Ensemble celebrates decade of music

The Darlington Chamber Music Ensemble.
The Darlington Chamber Music Ensemble.

Founder, Darlington resident and celloist Jon Tooby said it was wonderful to have reached the milestone with his ensemble partners, Semra Lee-Smith, who plays the violin, and Graeme Gilling on the piano.

Gilling is assistant professor of music at UWA and has been with the trio for six years.

‘Playing with the ensemble really completed the picture for me,’ Gilling said.

‘It is very satisfying to create high-quality music in such an intimate setting.’

The 50th gala performance, at the Darlington Hall on September 22, will see the ensemble joined by assistant principal bass with the WA Symphony Orchestra Joan Wright, principal cellist with WASO Rod McGrath and former Australian String Quartet viola player Sally Boud.

The performance will feature the works of Britten, Bottesini, Mendelssohn and Arensky, culminating in Schubert’s well-known Piano Quartet in A Major, The Trout.

Tickets for the 3pm concert can be pre-purchased by calling 9299 6457.