Music fest to showcase area
IF you haven’t gotten tickets to this weekend’s Sanguine Estate Music Festival never fear, there are two free events on offer.
After a bumper showing at the Bendigo event on the weekend, festival director and cellist Chris Howlett is looking forward to a stellar four days in Heathcote which has sold out.
‘‘It is fantastic to showcase the city of Bendigo alongside these musicians and masterworks of the repertoire,’’ he said.
‘‘As well as the amazing food and wine in the area.’’
The festival will also include two special events for the local community.
Musicians will visit the Heathcote Primary School on Friday to teach the kids about classical music.
The second event is a free community concert held at St John’s Church on Saturday.
While the 2016 event was about celebrating the past five years, this years festival is about looking forward to the next five.
‘‘While all the favourite festival elements remain, we have several new initiatives starting this year,’’ Mr Howlett said.
‘‘These include the family intimate soiree at the winery and our sponsor a chair program, both of which bring our stellar artists and valued supporters even closer together.
‘‘We have been so fortunate in being able to invite Lukas Hagen, the leader of the legendary Hagen Quartet and one of the very few benchmark ensembles in the world exclusively to SEMF.’’
Hagen and Howlett will be joined by Howard Penny, Emily Beynon, Paul Wright, Chris Moore, Tobias Breider, Lloyd van’t Hoff and Ian Munro.
‘‘As always we have matched repertoire favourites with lesser known gems,’’ Mr Howlett said.