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The Loss of Public Funding

To view our statement for the recent loss of public funding, scroll to the end of this page, or click here:

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WOLFGANG MOZART - Sinfonia Concertante
Soloists: Helen Ayres (violin) & Stephen King (viola)


This magnificent concerto for duo Violin and Viola soloists is one of the most profound of all works for solo and orchestra. Written when Mozart was still in his twenties, it absorbs the influences of Mannheim and Paris where he was travelling in the 1770s. Helen Ayres and Stephen King bring superb performance artistry to this very special work.


AARON COPLAND - Appalachian Spring

Conducted by Bryan Griffiths


Bryan Griffiths conducts this ever-popular masterpiece of 20th Century American repertoire. Originally composed as a ballet for legends of the American contemporary dance scene, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, Copland later developed it into an orchestra piece, first with only eight players, and then, modestly broadened in instrumental scope.


WOLFGANG MOZART - Horn Concerto No.3

Soloist: Emma Gregan

Mozart became familiar with the horn by way of his friendship from childhood with Joseph Leutgeb who became employed in the Hofkapelle in Salzburg. But Mozart’s four Horn Concertos were composed in the last 10 years of his life and therefore benefit from the full maturity of his composing style. Number 3 contains all the thrilling and thoughtful flavours for which the composer is so famous.

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Mozart: Concerto Rhapsody 2024

Centenary Hall


Village Well



St. John's Halifax


Adults  $65 
Concession/Seniors $55
Early Bird $48
(closes November 30)


Ticket prices

Silent Auction

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Denis Noble: Old Storage Sheds, 2018

DENIS NOBLE, Celebrated Adelaide Hills Watercolourist

Renowned Adelaide Hills water colourist, Denis Noble, has donated many paintings to artistic causes in his lifetime, many, for example, to Co-Opera over the years. With his recent generosity to Adelaide Hills Chamber Players, we will hold a silent auction at the central Adelaide Hills venue of our forthcoming Concerto Rhapsody 2024 performance at the Aldgate Village Well, beginning at 7 30pm on 27th January.

Many thanks to Denis, who, with his charming wife, Vee, will attend the Aldgate performance.

Enquiries about the paintings to:

0409 695 952 or


The Loss of Public Funding

After receiving public funding from the South Australian Government annually for three years, Adelaide Hills Chamber Players have been denied funding for 2024. The exciting project initiated by Stephen Marshall directly from his Premier’s Office in 2021 has come to a crashing halt.

Our company was formed with the express purpose of presenting top-end fine music performances primarily for audiences in regional South Australia and thereby provide much needed professional employment opportunities for the cream of Adelaide’s classical musicians.

The dream with the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players was to provide a critical mass of professional performance engagements that would enable the most highly skilled practitioners to rely on professional performance employment for a modest percentage of their weekly income. Extreme reliance on teaching threatens maintenance of high-end executant skill which is “Olympian” in its demands of discipline and devotion.   


This dream has interlocked with the love regional communities have always expressed for high-quality fine music. The quality of the performances made possible with public funding over the last three years can be viewed in video recordings accessible on the Gallery page of our website.

After such a promising beginning, with the loss of State Government funding these plans/dreams have come to a crashing halt.


Thus, with no further assistance visible on the horizon, we are sorry to say it appears that the 2024 Summer Festival offerings will be the last involving our chamber orchestra.


Of course, we will continue to press for renewed State Government funding, and even without it we will continue to offer high quality programs with fewer forces [such as the Pocket Boheme of 2023] where modest benefactions and ticket sales can pay artists’ wages.


But what is in peril is the fate of the chamber orchestra, the ensemble that has been so deeply appreciated by loyal audience members from regional communities in particular.


If you are moved to voice your concerns, you may consider joining others who are writing individually to the Hon Andrea Michaels MP, Minister for Arts, c/o Parliament House, North Terrace, ADELAIDE 5000.



Adelaide Hills Summer Festival of Fine Music

Presented annually, Chamber orchestra, Chamber choir and small ensembles.


Regional Performance Program

Bringing Summer festival program to more remote regional communities in Autumn and Spring.


Educational Outreach

Linking regional performance visits with regional communities and school workshops - welding local communities together. 


Small Chamber Music Offerings

Morning concerts and performance soirees throughout Adelaide Hills. 

You can view our complete statement in the following PDF: 

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The Adelaide Hills Chamber Players is an ensemble of professional musicians who rehearse and perform in the Adelaide Hills. We aim to make quality music accessible to communities in the Adelaide Hills and wider regional South Australia. 

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