3MBS Melbourne and the English Music Festival present

English Music Festival in Australia

26–27 August
Auburn Uniting Church, 81 Oxley Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne
and digitally streamed around the world

To find out how you can partner with 3MBS to present Melbourne’s first ever festival dedicated to chamber music, please contact Gail Southwell (3MBS General Manager) at gail.southwell@3mbs.org.au or 0438 529 588.


Full Single Concert: $50
Concession/3MBS Subscriber Single Concert: $45

2-Concert Pass 
(two concerts on the same day + afternoon tea)
Full 2-Concert Pass: $120
Concession/3MBS Subscriber 2-Concert Pass: $110

4-Concert Pass (four concerts + afternoon tea)
Full 4-Concert Pass: $230
Concession/3MBS Subscriber 4-Concert Pass: $210

Single Digital Concert: $25
2-Concert Digital Pass (on same day): $45
4-Concert Digital Pass: $85

(Links to view the digital video stream of the concerts will be emailed up to one week before the festival)

Please note: bookings to view the digital video stream close at 9am on each day of the concerts. In-venue ticket bookings close 2 hours before the concert start time.


In August 2023, 3MBS will embark on its first-ever international collaboration with the English Music Festival to present the English Music Festival in Australia (EMFA).

This inaugural festival comprises four concerts that will explore chamber music, art song, and solo instrumental works by late nineteenth to mid-twentieth-century English composers and Australian composers of English descent. 

EMFA features some of Melbourne’s leading exponents of classical music, including Trio Anima Mundi, pianist Elyane Laussade, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell and The Parlour vocal ensemble alongside international guest violinist, Rupert Marshall-Luck.

A highlight of the festival is the Australian premiere of the new performing edition of Sir Edward Elgar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.82 edited by British violinist and Elgar expert Rupert Marshall-Luck.

Each concert can be experienced live at the venue
or via a digital ticket with a two-week viewing window.


Saturday 26 August, 2pm

Trio Anima Mundi: Kenji Fujimura (piano), Rochelle Ughetti (violin), Noella Yan (cello)

Rosalind Ellicott — Piano Trio No.1 in G
Sir Malcolm Arnold — Piano Trio, Op.54
Rebecca Clarke — Piano Trio


Saturday 26 August, 5pm
Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Kenji Fujimura (piano)

Frederick Septimus Kelly — Sonata in G for Violin and Piano Gallipoli
Charles Horsley — Sonata No.2 in F for Violin and Piano
Sir Edward Elgar — Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.82
(Australian premiere of the new Henle Urtext edition by Rupert Marshall-Luck)


Sunday 27 August, 2pm
Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo-soprano), Elyane Laussade (piano)

A program of English song cycles and solo piano works, including:
Sir Edward ElgarSea Pictures, Op.37
Sir George DysonEpigrams for piano
Gabriel FauréAprès un rêve, Op.7 No.1 arranged by Percy Grainger
Benjamin BrittenCabaret Songs 


Sunday 27 August, 5pm
The Parlour: Karen van Spall (mezzo-soprano), Adam Miller (baritone), Coady Green (piano)

Cecil Armstrong GibbsSongs of a Mad Sea Captain
Cyril Scott — Op 46 
A Picnic
Song of Wine

Samuel ColeridgeTaylor — Six Sorrow Songs
Oh what comes over the sea
When I am dead, my dearest
Oh roses for the flush of youth
She sat and sang always
Unmindful of the roses
Too late for love
Benjamin Britten — Look, Through the port comes the moonshine, astray 
Benjamin Britten — Notturno for solo piano
Ralph Vaughan-Williams — Selections from Songs of Travel
Wolesley Charles — Green Eyed Dragon
Roger Quilter — O Mistress Mine