Spring Music is the name given to events organised by Taradale Music Inc. Taradale Music is a non-profit organisation with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, enthusiastically committed to promoting excellence in music education and to bringing fine music, from jazz and cabaret to symphony and opera, to the Goldfields region of central Victoria.

Our vision is to celebrate music and performance of the highest standards, showcasing metropolitan and international artists together with outstanding local professionals. We aim to go where others have feared to tread — developing and showcasing the unrecognised musical talents of regional Victoria.

Building on an unprecedented standing ovation at the Castlemaine Town Hall performance in 2012, Spring Music has pioneered a biennial master-class and concert performance program which provides local instrumental and vocal musicians with ongoing opportunities to work with some of Australia’s most highly skilled music educators, and perform alongside some of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians – many of whom now live in the Goldfields region.

It is hard to overestimate the positive influence that an opportunity to work alongside inspirational and highly-qualified music teachers and celebrated concert professionals can have on the development of the musical skills and understanding of local, and particularly young, musicians. Spring Music aims to provide just such an opportunity.


A Message from Patron Barry Tuckwell

“In 2011 I was asked by Marco van Pagee to become the Patron of the inaugural Spring Music, which took place in Taradale September 2011.

The young musicians from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, displayed impressive musicianship and clearly had a huge impact on the audience. The intimacy of the local church was the ideal setting to listen to chamber music.

Marco van Pagee has an international reputation as a chamber music specialist. As tutor, he was responsible for the high standard, musically and technically, of these fine young ensemble musicians. Back in 1988, as founding Artistic Director, he established the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, which is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions.

I wholeheartedly support this wonderful initiative. I am also very pleased that Spring Music includes local young musicians from a range of secondary schools in master classes, as well as professional performers in our region. With continuing community support, I think Spring Music has a bright future as a biennial event, alternating with the Castlemaine State Festival. Enjoy!”

Barry Tuckwell, AC, OBE



Marco van Pagee — President and Artistic Director
Meredith Doig — Vice President
Chris Doig — Secretary
Kevin Quigley — Treasurer
Josh Stillwell
Naomi Wileman
Dale Simpson