Darlington Quartet and Graeme Gilling

Darlington Quartet and Graeme Gilling

Bringing together talented musicians from the Australian String Quartet and West Australian Symphony Orchestra, this special one-off concert will see the Darlington Quartet and pianist Graeme Gilling give the meaning of exceptional chamber music. Expect subtle, refined playing paired with boldness of interpretation and attack, all in service of great works sure to touch the heart and mind.

One such work to look out for is Mozart’s String Quartet No 14, better known by its nickname, the Spring Quartet. It’s a fittingly effervescent, spontaneous-sounding piece, composed by a 26-year-old Mozart as the first of six works written in tribute to Haydn, considered the father of the string quartet form. What’s notable about Spring is the complex variety of its four movements, and the glowing thread of optimism that binds them together. The Darlington Quartet are sure to do it full justice, known for their joyful music making.

Standing in contrast to Mozart’s buoyant work is Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet, an important piece in the American chamber canon. Graeme Gilling will show his mettle in this highly demanding work, which is almost orchestral in its dense textures and sounds. Moody and agitated in places, the Quintet has a blistering emotional intensity sure to pin audiences to their seats.

Emma Jayakumar’s Bell Birds will meanwhile provide audiences with the respite of the outdoors. A stirring evocation of the Australian bush inspired by Henry Kendall’s poem of the same name, listeners journey from the Perth Hills all the way to the Blue Mountains. The Darlington Quartet will present the third movement, titled Loiters knee deep in the grasses to listen

Darlington Quartet



MOZART String Quartet no. 14 in G major, K387 (1782)
JAYAKUMAR Lento sognando from Bell Birds (2020)
BEACH Piano Quintet, Op. 67 (1907)

To our Ensemble Patrons the Berg Family Foundation for its support of this tour.

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Valerie and Michael Wishart

Download the program guide here, or view it below.

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Perth Concert Hall, Perth   3 Oct 6:30PM


A Reserve - Stalls $93.00 - $106.00 (Concession/Standard)
B Reserve - Stalls $69.00 - $80.00 (Concession/Standard)
C Reserve - Stalls $49.00 - $56.00 (Concession/Standard)
Under 40 (ID Required) $40.00
Family of 4 $100.00 ($25.00 each)



5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

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Event notes

Existing Ticketholders

For Perth ticketholders to the Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane on the 3 October, your tickets will be automatically valid for this replacement concert so there's no need for you to do anything. We look forward to seeing you at Perth Concert Hall on Sunday 3 October at 6:30pm.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any other queries, please contact the Box Office on 1800 688 482 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm AEST) or via email at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au to discuss alternative arrangements.