Hills alive with classical mu­sic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

MU­SIC afi­ciona­dos are be­ing en­ticed to the Hills for a week­end of fine mu­sic in his­toric lo­ca­tions as part of the in­au­gu­ral Dar­ling­ton Cham­ber Mu­sic Spring Fes­ti­val.

Head­lin­ing the three-con­cert se­ries is WA so­prano Sara Ma­cliver, who will give an evening per­for­mance at Guild­ford Gram­mar’s his­toric Ed­war­dian Gothic chapel on Oc­to­ber 22.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Jon Tooby said Ma­cliver was re­garded as one of the na­tion’s lead­ing ex­po­nents of the baroque reper­toire.

“There is no ques­tion, she is very unique,” he said.

“She has a very pure sound that is al­most an­gelic, mak­ing Guild­ford’s stun­ning chapel an amaz­ing, res­o­nant space for her style.”

Tooby said Ma­cliver’s rich voice was the per­fect ve­hi­cle for per­form­ing sig­na­ture pieces by Re­spighi and Vi­valdi.

“Vi­valdi’s Nulla in mundo pax sin­cera is con­sid­ered to be one of his most beau­ti­ful solo motets,” he said.

“Brahms’ mu­sic is tex­tu­rally very rich and his String Sex­tet in G Mi­nor is a very pure cham­ber clas­sic.

“Brahms had an un­canny abil­ity to cap­ture al­most ev­ery emo­tion in his mu­sic.”

Prior to Ma­cliver’s per­for­mance, there will be an in­ti­mate morn­ing con­cert at Dar­ling­ton’s pic­turesque stone church, St Cuth­bert’s.

The much-ac­claimed Dar­ling­ton String Quar­tet will per­form pieces by Haydn, Janacek and Men­delssohn.

The fi­nal con­cert, at the Hills vine­yard of Dar­ling­ton Es­tate Win­ery on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 23, will treat guests to Schu­bert’s beloved Trout Quin­tet, ac­com­pa­nied by a feast pre­pared by chefs.

Tooby said it would be a fit­ting fi­nale to a mem­o­rable week­end.

“Schu­bert’s peer­less Trout Quin­tet is melodic ge­nius and pos­si­bly the most fa­mous of all cham­ber mu­sic,” he said.

“It’s just a whole lot of fun to play and hear and will re­ally suit the at­mos­phere of the lunch.”

Tooby said the spring fes­ti­val was the per­fect ex­cuse to book a B&B and stay in the Hills for the week­end.

“The Hills are gor­geous in the spring with abun­dant wild­flow­ers, the creeks are flow­ing and there is a plethora of cafes, gal­leries and walk­ing trails to dis­cover,” he said.

Dar­ling­ton String Quar­tet mem­bers Sally Boud, Semra-Lee Smith and Jon Tooby are pre­par­ing for a week­end of fine cham­ber mu­sic across three his­toric lo­ca­tions.

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