Music by the Springs – Immerse Yourself

Here is a chance to relax and enjoy a weekend of classical music in Hepburn Springs over the weekend of 9 – 11 February 2018. The highlight of the weekend will be thirteen of Australia’s finest classical musicians performing in concert, along with fine food, wine and discussion. Music by the Springs is the brainchild of Melbourne pianist, broadcaster and producer Stewart Kelly, who has a life-long love of music. He approached Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel about hosting the event, and they were immediately supportive. Similar concerts are staged almost exclusively in the city and Stewart and fellow coordinator Eric Dias believed it was time to bring special concert experiences to a regional area. They hope that it will not only bring new visitors to the area, but also see locals embrace the concept. Staging such events provides opportunities for artists to perform in the public arena.

To provide some variety for the audience, it was decided to include a session away from music by hosting a conversation with a prominent Australian. Believing in the old saying of “in for a penny, in for a pound,” Stewart contacted respected journalist and author, Laura Tingle, political editor of the Australian Financial Review to ask her to be the debut guest. To his surprise, Laura accepted without hesitation. Asked why he chose Laura to be a part of the weekend, Stewart said: “I knew Laura had a real affiliation with classical music and she is someone who can talk about music, but also her work.”

Just one hour from Melbourne, Hepburn Springs features beautiful natural springs, fine boutique shopping and superb food and accommodation. Music by the Springs offers a selection of ticket packages, allowing you to structure a weekend that suits your needs. The Ultimate Experience features an exclusive latenight performance of Schubert’s otherworldly string quintet, written in the final weeks of his life. Guests will experience this transcendental music in the candlelit surrounds of the Villa Parma Cellar. Further details visit

Mica Grange