4 April 2023

Braidwood to come alive with the sound of ... Baroque music

| Sally Hopman
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Acclaimed Baroque musician John Foster will perform in Braidwood on 15 April, the last concert in a series of the town’s autumn program of music. Photo: Australian Baroque Brass Band.

Braidwood local Anne Sanders is passionate about music. Good music, that is. Which is why she spends much of her time, and resources, in organising for many of the nation’s best musicians to play in her town.

At just over an hour or so’s drive from the nation’s capital, Braidwood is like many towns on the outskirts of Canberra, often missing out on the best of the entertainment industry has to offer purely because of geography.

But for Anne it works both ways for her community and the artist. Visiting musicians are almost always treated to the most receptive of audiences because they make the effort to get there while locals usually couldn’t be happier than to have often world-famous performers in their neck of the woods.

For the final concert of the 2023 autumn Braidwood Concert Series, Anne has organised for one of the finest groups of Baroque musicians in the country to play at St Andrews Anglican Church, Braidwood on Saturday 15 April.

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It will be the third concert of the Autumn Program for Braidwood Concert Series – Australian Baroque Brass led by musical director John Foster.

Anne has organised more concerts for later this year but describes this one as “special”.

Australian Baroque Brass, she said, “are an outstanding group and one of Australia’s finest performers of the Baroque repertoire”.

“They have a real following in Canberra, which is why we’d like to see as many Canberra folk come down our way to see them.”

For the Braidwood event, the ensemble will feature John Foster on Baroque trumpet, Warwick Tyrrell on sackbutt (an early form of trombone), Joshua Hill on timpani, organist David Drury and soprano Anna Sandstrom.

Australian Baroque Brass

Australian Baroque Brass will perform in Braidwood on the 15th and Batehaven on the 16th. Photo: ABB Facebook.

“This outstanding ensemble will take you on a superb ‘courtly’ journey with such classic works as Handel’s Eternal Source of light divine and Let the bright seraphim , J S Bach’s Sheep may safely graze as well as other majestic works from the Baroque period.

“This really is a once-only opportunity to hear these wonderful performers up close in the intimacy of St Andrews Anglican Church with its superb acoustics and its historic W.G. Rendell 665 pipe organ, played by one of Australia’s leading organists, David Drury. Anna Sandstorm, soprano, has an impressive performance record in Australia and in the UK.”

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The concert is on Saturday 15 April, from 2 pm at St Andrews Anglican Church, 47 Elrington St, Braidwood.

Visitors are invited to make a day of it, with lots of lunch options at one of the many cafes, a walk around the historic village, followed by the concert at 2 pm.

If you live further down the coast, the group will also be playing for the South Coast Music Society at Batehaven on Sunday 16 April.

You can grab your tickets on the Humantix website.

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