Review

“It was a joy and a privilege to hear Castlemaine Chamber Players perform Brahms’ Sextets 1 and 2, both in just over a month. Yesterday I found myself immersed often in that lush, complex, entwined, melodious and moving ‘Brahms sound’, with you all barely a few metres away!
I’d blink and find myself in Romsey. Rather stunning actually.”


– Ruth Williams, Cope-Williams Concert, Romsey

Concert in 2019

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Our next concert is on Saturday 25th May at 7.30pm.
Venue – Buda Historic Home, 42 Hunter St, Castlemaine

We continue our obsession with Brahms’ chamber music, this time playing his String Quartet in B flat, Opus 67. This is a mature work in four movements overflowing with melodies, rich harmonies and rhythmic invention.

We are excited to also feature contemporary compositions by Australian composers – Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrea Keeble (Melbourne) and a new arrangement of a well-known Latin song, composed especially for us by Wendy Rowlands (Castlemaine).

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Castlemaine Concert

Saturday 19th May, 2018 – 7.30pm

The Garden Room of Buda Historic House, 42 Hunter St, Castlemaine.

Castlemaine Chamber Players performed Mozart’s String Quintet in C.
This is one of Mozart’s two-viola quintets, and joining the Chamber Players was violist Olivia Forsberg from Melbourne. The program also included ‘Un poco allegretto’ by Brahms from his second string quintet, a romantic piece in both senses of the word, based on the Viennese waltz. The concert took place in Buda’s Garden Room and was well-attended despite clashing with the Royal wedding!

The Chamber Players enjoyed demonstrating the results of their January attendance at the Mt Buller Chamber Music Summer School, where they worked intensively with players from the Merlin Ensemble of Brisbane as well as Caroline Henbest, viola, and Patrick Murphy, cello.

This concert followed the Chamber Players’ previous performance of Mozart’s Quintet in G minor. Both quintets were composed in Mozart’s late period, within a few months of each other in 1787. They are major works by Mozart, each with four exquisite contrasting movements that demonstrate Mozart’s mastery of the chamber music form.

Autumn House Concert

Sunday 21st May, 2017
Two performances – 3pm & 7pm
2 Edward St. Castlemaine

Chamber music in the drawing room of one of Castlemaine’s historic homes. The Players warm strings and versatility in performance of the amazing Mozart string quintet in G minor, a Tango or Two, and songs of Gershwin and Berlin, sung by Sasha Bronshtein with quartet accompaniment.

These concerts supported the Players attendance at the Mt Buller Chamber Music Summer School.