More venues add to music trail appeal

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Philharmonic South West musician Naomi King, 13, will play a $20,000 violin which belonged to Pat McKenna’s mother at the Ferguson Valley Music Trail.
Camera IconPhilharmonic South West musician Naomi King, 13, will play a $20,000 violin which belonged to Pat McKenna’s mother at the Ferguson Valley Music Trail.

A record number of venues is set to make this year’s Ferguson Valley Music Trail, presented by philharmonic south west, the biggest and best yet.

Taking place on Sunday, the trail will be split into two routes, with performances happening simultaneously at different venues.

Musicians will start of on a high note at Ferguson Farmstay and Lyndendale Galley at 10am, with the former to host “beautiful brass and saxophones” and the latter to invite baroque soloists.

A performance entitled A Night In Madrid will see castanets and strings at Evedon Park at 11am, as an intimate string quartet serenades Hart Estate’s visitors.

Music lovers can munch on a lunchtime feast at Green Door, Wellington Cottages, Ferguson Falls, Wild Bull and Carlaminda French Bistro, while enjoying a piano trio, a performance of The Typewriter, Jazz and Blues and Swoon for the Soul.

The day celebrating music, food, wine and beautiful scenery will culminate in the Orchestra Concert at St Aidan’s Wines at 3pm.

Concert master Sabine Pfuhl was pleased to see how far the event had come after four years, with the inaugural event taking place across just three venues.

“This is our most amount of venues ever, which means even more people can come along – so we hope to see new faces,” she said.

“Each performance is tailor made to suit each venue.”

She said there would be opportunities for audience participation, such as the Mozart Toy Symphony at Wellington Cottages and highlights would include The Typewriter and A Night in Madrid with Spanish dancers Sol y Sombra.

“With Sol y Sombra we have two pieces we play which includes the castanets, drums and bells,” she said.

“And The Typewriter will be performed by a 15-year-old percussionist and we had to tailor the speed of the piece to the typewriter.”

At just 13 years of age, musician Naomi King will perform on the day with a $20,000 violin.

The instrument was loaned to her by Pat McKenna, who’s mother was a violinist for the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, under the condition she uses it only when she plays for Philharmonic South West.

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