Great Southern Festival


22-23 Feb 2014

Playmakers brings some of the finest Australian players and makers to celebrate the versatility, joy and inspiration of one of the most sublime voices in the musical world – the cello.

Whether it is heard as a solo voice, as the bass voice that underpins a string quartet or in majestic unison as part of an orchestra, the cello provides its player with unlimited capacity for musical expression and artistry. The role of the cello constantly evolves and it is no surprise that it has resounded throughout history from the European Baroque to American neo bluegrass, from Bach to the Beatles and from Mendelssohn to Metallica.

Romantic Cello - THE ROCKS

Leading Australian cellists and mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell.
Sat 22 Feb, 4.30pm, $59/Friends $55 including refreshments


Solo and ensemble performances culminating in the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos for 8 cellos and voice.
Sat 22 Feb, 8pm, $48.50/Friends $45

Bach In The Vines – FOREST HILL WINERY, Denmark

Savour exquisite food, wine and the majestic sounds of Bach.
Sun 23 Feb, 1pm, $149.50/Friends $139.50


Scottish music played on electric cellos alongside Limeburner’s whisky tasting.
Sun 23 Feb, 5pm, $25


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



22-23 Feb 2014
Albany Entertainment Centre

Sat 22 Feb, 4:30pm
Sat 22 Feb, 8pm
Sun 23 Feb, 1pm
Sun 23 Feb, 5pm


Romantic Cello $59
Romantic Cello - Friends $55
Global Cello $48.50
Global Cello - Friends $45
Bach in the Vines $149.50
Bach in the Vines - Friends $139.50
Single Malt Cello $25

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