• Fri
    The Ulumbarra Theatre, Capital Theatre & Bendigo Art Gallery

    The SEMF Bendigo weekend has now become a popular feature of the region’s cultural year, and with the 2018 edition we are delighted to respond to the demand and expand its scope by extending the program to include a Sunday morning concert too! Our artist lineup is once again top-flight and unique, featuring such dazzling and loved Australia-based artists as Andrew Haveron, Ian Munro, Tobias Breider and Caroline Almonte. They are joined by our international guest, Stephen Stirling, one of Europe’s finest horn soloists and chamber musicians, and principal horn with the legendary Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

    Committed as we are to promoting outstanding young talent as well, we are thrilled to invite Zoe Freisberg to join us this year. She has already established an enviable reputation as soloist with leading Australian orchestras, an ACO Emerging Artist, and as a sought-after chamber musician. She will be featured in the new Sunday morning recital, as well as performing alongside our established artists on Friday and Saturday.

    The program includes sensational works by Suk and Saint-Saens, as well as Arensky’s gorgeously lyrical and dramatic quartet for the unusual combination of violin, viola and two cellos. Stephen will shine in Haydn’s sparkling Concerto, and the Dunhill Cornucopia, a group of gorgeous romantic salon pieces. Ian and Caroline will provide a luxury afternoon of piano four-hand gems, and we will of course continue with our now traditional cushion concert, coffee concert and master class.
    Our thanks go once again to the City of Bendigo for its continued support of this growing event, making the City’s glorious venues sing with enticing and inspiring world-class music-making – we do hope you can join us!

    To download the 2018 Bendigo Flyer please click here

    Friday 20th April
    Location: Bendigo Art Gallery
    6.30pm Welcome Glass of Sanguine Wine
    7.30pm Welcome Concert $37/$35
    Suk – Piano Trio in C minor Op. 2 (Zoe, Chris, Ian)
    Dunhill – Cornucopia Op. 95 (Stephen, Ian)
    Saint-Saëns – Piano Quartet Op. 41 (Andrew, Tobias, Howard and Ian)

    Saturday 21st April
    10.00am Master class
    Location: Capital Theatre
    11.00am Coffee Concert
    Location: Capital Theatre
    Miklós Rózsa – String Trio Op.1 (Andrew, Tobias, Chris)
    2.00pm Piano Duo recital with Ian Munro and Caroline Almonte
    Location: Capital Theatre
    Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture Op. 26
    Schumann – Bilder aus Osten, Op.66
    Jensen – Hochzeitsmusik, Op.45
    Schubert – 3 Marches militaires, D.733
    6.45pm Welcome Glass of Sanguine Wine
    7.30pm Gala Concert $37/$35
    Location: Ulumbarra Theatre
    Haydn – String Quartet C major Hob. III:72
    Haydn – Horn Concerto No 2 in D major Hob. VII (Steve, Andrew, Zoe, Tobias, Howard, Chris)
    Arensky String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op 35 (Andrew, Tobias, Howard, Chris)

    Sunday 22nd April
    11.00am Violin Recital with Zoe Freisberg and Ian Munro
    Schubert – Rondo for Violin in A Major D438
    Brahms – Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108
    Ysaye – Caprice d’apres l’Etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saens

  • Thu
    Sanguine Estate - 77 Shurans Lane, Heathcote

    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

  • Sat
    10am - 5pmSanguine Estate - 77 Shurans Lane, Heathcote

    Heathcote on Show is our annual showcase of the wine, food and fun that Heathcote has to offer over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. All the things you love and expect - a warm welcome, red wines, vertical tastings, long lunches and insightful masterclasses.

    We look forward to welcoming you to our James Halliday Red 5 star rated winery. Taste our range of award winning wines in the comfort of our cosy Barrel Room, enjoy the vineyard views from our landscaped terrace and join award winning winemaker Mark Hunter and the Hunter family as we celebrate the best wine and food regional Victoria has to offer. Sanguine Estate will be open from 10am to 5pm every day over the long weekend.

    For more information please call us on 0488 008 339, email or visit Heathcote on Show

  • Fri
    4:15 pmRACV City Club Wine Cellar - 501 Bourke St Melbourne

    The Sanguine Wine Club Shiraz blending session comprises:

    • A tutored session on how to blend an award winning shiraz
    • An opportunity for you to formulate your preferred wine blend and take home a 375ml bottle sample of it.


    • Your name will be placed on the back label of the Sanguine Wine Club Shiraz as a contributor to the blend
    • You’ll receive an allocation of 6 bottles of the Sanguine Wine Club Shiraz blend (with your name on the back label)
    • Once allocations of the Wine Club Shiraz have been finalised for the full membership, any left over will be offered to you first. (Many of our participants last year purchased extra Wine Club Shiraz – with their name on the back label of course – to give as gifts to family, friends and clients for Christmas)

    In this unique insight into the world of Sanguine Shiraz and over the course of an hour and a half, Mark will present you with a selection of wine samples extracted that morning from our barrels at the winery. He will then tutor you on how to blend an award winning wine taking into consideration the important role of tannins, oak, acid, fruit, depth, length and mouth feel so that you have all the tools necessary to formulate your very own wine blend. Mark will then take your creation along with other guests joining you in the session and formulate the most popular blend that will become the 2017 Sanguine Wine Club Shiraz.

    When and Where

    Friday 22nd June 4:15pm for Canapés and Meet & Greet, 4:30pm - 6:30pm Blending Session.

    RACV City Club Wine Cellar, 501 Bourke St Melbourne
    Housing one of the finest wine collections in Melbourne, the ambiance of this exclusive room will provide the ideal setting for such an exciting occasion. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this iconic venue I can assure you you’re in for a big treat!


  • Wed
    6:30 pmMatteo's - 533 Brunswick St, North Fitzroy

    Wine and food aficionados will delight in this exclusive Annual Sanguine Estate event aimed at treating your senses to the finer things in life and sharing the experience with family and friends.

    As Matteo’s intimate space only allows us to seat up to 70 people for dinner, tickets are limited and we recommend securing yours early.

    Matteo’s is a well-established Melbourne institution, renowned for its European cuisine with a fusion of Asian and proud recipient of 2 Chef Hats. Not only is the food incredible here, the venue itself is a study in refined beauty, its rooms evoking a truly intimate ambiance.

    Following the overwhelming positive feedback from the 2017 event in August we are pleased to announce that the evening will begin with a Wine Masterclass with a special guest appearance.

    Our guests will be treated to a three course gastromomic feast designed by Head Chef Buddha Lo to complement our Sanguine Estate Wines. The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of our 2016 D’Orsa Shiraz. Of course, in the usual Sanguine style, each night includes prize giveaways.

    Our Gift to you
    Our valued Wine Club Members will receive a complimentary bottle of our latest release Inception Shiraz, while non-members shall receive a bottle of our new release Progeny Shiraz.

    Early bird discounted price of $178 per person (including gifts valued at minimum $30) until 1st July. 

    Full price $189 from 2nd July 2018. Wine Club $171

    Contact or phone 0488 008 339.