The next Tower open days are tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoons, 22 September and 24 November, restoration works permitting.
In the meantime, if you would like a personal guided tour, and have between 5 and 12 persons in your group, contact us via the Contact page.
On Sunday afternoon, 21 July 2019, organ virtuoso Dominic Perissinotto and mezzo-soprano Eva-Marie Middleton will present a concert at Auburn. Here's a sneak preview of what to expect. Booking now open at www.trybooking.com/BBRXI .
Keep the date free! Thursday evening, 1 August 2019. Football great, and Hawthorn resident, David Parkin will talk about life, football and everything. Booking details to follow.
From time to time we'll list other events which might be of interest to the Friends and their friends.
On Sunday 5 May at 2.00pm, the Cantate Singers will present To Broadway and Back, featuring soloists Suzanne Johnston and Thomas Dalton, conducted by Peter Bandy, in a concert of music from the Broadway musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others. At Auburn Uniting Church. Flyer.
On Sunday 19 May at 2.30pm, the Southern Cross Philharmonia re-launches its mission of performing music by female composers and Australian composers. The concert also marks the beginning of the orchestra's association with its new home for concerts and rehearsals, St Oswald's Church, High St, Glen Iris. More details at www.stoswaldsgleniris.net.au .
The Courtly Arts Performers, a not-for-profit group, bring alive music and dance from a more chivalrous era. Their May concerts focus on “The European Courtier” – Baldassare Castiglione. He personified and, through his writings, defined the noble aspirations of a gentleman, and the aspirations of nobles for the next 400 years. The performance follows Signore Castiglione as he discovered the Courts of Renaissance Europe through their music and dance. From Italy to England, Spain to Germany, each has their own unique character, brought alive by the Courtly Arts Performers with sumptuous authentic costumes and period instruments.
The concerts are at 2pm on Saturday 11 May at Trinity Uniting Church in Brighton; and Sunday 19 May at The MC Showroom in Prahran. Our web site www.courtlyarts.com/events provides more details and booking links. Tickets are $20, with discounts for students, seniors and groups. See the flyer here.
The Maroondah Singers are combining with the ConChord Choir for the first time in a spectacular celebration of choral music on Sunday 26 May at 3.00pm. The choirs, led by Music Directors Lyn Henshall and Ruhan Hewawasam, will sing a combination of classical, religious, folk and gospel music and combine for a few items as a 100-member choir at Auburn Uniting Church, 81 Oxley Road, Hawthorn. Maroondah Singers' 2019 Vocal Scholar, Nathan Michael Wright, will feature as will top-quality accompanists John Atwell and Lorna Ogilvie and other instrumentalists. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Dorothy on 0431 485503 or Peter on 0400 120319.
The auditorium at Auburn Uniting Church is available for recitals, concerts, lectures and presentations. Full details are on the Congregation's website. The auditorium, seating 400, is in the amphitheatre style, with a sloping floor and excellent acoustics and sightlines. The choir and dais accommodate a choir of up to 60, or a small orchestra. Keyboard instruments provided are the original Fincham organ, of three manuals and pedals, and a Kawai KG-1 grand piano. Both are regularly maintained and tuned to concert pitch (A = 440). Another piano, a Rönisch upright grand, is located in the rehearsal/warmup room.