Violinist Zak Rowntree and flautist Emily Gunson will perform in the Perth Hills.

Classical music in the Perth Hills

Zak Rowntree known for his appearances with the Darlington Chamber Ensemble will be among those performing classical music in the Perth Hills.
November 9, 2023

THE Perth Hills will come alive with the sounds of classical chamber music during a series of five concerts in three of the historic stone churches in the Perth Hills, each with their own unique appeal and warm intimate acoustics.

The series starts with two concerts in the serene ambience of St Cuthbert’s Church (1924), nestled among the gum trees in Darlington.

Next are two performances in the picturesque St Swithun’s Church (1910) in Lesmurdie and the series concludes at the elegant little Church of the Epiphany (1914) in Mundaring.

All three venues are air-conditioned, and there is ample parking on-site (Darlington and Lesmurdie), or in the car-park opposite (Mundaring).

The programmes feature classical trios for flute, violin and cello, composed by the eighteenth-century flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), friend and inspiration to Mozart.

These attractive works are filled with lyrical melodies, expressive harmonies and sparkling brilliance, with every piece presenting fresh and original delights.

Wendling’s trios are arguably his finest compositions and the charming venues with their intimate ambience and warm acoustics will provide the perfect setting.

Flautist Emily Gunson is joined by violinist Zak Rowntree from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, well known to Hills audiences for his regular appearances with the Darlington Chamber Ensemble, along with cellists Catherine Tabi, Miranda Murray-Yong and Miah Smith.

Concert Two includes Natalya Czernicziw (bassoon) and John Hardy (harpsichord).

All concerts start at 3pm with St Cuthbert’s concerts on Sunday, November 19 and Saturday, November 25, St Swithun’s on Sunday, November 26 and Saturday, December 2 and the Church of the Epiphany on Sunday, December 3.

To book call 9574 1591.

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