The Blackwood River Chamber Festival returns on ANZAC day long weekend, 25th to the 27th of April.
Celebrating 15 years in 2014, this anticipated event brings together a talented array of Australian musicians who over three days perform against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the Blackwood River Valley.
This private venture which was founded by Vincent Moleta is now presented by new directors Sally Boud and Geoffrey Bourgault du Coudray and sees concert events take place in St Paul's Anglican Church and in a lovingly converted shearing shed at Dalmore Farm, just a picturesque 15 minute drive out of town.
This year's festival will feature a small and intimate group of musicians. The first two concerts, separated by a catered picnic lunch will be held in The Shed at Dalmore Farm. This will be followed by dinner and a concert at The Emporium Bistro. The final concert will be held in St Paul's Church and will be followed by a light lunch.
Pre-festival Concert Friday, 25th April - 7.30pm St Paul's Church, Bridgetown
This concert will feature selections of music from the main festival. It is intended mainly for the local community, but all are welcome.
Concert 1 Sat 26th April - 11.00 The Shed, Dalmore Farm, Bridgetown
I. Stravinsky - L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) for violin, clarinet and piano
R. Schumann - Adagio and Allegro for viola and piano, op 70
N Paganini - Sonata for violin and guitar, op. 2, no.1 Minuetto: Adagio
N Koshkin - Usher Waltz for guitar
J.M. Leclair - Sonata in E minor op. 3, no. 5 for two violins
L. van Beethoven - Piano Trio in D major op. 70, no.1 "Ghost"
Catered picnic lunch at The Shed, Dalmore Farm - 12.30
Concert 2 Sat 26th April - 14.30
The Shed, Dalmore Farm, Bridgetown
W.A. Mozart - Duo for violin and viola in G major KV 423
R. Smalley - Trio for clarinet, viola and piano
J. Brahms - Quintet for clarinet and string quartet in B minor, op. 115
Concert 3 and Dinner Sat 26th April 19.30
Emporium Bistro, Bridgetown
The festival artists will surprise you with some of their favourite music after dinner.
Concert 4 Sun 27th April - 11.00
St Paul's Church, Bridgetown
J.S. Bach - Suite for Solo Cello, no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
C. Debussy - Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano
A. Dvorak - Piano Quintet no.2 in A major op. 81
ANNA SLEPTSOVA (PIANO); GEOFFREY BOURGAULT DU COUDRAY (CLARINET); MARGARET BLADES (VIOLIN) ANNE HORTON (VIOLIN); SALLY BOUD (VIOLA); MICHAEL GOLDSCHLAGER ('CELLO) AND MORGAN REMAJ (GUITAR)