Music can change ordinary days into something magical, it can inspire, recharge and relax and the Four Seasons Fine Music Festival is designed to do just that. Established in the rural parish of Springmount in 2017, the seasonal series of concerts in Creswick and Clunes was so well received in its inaugural year, that an additional concert has been added to take in the tiny community of Newlyn in 2018. If regional Victoria has one thing in abundance, it’s gorgeous historic churches. The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival makes good use of them in Creswick, Clunes and Newlyn. Each season throughout the year will see a variety of concerts performed in the beautiful Anglican churches of St. John’s in Creswick, St. Paul’s in Clunes and St. Matthew’s in Newlyn.
Kicking off the autumn season, the beautiful St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Newlyn is hosting A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon on 15 April, featuring the Sweet Biscuit Ensemble with Andrew Angus on oboe, Matthew Angus on bassoon and Peter Hagen on harpsichord. Director of the concerts, Ryan Bennett said, “the ensemble will delight the Sunday afternoon audience with a collection of mid to late baroque English masterpieces.”
On Saturday 5 May – to coincide with the Clunes Booktown Festival – is The Australian Chamber Choir performing Stabat Mater. In describing this performance, Festival Director Ryan Bennett said “the beauty of the music through the human voice is awe inspiring.” The choir, created and conducted by Douglas Lawrence, has gained an international reputation performing two hundred concerts in Australia and Europe. The music doesn’t stop there. On Sunday 6th May a Chamber Brass Concert will be performed by Kavanagh Brass, a group of senior students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music formed in 2016. The group enjoys performing music from all periods, pushing the boundaries of individual instrumental technique. Both concerts will be held in the historic Anglican Church of St. Paul’s Clunes.
Move forward to early winter – 17th June to be precise – to indulge and enjoy a concert by acclaimed Australian soprano, Greta Bradman performing her “Home” tour. A granddaughter of cricketing great, Sir Donald Bradman, over the past few years Greta has become known as one of Australasia’s most celebrated operatic and concert artists.
For further information and bookings visit www.ballaratanglican.org.au/fourseasons.