An afternoon of elegance

Lisa-Maree Amos. (Supplied) 372268_01

Matt Hewson

Classical music fans have the opportunity to enjoy world-class entertainment in a historic setting when the renowned Melbourne-based Team of Pianists hosts a special event at Barwon Park.

Team of Pianists partner Darryl Coote will be joined by Orchestra Victoria principal flute Lisa-Maree Amos and international operatic tenor Michael Petruccelli to present their programme Britten and Bonis at Barwon Park.

The concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, an eight-song cycle set to some of the last poems written by Thomas Hardy, and a selection of flute repertoire including the works of Mel Bonis, Francis Poulenc and Franz Schubert.

The event will also include a viewing of the mansion and a country-style afternoon tea with the musicians following their performance.

Team of Pianists, established in the 1980s by the late Max Cooke OAM, consists of three former students of Cooke – Coote, Robert Chamberlain and Rohan Murray – and focuses on presenting chamber music with piano.

Coote said the Team liked to perform in venues that were “suited to the kind of music we play”.

“We like to do things in smaller, more intimate venues, especially historic venues, that sometimes relate to the kind of music being performed, which also allow the audience a little bit of a closer connection with the music,” he said.

“Michael is really a fine person and a fine musician, and Lisa-Marie is certainly a brilliant flautist and a very communicative personality too.

He said the recital would give the audience a chance to here “some unusual but accessible repertoire”.

“We think it’s going to be a great day out,” Coote said.

“The audience can travel to see a colonial bluestone mansion in all of its grandeur and elegance but also experience the music. It makes for quite an afternoon’s experience.”

Team of Pianists presents Britten and Bonis at Barwon Park, Winchelsea on Sunday, November 19 at 2pm. Visit for tickets and more information.