Mu­sic fest to show­case area

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

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.

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