…”Australia’s most intimate chamber music festival”

Music in the Hunter

Join us in 2017 : Friday 8 to Sunday 10 September 2017
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens and Cellar Restaurant
Festival registration is now open, click here to book online.

Sponsored by Constable Estate   |   Resident Artists: Goldner String Quartet

Music in the Hunter 2017:

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens and Cellar Restaurant
Cnr Broke and McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Dates : Friday 8 – Sunday 10 September 2017
Festival registration is now open.
Click here to book online.

For further information please contact:

Philippa Horn, MITH Festival Coordinator

Phone: 0411 606 077

Email: philippahorn@optusnet.com.au

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2017 Festival Information

It is such a pleasure for me to annually assemble dear friends and colleagues for a weekend of music-making in the Hunter Valley. This will be our 27th festival and I thought it was time that we had a festival highlighting the core repertoire of chamber music.

Of course, the great composers have always been well-represented in all of our festivals over the years, but this year they will be sharply in focus.

Goldner String Quartet

Goldner String Quartet

The Goldner String Quartet is again in residence. We have had an exceptionally busy year so far and have appeared in festivals in New Zealand, the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, where we are resident quartet. Our recent recordings of Borodin works have been critically acclaimed and more recordings are planned for next year.

Ian Munro

Ian Munro

This year we welcome back wonderful pianist and composer, Ian Munro. Ian is the pianist for the Australia Ensemble (resident@UNSW) and one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. As a composer, Ian is the only Australian to have been awarded the Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composers in Brussels (2003), and was in 2011 the featured Composer for Musica Viva Australia.

Umberto Clerici

Umberto Clerici

As always, we have some new artists to introduce to our audience. Umberto Clerici is one of the most dynamic musicians working in Australia today and was appointed as Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2014. A native of Italy, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world and is also Lecturer in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Karin Schaupp is highly regarded as a virtuoso of the guitar. She performs widely on the international stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest, and has given countless recitals in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Mexico and Canada. She has formed a duo with Umberto Clerici and together they will perform pieces of great beauty which will add variety and sparkle to our conventional programme of quartets and quintets.

With such a line-up of formidable musicians, the choices for repertoire are endless. It has been a while since Brahms was featured in this festival so we thought he should be the focus of this weekend. We will be performing his monumental Piano Quintet, the beautiful and dramatic A minor String Quartet (inspired by Schubert) and the Cello Sonata in F major – three of his greatest chamber music compositions. The amazing string quintet by Schubert (one of his final works and probably the greatest string quintet ever written) will be the centrepiece of our Saturday evening concert. Those of you with long memories will remember we performed this at the opening festival in 1991.

From the same musical tradition, you will enjoy the haunting Cello Suite in D minor by Bach, the renowned Dissonance quartet by Mozart and the jaunty and exuberant Violin Sonata in G major by Beethoven plus the Spanish-flavoured Guitar Quintet by Boccherini.

There will be many other musical surprises and as usual Ken Healey, the founding pre-concert speaker for this festival will return. If you would like to listen to these concerts with new insight, be sure not to miss his illuminating and amusing explanations.

Thank you all for continuing to subscribe to this annual event and we are again grateful for the ongoing support of David Constable and Ida Lichter, without whom this festival could not succeed. Please enjoy the weekend and we look forward to meeting and speaking with all of you over a glass of fine Hunter wine.

Dene Olding, AM

Festival registration is now open, click here to book online.

Or you can print out the form as a PDF and post, click here for the print form.

Music in the Hunter Festival Schedule

Friday 8 September

7:30pm : Champagne Reception

8:30pm : Concert 1 followed by Supper

Saturday 9 September

10.15am : Pre-concert Talk

11:00am : Concert 2 followed by Lunch

3.30pm : Wine tasting & garden tour at Constable Estate

6:15pm : Pre-concert Talk

7:00pm : Concert 3 followed by Black-Tie Dinner

Sunday 10 September

10:45am : Pre-concert Talk

11:30am : Concert 4 followed by Lunch

To view the festival program from 2016, please click here.

2016 guest comment:

“This was my first experience of the full weekend of music and it was delicious. It was a weekend of feasting – on music, on fine food and being in the company of so many other dedicated music lovers. I feel sure it has touched my soul for the better! I’ll be back next year.”

Theme and Variations support:

Theme and Variations

Theme and Variations

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