Historic, light-filled St Andrews Anglican Church in Braidwood, designed by Cyril Blacket, is increasingly resonating to the strains of high quality classical and jazz music. It all began almost five years ago with the Canberra choir, Igitur Nos, kicking off the fund raising effort to refurbish St Andrew’s rare historic organ. Organs are like steam trains: they have a dedicated following. Increasingly over the years, through links to the South Coast Music Society, Canberra classical music scene and touring ensembles from Sydney, a greater range of ensembles and musicians have come to perform and, audiences both local and regional, have begun to grow. Another wonderful venue is the charming Braidwood Uniting Church. Both churches have excellent acoustics and offer that rare and magical experience of intimacy. This works well for both performers and audience members and is further enhanced with the performers mingling and chatting after the concerts over afternoon tea.
Earlier this year, the Canberra International Music Festival’s Taste of the Country tour embraced Bungendore and Braidwood in a series of unforgettable performances. Young and exciting organ scholar Jonathan Lee and British baroque trumpeter Richard Fomison presented an outstanding recital, making use of the historic organ and the church’s beautiful apse for dramatic effect. Now the 2019 Spring Concert Series is confirmed, showcasing wonderful diverse musical offerings at very reasonable ticket prices. All concerts start at 2pm and are mostly on Sunday afternoons, so make a day of it: drive to historic Braidwood, lunch at one of the many excellent cafes, attend the concert, join the musicians for afternoon tea and then head home in time for tea! Get with the program. If you would like to join the Braidwood Concert e-newsletter for updates, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2019 Braidwood Spring Concert Series Sunday 25 August 2pm Canberra Classical guitar virtuoso, Minh Le Hoang, returns to Braidwood for a solo performance, launching his national tour. The ever popular performer’s program encompasses baroque to contemporary composers: from JS Bach, Scarlatti, Albeniz, Ponce, to Pereira, Piazzolla and Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe. Tix: $25 adults, $20 concessions, under 15s FREE. On sale on the door, CASH ONLY. Braidwood Uniting Church 66 Monkittee St, Braidwood NSW
Ming Le Hoang to play at Braidwood Uniting on 25 August Sunday 22 September 2pm 'Chasing Chet’ is now an established project for Ben Martson (trumpet), Lachlan Coventry (guitar)and James Luke (bass). Featuring a program of Jazz standards with reference to Doug Raney,Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Chet Baker himself, the Trio provide a clear vision oflyrical melodies, rich harmonic colourings and virtuosic punctuations.Tix: $25 adults, $20 concessions, under 15s FREE.On sale on the door, CASH ONLY. St Andrews Anglican Church 47 Elrington St, Braidwood NSW Sunday 20 October St Andrews Anglican Church annual fund raising event for the Organ Restoration & Maintenance Fund. Concert performances by renowned organist Dr James Forsyth and Braidwood’s own Mervyn Olds. EXIT by DONATION St Andrews Anglican Church 47 Elrington St, Braidwood NSW Sunday 3 November 2pm String trio Three Piece Suite with flautist, James Fortune, present a mostly Australian themed program including selections for flute and strings by Percy Grainger, Graham Powning, Margaret Sutherland, David Hush, Sarah Hopkins, Alice Chance, Gregory van der Struik and Caspar Kummer. There may be a hot-off-the-press World Premiere! Tix: $25 adults/concession, Children $5 You can purchase tix from TPS website: https://tpschambermusic.com/concerts.html Or purchase at the door, CASH ONLY. St Andrews Anglican Church 47 Elrington St, Braidwood NSW Monday 18 November 2pm Evergreen Ensemble plays 18th and 19th century Scottish-Australian music from the collections of the National Library of Australia. Virtuosic arrangements of Scots tunes by Edinburgh fiddlers, Tasmanian Strathspeys played on baroque violin, beautiful songs from the Hebrides and 19th C Australian piano music. Recorded for ABC Classics, the album CD ‘One Hundred Days Away’ will be available on tour. Baroque violin & direction: Shane Lestideau;Voice & Celtic harp: Claire Patti; Baroque viola: Ben Dollman;Baroque cello: Rachel Johnson; Piano accordion: Emily Rose Sarkova. Tix: $35 adults, $30 concessions, under 15s Free. On sale at the door, CASH ONLY. St Andrews Anglican Church, 47 Elrington St Braidwood