How many kangaroos have the Australian String Quartet seen on the roads in 2016? Plenty, given the long list of regional towns that Dale, Francesca, Stephen and Sharon have visited this year. With instruments and suitcases tucked away and mobile phones charging away in the van, the Quartet has racked up thousands of kilometres.
Apart from its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife, Australia is also full of fantastic places to perform chamber music – not only hosted by schools, community halls and private homes, but also barrel cellars, woolsheds and some magnificent concert halls hidden away in the hills such as UKARIA, Mt Barker and Four Winds, Bermagui.
The ASQ has inspired local string students in Toowoomba and Mt Gambier, shone at festivals in Dunkeld, Margaret River and Port Fairy and can even claim to have performed to one third of the population of Balingup! We have been hosted by some remarkable people who are passionate about chamber music and love bringing their own community together to hear the ASQ – but the power of hearing live music up close is a wonderful reward. After all, who doesn’t enjoy listening to Mendelssohn or Ravel, with a glass of wine in hand, followed by a chorus of birds at sunset?
Regional Touring in 2016
Margaret River, WA
Mt Barker, SA
Mt Gambier, SA
Port Fairy, VIC