Immerse yourself in the opulent setting of Vaucluse House as you listen to the rarely played pianoforte in the intimacy of the drawing room, in a program that features excerpts from Schubert's Winterreise.
After the concert, tour the fascinating interiors of Vaucluse House, including the luxurious accommodations of the Wentworth family. Then, mingle with the artists over light refreshments.
With only fifty places available for each concert, tickets for this special event are sure to sell out quickly.
About Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. The grounds were extended and flourished to cover most of the present-day suburb of Vaucluse but the main house of the family’s dreams was left unfinished. In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum and continues to entice visitors to its lush and still secluded grounds.
Sunday 19 October
2pm – 4.30pm &
6pm – 8.30pm
SCHUBERT excerps from Winterreise (Winter Journey)
"Gute Nacht" (Good Night)
"Die Nebensonnen" (Companion Suns)
"Der Leiermann" (The Hurdy-Gurdy Man)
BRAHMS Two songs Op.91 for baritone, viola and piano
MOZART Kegelstatt Trio K.498 (Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat)
Musicians from the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra with Ryan Sharp, baritone
Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW, 2030
The performance will be taking place in the drawing room. This is a beautiful, elegant room with many original features. Audience members should treat the property with respect and act with care. Small bags only allowed into the drawing room.
Vaucluse House is located about 10km east of the Sydney CBD.
BUS & TRAIN
The 325 bus, which runs from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, stops outside our gates. If you’re coming from the city, the quickest way is to catch the train to Edgecliff train station on the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line, and then take bus 325 from there. The bus trip from Edgecliff takes about 20 minutes.
You can also take bus 324 (from the City or Edgecliff) to Vaucluse shops, and then it’s a 10-minute walk down a signposted public walkway to Vaucluse House.
From the Watson’s Bay ferry terminal, Vaucluse House is about 7 minutes on the 325 bus, or a 30-minute walk, about 2km along the shoreline via Parsley Bay.
There is free parking in the grounds of Vaulcluse House and plenty of on road, residential parking. There are car spaces for people with disabilities. Please note that there is a 5 minute walk from the car park to Vaucluse House.
This is a popular area for cyclists, but note that coming from the CBD involves riding up the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’ of New South Head Road. We have signposted bike racks in the car park where you can chain your bike.
Please let us know if you require wheelchair access when booking. There is access to the house; however some parts of the house are not accessible.