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Lunchtime Concert Series

From March until October, treat yourself to fine music every Friday, surrounded by friendly faces in the magnificent Elder Hall.

A vibrant blend of local, national and international artists perform a host of exciting and diverse programs - from classical masters, to jazz standards; from baroque to experimental and contemporary. Elder Conservatorium Staff and Students feature in many of the concerts, so come along and experience the musical fruits of their dedication and passion.

We're pleased to present the 2017 Lunchtime Concert Series program. Entry to each concert is $12 General Admission, available at the door from 12:30pm. If you plan on attending most of the concerts, you could save up to 30% by purchasing a Gold Pass subscription! We look forward to welcoming you back to Elder Hall.

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Friday 4 August

Rosalind Martin - Soprano
Roy Howat - Piano


From France and Germany, two historic centres of art song, comes a program of lyricism, romance and sorrow.

Friday 11 August

Graham Abbott - Conductor
Emily Legg - Tuba

Adam Rybovic   New Work
Vaughan Williams   Tuba Concerto
Haydn   Symphony No.101, The Clock


Rarely heard in their true glory, the rich hues of the tuba are revealed in Vaughan Williams’ remarkable concerto, brimming with the unexpected. Adelaide composer Adam Rybovic unveils a new work, and one of Haydn’s most joyous symphonies adds its clearer, brighter colours to a palette of contrast and complement.

Friday 18 August

Lucinda Collins - Piano

Dohnanyi   Piano Quintet No. 1, Op. 1 in C minor


The ASQ and Adelaide concert artist Lucinda Collins blend professionalism and passion in presenting a new work from one of the Conservatorium’s most talented young composers. Then, hear Dohnanyi’s lush, symphonic Piano Quintet no. 1, rich in romance, and skilfully crafted with echoes of his native Hungary.

Friday 25 August

Lauren Henderson - Conductor


The Elder Conservatorium’s prestigious jazz choir presents an eclectic blend of more well-known standards with the cutting edge of contemporary repertoire, promising an experience which combines their infectious rhythms with the resonant glory of a capella vocals.

Friday 1 September

Elizabeth Layton - Director

Vivaldi   The Four Seasons


The Conservatorium’s standout chamber orchestra plays a universal favourite. Through Vivaldi’s monumental work we live the changing seasons of an entire year in less than an hour, guided by the eloquence of twin violins. The lyrical flowering of spring is followed by the singing fountains of summer, gold-toned and merry autumn, and harsh winter with its flurries of driven snow.

Friday 8 September

Elder Conservatorium Popular Music and Creative Technologies Students


In this contemporary-styled celebration, the students of the Elder Conservatorium’s Popular Music and Creative Technologies courses perform their original songs for your entertainment. Their energy, passion and vibrancy are sure to delight.

Friday 15 September

Luke Dollman - Conductor
Thomas Chalker - Percussion
Rachel Cope - Percussion
Henry Millar - Percussion
Amber Watkins - Percussion
Katie Marshall - Clarinet

David Gillingham   Concertino for Four Percussionists
Stravinsky   Ebony Concerto
Charles Wood  Harmonia
Grainger   Lincolnshire Posy


The astonishing versatility of the wind orchestra is showcased in this many-sided program, comprising the subtle eeriness of the Concertino, Stravinsky’s restless jazz infusions, and age-old Lincolnshire folksongs both lyrical and martial. A new work by local budding composer Charles Wood is the finishing touch to a concert of shifting contrasts and complexities.

Friday 22 September

Konstantin Shamray - Piano

Works by Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninov.


Russian-born pianist Konstantin Shamray continues to thrill Adelaide audiences with his glittering technical finesse and the passion of his playing. In recital, he displays his deep understanding of a variety of works, sharing their multifaceted glories with us in what promises to be an unmissable concert.

Friday 29 September


In association with the 2017 Australasian Computer Music Conference, leading performers and composers of computer music join forces with the recently-established New Music Collective to offer an innovative concert of cutting-edge sound.

Friday 6 October

Dale Barltrop - Violin
Kristian Chong - Piano

Schubert   Duo Sonata in A Major D574
Corigliano   Sonata for Violin and Piano


The elegant purity of Mozart’s beloved E minor sonata contrasts adventurously with John Corigliano’s 1963 work, virtuosic, energetic and lyrical. The first violinist of the ASQ, Dale Barltrop, and Australian concert pianist Kristian Chong blend their skills to bring us a vivid vision of both Old-World and New-World colours.

Friday 13 October

Dusty Cox - Saxophones
Mark Ferguson - Piano
James Muller - Guitar
John Aue - Bass
John McDermott - Drums
Alex Taylor - Trombone
Lauren Henderson - Vocals


The Elder Conservatorium’s Jazz staff share their skills in both performance and composition, presenting original works in a wide variety of styles. Join us to hear music ranging from traditional swing and Latin to more contemporary explorations, exhibited in the smooth and the sparkling sounds of our city’s most proficient jazz artists.

Friday 20 October

Elder Conservatorium Students

Amelia Holds - voice
Debussy Nuit d'étoiles
Debussy Aimons-nous et dormons

Amber Watkins - marimba
Kevin Mann Lullaby

Kyle Fraser - piano
Schumann-Liszt Widmung

Caleb Lavery-Brook - guitar
Villa-Lobos Mazurka Choro

Madeleine Stewart - flute
Muczynski Sonata for flute and piano – Allegro con moto

Mason Stanton - cello
Schumann Adagio and Allegro

Samuel Blanchard-Jackson - violin
Wieniawski Legende


Celebrate an infectious love of music with the outstanding students of the Elder Conservatorium as they present the highlights of their year, in what will be an exciting and eclectic concert with some of South Australia’s most promising young musicians.

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Further Information

Doors open at 12:30pm. Concert begins at 1:10pm and finishes at 2pm.

For group and school bookings please contact the Elder Hall Manager on (08) 8313 5925 or email

We are thrilled to have the continued support of ART GALLERY FOOD + WINE, offering Gold Pass Subscribers a 10% discount, and not only on a FRIDAY! Just ring 8232 4366. Remember to mention your Gold Pass when booking your table and present it on the day. (maximum $20 discount per booking – not valid with any other discount or special offers)

The Elder Conservatorium of Music is a Helpmann Academy Partner. The Lunchtime Concert Series is proudly supported by the Doris West Bequest.

Elder Conservatorium of Music


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