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Margaret River Weekend of Music - Margaret River


Fri 21 Apr
 - 23 April 2017

Margaret River Region

Presented by
Australian String Quartet


Margaret River Weekend of Music 

Friday 21 -Sunday 23 April 2017
Australian String Quartet with Pieter Wispelwey, cello and Caroline Almonte, piano    

An exclusive weekend celebrating fine music, food and wine

Picture a trail through ancient eucalypt forests, past pristine surf beaches, and the promises offered in hectares of vines leading to your next cellar door. Awaiting you are intimate performances with the Australian String Quartet, exceptional guest artists and indulgent gourmet experiences. 

The Australian String Quartet is delighted to team up with some of the region’s most outstanding vineyards and chefs to bring together the exclusive Margaret River Weekend of Music.  Over the weekend, the Australian String Quartet will bring to life timeless and exquisitely beautiful music, and this year will be joined internationally renowned cellist, Pieter Wispelwey and pianist Caroline Almonte.

Established in 1985, the acclaimed Australian String Quartet tours nationally to capital centres and regional communities each year. One of Australia’s finest music exports, the Quartet is regularly invited to perform at international music festivals and has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and Asia in recent years. The Australian String Quartet are privileged to perform on a matched set of Guadagnini instruments. This rare family of instruments was handcrafted in Italy between 1743 – 1784.


Friday 21 April

6.00pm - Welcome drinks*
6.30pm - Opening concert*
    Gordon Kerry
/ String Quintet no 2 (world premiere)
    Australian String Quartet and Pieter Wispelwey
   Schubert / String Quartet in G major D887
   Australian String Quartet
8.00pm - Dinner

Saturday 22 April

11.00am - Morning concert*
   Brahms /
Sonata for cello and piano no 1, op 38
  Pieter Wispelwey and Caroline Almonte

/ Piano Quintet no 1 op1 in C minor
  Australian String Quartet and Caroline Almonte
12.15pm - Picnic lunch*

Saturday 22 April

6.00pm - Evening concert
/ String Quartet in B flat major op 33 no 4, Hob III:40
   Australian String Quartet
   Tanayev / Cello Quintet in G major op 14
   Australian String Quartet and Pieter Wispelwey
7.30pm - Gala dinner

Sunday 23 April
CULLEN WINES (Barrel Hall)
11.30am - Morning concert*
    Glière /
Ten duos for two cellos, op 53
   Pieter Wispelwey and Sharon Draper
   Schubert / Cello Quintet in C major D956
   Australian String Quartet and Pieter Wispelwey
1.00pm - Lunch*



Margaret River's oldest wine estate, Vasse Felix focuses on crafting wines that best express the distinct characteristics of the region's best performing varieties. In 2012 Vasse Felix was rated as a Top 100 International Winery by Wine & Spirits Magazine, USA.

McHenry Hohnen Vintners is a venture between pioneer Margaret River winemaker David Hohnen and his brother-in-law and vine grower, Murray McHenry. The McHenry Hohnen intention is to shape wines of place with verve and vitality. This is done by embracing a hands-off winemaking philosophy, where each wine is a focussed expression of its variety, its growing season and its individual site. Viticultural practices embrace old-school holistic farming philosophies which cultivate an environment where the soil and its organisms, along with plants, insects and animals, co-exist in a thriving equilibrium.

Founded by Michael Wright, Voyager Estate offers a truly memorable wine experience.  The vineyard's location was selected because it has the ideal characteristics to create wines of elegance, complexity and balance.

Cullen Wines is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate and is one of the oldest and most awarded family wineries in Wilyabrup. First established in 1971 by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen, the winery has built an outstanding reputation for wines that receive critical acclaim worldwide. Daughter Vanya Cullen, has worked at the winery since 1983, before becoming Chief Winemaker in 1989 and Managing Director in 1999. She has worked tirelessly to develop the winery, first introducing organic farming in 1998 and then in 2004 seeing it classified as fully certified biodynamic.  Cullen boast an outstanding restaurant housed in their historic granite and timber building  and present a menu featuring fresh, seasonal, organic, biodynamic and local produce to perfectly complement their outstanding wines.

Platinum Package - $1350 per person
Immerse yourself in this all inclusive package for a complete weekend experience.
Silver Package - $550 per person
Enjoy a festival experience while taking the time to explore the region's many offerings.
* Denotes what is included in the Silver Package

Single Tickets - $100 per person

Friday 21 April, 6.00pm (for 6.30pm concert)
Welcome drink and concert at Vasse Felix

For more information or to book, call us on 1800 040 444, or click here to download a booking form.

For accommodation options in the Margaret River region, click here.

You can also include the Margaret River Weekend of Music in a tailored package put together by Renaissance Tours.  To be led by Alan Dodge AM, the 2011 WA Citizen of the Year, the tour package includes all festival events, three nights’ accommodation, return transfers from Perth, all transfers to concerts and wineries, meals and talks. Tour price from $2,350 per person sharing. See more here or contact Renaissance Tours on +61 2 9299 5801.