Music by the Springs – 2020

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Music theSprings Springs Musicby by the February 14 – February 16, 2020 Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

Welcome For our third summer of music making, my program welcomes our biggest cast yet to perform concerts that each develop their own theme in hopefully both obvious and sometimes quirky or unexpected ways. What can be assured: once again we will have a tremendous array of music spanning four centuries performed by many of Australia’s best. 2020 marks the 250th birthday of one of our greatest heroes, Ludwig van Beethoven and we (along with I’m sure every other musical organisation on the planet) will pay homage to the master by giving him the opening word on Friday night and hearing two of his more mature works over the weekend. The program also includes a world premiere by our own Calvin Bowman, commissioned especially for the weekend, famous works reimagined in combinations you probably haven’t encountered before, festival debuts of five artists and welcome returns of five others. For Classical Conversations, we will be joined by a truly fascinating man, John Vallance, the State Librarian of New South Wales. Prior to this role, he had a decorated academic career at Cambridge as a widely published author and lecturer in classics and ancient philosophy and in between was Headmaster of the Sydney Grammar School for fifteen years. Despite all that his real dream was to be a harpsichordist! We look forward to welcoming him to hear about his journey. Once again the superb staff at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel have developed menus and wine selections to add to our bliss for those on Indulgent and Ultimate tickets. If you’re joining us for the first time in 2020, we cannot wait to welcome you to Hepburn Springs and to introduce you to returning friends who will join us for their second or third visit to this special place. Stewart Kelly Artistic Director

The Artists Blair Harris cello One of Australia’s most in demand cellists, recently appearing with the Australian String Quartet and as guest principal player of the Auckland Philharmonia.

Caroline Henbest viola Former Australian Chamber Orchestra principal violist and festival favourite Caroline Henbest joins us again in 2020.

Tom Higham viola Tom Higham, a regular performer at chamber music festivals around Australia and recent principal player in Orchestra Victoria joins us in 2020.

Stewart Kelly piano A chosen collaborator of many of Australia’s finest musicians.

Elizabeth Layton violin Beloved English violinist Elizabeth Layton returns to again thrill our audiences with her dazzling musicianship.

Markus Matheis baritone German baritone Markus Matheis is a powerful story-teller at home in the world of song. He brings his beautiful voice to Hepburn Springs for the first time.

Markiyan Melnychenko violin Ukrainian/Australian violinist Markiyan Melnychenko has a decorated career as soloist, pedagoge and chamber musician. He makes his Music by the Springs debut.

Timothy Young piano Another welcome return by the peerless Timothy Young who will once again play more notes in three days than should be humanly possible!

Edith Salzmann cello Artistic Director of the Pettman Academy and the Akaroa International Festival of Music, we are thrilled to welcome distinguished German/New Zealand cellist Edith Salzmann for the first time.

Artists joining us on Sunday Natalia Harvey violin Violinist Natalia Harvey is equally at home in the baroque world as a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra as she is in new music group Rubix or her own quartet.

Emma Sullivan double bass The wonderful principal double bass of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra joins us again for some all too rarely heard chamber music involving this incredible instrument.

Lucy Warren violin After her spellbinding 2019 performances, violinist Lucy Warren simply had to be a part of our 2020 festival.

The Program

Friday February 14 EVENING 5:30pm Welcome Drinks Welcome Drinks for Indulgent and Ultimate ticket holders Welcome Drinks

6:30pm Welcome Dinner Enjoy entreé and main course from the award winning Argus Dining Room. 8:00pm Opening Concert – So much to C Beethoven – Piano Quartet in C major WoO. 36 Debussy – La Mer arr. Debussy for four hands

Dinner in the Argus Dining Room

Interval John Ireland – Sea Fever Schubert – Auf dem Wasser zu Singen – Auf der Bruck Mendelssohn – Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor op. 66 10:00pm Dessert with the Artists Join the artists for a night cap and sweet treats in the dining room.

Candlelight Concert

Saturday February 15 DAY


11:00am Morning Recital – The Art of Fugue

6:30pm Evening Concert – First Impressions

Bach arr. Reger – Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV582 Haydn – String Quartet in C major op. 20 no. 2 Franck – Prelude, fugue and variation op. 18 for violin and piano Beethoven – Sonata for piano and cello no. 5 in D major op. 102 no. 2

Calvin Bowman – A Purcell Suite (World Premiere) Schumann – Dichterliebe op. 48 Natalie Williams – The Dreaming Land Sonata for cello and piano in G minor op. 45 Suk – Piano Quartet in a minor op. 1 8:00pm Gourmet Dinner

12:30pm Lunch A picnic lunch for you to enjoy either in air conditioned comfort in the dining room, go exploring the beautiful gardens of the hotel or beyond to the townships of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford. 2:00pm Classical Conversations Academic, educator and NSW State Librarian John Vallance joins Stewart Kelly to discuss his love of music, his fascinating career and his passion for the Classics.

A lavish three-course dinner with matching wines in the Argus Dining Room with the artists. 10.30pm Candlelight Concert (For Ultimate ticket holders only)

In this year of his significant anniversary, we travel to the transcendental world of late Beethoven with his magnificent final string quartet, composed in total deafness and extreme frailty. Beethoven – String quartet in F major op. 135

The Program

Sunday February 16 DAY 11:00am Morning Recital – Best of British Finzi – Let Us Garlands Bring op. 18 Britten – Cello Sonata Vaughan Williams – Quintet for piano and strings in c minor 12:30pm Lunch A magnificent final feast! 2:00pm Grand Finale – The Roaring 20s Gershwin arr. Sauter – Rhapsody in Blue arr. Piano and string quintet Cole Porter – A selection of songs Ravel – Tzigane Bruch – Octet

Program correct at time of printing. Artists reserve the right to alter the program.

Classical Conversations JOHN VALLANCE John Vallance was born and raised in Sydney, unsure of what he wanted to do. From an early age he studied the harpsichord and at one point hoped he might be good enough to make a career of it. He wasn’t, and thus read classics and archaeology at the University of Sydney before moving to Cambridge where he did postgraduate study in classics before beginning a career as an academic. For nearly ten years he taught classics and ancient philosophy at Cambridge, publishing and lecturing in Europe and the United States, while maintaining interests in music, drawing and sculpture. These interests gradually moved from the baroque into the 20th century and whilst at Cambridge he developed a particular love of twentieth century chamber music – Hindemith, Stravinsky, Poulenc and so on - which then expanded into an interest in the orchestra and a strong affinity with the music of Charles Ives and Percy Grainger. His love of music – in the broadest possible sense – informs the whole of his life, and now he is beginning to approach the nineteenth century for the first time. In the mid-1990s he returned home to Australia and taught classics at Sydney Grammar School before being named Headmaster in 1999, a position he held until 2017 when he was appointed State Librarian of New South Wales. In recent years he has served on the board of the National Art School in Sydney and the advisory board of the Australian String Quartet. He is a current Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, an Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales and, in general terms, an enthusiast. He is still unsure of what he wants to do.

Ticket Information Our three levels of ticket packages allow you to have choice in how you structure your weekend. The boutique nature of the hotel means tickets inclusive of food and wine are strictly limited, as is accomodation on site. We encourage you to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Classic Experience – $450 Your ticket includes: • Entry to five concerts at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel and Classical Conversations

• Tea and coffee each day and morning and afternoon refreshments

• Sparkling wine on arrival at Friday and Saturday evening concerts

The Indulgent Experience – $950 Your ticket includes: • Entry to five concerts at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel and Classical Conversations • Sparkling wine on arrival and premium wines with all meals • Three course dinner on Friday and Saturday night in the Argus Dining Room

• Boxed Picnic lunch on Saturday • Lavish Sunday lunch • Tea and coffee each day and morning and afternoon refreshments

The Ultimate Experience – $1150 (Limited to just 50 tickets) Your ticket includes The Indulgent Experience package plus: • Exclusive entry to the Candlelight Concert late night performance in The Cellar at Villa Parma • Premium reserved seating for all other concerts

• Exclusive welcome function on Friday night with the Artistic Director and festival artists

All prices include GST


On July 1 bookings are confirmed with 50% of the ticket price payable. The balance of your order is payable on January 14 2020. All bookings are final. Bookings will be personally processed on your behalf by our Festival staff who will be delighted to answer any questions you have and provide further information and advice on any aspect of the weekend’s festivities.

For bookings contact: Eric Dias: 0423 133 690 or

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Accommodation The Guest Library

The Mineral Spa

To enjoy all the camaraderie of the Festival, we highly recommend staying with our host Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel which has a range of elegant rooms to satisfy all tastes. This is a boutique hotel of just 40 rooms so you must act quickly to secure your accommodation here as availability varies for each room type. Specially discounted Festival room rates have been negotiated which include full continental buffet breakfast served each day in The Conservatory. We will assist with your accommodation needs and create the perfect package for your weekend!

Room Rates (BASED ON TWIN SHARE OR DOUBLE) Springs or Garden Classic Room – $290 per night

Springs Classic Room

Garden Classic Room

Springs or Garden Spa Room – $350 per night

Springs Spa Room

Garden Spa Room

Springs or Garden Deluxe or Springs Terrace Room – $410 per night

Springs Deluxe Room

Villa Parma $275 per room/per night (doubles only)

Villa Parma Room

Springs Terrace Room

Garden Spa Villas 1 bedroom $530 per night or 2 bedrooms (up to 4 people) $680 per night

Spa Villas Lounge

Transport and Access

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Hepburn Springs is nestled amongst the Macedon Ranges offering a picturesque setting of Australian forests with fresh mountain air. Hepburn Springs is a resort town in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region often referred to as the ‘Spa Capital of Australia’ as it is situated in the middle of the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia. Complimentary car parking is available at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel.


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Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs