In the picturesque setting of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Coriole Music Festival is set to enchant audiences once again with its 2024 program. Artistic Director Simon Cobcroft, a renowned soloist and orchestral musician, has crafted a lineup that promises to blend the new with the familiar, offering a rich tapestry of chamber music complemented by the region’s finest culinary delights.
Scheduled for the 18th and 19th of May 2024 at the Coriole Vineyards in McLaren Vale, the festival will feature three concerts showcasing an eclectic mix of composers. From the evocative works of Peter Sculthorpe to the stirring compositions of Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Sergei Prokofiev, the program is a celebration of musical diversity. A highlight is the world premiere of a piece by Australian composer Annie Hsieh, commissioned specifically for the festival.
The 2024 edition marks a significant moment for the festival, with the debut of three distinguished artists. The internationally acclaimed Orava Quartet, Australian baritone Samuel Dundas, and violinist Doretta Balkizas, a rising star in the Australian music scene, are set to grace the stage for the first time. Their performances are eagerly anticipated, adding fresh energy to the festival’s already impressive roster.
Returning favorites include pianist and author Anna Goldsworthy and the Australian-Russian piano virtuoso Konstantin Shamray. Their presence, along with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Viola Justin Julian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Double Bass Jonathan Coco, ensures a blend of new talent and established expertise.
Simon Cobcroft, also performing with the Lyrebird Trio, emphasizes the thematic focus of the 2024 program: the concept of ‘home’. “Whether it’s finding a way home, a lost home or the search for a place to belong, for all of the featured composers the term home carries many different meanings,” he explains. This theme resonates through the selected pieces, offering audiences a journey through musical interpretations of home and belonging.
The festival is not just a feast for the ears but also for the palate. Attendees can indulge in the best food and wine that the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer, with menus curated by Coriole Vineyard’s head chef Patricia Streckfuss and featuring award-winning Coriole wine.
Mark de Raad, Chair of the McLaren Vale Music Festival Association, proudly states, “As Coriole Music Festival enters its twenty-fourth year, we are immensely proud of our position as one of the top chamber music festivals in Australia.” He highlights the festival’s role in showcasing not just exceptional musicians but also the culinary and cultural richness of South Australia.
Tickets for this much-anticipated event go on sale on Monday, 18th December, available through the festival’s website. For those seeking a blend of sublime music, exquisite food, and fine wine, the Coriole Music Festival 2024 is an event not to be missed. For more information and ticket packages, visit https://www.coriolemusicfestival.com.