By Fiona Watson MISTS of mellow fruitfulness are but a distant memory as the Four Seasons Fine Music Festival celebrates the beginning of spring with a lively program of exuberant gypsy music to awaken the senses and The Babaganoush Gypsy Ensemble is an energetic and rapturous five-piece band that performs spicy melodies, hot rhythms and fiery vocals. Their instruments are as exotic as the music they play. They will be performing at St Paul’s Church Clunes on Saturday 28 October at 7 pm.
Rhys Boak and Bruno Siketa will be performing at St John’s Church Creswick on Sunday 29 October at 2pm. Rhys will be playing the historic pipe organ, relocated from the Barkly Street Uniting Church in Ballarat in 2015. Rhys has toured Europe, China and Tokyo where he has given recitals to full houses.
He is currently Organist and Manager of Music at St Michael’s Uniting Church Melbourne and is frequently hears on ABC Classic FM and MBS.
Bruno was sub-principal trumpet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for two years and has been guest principal trumpet or casual trumpet with most Australian State and symphony orchestras.
He too plays regularly at Melbourne’s St Michael’s Uniting Church and has recently performed and recorded many new works by Australian and other contemporary composers.
Together they will be playing well-known classical pieces, from the haunting theme tune from Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone to music by Bach, Mozart, Bellini – and more! The spring program brings to a conclusion a most amazing year for the Anglican Parish of Springmount’s inaugural Four Seasons Fine Music Festival.
Director of the Festival Father Ryan Bennett said that the festival had surpassed his and the committee’s expectations.
“A group living within the Parish came to me with an idea and suddenly it took on a life of its own and this amazing festival is the result. These performances are about celebrating space, architecture, art and community. By utilising the churches for performance we are keeping them alive – the very walls are singing. There is much work to be done on both churches and proceeds from the performances and refreshments go towards our building appeal,” Father Ryan said.
The festival wants to encourage children to start enjoying music, so there is no charge, but children need to be accompanied by an adult. Following each concert light refreshments will be served, for which there will be a small cost.
Tickets are available through: www.ballaratanglican.org.au/fourseasons