisite acoustics and some of the finest traditional stained glass in Western Australia.

In celebration of the new Royal Baby, this concert presents music composed in England during the reigns of the first four Georgian Kings of England, who were great music lovers. The programme includes two magnificent masterpieces by Georg Frederic Handel, and a charming sonata written by the eight-year-old Mozart during his visit to London.

Enjoy a concert fit for a (future) King!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute & recorder
Michael Goldschlager - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Two - Bach & Friends

2:30pm Sunday 15 September 2013

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 splendid acoustics.

This elegant recital by the Emanuel Ensemble presents a programme of fine chamber music for flute, violin, viola, cello and harpsichord, composed by members of the famous Bach family, including the Ensemble's namesake Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and also his illustrious godfather Georg Philipp Telemann.

This is truly inspiring music for the soul!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Three - Viva Vivaldi!

2:30pm Sunday 22 September 2013

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival concludes with "Viva Vivaldi!" performed in the glorious resonant acoustics of St Stephen's Church in Toodyay. Backing onto the Avon River, this church was built in 1861 from handmade bricks and local stone. The wooden floor boards and locally made pews enhance the church's natural warm timbre.

Antonio Vivaldi is one of the best loved of all Baroque composers. His music is filled with rustic vitality and pastoral charm, perfect for the rural setting of the Avon Valley. This all-Vivaldi programme presents trio sonatas and chamber concertos for flute, violin, cello and harpsichord.

Come along and treat yourself to an invigorating dose of "Vivaldi in the Valley"!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Catherine Tabi - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Sunday 25 August 2013

Emanuel Ensemble 25th Anniversary Event

Callaway Music Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Emanuel Ensemble has proven itself to be Perth's most successful and enduring independent chamber music group, delighting audiences for the past twenty-five years with their unique brand of friendly enjoyable music making.

Formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), the Emanuel Ensemble has presented over two hundred concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboards, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

In keeping with the occasion, this anniversary concert presents chamber music by the Ensemble's namesake, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, including two newly discovered works for flute, string trio & harpsichord, complemented by pieces by his illustrious god-father, Georg Philipp Telemann.

The Emanuel Ensemble returns to the scene of their very first performance, the University of Western Australia's School of Music. The resonant wood-panelled Callaway Auditorium, with its fine acoustics and intimate atmosphere, is the perfect setting for this exciting event.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"Congratulations on your Silver Anniversary, and thank you for continuing to provide Perth with beautiful and inspirational performances which I have enjoyed over many years." Kate, from South Perth

"Congratulations and thanks for entertaining us for the past 25 years!" Jo & Ron, from Bunbury

"It has been a great pleasure to attend your uplifting concerts over the years. Sincere and deep thanks for all the joy you have given." Elwyn, from Claremont

3pm Sunday 12 May 2013

Mozart for Mothers Day

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road, Kalamunda

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this exciting Mothers Day concert!

"Mozart and Friends" brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of Mozart's chamber music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues and pupils, interspersed with readings from Mozart's own letters and other contemporary writings. Discover the musicians who influenced and inspired him - and even a few rivals and enemies!

The programme for Mothers Day includes Mozart's popular string serenade "Eine kleine Nachtmusique" (K.525), and vocal arias from "Idomeneo" (K.366) & the mass in C minor (K.427), complemented by a delightful divertimento for woodwind quartet by Mozart's colleague Michael Haydn.

The W. A. Mozarteum has performed regularly in Kalamunda, since their successful debut series commemorating Mozart's 250th anniversary in 2006.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 48 Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site. Seats are numbered so booking is recommended.

Artists:

Elisa Wilson - soprano
Emily Gunson - flute
Ben Opie - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Margaret Blades & Rebecca Glorie - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Michael Goldschlager - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Bach & Sons

Callaway Music Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Concert One

3pm Saturday 13 April 2013

Concert Two

3pm Saturday 27 April 2013

Celebrate the genius of the Bach family with two delightful Saturday afternoon chamber music concerts!

These two programmes showcase the talents of Johann Sebastian Bach and his four musical sons: Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich and Johann Christian, with works for flute, violin, cello, piano & harpsichord, spanning the entire eighteenth century - from sparkling Baroque counterpoint through to lyrical Classical piano trios.

The venue is the resonant wood-panelled Callaway Auditorium at UWA's School of Music.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Louise McKay - cello
Catherine Tabi - cello
Lisa Rowntree - piano
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"Love all your events!" Irene & Arthur, from East Perth

3pm Sunday 17 March 2013

Saint Patrick's Day

presented by The Weatherly Club

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road, Kalamunda

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a recently formed society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song, in a congenial and convivial setting!

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including Stephen Adams, James Lynam Molloy, Eric Coates, Hope Temple, and Odoardo Barri.

This programme for Saint Patrick's Day celebrates the romance of the Emerald Isle with songs by Weatherly's Irish colleagues, including "Sweet Kildare," "The Hills of Donegal," "Love's Old Sweet Song," "In Sweet September," and of course "Danny Boy," complemented by hauntingly beautiful Irish melodies on flute and violin.

Your host for the afternoon's entertainment is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He is joined by acclaimed West Australian soprano Fiona Mariah and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson and violinist Zak Rowntree.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 48 Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site.

Viva Vivaldi!®

Summer Festival 2013

presented by the Emanuel Ensemble

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road, Kalamunda

Concert One

3pm Sunday 6 January 2013

"Viva Venezia!"

Concert Two

3pm Sunday 13 January 2013

"La Serenissima"

Concert Three

3pm Sunday 20 January 2013

"Carnevale!"

A Carnival of Concerts! Celebrate the magic of Vivaldi, with this exciting Summer Festival of three delightful Sunday afternoon concerts.

This Festival explores the musical world of Venice, that enchanting city known as "La Serenissima," featuring the music of Antonio Vivaldi, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his works, including the drama of "The Storm at Sea," the extravagance of "The Night," and the rustic charm of "The Shepherdess," interspersed with readings from visitors to Vivaldi's Venice. Discover the cultural influences that inspired his extraordinary creativity - with a few surprises in store!

Programmes include chamber concertos for woodwinds, strings and harpsichord, performed by the Emanuel Ensemble with Perth's finest musicians, celebrating 25 years of music making in WA.

Special guest artist is renowned violinist and WASO Associate Concertmaster, Margaret Blades.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 48 Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site.

Artists:

Margaret Blades - violin
Emily Gunson - flute & recorder
Giselle Gabriels - oboe
Joanne Littlely - bassoon
Kathryn Shinnick - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Michael Goldschlager - cello
Louise McKay - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"It amazes and delights that you continue to find such an array of fresh material and talented artists." Nancy, from Nedlands (Concerts, 6, 13, 20 January 2013)

7:30pm Monday 1 October 2012

Wendling Quartet

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Wendling Quartet returns to present another evening concert of fine chamber music at the Eileen Joyce Studio.

First formed in 1993, this ensemble performs the extensive repertoire of music for the ensemble of flute, violin, viola and cello, known as the "Flute Quartet."

The Quartet is named after flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), who pioneered the new virtuosity and fullness of tone that were to make this grouping so successful.

The combination of a flute with one each of the three stringed instruments has proved to be an ideal vehicle for art music in a chamber setting, from the Classical period through to the present day. The Wendling Quartet presents this fine music in exciting and varied programmes, tracing the fascinating development of this popular genre.

This programme presents one of Mozart's best loved quartets, an elegant quartet by Tommaso Giordani (1733-1806), a rarely heard work by Swedish composer Bernhard Crusell (1775-1838), and the delightful "Four Fancies" by renowned English maestro Gordon Jacob (1895-1984).

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Ben Caddy - viola
Sophie Curtis - cello

9th 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 music. The 9th Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival presents a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts in Northam, York, and Toodyay.

Concert One - Viva Vivaldi!

2:30pm Sunday 2 September 2012

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival opens with "Viva Vivaldi!" performed in the warm intimate ambience of St John's Anglican Church in Northam. Built from local stone, it has exquisite acoustics and some of the finest traditional stained glass in WA.

Antonio Vivaldi is one of the best loved of all Baroque composers. His music is filled with rustic vitality and pastoral charm, perfect for the rural setting of the Avon Valley. This programme presents four works by Vivaldi, with guitar, flute, violin, cello & harpsichord, complemented by a graceful Nocturne by Francesco Molino, and a song with words by the great artist Michelangelo accompanied by guitar & flute.

Come along and treat yourself to an invigorating dose of "Vivaldi in the Valley"!

Artists:

Duncan Gardiner - Classical guitar
Emily Gunson - flute
Kathryn Shinnick - violin
Clare Tunney - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord & voice

Concert Two - A Royal Reunion

2:30pm Sunday 9 September 2012

Holy Trinity Church (1858)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Festival continues with a special concert by the Emanuel Ensemble, presented in the magnificent setting of the Avon Valley's oldest church, the historic Holy Trinity Church situated on the banks of the Avon River in York. Consecrated in 1858, it is WA's oldest inland church, with altar panels and stained glass by renowned WA artist Robert Juniper.

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of King Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712-1786), this unique event explores the historic meeting in Berlin between the King and Johann Sebastian Bach. The programme includes a fascinating flute sonata composed by the King, and the superb trio sonata from Bach's "A Musical Offering," which he dedicated to King Frederick.

Enjoy a concert fit for a King!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Eve Silver - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Concert Three - Cambini Quintet

2:30pm Sunday 16 September 2012

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
Stirling Tce, Toodyay

To conclude the Festival, the Cambini Quintet will present a concert of classical chamber music for woodwind instruments in the glorious resonant acoustics of St Stephen's Church, Toodyay. Backing onto the Avon River, the church was built in 1861 from handmade bricks and local stone. The wooden floor boards and locally made pews enhance the church's natural warm timbre.

Appearing for the first time in the Avon Valley Festival, the Cambini Quintet will perfom a delightful programme of works, including a quintet by Franz Danzi and a trio by Giuseppe Cambini, highlighting the variety of tone colours and textures heard in this wonderful ensemble.

A fitting Festival finale by this quality Quintet!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Liz Chee - oboe
Alex Millier - clarinet
Óscar Garrido de la Rosa - bassoon
Dorée Dixon - French horn

Fan mail

"Thank you for your lovely concert on Sunday at Northam. The church was very intimate and filled with beautiful music." Setsu, from East Fremantle (Concert, 2 September 2012)

3pm Sunday 22 July 2012

Songs of the Sea

presented by the Weatherly Club

Cottesloe Civic Centre
109 Broome Street, Cottesloe

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a presentation by The Weatherly Club, a newly formed society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song, in a congenial and convivial setting!

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including Stephen Adams, J. L. Molloy, Joseph Roeckel, and W. H. Squire.

The programme celebrates the romance and adventure of seafaring life, including "The Valley by the Sea," "Sweet Kildare," "Jack's Yarn," "The Stormfiend!" and "Shipwrecked," complemented by nautical-themed works for flute and piano.

Your host for the afternoon's entertainment is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by acclaimed West Australian soprano Fiona Mariah and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson.

The venue is the elegant jarrah-panelled Edwardian Ballroom (1898) at Cottesloe Civic Centre, as part of the "Music for Pleasure" Series.

7:30pm Wednesday 4 July 2012

Wendling Quartet

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Wendling Quartet returns to present another evening concert of fine chamber music at the Eileen Joyce Studio.

First formed in 1993, this ensemble performs the extensive repertoire of music for the ensemble of flute, violin, viola and cello, known as the "Flute Quartet."

The Quartet is named after flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), who pioneered the new virtuosity and fullness of tone that were to make this grouping so successful.

The combination of a flute with one each of the three stringed instruments has proved to be an ideal vehicle for art music in a chamber setting, from the Classical period through to the present day. The Wendling Quartet presents this fine music in exciting and varied programmes, tracing the fascinating development of this popular genre.

This programme presents an elegant quartet by Haydn, a brilliant work by Johann Andreas Amon (1763-1825), a Romantic masterpiece by Beethoven's friend Anton Reicha (1770-1836), and the haunting "Threnody" on the death of Stravinsky by American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990).

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Giovanni Pasini - viola
Sophie Curtis - cello

7:30pm Wednesday 13 June 2012

Wendling Quartet

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Wendling Quartet was first formed in 1993 to explore the extensive repertoire of music for the ensemble of flute, violin, viola and cello, known as the "Flute Quartet."

The Quartet is named after flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), who pioneered the new virtuosity and fullness of tone that were to make this grouping so successful. Mozart in particular was inspired by Wendling in his famous four flute quartets.

The combination of a flute with one each of the three stringed instruments has proved to be an ideal vehicle for art music in a chamber setting, from the Classical period through to the present day. The Wendling Quartet presents this fine music in exciting and varied programmes, tracing the fascinating development of this popular genre.

This programme presents Mozart's sparkling quartet in C major, a lyrical work by Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824), a Romantic masterpiece by Beethoven's friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), and the evocative "Serenade" by Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984).

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Sophie Curtis - cello

3pm Sunday 13 May 2012

Mothers Day Serenade

presenting a delightful concert of chamber music for Mothers Day

Church of the Resurrection
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

Flautist Emily Gunson is joined by WASO associate principal violinist Zak Rowntree and Austrian viola virtuoso Tzvi Friedl for a concert of classical chamber music, heard to great advantage in the beautiful resonant acoustics of the newly restored Church of the Resurrection.

The programme presents a rarely heard work by Beethoven, his enchanting "Serenade" opus 25, for flute, violin and viola, complemented by trios by two of Mozart's contemporaries, James Hook and Franz Christoph Neubauer.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience this elegant event for Mothers Day!

First concert with Ashley Hardy.

7pm Tuesday 14 February 2012

Saint Valentine's Day Concert

presented by the Weatherly Club

Church of the Resurrection,
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special presentation by The Weatherly Club, a newly formed society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including Stephen Adams, J. L. Molloy, Paolo Tosti, and Eric Coates.

The programme features songs on themes of love and marriage, including "Mountain Lovers," "Roses," "My Dreams," "Nirvana," "A Wedding in June," and "Darby and Joan," complemented by romantic pieces for flute and piano by Hamilton Clarke.

Your host for the evening is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by acclaimed West Australian soprano Fiona Mariah and pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson.

The venue is the beautifully refurbished Church of the Resurrection.

7pm Tuesday 7 February 2012

Heavenly Harmonies

a recital of Classical and Romantic chamber music featuring the gentle sounds of flute and harp

Church of the Resurrection,
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

Flautist Emily Gunson is joined by international virtuoso harpist Yinuo Mu for a special concert of rarely heard works for this popular combination of instruments, heard to great advantage in the beautiful resonant acoustics of the newly restored Church of the Resurrection.

The programme presents instrumental pieces by two 19th-century Italian composers, better known for their dramatic operas, a sonata by Donizetti, and Rossini's Andante con Variazioni. These Italian pieces are complemented by two French works, a sparkling sonata by Mozart's contemporary Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, and a Nocturne by his pupil François-Joseph Naderman, which features a Tyrolean theme from Rossini's "William Tell" ballet music. Other works include Carl Nielsen's evocative miniature, "The Fog is Lifting," and Jacques Ibert's thrilling Spanish-inspired "Entr'acte."

Don't miss this opportunity to experience this unique event!

Summer Mozart Festival

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of Mozart's music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues and pupils, with readings from Mozart's own letters. Discover the musicians who influenced and inspired him - and even a few rivals!

The Festival presents three varied programmes, with music by Mozart ranging from the seven-year-old child prodigy through to the last months of his life. Guest artists are soprano Jenna Robertson and baritone Thomas Friberg, who will perform Mozart's rarely heard lieder for voice and piano.

Concert One

3pm Sunday 8 January 2012

This programme presents chamber music for flute, French horn, violin, viola and cello by Stamitz and Rosetti, interspersed with a selection of Mozart's finest German lieder, including "Abendempfindung" (K.523) and "An Chloë" (K.524), sung by baritone Thomas Friberg.

Artists

Thomas Friberg - baritone
John Hardy - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Roman Ponomariov - French horn
Rebecca White - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

Concert Two

3pm Sunday 15 January 2012

This programme presents works composed by, and for, Mozart's Mannheim friends, including three sextets for the unusual combination of flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello and double bass by Cannabich, Toeschi and Holzbauer, along with Mozart's exquisite French lieder composed for Auguste Wendling, "Oiseaux, si tous les ans" (K.307) and "Dans un bois solitaire" (K.308), sung by soprano Jenna Robertson. Also included is a rare performance of Mozart's first published violin sonata in D major (K.7).

Artists

Jenna Robertson - soprano
John Hardy - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Joel Marangella - oboe
Rebecca White - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Concert Three

3pm Sunday 22 January 2012

This programme promises to be a splendid finale, including a symphony composed by Mozart's patron, the Elector of Bavaria, Maximilian III Joseph, with trios for flute and two French horns by Mozart's son Franz Xaver, and finally Mozart's brilliant Symphony in A major (K.114).

Artists

Emily Gunson & Hayley Rowntree - flutes
Joel Marangella & Jane Blanchard - oboes
Roman Ponomariov & Dorée Dixon - French horns
Rebecca White & Kathryn Shinnick - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site.

3pm Sundays 11 December & 18 December 2011

CPE Bach, Giordani & Haslinger

Trios and Quintets

presented by the Emanuel Ensemble

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Emanuel Ensemble was formed in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788). For over twenty years they have been delighting audiences with their own unique brand of friendly, enjoyable music making, presenting concerts of chamber music for mixed ensemble of wind, strings and keyboard, performed by Perth's finest musicians.

For this pair of concerts, the Emanuel Ensemble returns to the Callaway Auditorium at the University of Western Australia's School of Music. With its fine acoustics and intimate atmosphere, this air-conditioned, wood-panelled concert room provides the perfect setting for these chamber music recitals.

Across the two programmes, the Ensemble will perform CPE Bach's three quartets for piano, flute, viola and cello, composed in the final year of his life, as well as a newly rediscovered quartet by Beethoven's friend Tobias Haslinger, interspersed with Tommaso Giordani's virtuoso concertante trios for flute, viola and cello.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Lisa Rowntree - piano
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello

Fan mail

"Thank you so much for the two beautiful concerts at UWA. The music was perfect and full of emotion. Many thanks for your passionate hard work!" Moira, from South Perth (Concerts 11 & 18 December 2011)

7pm Friday 11 November 2011

Remembrance Day 11-11-11

presented by The Weatherly Club

Church of the Resurrection,
105 Shenton Road (cnr Derby St), Swanbourne

The Weatherly Club is a newly formed society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song, in a congenial and convivial setting.

This special Remembrance Day concert features songs on themes of war, loss and remembrance, with lyrics by Fred E. Weatherly (1848-1929), including "The Old Brigade," "The Midshipmite," and "The Roses of Picardy," complemented by pieces for flute and piano.

Artists:

Eva-Marie Middleton - soprano
John Hardy - tenor
Lisa Rowntree - piano
Emily Gunson - flute

3pm Sunday 16 October 2011

Mozart and Friends

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

Featuring Mozart's much loved concerto for flute and harp (K. 299), with soloists Emily Gunson (flute) and Yinuo Mu (harp), and his andante for flute and chamber orchestra (K. 315). Also a rarely heard quintet for French horn, flute and string trio by Mozart's colleague Giovanni Punto.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site.

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Yinuo Mu - harp
Kathryn Shinnick & Tara Murphy - violins
Katherine Corecig & Kathryn McKay - violas
Louise McKay - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
Joel Marangella & Jane Blanchard - oboes
Roman Ponomariov & Dorée Dixon - French horns

Fan mail

"A quick note to say - WOW! I love your concerts. Many thanks for your passion and enthusiasm." Geoff, from Leeming (Concert, 16 October 2011)

8th 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 music. The 8th Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival presents a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts in Northam, Toodyay, and York.

Concert One - Music'Autentica

2:30pm Sunday 11 September 2011

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

"Music'Autentica" brings to life the sounds of eighteenth-century England, performed on authentic hand-crafted period instruments, in the glorious resonant acoustics of St John's Anglican Church in Northam, which contains some of the finest stained glass in WA. This unique event offers a rare opportunity to hear chamber music from the Baroque & Classical Era, by composers resident in England including Giordani, Abel, Weiss, and John Loeillet of London. A special treat will be the first WA performance of a sonata for violin and keyboard by the celebrated English lady composer, Jane Mary Guest.

Be transported back in time with this enticing event!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - Baroque flute & recorder
Pascale Whiting - Baroque violin
Clare Tunney - Baroque cello
Dr John Hardy - spinet

Concert Two - Spring Serenade

2:30pm Sunday 18 September 2011

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival continues with a "Spring Serenade" in the warm intimate ambience of St Stephen's Anglican Church in Toodyay.

This splendid recital showcases celebrated West Australian guitarist Duncan Gardiner, with violinist Kathryn Shinnick from the WA Symphony Orchestra, and flautist Emily Gunson.

The programme presents a variety of musical delights including Serenades by Ferdinand Carulli and Richard Charlton, a trio by Charles Blum for the unusual combination of flute, violin & guitar, "Spanish Romances" by Günther Bialas, and a selection of Duncan Gardiner's appealing original compositions.

Also Dr John Hardy will join the trio to sing Matyas Seiber's deliciously quirky setting of Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat."

A Spring Serenade to savour!

Artists:

Duncan Gardiner - Classical guitar
Emily Gunson - flute
Kathryn Shinnick - violin
Dr John Hardy - voice

Concert Three - Mozart and Friends

2:30pm Sunday 25 September 2011

Holy Trinity Church (1858)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

To conclude the Festival, a delightful afternoon with "Mozart and Friends" presented in the magnificent setting of the Avon Valley's oldest church, the historic Holy Trinity Church situated on the banks of the Avon River in York. Consecrated in 1858, it is WA's oldest inland church, and features altar panels painted by renowned local WA artist Robert Juniper.

The enjoyable programme features one of Mozart's timeless masterpieces, the Quartet in D major which Mozart wrote at the age of twenty-one. Also included are quartets by Pleyel and Viotti, composed around the time of European settlement in WA.

Be enchanted by the magic of Mozart and Friends!

Artists:

Emily Gunson - flute
Anna O'Hagan - violin
Kathryn McKay - viola
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

3pm Sunday 17 July 2011

The Weatherly Club

Cottesloe Civic Centre
109 Broome St, Cottesloe

The Weatherly Club is a newly formed society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song, in a congenial and convivial setting.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of "Danny Boy." Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics, set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day, including Paolo Tosti, Stephen Adams, Eric Coates, Joseph Roeckel, and Haydn Wood.

This programme will survey the extraordinary range of this gifted poet's literary legacy, featuring such beloved songs as "The Green Hills of Somerset," "Roses of Picardy," and "The Holy City (Jerusalem)," complemented by instrumental offerings on violin and flute.

Your host for the afternoon's entertainment will be John Hardy, well-known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by acclaimed West Australian soprano, Fiona Mariah. The venue is the elegant jarrah-panelled Edwardian Ballroom (1898), at Cottesloe Civic Centre, as part of the "Music for Pleasure" Series.

Artists:

Fiona Mariah - soprano
John Hardy - tenor
Lisa Rowntree - piano
Rebecca White - violin
Emily Gunson - flute

Fan mail

"Your music-making is a treasured part of the Perth cultural scene - thank you!" Richard, from Nedlands

Summer Mozart Festival

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of Mozart's music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues and pupils, with readings from Mozart's own letters. Discover the musicians who influenced and inspired him - and even a few rivals and enemies.

The Festival presents three varied programmes, with music by Mozart ranging from the eleven-year-old child prodigy through to the last months of his life. Each concert features ensemble works with piano, performed by special guest artist, internationally renowned English concert pianist Mark Gasser.

Concert One

3pm Sunday 9 January 2011

This programme features chamber music for various combinations of piano, flute, oboe, French horn, viola, cello and double bass, with Mozart's enchanting Adagio and Rondo (K.617), a quartet by his friend Johann Christian Bach, and favourite pupil Hummel's magnificent Septet in D minor, opus 74, a work that was often performed by Liszt.

Artists

Mark Gasser - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Joel Marangella - oboe
Malcolm Stewart - French horn
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello
Boguslaw Szczepaniak - double bass

Concert Two

3pm Sunday 16 January 2011

This programme includes a rare performance of Mozart's brilliant early Piano Concerto in G major (K.41), composed by Mozart at the age of eleven, and an exquisite aria for soprano, "Se ardire, e speranza" (K.82). These works by the young prodigy are complemented by music from two of his rivals, Vogler and Graf, as well as Gluck's charming Flute Concerto in G major.

Artists

Mark Gasser - piano
Elisa Wilson - soprano
Emily Gunson & Philip Murray - flutes
Malcolm Stewart & Doreé Dixon - French horns
Rebecca White & Pascale Whiting - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Tabi - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Concert Three

3pm Sunday 23 January 2011

This programme promises to be a splendid finale, with Mozart's sparkling Piano Concerto in G major (K.453), then a passionate Rondo for flute and piano by his son Franz Xaver, and finally Mozart's famous Symphony no.40 in G minor (K.550), in its original rarely-heard instrumentation.

Artists

Mark Gasser - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Joel Marangella & Jane Blanchard - oboes
Joanne Littlely & Natalie De Biasi - bassoons
Malcolm Stewart & Doreé Dixon - French horns
Zak Rowntree & Rebecca White - violins
Tzvi Friedl & Kathryn McKay - violas
Catherine Tabi - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site.

Fan mail

"(Sunday evening) Thank you for today's concert. It was one of the best! What a great pianist - but you were all outstanding to my ear." Rae, from Floreat (Concert, 9 January 2011)

"We came away from yesterday's concert just bubbling with excitement from the experience. The final item, Hummel's Septet in D minor, was ringing in our ears all the way home. What a contrast to the armonica Adagio from Mozart's final year. The Hummel was a piece of bravura, not only for the pianist but as a showpiece for all the musicians, with every instrument contributing either as a magnificent solo or as an inspired ensemble. This was an experience we will remember for years to come." Yvonne and Patsy, from Shenton Park (Concert, 9 January 2011)

"Many thanks for a gorgeous series of concerts at Kalamunda." Martin and Irene, from Mandurah (Concerts, 9, 16, 23 January 2011)

"We were delighted to be present at the first of your Summer Mozart Festival concerts. We congratulate and salute you. The concert was truly memorable - lively and beautiful, one of the best we've attended anywhere. We thank you for co-ordinating such a feast. More power to your arms - and fingers!" Anna, from Alfred Cove (Concert, 9 January 2011)

3pm Sunday 5 December 2010

Bach Cantata

presented by the Emanuel Ensemble

St Luke's Church
20 Monument Street, Mosman Park

Celebrate the glorious music of Johann Sebastian Bach with this exciting concert featuring his exquisite Italian Cantata "Non sa che sia dolore", BWV 209, complemented by the elegant French Suite in B minor for flute, strings and harpsichord, BWV 1067.

Special guest artist is internationally renowned soprano Emma Pearson of the Hessisches Staatstheater of Wiesbaden, Germany, appearing courtesy of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

The venue is St Luke's Anglican Church, Mosman Park. Built in 1897, this historic church has a resonant wood-panelled interior, producing magnificent acoustics. Located at 20 Monument Street, it can also be accessed from Stirling Highway, and there is ample parking.

Artists:

Emma Pearson - soprano
Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree & Rebecca White - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Smith - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"The pleasure I feel from listening to your music brings me peace and joy." Chris, from Westminster

"Truly amazing!" Kathy, from Mount Hawthorn

3pm Sunday 14 November 2010

Mozart and Friends

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

"Mozart and Friends" brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of Mozart's chamber music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues and pupils, interspersed with readings from Mozart's own letters and other contemporary writings. Discover the musicians who influenced and inspired him - and even a few rivals and enemies!

The programme features two of Mozart's exciting early symphonies for chamber orchestra (K. 134 & K. 199), a trio by Mozart's son Franz Xaver, and the enchanting "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Gluck's "Orpheus."

The W. A. Mozarteum makes a welcome return to Kalamunda, following the success of their debut series commemorating Mozart's 250th anniversary.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Canning Road (corner of Recreation Road), with ample free parking on site.

Artists:

Emily Gunson & Philip Murray - flutes
Malcolm Stewart & Katrina Hermann - French horns
Zak Rowntree & Rebecca White - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Oliver McAslan - cello
Claire Williams - double bass

Fan mail

"I love your concerts: your programme choices, musicianship and contagious enthusiasm." Julia, from Mount Claremont

7th 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 music. The 7th Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival presents a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts in York, Toodyay, and Northam.

Concert One - Wendling Quartet

2:30pm Sunday 26 September 2010

Holy Trinity Church (1858)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Festival opens with a concert by the renowned Wendling Quartet, performing in the magnificent acoustics of Holy Trinity Church in York. Consecrated in 1858, it is WA's oldest inland church, and features altar panels painted by renowned local WA artist Robert Juniper.

Since its formation in 1993, the Wendling Quartet has explored the rich repertoire of music for the combination of flute, violin, viola & cello, revealing many superb treasures composed for this genre. The programme chosen for this concert includes works by three European masters, Viotti, Danzi & Köhler, composed in the early 19th century around the time of European settlement in WA.

The four members of the Wendling Quartet are Emily Gunson (flute), Zak Rowntree (violin), Tzvi Friedl (viola), and Sophie Walker (cello).

Experience the elegance of this quality quartet!

Concert Two - Spring Serenade

2:30pm Sunday 3 October 2010

St John's Anglican Church (1889)
11 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival continues with a "Spring Serenade" in the warm intimate ambience of St John's Anglican Church in Northam, which contains some of the finest stained glass in WA.

This splendid recital showcases celebrated guitarist Duncan Gardiner, with distinguished viola virtuoso Tzvi Friedl from Austria, and flautist Emily Gunson.

The programme presents musical delights from the 16th to the 21st century, including pieces from Renaissance England for recorder & guitar, and Duncan Gardiner's appealing original compositions.

Also included are two delightfully lyrical trios for the unusual combination of flute, viola & guitar by Wenzel Matiegka, who was a friend of Schubert.

A Spring Serenade to savour!

Concert Three - Music'Autentica

2:30pm Sunday 10 October 2010

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
Stirling Tce, Toodyay

"Music'Autentica" presents a special concert of early music from England, performed on authentic early musical instruments in the glorious resonant acoustics of St Stephen's Church in Toodyay.

This unique event offers a rare opportunity to hear chamber music from the Baroque & Classical Era, played on hand-crafted early woodwind & strings, to the accompaniment of the characteristic plucked sound of the "bentside" spinet, a small harpsichord popular in England during the 18th century.

The programme includes a variety of chamber music by composers who were resident in England, including the fascinating collection of "Airs for the Spring" by the inimitable Scotsman James Oswald, as well as works by Giordani and Spourni.

Artists are Emily Gunson (Baroque flute & recorder), Pascale Whiting (Baroque violin), Clare Tunney (Baroque cello), and Dr. John Hardy (spinet).

Be transported back in time with this enticing event!

Fan mail

"I greatly enjoyed Sunday's concert, and especially thought that Duncan's composition 'Ballad' was exquisitely beautiful." Andrew, from Nedlands

2:30pm Sunday 11 July 2010

Winter Serenade

Holy Trinity Church (1858)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

The Emanuel Ensemble returns to York for a delightful winter concert at the Avon Valley's oldest church, the historic Holy Trinity Church (1858) on the banks of the Avon River.

Programme includes three exquisite sacred arias by Johann Sebastian Bach for tenor with flute obbligato, and a trio for flute, cello and organ by eighteenth-century cello virtuoso, Anton Fils.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Scott Wellstead - tenor
Louise McKay - cello
Joseph Nolan - organ

7:30pm Wednesday 30 June 2010

The Romantic Flute

Callaway Music Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Flautist Dr. Emily Gunson presents the first in a new series exploring the neglected nineteenth-century Romantic repertoire for flute with piano and other instruments.

This concert features Three Romances, opus 94 by Schumann, Ballade by Charles Edouard Lefebvre, Chopin's "La Cenerentola" Variations, and the magnificent Trio, opus 65 by Jan Ladislas Dussek.

The venue is the Callaway Auditorium at the University of Western Australia's School of Music. With its excellent acoustics and raked seating, this air-conditioned wood-panelled music room is the ideal setting for this elegant evening event.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Louise McKay - cello
Lisa Rowntree - piano

Fan mail

"What a great concert!!! We loved it all. How lucky are we to have access to your wonderful music-making. Congratulations to you 'three ladies' with 'magic fingers' - skipping skillfully over your instruments, seemingly effortlessly!! Many thanks." Ben & Yvonne, from Maylands

3pm Sunday 30 May 2010

Mozart and Friends

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre

The W. A. Mozarteum presents the first in a new ongoing series exploring the music of Mozart and his friends, interspersed with readings from Mozart's own letters.

Programme features Mozart's delightful opera "The Magic Flute" arranged for quartet, also works by Haydn, JC Bach, and Ignaz von Beecke.

The venue is the state-of-the-art, air-conditioned theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, Canning Road (corner Recreation Road).

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Fiona Coad - oboe
Zak Rowntree - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Louise McKay - cello

3pm Sunday 9 May 2010

Emanuel Ensemble's Mothers Day Concert

Viva Vivaldi!®

St Luke's Church
20 Monument St, Mosman Park

Celebrate Mothers Day with one of the most loved composers, Antonio Vivaldi, known as the "Red Priest of Venice." The venue is St Luke's Anglican Church, Mosman Park. Built in 1897, this historic church has a resonant wood-panelled interior, producing magnificent acoustics. Located at 20 Monument Street, it can also be accessed from Stirling Highway, and there is ample parking.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Daniel Kossov - violin
Joel Marangella - oboe
Jane Kircher - bassoon
Pascale Whiting - violin
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Sophie Walker - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

6th 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 music. The 6th Avon Valley Spring Chamber Music Festival presents a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts in York, Toodyay, and Northam.

Concert One - Music'Autentica

2.30pm Sunday 4 October 2009

Holy Trinity Church (1858)
Pool St (cnr Newcastle St), York

To open the festival, "Music'Autentica" presents a special concert of early music from England performed on authentic early musical instruments, in the warm resonant ambience of Holy Trinity Church in York. Consecrated in 1858, it is WA's oldest inland church, and features altar panels painted by renowned WA artist Robert Juniper.

This elegant event offers a rare opportunity to hear chamber music from the Baroque and Classical Era, played on hand-crafted early woodwind and stringed instruments to the accompaniment of the characteristic plucked sound of the "bentside" spinet, a small harpsichord popular in England during the eighteenth century.

The programme features a variety of chamber music pieces by composers who were resident in England, including Handel, Valentine, Pepusch, Abel, and Johann Christian Bach.

Artists are Emily Gunson (Baroque flute & recorder) Jordi Corall (Baroque oboe & recorder), Pascale Whiting (Baroque violin), and Sophie Walker (Baroque cello), with Dr John Hardy (spinet).

Be transported back in time by this unique artistic event!

Concert Two - Viva Vivaldi!®

2.30pm Sunday 11 October 2009

St Stephen's Anglican Church (1861)
Stirling Tce, Toodyay

The Festival continues at St Stephen's Church in Toodyay with a concert of "Viva Vivaldi!" performed by the Emanuel Ensemble, Perth's most popular and enduring independent chamber music group, who are celebrating their 21st birthday this year.

This event features music by Antonio Vivaldi. Known as the "Red Priest of Venice," his exciting chamber concertos are replete with the rustic verve and rhythmic vitality that have made him one of the most loved of all composers. Also included are delightful trios from Mozart's "Don Giovanni."

Backing onto the Avon River, St Stephen's Church was built in 1861 from handmade bricks and local stone. The wooden floor boards and locally made pews are original, enhancing the church's exquisite acoustics.

The musicians on this occasion are Zak Rowntree (violin) and Joanne Brown (bassoon) from the WA Symphony Orchestra, and flautist Emily Gunson, with well-known local GP, Dr John Hardy (harpsichord), who will also introduce the items on the programme.

Come along and treat yourself to an invigorating dose of "Vivaldi in the Valley"!

Concert Three - Spring Serenade

2.30pm Sunday 18 October 2009

Avon Valley Arts Society Gallery
(The Old Post Office, 1892)
33 Wellington St, Northam

The Festival comes to a conclusion with a splendid "Spring Serenade." Experience the intimate ambience of a salon setting, in the art gallery at Northam's Old Post Office (1892), with this enchanting recital of Classical and Romantic chamber music.

The programme features music for the rare combination of flute, viola and piano, with two deliciously lyrical trios by Tommaso Giordani and Josef Kuffner, showcasing the different tone colours of the three instruments. Also included are a couple of sparkling duets by Telemann and Devienne.

To perform this recital, renowned viola virtuoso Tzvi Friedl from Austria joins Emily Gunson (flute) and Dr John Hardy (piano).

A fitting Festival finale with this superb Serenade!

Fan mail

"So enjoyed your concerts in Toodyay and Northam - both marvellous!" Beverly, from Wembley

3pm Sunday 30 August 2009

Emanuel Ensemble presents

Viva Vivaldi!®

St Luke's Church
20 Monument St, Mosman Park

The Emanuel Ensemble's "Viva Vivaldi!" concerts are devoted to the wonderful chamber music of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), giving music lovers the opportunity to experience the fascinating though little known chamber repertoire of this beloved composer, known as the "Red Priest of Venice." This programme presents several of Vivaldi's exciting chamber concertos for flute, oboe, strings, and basso continuo, including the charming "Bullfinch" and the rousing "La Tempesta di Mare," along with entertaining anecdotes from Vivaldi's extraordinary life story.

Also on the programme is a joyously lyrical quintet in G major for flute, oboe, and string trio by one of Mozart's rivals, Ignaz von Beecke (1733-1803), and a repeat performance of the newly discovered trio sonata by the Ensemble's namesake, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788).

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Joel Marangella - oboe
Zak Rowntree & Stewart Hardy - violins
Tzvi Friedl - viola
Catherine Smith - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Sunday 16 August 2009

Emanuel Ensemble's 21st Birthday Concert

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

"Bach & Sons"

The Emanuel Ensemble celebrates their 21st birthday with a concert at the Eileen Joyce Studio - where it all began!

The programme presents chamber music by the illustrious Bach family, with trio sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and each of his four famous musical sons: Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich, and Johann Christian. A special feature will be the first modern performance of an unpublished work by the Ensemble's namesake CPE Bach, held in the Washington Library of Congress.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Catherine Smith - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

3pm Sunday 31 May 2009

Haydn Bicentenary Special Concert

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

Marking the exact 200th anniversary of the death of Haydn, the Emanuel Ensemble presents this special bicentenary concert featuring three of his symphonies in contemporary chamber arrangements by J.P. Salomon, from the private collection of Dr. Emily Gunson.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree & Rebecca White - violins
Tzvi Friedl - cello
Sophie Walker - cello
John Hardy - piano

Fan mail

"The Emanuel Ensemble has really established itself as a significant group in Perth's musical life. Congratulations on all that you do." E/Prof. David Tunley (UWA)

3pm Sunday 10 May 2009

Mothers Day Concert

Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

The Emanuel Ensemble presents a delightful Mothers Day Concert, featuring chamber music by women composers from the 18th to the 20th century, including Princess Wilhelmina of Bayreuth (1709-1758), Anna Bon di Venezia (1740-ca.1770), Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), and Stephanie Champion (1897-1956).

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute & recorder
Anna Sleptsova - piano
Sophie Walker - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Fan mail

"You were stupendous! You were fantastic! You were absolutely brilliant!" Santina Stransky, OAM.

"Thank you so much for the WONDERFUL performance on Sunday and thanks to John for his fantastic, interesting, and entertaining introductions. My mum is a classical music enthusiast and thoroughly enjoyed it. To see women composers performed was a real treat!" Cath, from Maylands

3pm Sunday 19 April 2009

Music Research in Performance: The French Flute Project

La Flûte Révolutionnaire

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Music Research in Performance is the forum where Dr. Emily Gunson shares aspects of her doctoral research in a practical way with the wider music-loving community. The French Flute Project explores the Classic French flute tradition, in which beauty and purity of tone was the primary objective. The exponents of this tradition were linked pedagogically through their teaching and mastery of the fundamental principles of technique, and their exquisite artistry is celebrated through programmes featuring music written by and for them.

This concert commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary flautist François Devienne (1759-1803), founder of the Classic French flute tradition at the Paris Conservatoire, and a contemporary of Mozart. The programme also includes chamber music by Michel Blavet, and beautiful miniatures for flute and piano by Gabriel Pierné and Philippe Gaubert.

Artists

Emily Gunson - flute
Lisa Rowntree - piano
Stewart Hardy - violin
Catherine Smith - cello
John Hardy - harpsichord

Haydn Bicentenary Series

Classical chamber music by the great Austrian master Franz Josef Haydn, marking the 200th anniversary of his death.

Concert One

3pm Sunday 15 February 2009

This programme features Haydn's complete trios for piano, flute, and cello. Artists are Emily Gunson (flute), Lisa Rowntree (piano), and Catherine Smith (cello).

Concert Two

3pm Sunday 8 March 2009

This programme features Haydn's opus 100 trios for flute, violin, and cello. Artists are Emily Gunson (flute), Zak Rowntree (violin), and Catherine Smith (cello).

Concert Three

3pm Sunday 29 March 2009

This programme features Haydn's complete "London" trios for two flutes and cello. Artists are Emily Gunson and Naoko Matsushita (flutes), and Catherine Smith (cello).

Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

Fan mail

"Thank you once again for your lovely music, and for keeping your concerts financially available. We really look forward to going." Imogen, from Warwick (Concert, 8 March 2009)

"That was a glorious concert yesterday - we were enthralled! Thank you for letting us share in your wonderful talents - and isn't the Eileen Joyce Studio the perfect venue?" Yvonne, from Shenton Park (Concert, 29 March 2009)

Earlier concerts

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