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2017 Festival Program

Artistic Director Carl Vine says: "although we will have the usual smattering of unusual and modern works, the 2017 festival will feature a much larger proportion than usual of great classics and popular favourites. There will be surprises as well, but this will be the Year Of The Great Classic!"

Thematic threads run unobtrusively through this year’s repertoire. We’ll have the complete set of Beethoven’s three ‘Razumovsky’ quartets, written to inspire and entertain their noble commissioner. At least one of them makes a nod to Russian folksong, so it’s nice to run that idea down a different path, through some tuneful Scandinavian folksongs, brilliantly arranged and played by the extraordinary Danish String Quartet. Proof that beauty in music knows no age barriers, the teenage Mendelssohn’s peerless String Octet makes an appearance to emphasise all that is rich and fantastic about the sound of strings. And it’s a particularly mellow year, with the warm tones of a mezzo-soprano, the viola, and the cello all highlighted.

Repertoire will include:

BARBER Dover Beach
BARTÓK String Quartet no 1
BEETHOVEN ‘Razumovsky’ Quartets, op 59 nos 1, 2 and 3
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata op 102 no 2
FRANCK Piano Quintet
Alma MAHLER Songs
RAVEL Piano Trio
STANHOPE Octet 'Nephesh'
Richard STRAUSS Songs
TRADITIONAL Nordic and Scandinavian folksongs
VINE Cello Sonata (world premiere)

Artists / Repertoire still to be confirmed

We are in hot pursuit of more international talent, as well as some more home-grown loveliness, and will have more news soon – follow us on facebook, or check our website for updates. We will endeavour to have our first update on the site February 10th.

The 28th Huntington Estate Music Festival celebrates everything audiences have come to love about this event: an exclusive and exciting mix of artists from around the world and across Australia, performing favourite pieces and delicious new discoveries, all paired with glorious food and wine and a beautiful country estate. 

  • Opening Weekend - Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th November 2017.  
    Purchase Tickets here

  • Full Festival - Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th November 2017.  

  • Tickets on pre-sale on the 13th February. Join our mailing list but emailing

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.  Artistic Director Carl Vine AO.

For tickets to the Full Festival, please call us on 1800 995 931



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