Great Southern Festival

Bach In The Vines


Sun 23 Feb 2014

Savour exquisite food, wine and the majestic sounds of Bach in the picturesque surrounds of Forest Hill. This is an intimate event with solo cello performances played between servings of seasonal, regionally inspired dishes. 

When the 13-year-old cello prodigy Pablo Casals unearthed a copy of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello in a Barcelona thrift store, a legacy began that led to the works becoming the most performed and recognisable in the history of cello music.

This event will present selections from the revered suites by three premier Australian cellists; Janis Laurs, Rachel Johnston and Louise McKay. Punctuated with regionally inspired dishes by celebrated chef Silas Masih of Salt & Pepper Restaurant and a complimentary glass of Great Southern sparkling to kick it off, this is a festival moment, amidst the splendour of gorgeous mountain and vineyard views, to relish.

Run time: 2 hours. 


Players & Makers, Sat 22 Feb, 10am

Paul Davies, Mel Robinson and Rachel Johnston present a history of the cello from early viols to today’s electro-acoustic hybrids. Join us as we explore the evolution of the instrument and imagine its future. Musically illustrated with an array of exquisite works from Bach and Barrierre through to contemporary pieces.

Composer and Cellist, Sat 22 Feb, 11am

What happens when a player picks up the pen? Iain Grandage leads us through the development of cello music as driven by player-composers from Boccherini to contemporary writers such as himself. With plenty of musical moments provided by Iain and other Playmakers musicians.

Singer and Player, Sun 23 Feb, 10am

Mel Robinson and Peter Grayling take the cello out of the concert hall and the concert hall out of the cello. They discuss improvisation, singing while playing and finding your nonclassical groove.

Local Cello Heroes, Sun 23 Feb, 11am

Albany-raised cellist Kiersten Fage meets visiting Playmakers cellists in a master class that reveals the behind-the-scenes instruction and advice that builds great players. The master class will give valuable insights to students, teachers and professional musicians.

You can view and download the program here.


Image: Andrew Halsall supplied by City of Albany


Sun 23 Feb 2014
Forest Hill Winery

Sun 23 Feb, 1pm


General Admission $149.50
Friends $139.50

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