C & C Rigg Bequest Classic Music in Historic Venues 2023 - 2024

Our 2023 - 2024 series continues with fabulous recitals in four different historic venues. Enjoy these attractive and unique events at St Kilda Presbyterian Church, Como House and Garden, Labassa, and at Glenfern, from March to July 2024. See below for details of the programs and our wonderful guest artists, plus the booking links!


Voices of Grandeur - Bluestone Classics at St Kilda Presbyterian Church
Sunday March 17, 2024 at 3.00pm

An afternoon with Melbourne Cappella Chamber Choir and Rohan Murray in the wonderful acoustic of the historic St Kilda Presbyterian Church, 2 Alma Road, St Kilda. Conducted by Nicholas Cowall, with Rohan Murray at the piano, this male voice choir will thrill you with an exceptional blend of vocal prowess and piano artistry, within a repertoire spanning the soulful depths of Orthodox chant to the dramatic peaks of Italian opera and Russian and Hungarian romanticism.

Artists Image Glenfern 2021_09_12

Programme:
Melbourne Capella Chamber Choir, Nicholas Cowall (conductor), Rohan Murray (piano)
Chesnokov - Let my prayer Arise, Op 24 No. 8, a capella with alto solo
Puccini - Vexilla Regis Prodeunt, for 2-part male chorus & piano
Liszt - Missa quattuor vocum ad aequales S. 8, for 4-part male Chorus, soloists and keyboard
INTERVAL
Puccini- Humming Chorus (Madam Butterfly, for piano & male chorus
Puccini - Colline’s aria "Vecchia zimarra, senti" (from La Bohème) & Cavaradossi's aria "E lucevan le stelle" (from Tosca)
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture Op. 49, arr. Cowall for male chorus & piano

Venue: St Kilda Presbyterian Church
2 Alma Road,
St Kilda, VIC, 3182
(corner of Alma Road and Barkly Street, St Kilda)


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(Image courtesy of Paul Smith)
(Image courtesy of Paul Smith)

The Hollywood Connection at Como House & Garden
Sunday April 21, 2024 at 2.00pm and at 4.30pm

Join Vivien Hamilton - mezzo-soprano, Josephine Vains - cello and Robert Chamberlain - piano for a Hollywood-inspired recital in the elegant yet intimate Ballroom at Como House and Garden, still furnished with family heirlooms from the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a century.

Photo courtesy of the National Trust - Victoria
Photo courtesy of the National Trust - Victoria

Enjoy fabulous works for various combinations of voice, cello and piano by André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Erich Korngold, George Gershwin and Australian composer Luke Severn, as you glimpse the privileged lifestyle of the former occupants of this stunning National Trust mansion in South Yarra.

Hollywood Connection 2024 04 21 Como Artists Headshots 1

Programme includes:
Erich Korngold - Four Shakespeare Songs Op. 31 (voice & piano)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Allegro gentile, 2nd movement from Cello Concerto in G minor Op. 72, (cello & piano)
André Previn - Four Songs for Soprano, Cello and Piano (1994)
George Gershwin - Three Preludes for Piano (piano solo)
Luke Severn - When the World Was Young (2018) for cello & piano
André Previn - Vocalise, for voice, cello & piano (2002)
A selection of show and movie tunes from Hollywood - in original form and in arrangement

Choose from two performances, one at 2pm, the second at 4.30pm, with interval refreshments served on the Eastern Verandah by the Friends of the Team of Pianists. With strictly limited seating for each performance in the Ballroom, don't miss out - book now!

Venue: Como House & Garden - The Ballroom
Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra, VIC, 3141


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Photo courtesy of National Trust - Victoria
Photo courtesy of National Trust - Victoria

Ludwig Live at Labassa
Sunday May 26, 2024 at 3.00pm

A unique double recital in the National Trust’s lavish 19th century mansion Labassa. Experience the opulent architectural features and impressive interiors of Labassa as you enjoy two contrasting 40 - 45 minute recitals exploring the music of Beethoven (and others!), in one afternoon!

Labassa Exterior 1

Programme 1 - Reception Room
Judith Dodsworth (soprano), Roman Ponomariov (horn), Robert Chamberlain (piano)
Beethoven - Sonata in F major for Horn and Piano Op. 17
Beethoven - An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98, song cycle for voice and piano
Schubert - Auf Dem Strom Op 119 D. 943 for soprano, horn and piano
Flanders and Swann - An ill Wind (with apologies to WA Mozart) arr. for soprano, horn and piano

Programme 2 - Music Room
Yi Wang (violin), Darryl Coote (piano)
Beethoven - Sonata in A major, Op 47 (Kreuzer)


Labassa Reception Room with two wings

Each magnificently restored room seats only 40 people, thus each recital will be performed twice; after interval the audience will swap rooms to hear their second recital. Both rooms are at opposite corners of the ground floor, separated by doors and the entrance hall, so each audience will not be disturbed by sound from the other recital. With strictly limited seating, our previous Rigg Bequest double-recital at Labassa sold out early, so be sure to book soon!

Venue: Labassa
2 Manor Grove,
Caulfield North, VIC, 3161

(Please note: parking is in prohibited in Manor Grove and stilettos are not to be worn inside the house)


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Labassa Internal Door

Great Traditions of the Piano - Murray McLachlan at Glenfern
Sunday July 14, 2024 at 3.00pm

Hear brilliant visiting UK pianist Murray McLachlan in this stunning winter recital in the intimate Glenfern Drawing Room. His acclaimed solo recitals and concerto appearances have taken him to five continents. This program for the Team of Pianists draws from the great tradition of piano solo repertoire with works by Bach arr. Busoni, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin and Liszt. One recital only with strictly limited seating, book early to ensure your place!

Murray McLachlan

Programme
Murray McLachlan (piano)
Bach (arr. Busoni) - Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Beethoven - Sonata in E major, Op 109
Debussy - L’Isle Joyeuse
INTERVAL
Ravel - Jeux d’Eaux
Chopin - Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 45
Chopin - Berceuse, Op 57
Liszt - Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata

 

Venue: Glenfern
417 Inkerman Street,

(SE corner of Inkerman & Hotham Streets)
East St Kilda, VIC, 3163


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"...chamber music as it was intended..."

Upcoming Events

Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 3

Voices of Grandeur - Bluestone Classics at St Kilda Presbyterian Church

An unforgettable afternoon featuring Melbourne Cappella Chamber Choir, under the direction of Nicholas Cowall, accompanied by pianist Rohan Murray. A blend of vocal prowess and piano artistry, within a repertoire spanning the soulful depths of Orthodox chant to the dramatic peaks of Italian opera and Russian and Hungarian romanticism.

Works include Pavel Chesnokov’s ethereal "Let my prayer Arise" Op. 24 No. 8, Franz Liszt's "Missa quattuor vocum ad aequales" S. 8, a selection of arias and choruses by Giacomo Puccini and Tchaikovsky's famous "1812 Overture", ingeniously arranged for piano by the composer himself. Afternoon tea refreshments will be available also, served by Friends of the Team of Pianists.

Download the concert flyer, or read more here.... Don't miss hearing these voices of grandeur in the wonderful acoustics of St Kilda Presbyterian Church!

Date and Time

Sunday March 17, 2024 at 3.00pm

Presbyterian Church St Kilda
2 Alma Road (corner of Alma Road & Barkly Street)
St Kilda, VIC, 3182

Book now!

Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 4

The Hollywood Connection at Como House & Garden

Join Vivien Hamilton - mezzo-soprano, Josephine Vains - cello and Robert Chamberlain - piano for a Hollywood-inspired recital in the elegant yet intimate Ballroom at Como House and Garden. Enjoy fabulous works by André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Erich Korngold, George Gershwin and Australian composer Luke Severn, as you glimpse the lifestyle of the Armytage family - former occupants of this stunning National Trust mansion in South Yarra.

Seating is very limited, so choose from two performances, one at 2pm, the second at 4.30pm, with interval refreshments served on the Eastern Verandah by the Friends of the Team of Pianists! Read more here...

Date and Time

Sunday April 21, 2024 at 2.00pm or at 4.30pm

The Ballroom (inside the main house)
Como House and Garden
Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra, VIC, 3141

Book now!

Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 5

Ludwig Live at Labassa!

A unique double recital in the National Trust’s lavish 19th century mansion Labassa. Experience the opulent architectural features and impressive interiors of Labassa as you enjoy the music of Beethoven (and others!) in two contrasting 40 - 45 minute recitals in one afternoon!

Soprano Judith Dodsworth, horn player Roman Ponomariov, and pianist Robert Chamberlain perform Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F Op. 17, Beethoven’s song-cycle An die ferne Geliebte ("To the distant beloved") Op. 98, which is rarely heard with female voice, as well as trios by Schubert and Flanders & Swann (arr.) in the Music Room. While violinist Yi Wang and pianist Darryl Coote perform Beethoven’s mighty Sonata in A major, Op 47 (Kreuzer) in the Reception Room.

Each recital will be performed twice; after interval the audience will swap rooms to hear their second recital. Both rooms are at opposite corners of the ground floor, separated by doors and the entrance hall, so each audience will not be disturbed by sound from the other recital!

With strictly limited seating, our previous Rigg Bequest double-recital at Labassa sold out early, so book soon for Ludwig Live at Labassa! Read more here...

Date and Time

Sunday May 26, 2024 at 3.00pm

Labassa
2 Manor Grove
Caulfield North, VIC, 3161
(Please note: Parking in Manor Grove is prohibited)

Book now!

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