The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra

When: 20th May 2018 3:00pm-6:00pm

Where: St Bernard's Church, 2 David Avenue, Batehaven

Cost: Adults - $35. Members and Concessions - $30. School aged children - free

The South Coast Music Society will welcome the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO) during the South Coast River of Art Festival.

Eleven leading chamber soloists will present a spectacular programme of classical melodies spotlighting the classical wind and string instruments.  ARCO’s concertmaster Rachael Beesley will be joined by principal violinist Jakob Lehmann from Berlin, Paris-based Deirdre Dowling teaming up with Simon Oswell on viola, along with cellist Natasha Kraemer and double bassist Kirsty McCahohn. Flautist Pablo Sosa del Rosario and bassoonist Takako Kunugi, both based in The Hague - will join the orchestra’s principal clarinettist Nicole van Bruggen, augmented by natural horn specialists Anneke Scott from London and Graham Nichols.

The ARCO Chamber Soloists will present two works for strings: Mozart’s Eine Ideine Nachtmusik and Beethoven’s Storm Quintet.  It will also introduce two lesser-known works from the same period:  an octet for winds and strings by German opera composer Peter von Winter and a wind quartet by Italian Vincenzo Gambaro.  This programme is a wonderful opportunity to hear up close how the delicate qualities of the earlier wind instruments - the flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn - enhance the tonal breadth of the gut strings.    More information about ARCO is available on

Tickets for the concert are available at the door (cash) or online at

This year, again, as in 2017, adults accompanying school student/s will be admitted free in accordance with the South Coast Music Society’s aim of encouraging the love of fine music in young people.

If you require more information concerning the concert, please contact Julie Stuart, Vice President of the South Coast Music Society on 44725097.