DATE: 17 – 21 May 2024
LAND ONLY TWIN SHARE: AUD $3,325 per person

This will be our Fifth time in South Australia’s spectacular McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to enjoy the 2024 Coriole Music Festival. There are two concerts on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each of the weekend’s three concerts will be followed by a delicious meal in the Coriole courtyard, where performers and audience can mix while enjoying fine food by chef Patricia Streckfuss and superb Coriole wines. On each morning, before the first concert, Artistic Director Simon Cobcroft will give a talk to introduce the program of music.


2024 Theme – To Find a Way Home The 2024 Coriole Music Festival invites you to a magnificent weekend of chamber music, performed by some of Australia’s best known and most admired performers. Featuring much loved staples of the repertoire, seldom heard rarities, and music that is entirely new, the 2024 festival will take you on a unique and thrilling musical journey.

Artists – The 2024 Coriole Music Festival features a superb collection of musicians from Australia and further afield. Making his Coriole Music Festival debut is acclaimed Australian baritone, Samuel Dundas. Celebrated pianist, author and former Coriole artistic director Anna Goldsworthy returns to the festival, along with much loved Russian piano virtuoso Konstantin Shamray.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra principal viola Justin Julian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra principal double bass Jonathan Coco are joined by rising Australian star violinist Doretta Balkizas, in her festival debut. Making a welcome return to Coriole this year is the ever- popular Lyrebird Piano Trio, and, fresh from their latest hit recording for Deutsche Grammophon, performing at Coriole for the very first time, the internationally acclaimed Orava String Quartet.

YOUR TOUR LEADER: Len Amadio has had a distinguished career in music administration in the ABC and subsequently in senior arts positions in the South Australian Government. He has served on many National Boards and Committees including the Adelaide Festival, Opera Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra and the ABC. He has travelled extensively in Europe, North & South America and South – East Asia, and led 26 previous tours for Alumni Travel including eighteen to Europe. Within Australia he led a highly successful tour to the Adelaide Ring Cycle, the 2013 and 2016 Opera Australia Melbourne productions and the 2023 Brisbane one. Len commenced our successful series of Epsom House chamber music weekends in Hobart with Seraphim Trio, and this is his fifth Coriole Festival tour. He continues to promote the performance of good music in Australia wherever he can.


Time your flight into Adelaide to arrive before 10.30 when we will meet our coach at the airport. We then drive directly to McLaren Vale to have a wine-tasting and tour of the Cube at D’Arenberg Winery where we will also have lunch. Drive then along the coastal beaches and in the late afternoon arrive at our accommodation, McLaren Vale Motel. Welcome Dinner tonight at the Barn Bistro. (L,D)

Breakfast at the motel. At 09.30, board the coach for the drive to the Coriole Winery, where our weekend musical festival will be located and where we will be in the capable hands of our host, Mark Lloyd and Festival Music Director, Simon Cobcroft.

10.15: Introductory talk by Simon Cobcroft with coffee and tea from 10 am

11.00: CONCERT 1 – The Way Home – The first concert in this year’s festival begins with restless, searching music of the Australian landscape, Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile and Night Pieces, contrasted with the pastoral, old world beauty of Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Six Studies in English Folk Song, and Songs of Travel. The concert concludes with two giants of Czech nationalism: Josef Suk and Bedrich Smetana, the former in his poignant Elegy, and the latter in his achingly romantic piano trio.

PETER SCULTHORPE – Djilile (1986)
Anna Goldsworthy (piano)

RALPH VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS – Six Studies in English Folk Songs (1926)
Simon Cobcroft (cello)
Anna Goldsworthy (piano)
PETER SCULTHORPE – Night Pieces (1971)
Anna Goldsworthy (piano)

RALPH VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS – Songs of Travel (1904) Samuel Dundas (baritone)
Anna Goldsworthy (piano)

~ Interval ~

JOSEF SUK – Elegy (1902)
Lyrebird Trio (Angela Turner, Glenn Christensen and Simon Cobcroft)

BEDŘICH SMETANA – Piano Trio in G Minor (1855) Lyrebird Trio

1.30: Three-Course Lunch (with Coriole wines)
3.30: Panel Discussion

5.00: CONCERT 2: Fugitive Visions – Sergei Prokofiev’s dazzling piano masterpiece, Visions Fugitives, opens this concert, followed by the soaring lyricism of his 2nd Violin Sonata.

We continue with Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s spectral and haunting Fugitive Visions of Mozart, before concluding with one of the truly shattering works of the chamber music repertoire, Dmitri Shostakovich’s searing Piano Trio no.2 in E Minor.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV – Visions Fugitives (1917)
Konstantin Shamray (piano)

SERGEI PROKOFIEV – Sonata for Violin and Piano no.2 in D Major (1943-44)
Doretta Balkizis (violin)
Konstantin Shamray (piano)

~ Interval

VALENTIN SILVESTROV – Fugitive Visions of Mozart (2006-07)
Lyrebird Trio

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Trio no.2 in E Minor (1943-44)
Lyrebird Trio

7.30: Supper with Coriole Wines
9.00: Coach back to the McLaren Vale Motel. (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the motel. At 9.30 board the coach for the Coriole Winery.

10.00: Coffee and tea
10.15: Introductory talk by Simon Cobcroft

11.00: CONCERT 3 – Incandescence – The third and final concert opens with the thrilling brutality of Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, followed by the world premiere of a new work by brilliant young Australian composer Annie Hsieh. Next, two 20th century masterworks: American master Samuel Barber’s rarely heard yet broodingly beautiful Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet, followed by Erwin Schulhoff’s kaleidoscopic first String Quartet. The 2024 festival finishes in a burst of radiance, with one of the most exciting works to have been composed in recent years, Olli Mustonen’s sublime 2nd Nonet.

OSVALDO GOLIJOV – Last Round (1996)
Orava Quartet
Glenn Christensen (violin)
Doretta Balkizis (violin)
Justin Julian (viola)
Simon Cobcroft (cello)
Jonathon Coco (double bass)

ANNIE HSIEH – New Work for Baritone, Violin and Cello (2024)
World Premiere commission by Coriole Music Festival
Samuel Dundas (Baritone)
Glenn Christensen (violin)
Simon Cobcroft (cello)

ERWIN SCHULHOFF – String Quartet No.1 (1924)
Orava Quartet
~ Interval ~

SAMUEL BARBER – Dover Beach (1931)
Samuel Dundas (baritone)
Orava Quartet

OLLI MUSTONEN – Nonet No.2 (2000)
Orava Quartet
Glenn Christensen (violin)
Doretta Balkizis (violin)
Justin Julian (viola)
Simon Cobcroft (cello)
Jonathon Coco (double bass)

1.30: Lunch (with Coriole wines)
After lunch we will board the coach for a short tour around McLaren Vale and thence to Adelaide. Check into the Majestic Rooftop Hotel. Free evening. (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
9.00am departure for the Adelaide Hills via Mt Barker with a tour of Ukaria Cultural Centre and its gardens. Following this we drive to Hahndorf where we have time for a stroll and visits to shops and the Academy and Art Gallery. Time for coffee. Then we drive to Balhannah and to Shaw+Smith, the winery of cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith, for a tasting. Our next stop is at the Uraidla Hotel where we have lunch at 1pm. After lunch we drive to Mt Lofty with a walk through the Botanic Garden if we have time. Board the coach for our return to the hotel via Summertown, and the Greenhill Road through Adelaide’s leafy suburbs. (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for onward flights. (B)


Land Only per person, twin-share A$3,325
Single Supplement A$475

• 2 nights accommodation twin share with private facilities at McLaren Vale Motel and 2 nights in Adelaide at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
• 2 day all-inclusive musical program
• Transport in comfortable air conditioned coach
• Breakfast daily and other meals as indicated in the itinerary: 2 dinners (D), 4 lunches (L). Wine and other beverages included with meals
• Performance Tickets
• Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
• Expert tour leader throughout

• Transportation to and from Adelaide and airport transfers. Airfares can be purchased in addition. Please specify requirements at time of booking or you can check: or
• Travel Insurance
• Items of personal nature (telephone, laundry, etc.)

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