The Program



5:30pm Welcome Drinks for Indulgent ticket holders and exclusive Meet the Artist function for Ultimate ticket holders. 

6:30pm Welcome Dinner
Enjoy entreé and main course from the award winning Argus Dining Room.

8pm Opening Concert – From Darkness to Light
We look forward to a trying year when the music stopped to the hope that comes with tomorrow. Music of great solemnity gives way to music of supreme hope.

Handel – Lascia Ch’io pianga from Rinaldo
(Rachel Wolseley and Timothy Young)

Shostakovich – Piano Quintet in g minor op. 57
(Jenny Khafagi, Francesca Hiew, Tom Higham, Blair Harris, Timothy Young)


Brahms Piano Quartet no. 3 in c minor op. 60
(Elizabeth Layton, Caroline Henbest, Michael Dahlenburg, Stewart Kelly)

Richard Strauss Allerseelen op 10 no. 8 and Morgen! op 27 no. 4
(Rachel Wolseley, Stewart Kelly)

10pm Dessert with the Artists
Join the artists for a night cap and sweet treats in the dining room.


11am Morning Recital – Turbulent Love
Great affairs, tender moments and heart broken longing come together in a program that fittingly opens with Schubert’s masterpiece he titled The Storms of Love!

Schubert – Allegro in a minor D947 The Storms of Love
(Timothy Young and Stewart Kelly)

Ysaÿe – Sonata for solo violin no. 3 ‘Ballade’
(Elizabeth Layton)

Sibelius – 5 Songs op. 37
Rachmaninov What happiness! Op. 34 no. 12
(Rachel Wolseley and Stewart Kelly)

Rachmaninov – Sonata for cello and piano op. 19
(Blair Harris and Timothy Young)

12:30pm Lunch
A picnic lunch for you to enjoy either in air conditioned comfort in the dining room, go exploring the beautiful gardens of the hotel or beyond to the townships of Hepburn Springs and  Daylesford.

2pm Classical Conversations
Author, economist, broadcaster and journalist George Megalogenis joins Stewart Kelly to discuss where our country is at, where it is heading and how we can rebuild a shattered economy post COVID-19.

6:30pm Evening Concert – Forgotten Voices
Music of three composers who deserve a far bigger platform in the repertoire are paired with a seductive and exquisitely French cycle of songs by Francis Poulenc.

Taneyev – String Trio in D
(Elizabeth Layton, Caroline Henbest, Michael Dahlenburg)

Moszkowski Spanish Dances for piano duet
(Timothy Young and Stewart Kelly)

Poulenc Banalites
(Rachel Wolseley and Timothy Young)

Frühling – Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor op. 30
(Francesca Hiew, Jenny Khafagi, Tom Higham, Blair Harris, Stewart Kelly)

8pm Gourmet Dinner
A lavish three-course dinner with matching wines in the Argus Dining Room with the artists.

10.30pm Candlelight Concert (For Ultimate ticket holders only)
Our late night concert this year celebrates the 100th birthday of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla with a party of tangos. Prepare to dance!

Piazzolla – Assorted tangos arranged for string quartet


Our Sunday program this year is devoted to the magical Italian culture. Two concerts of music either by Italian composers or inspired by the bewitching Italian landscape. In between, for Indulgent and Ultimate tickets holders, a grand Italian luncheon.

11am Morning Recital – Bella Italia Part 1

Platti – Ricercata Terza I 202 
(Elizabeth Layton and Michael Dahlenburg)

Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
(Timothy Young)

Wolf Italian Serenade
(Jenny Khafagi, Francesca Hiew, Caroline Henbest, Michael Dahlenburg)

Mendelssohn – Symphony no. 4 Italian arr. piano four hands
(Timothy Young and Stewart Kelly)

12:30pm Lunch
A feast of traditional Italian fare.

2.30pm Grand Finale – Bella Italia Part 2

Tartini – Sonata for violin and piano The Devil’s trills
(Francesca Hiew and Stewart Kelly)

Puccini and Verdi – A selection of favourite arias
Rossini La Danza
(Rachel Wolseley and Timothy Young)

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
(Elizabeth Layton, Jenny Khafagi, Caroline Henbest, Tom Higham, Michael Dahlenburg, Blair Harris)

View the 2018 program here.

View the 2019 program here.

View the 2020 program here.