Stewart Kelly

Festivals, Events & Exhibitions

Music By The Springs 2018

Music By The Springs launches in 2018 as a new weekend celebration of chamber music to be held in the beautiful and historic town of Hepburn Springs.

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Music By The Springs will assemble 13 of Australia’s leading chamber musicians and soloists to perform six concerts over three days of major repertoire pieces, new Australian work and forgotten treasures.

It will provide an opportunity for regional audiences to hear world class performances of chamber music in their local setting while also offering an idyllic weekend escape for city residents. The festival will take place from February 9 to February 11 in the beautiful and historic town of Hepburn Springs, VIC. The program has been designed to fulfill the tastes of everyone from those inexperienced in the art form right through to the most discerning listeners. Packages of various price points have been designed to try and ensure as many people as possible can afford to attend.

We believe this to be an important new contribution to the performance landscape in Victoria. Some of the programming ideas will be unique to this festival and providing more opportunities for music lovers and new audiences to hear this repertoire in intimate and quality settings is vital to its ongoing success as an art form. It will also provide employment opportunities for Australian artists. The artists to be featured include soprano Greta Bradman, acclaimed rising string quartet, Orava Quartet, pianist Timothy Young, violinist Elizabeth Layton and cellist Trish O’Brien.

The funds raised from this campaign will be used to subsidise the cost of tickets for patrons in order to engage top rank artists and allow a diverse array of programming. Funds will also go towards managing one-off start up costs such as creating a website, logo, marketing material and to build administrative systems and provide support for unexpected and unpredictable contingencies.

The result of your generosity is to ensure viability for a venture that will provide employment opportunities for Australian musicians, provide a chance for regional audiences to hear world class music making and provide opportunities for educating new audiences about the art form.


Stewart Kelly




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Stewart Kelly is one of Australia’s most eclectic pianists, performing regularly as soloist, duo partner, vocal accompanist and chamber musician.

He is also a pedagogue and broadcaster. He is on the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and is staff pianist in the string faculty at the Melbourne Conservatorium. For six years he has been Artistic Director of the Con Brio Concert Series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Stewart holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young. He spent three years on full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music in the performance program. In 2014 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Australia’s most prestigious music training institution.

Stewart has appeared as recital partner with artists such as William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Greta Bradman, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Young and Glenn Christensen. He is a engaged regularly by Opera Q, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and other leading organisations.


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