The Program


Music by the Springs 2020


5:30pm Welcome Drinks for Indulgent and Ultimate ticket holders

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

8pm Opening Concert – So much to C
C major, C minor, the sea and wonderment of the journey that has been and of that which is to come. In his big anniversary year, our opening program begins fittingly with music of a teenage Beethoven as he began his journey.

Beethoven – Piano Quartet in C major WoO. 36
Elizabeth Layton, Tom Higham, Edith Salzmann, Stewart Kelly

Debussy La Mer arr. Debussy for four hands
Timothy Young and Laurence Matheson


John Ireland Sea Fever

Schubert Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
Auf der Bruck
Matheis and Stewart Kelly

Mendelssohn – Piano Trio no. 2 in c minor op. 66
Markiyan Melnychenko, Blair Harris, Timothy Young

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


11am Morning Recital – The Art of Fugue
The fugue was and in some ways remains the ultimate test for a composer in craftsmanship. We explore four works that feature some benchmark examples of the form.

Bach arr. Goedicke – Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor BWV582
Laurence Matheson and Stewart Kelly

Haydn – String Quartet in C major op. 20 no. 2
Elizabeth Layton, Markiyan Melnychenko, Tom Higham, Blair Harris

Franck Prelude, fugue and variation op. 18 for violin and piano
Elizabeth Layton and Laurence Matheson

Beethoven – Sonata for piano and cello no. 5 in D major op. 102 no. 2
Edith Salzmann and Stewart Kelly

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  Dalyesford.

2pm Classical Conversations
Academic, educator and NSW State Librarian John Vallance joins Stewart Kelly to discuss his love of music, his fascinating career and his passion for the Classics.

6:30pm Evening Concert – First Impressions
This program plays on the idea of debuts and first encounters. A world premiere composed for the festival, a recent Australian masterpiece, a song cycle composed in the afterglow of love at first sight and the romantically charged opus one of the young Josef Suk.

Calvin Bowman A Purcell Suite (World Premiere)
Timothy Young and Stewart Kelly

Schumann Dichterliebe op. 48
Markus Matheis and Timothy Young

Natalie Williams The Dreaming Land Sonata for cello and piano
Blair Harris and Laurence Matheson

Suk – Piano Quartet in a minor op. 1
Markiyan Melnychenko, Caroline Henbest, Edith Salzmann, 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)
In this year of his significant anniversary, we travel to the transcendental world of late Beethoven with his magnificent final string quartet, composed in total deafness and extreme frailty.

Beethoven – String quartet in F major op. 135
Elizabeth Layton, Markiyan Melnychenko, Caroline Henbest, Edith Salzmann


11am Morning Recital – Best of British
Gorgeous music from three of the finest English composers with song texts by none other than William Shakespeare. A very British morning indeed!

Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring op. 18
Markus Matheis and Stewart Kelly

Britten – Cello Sonata
Blair Harris and Timothy Young

Vaughan Williams – Quintet for piano and strings in c minor
Lucy Warren, Tom Higham, Edith Salzmann, Emma Sullivan, Stewart Kelly

12:30pm Lunch
A magnificent final feast!

2pm Grand Finale – The Roaring 20’s
Music from that most hedonistic of decades, the 1920’s with jazz tinged Gershwin, the songs of Cole Porter and virtuosic Ravel. To conclude the festival, on the 100th anniversary of it’s creation, the absurdly underperformed octet of Max Bruch.

Gershwin arr. Sauter Rhapsody in Blue arr. Piano and string quintet
Timothy Young, Elizabeth Layton, Lucy Warren, Caroline Henbest, Blair Harris, Emma Sullivan

Cole Porter – A selection of songs
Markus Matheis and Stewart Kelly

Ravel Tzigane
Markiyan Melnychenko and Laurence Matheson

Bruch – Octet
Elizabeth Layton, Markiyan Melnychenko, Lucy Warren, Natalia Harvey, Caroline Henbest, Tom Higham, Edith Salzmann, Emma Sullivan 

View the 2018 program here.

View the 2019 program here.