THE Arcadia Quintet is visiting the Bega Valley, taking part in concerts, tutoring and other activities as part of a residency at Four Winds.
Forming in 2013, the quintet is made up of Lloyd van’t Hoff on clarinet, Rachel Shaw on French horn, Kiran Phatak on flute, David Reichelt on oboe and Matthew Kneale on bassoon.
The residency is part of a partnership between Four Winds and the Australian National Academy of Music, of which members of the quintet are fellows.
“The partnership is about providing young up-and-coming musicians somewhere beautiful for them to learn their art,” Mr van’t Hoff said.
“It is also about providing something which musicians can’t get in a big city,” Mr Phatak said.
Mr Phatak said the opportunity to be part of the partnership had already help the group realise again “the importance and value of music” because of how important it was in the lives of the local people they had met.
Adding to this, Mr van’t Hoff said this importance is often taken for granted and lost in the city.
The Arcadia Quintet began its time in Bega by teaching at the South Coast Music Camp being held at Mumbulla School.
“Everyone in the community knows about what’s happening, so it’s pretty special for us to be involved and to fit in,” Mr van’t Hoff said.
The Arcadia Quintet has a concert on Sunday with the Acacia Quartet, after which they will be doing “musical storytelling” sessions in the Bermagui Library on Tuesday and Bega Library on Wednesday from 10.30am both days.
“We will be presenting music and stories that go together for the kids there,” Mr van’t Hoff said.
They will also take part in professional development sessions, learning more about strategic planning and utilising local people’s expertise.
However, the group won't just be sticking to indoor concerts and tutoring.
The musicians also have some “flash mobs” planned which will see them doing surprise performances in art galleries, cafes or “anywhere that will have us” according to Ms Shaw.
“But they won't really have a choice,” she laughed.
All the members agreed the Valley was a beautiful place, and Ms Shaw said they had especially loved the dairy products and “the selflessness of everyone in Bega”.
If you are interested in private tuition in flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or horn with the quintet before October 2 call Kiran Phatak on 0420 740 274.
The concert with the Acacia Quartet will be on September 28 from 3pm at the Windsong Pavilion at the Four Winds Festival Site, Barragga Bay.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for under 18s and can be bought at the door or online at the Four Winds website.
Gates open at 2pm and wine is available for purchase.