25 & 26 November 2017

The Robertson Hotel, Robertson & Hopewood House, Bowral


The AWO Chamber Music Festival in the NSW Southern Highlands is a weekend of breathtaking music presented in historic venues with fabulous country hospitality. The intimacy of this festival allows the audience to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s finest classical musicians from the international stage. International artists Miki Tsunoda (violin, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra) and Sally Clarke (viola, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart) will join local musicians Lerida Delbridge (Assistant Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Tinalley String Quartet) Christina Leonard (saxophone, AWO Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director), Marcello Maio (piano accordion), Kees Boersma (double bass, Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Timothy Nankervis (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)  for our 4th Chamber Music Festival in the Southern Highlands.


On Saturday night we return to the wonderful Robertson Hotel in Robertson, just 20 minutes out of Bowral, where the remarkable acoustics in its famous ballroom provide a stunning location for our concert with a sparkling wine and canapé supper. Delight in the Beethoven and the Dohnanyi serenades for string trio; enjoy both the effervescence and ancient stillness of the music of Ross Edwards – our Saturday night composer in focus; be charmed by the wit and humour of the music of Malcolm Arnold, and meet the players over a glass of sparkling after the concert.

Why not stay overnight at The Robertson Hotel and join us for breakfast on the Sunday morning before heading to Sunday’s “Fandango!” – accommodation is still available, call The Robertson Hotel directly on: (02) 4885 1111

On Sunday, celebrate Southern Highlands history at the grand estate of Hopewood House. Relax and savour the Mozart Divertimento and Mendelssohn String Symphony No.1 in the amphitheatre located in the beautiful gardens of Hopewood House. In the second half of the concert swoon to the sounds of jazz and tango classics with music by our Sunday composer in focus – local identity Ann Carr-Boyd AM. Featuring a string quintet and saxophone, plus this years’ special guest virtuoso piano accordionist Marcello Maio, this concert is in honour of The Hopewood Family.

Join us after the concert for a delicious rustic country lunch with wines available for purchase, and soak up the atmosphere of one of the most picturesque gardens and impressive historic estates in the Southern Highlands.

We look forward to welcoming you the NSW Southern Highlands!

Christina Leonard – Artistic Director, AWO Chamber Music Festival



Concert 1:  “Serenade” – Saturday November 25, 7pm at The Robertson Hotel, Robertson

Miki Tsunoda (violin), Sally Clarke (viola), Timothy Nankervis (cello), Christina Leonard (Saxophone)


Edwards – Ecstatic Dances
Beethoven – Serenade in D Maj Op.8
Edwards – Prelude and White Cockatoo Spirit Dance

Interval with drinks and canapés

Edwards – Prelude and Laughing Rock
Dohnanyi – Serenade in C Maj Op 10
Edwards –TBC
Arnold arr Leonard – Quartet Op 61

Post concert soiree with drinks and canapés


Concert 2: “Fandango!”– Sunday November 26, 11am at Hopewood House, Bowral – The Hopewood Family Concert

Miki Tsunoda (violin), Lerida Delbridge (violin), Sally Clarke (viola), Timothy Nankervis (cello), Kees Boersma (double bass), Christina Leonard (Saxophone), Marcello Maio (piano accordion)


Mendelssohn – String Symphony No.1 in C Maj
Dvorak arr. Leonard – Waltz Op 54 No.2
Carr-Boyd, arr. Leonard – Balmoral Beach Rag
Elgar arr. Leonard – Chanson de Nuit Op15 No1
Mozart – Divertimento in D Major K136

Interval (includes complimentary glass of sparkling)

Wolf – Italian Serenade
Carr-Boyd, arr. Leonard   – Rag for Razz
Ponce, arr. Leonard – Estrellita
Maio – solo Accordion
Carr-Boyd, arr. Leonard – Fandango for Fifi
Villoldo, arr. Maio – El Choclo
Rodriguez, arr. Maio – La Cumparsita
Jobim/Moraes, arr. Maio – Sem Voce
Maio – Hope
Carmichael – Stardust
Sanders – Adios Muchachos

Post concert country luncheon, with wines available to purchase



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