Fine spring music

The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival is more than meeting its original aim of bringing classical and emerging artists to the rural community of Springmount. Patrons are growing, the word is getting round and people with a wide interest in different musical genres eagerly await news of the next season’s program.

The first “Spring” program is a concert for Organ, given by Gillian McNaughton, a freelance organist, accompanist and choral singer. She held the position of Senior Organ Scholar at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. Gillian says that in her free time, she enjoys finding quiet corners of local coffee shops reading her way through an eclectic stack of books. Highlights of her Spring program will be JS Bach’s Trio Sonata No 3, and a rare performance of Douglas Lilburn’s Prelude and Fugue in G minor. Douglas is a New Zealand composer, more well known for his large scale orchestral works, and this piece for organ is wonderfully evocative.

The second “Spring” program sees one of Australia’s most gifted organists Anthony Halliday coming to St John’s Anglican Church at Creswick to play on the State registered 1889 Fincham and Hobday tracker action pipe organ. Anthony’s playing has won critical praise from several internationally renowned conductors. He has received many awards and prizes and he was the first artist outside Europe and America to be invited to open the International Bach Festival in St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig where J.S. Bach was organist and his recital received a standing ovation.

Ryan Bennett, Parish Priest of Springmount and Director of the Four Seasons Fine Music Festival said “I am delighted that Anthony has found the time to come and how lucky we are that a musician of his calibre has chosen to play for us. It will be a very special performance.” For bookings, see http://trybooking.com or http://ballaratanglican.org.au/fourseasons

Mica Grange