2018  Directors’ Welcome – Heathcote 

First of all we would like to thank you all for your support for the new dates of the Festival: a chance for you to enjoy a slightly warmer wardrobe, and for us a year without the spectre of fire warnings keeping us awake at nights!

In addition to our indispensible SEMF artists Ian and Tobi, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Haveron who made the 2016 festival such a delight both as a virtuoso violinist and as a master conférencier. He is joined on violin by Sophie Rowell, known and loved as soloist, concertmaster and passionate chamber musician. Also new to SEMF this year is the remarkable youngviolist Stefanie Farrands, presently principal of TSO after a distinguished period of performing in Berlin. Our two overseas guests are Steven Stirling, principal horn with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and one of Europe’s finest and sought-after players, and the stellar pianist Yu Kosuge who is forging a brilliant international career also as an award-winning Sony recording artist. Once again, we aim to bring you the very best artists in combinations you won’t find anywhere else!

The extraordinary Korngold Sextet has been on Andrew’s wishlist for two years now, so this forms a bookend for the Gala concert with a dream artist lineup for Brahms’ justly famous Horn Trio. Boccherini, Beethoven and Mozart make return appearances, sometimes in more unusual formations, and we a thrilled to share with you discoveries of gems by Dohnanyi, Stanford, Martinu, Dotzauer and Szymanowski. In keeping with her reputation for imaginative programming, Yu will present a segment of three Barcarolles at the Welcome concert – a fine visiting card from a hugely interesting musician.

So we are very much looking forward to you joining us for what we trust will be another weekend of exciting discovery together, sustained as always by the fantastic team of Monsieur Pierre, and of course the warm glow of the Hunter family hospitality and stellar wines.

Howard and Chris

PDF version of the programme can be downloaded here


Friday 27th April 

from 6.45pm Canapés and pre-concert drinks

7.30pm Welcome concert

L.v.Beethoven – Horn Sonata op.17 (arr. quintet) (Steven, Sophie, Andrew, Stefanie, Chris)
G.Fauré – Barcarolles 10 and 11 (Yu)
Chopin – Barcarolle (Yu)
E.v.Dohnányi – Piano Quintet C minor op.1 (Ian, Andrew, Sophie, Tobias, Howard)

9pm Goumet Supper


Saturday 28th April

 9.30am Free Community Concert at St Johns Church, Heathcote
Miklós Rózsa – String Trio op.1 (Andrew, Tobias, Chris)

From 10.30am Tea and Coffee

11am “Inside the Music” Concert with Howard, Sponsored by Alex W Grant Violins

12 noon Reserve Pass holders: Food and Wine Matching Master Class lunch with winemaker Mark Hunter and Chef Simon Fenwick

Estate and Day Pass holders: casual gourmet lunchbox in winery

2pm “Conversations” Concert

W.A. Mozart – Piano Trio G Major K.564 (Yu, Sophie, Howard)
Martinu – Madrigal No.1 (Andrew, Tobias)
Stanford – Horn Quintet (Steven, Sophie, Andrew, Stefanie, Chris)
Szymanowski – Three Paganini Caprices op.40 (Andrew, Ian)

From 5.45pm Canapés and pre-concert drinks

6pm “Meet the Makers”: Q and A with musicians, winemakers and chefs

6.30pm Gala Concert
Brahms – Horn Trio op.40 (Steven, Andrew, Yu)
Ravel – Violin Sonata no.2 (Sophie, Ian)
Korngold – String Sextet op.10 (Andrew, Sophie, Tobias, Stefanie, Howard, Chris)

8.30pm Gala Dinner

Sunday 29th April

10.15am Tea and coffee

11am Farewell Concert
Boccherini – Horn Sextet E flat Major G.471 (Steven, Sophie, Andrew, Tobias, Stefanie, Howard, Chris)
L.v.Beethoven – Three Marches op.45 (Yu, Ian)
Dotzauer – Sgring Quintet D minor op.134 (Andrew, Sophie, Tobias, Howard, Chris)

12pm Gourmet Lunch/BBQ