May 2019


Coriole Music Festival

This will be our third time in South Australia’s spectacular McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to enjoy the 2019 Coriole Music Festival. The Festival encompasses two days of beautiful chamber music, with each of the weekend’s three concerts followed by a delicious meal in the Coriole courtyard, where performers and audience can mix while enjoying fine food by Chef Tom Reid, and superb Coriole wines. The new Artistic Director of the Festival, Anna Goldsworthy, introduces it this way:

“Much has been written about the concept of Late Style, but at the Coriole Music Festival this year we celebrate the exact opposite: Early Style. Charles Rosen described Mendelssohn as “the greatest child prodigy the history of Western music has ever known”. and the program is book-ended by two of his early masterworks: the Overture to “A Midsummer night’s Dream” and his glorious Octet. In between, we program works by fellow wunderkinder Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Korngold, which marry precocious mastery to the energy of youth. We also celebrate early works by other composers in which a clear artistic vision comes into focus, often with genre-defining consequences: Bach’s cantata Actus Tragicus, Schubert’s song Die Schone Mullerin, and a selection of Chopin’s Etudes Op. 10. It is a great thrill to present two young Australian voices at Coriole, with the Australian premiere of Luke Styles’ song cycle On Bunyah, fresh from its Wigmore Hall debut, and a brand – new commission by South Australia’s own Jacub Jankowski, courtesy of the Coriole Music Festival Commissioning Fund. We welcome distinguished visitors from interstate and abroad, including the celebrated Flinders Quartet from Melbourne, the charismatic Berlin-based tenor Michael Smallwood, and distinguishes Adelaide – born soprano Miriam Gordon, now based in the USA, while celebrating the rich pickings of artistic talent closer to home: violinists Elizabeth Layton and Helen Ayes, pianists Konstantin Shamray and Lucinda Collins, and the musicians of Adelaide Baroque.

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 America and South East Asia, and led 24 previous tours for Alumni Travel including eighteen to Europe. Within Australia he led a highly successful tour to the Adelaide Ring Cycle, and the 2013 and 2016 Opera Australia Melbourne productions. Len commenced our successful series of Epsom House chamber music weekends in Hobart with Seraphim Trio, and this, his third 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’Ahrenberg 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, Anna Goldsworthy.

10.15 am Introduction talk by Anna Goldsworthy with coffee and tea from 10 am
11 am Saturday Morning Concert
MENDELSSOHN Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream
Konstantin Shamray and Lucinda Collins (PIANO FOUR HANDS)
JACUB JANKOWSKI The Voices of Silent Thing
Miriam Gordon-Stewart SOPRANO, Michael Smallwood TENOR, Konstantin Shamray and Anna Goldsworthy PIANO FOUR HANDS

~ Interval ~

MOZART Divertimento in D major, K.136
Flinders Quartet
SAINT-SAENS Piano quintet in A minor, Op. 14
Tinalley String Quartet, Lucinda Collins PIANO

1.30 pm Long Lunch (with Coriole wines)
3.30 pm In conversation with Anna Goldsworthy
Australian Voices: with composers Luke Styles and Jacub Jankowski
5.00 pm Saturday Afternoon Concert
JS BACH Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother
Konstantin Shamray PIANO
CHOPIN Etudes, Op. 10 – a selection
Konstantin Shamray PIANO

~ Interval ~

SCHUBERT Die Schone Mullerin
Michael Smallwood TENOR, Konstantin Shamray PIANO
7.30 pm Supper (with Coriole wines)

At an agreed time (9pm) our coach will drive us back to the McLaren Vale Motel. (B,L,D)


Breakfast at the motel. At 9.30 board the coach for the Coriole Winery.
10.15 am Introductory talk by Anna Goldsworthy (with coffee and tea from 10 am)
11 am Sunday Morning Concert
JS BACH Actus Tragicus (Gottes Zeit ist die Allerbeste Zeit)
Miriam Gordon-Stewart SOPRANO, Michael Smallwood TENOR, Adelaide Baroque, Festival Voices
LUKE STYLES On Bunya (Australian Premiere)
Festival Quartet (Elizabeth Layton VIOLIN, Helen Ayres VIOLIN, Jacqui Cronin VIOLA, Michael Smallwood TENOR, Anna Goldsworthy, PIANO)
~ Interval ~
KORNGOLD 6 Einfache Lieder, Op. 9 (6 simple songs)
Miriam Gordon-Stewart SOPRANO, Anna Goldsworthy PIANO
MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
Flinders Quartet and the Festival Quartet.

1.30 pm Lunch (with Coriole wines)
After lunch at an agreed time 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. Early departure for the Barossa Valley, stopping first at Mengler’s Hill and the Sculpture Park. Back to Tanunda via Bethany, home of the earliest Lutheran settlers with cottages from the 1840’s. Take a walk along Tanunda’s main street to check out the shops including a splendid book shop by the traffic lights. Then to the Regional Gallery for an Organ Tour and to hear it played. Back on the bus to a tasting at David Lehman’s winery. Then we drive on for Farewell Lunch at The Eatery which is run by Maggie Beer’s daughter Elli and is right next to Maggie’s Farm Shop. Before lunch, you can explore the delights of the Farm Shop. On to Seppeltsfield to explore The Jam Factory and Vasse Virgin. This puts us on the road back to Adelaide in good time. (B,L)


Breakfast in the hotel. Check out as suitable for your flight home, possibly in conjunction with other tour members.of your accommodation. (B)


TOUR PRICES (includes GST):
Land only, per person twin share $2,450.00
Single Supplement $475.00

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

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• Meals not listed in itinerary
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the advertised program, circumstances may dictate minor adjustments. If this occurs an appropriate substitute will be made.

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