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Dear Chamber Music Lovers

Artistic Directors - Semra and Graeme

Now in its 18th year, the Darlington Winter Chamber Music series was founded by professional musician and Darlington resident, Jon Tooby, whose idea for presenting fine chamber music concerts in the Darlington Hall was inspired by experiences as a child, going to see the West Australian String quartet present some memorable concerts there. Those informal cushion concerts, featuring fine musicians performing works by great composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart as well as many others, became the model for the current series.

Since his appointment as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Jon, although still a frequent performer in this series, has now passed the mantle of Artistic Directorship to Darlington Trio mates, Semra Lee-Smith (WASO) and Graeme Gilling (UWA), with the three musicians also forming the core membership of the Darlington Ensemble.

The uniqueness of this series starts with the intimacy and atmosphere of the venue, where the audience is so close to the performers, they really feel part of each performance and experience a real sense of interaction with the players. This is exactly how we believe chamber music should be enjoyed, and in fact reflects the origins of this wonderful form of music making - we believe it is this opportunity for a shared experience which makes the Darlington Chamber Music Series so special and unique.

Come and join us for a magical experience where some of Western Australia's finest musicians will treat you to an unforgettable afternoon of fine music. Then stay and enjoy a truly splendid afternoon tea and mingle and meet the players.

See you soon!

Semra & Graeme
Artistic Directors
Darlington Chamber Music Series.


I have followed the progress of the Darlington Chamber Music Series since its inception in 2004.

The Darlington Ensemble is highly valued by the local community, and the concert series has come to be recognised in Western Australia and nationally. In addition internationally renowned musicians have been enticed to participate in the concert series, which is a wonderful indication of the high regard in which the ensemble is held.

I congratulate all those who have contributed to the success of the Darlington Chamber Music Series and wish you all the best for the 2015 programme.

JOHN DAY

(FORMER) MINISTER FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS



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