Huntington Estate Music Festival – Day 2
Two concerts in and rain hasn’t dampened spirits at this year’s Huntington Estate Music Festival. Despite chill winds the candles and lanterns around the winery grounds and especially in the marquees have created a surprisingly cosy atmosphere to enjoy some lovely meals and wine.But of course music is the real reason we’re here. The Adelaide Chamber Singers opened last night’s concert singing Monteverdi and Alice Giles astonished not only playing but singing into her harp in the work that Eberhard wrote especially for her. Guy Johnston and Kristian Chong impressed in the Barber while Tom Meglioranza and Bernadette Harvey charmed us all in a bracket of songs entitled “Schoenberg and his wayward pupils.” To close the evening the Modigliani String Quartet made Mendelssohn’s string quartet op 80 their own. This morning was an extra special concert featuring the world premiere of a new string quartet by Rosalind Page. The performance by the Australian String Quartet was riveting and the audience greeted Rosalind warmly afterwards. Alice Giles returned to the stage performing Britten, followed by Sophie Rowell and Caroline Almonte in the Australian premiere of three pieces by Richard Dubugnon. Caroline Almonte then took us on a journey with Liszt, before the Aroha String Quartet concluded with a masterly performance of Borodin.
There are plenty more exciting things in store for tonight, not least artists in conversation prior to the concert with Carl Vine, and a live broadcast on ABC Classic FM hosted by Emma Ayres, who arrived in Mudgee on her motorbike, dressed in her best yellow leathers. Tonight’s concert includes works by Bach, Vine, Ravel, Wolf and Koehne. We hope you can join us in person or on the radio!