springmusic ’17


Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November in Castlemaine and Maldon.

Here’s something different!

A weekend of music, fun and exploration in the central Victorian Goldfields region.


On the afternoon of Saturday 18 November, it’s all aboard the gorgeous old Goldfields steam train, travelling in first class carriages through the beautiful rolling countryside of central Victoria, with live jazz along the way.

Disembark at Maldon, Australia’s very first “notable town”, and head for the historic Kangaroo Hotel for dinner and drinks.

After dinner, amble over to Maldon’s community centre, the Progress Hall, for a live concert featuring four of Australia’s finest musicians: Zoe Black on violin, Josephine Vains on cello, and Ken Murray on guitar, plus wonderful mezzo soprano Kristen Leich. An extraordinary program to showcase this group’s individual and collective talents:

— a moving requiem for solo cello by Sculthorpe

— the much loved, flamboyant folk songs by Spanish composer De Falla for mezzo soprano and guitar

— a work by Australian pianist/composer Chindamo written for and performed by Zoe Black

— a dazzling, virtuosic duo for violin and cello by Halvorsen

— music for violin and guitar by Paganini, the greatest violin virtuoso of the 19th century

— and finally, cabaret songs from Weil’s Threepenny Opera for all four musicians, arranged by local conductor and composer David Kram.

After the concert, you’ll be transported back to Castlemaine, tired but exhilarated (guaranteed!)

The following day, Sunday 19 November, the feast of music continues…

Have a leisurely late brunch at one of Castlemaine’s quirky cafes, then join us in the afternoon at the lovely old Castlemaine Town Hall for a firey performance by the sensational Firebird Trio: Curt Thompson on violin, Josephine Vains on cello and Benjamin Martin on piano.

Their program opens with Beethoven’s late piano trio in e flat, and after interval, the emotional, dramatically charged piano trio in g minor by Bohemian composer Smetana. Just before the interval, the world premiere of a piano trio composed by the Firebird’s stunning pianist and composer Benjamin Martin.

For tickets, click here.