Soiree at Coriole

September 3, 2017


Imagine, if you will, an elegant salon in a bygone era - a hundred years ago perhaps; a beautiful room, a crackling fire, the guests assembling to take a glass of wine and hear the singers and accompanist at the grand piano, picture windows overlooking the lawns, gardens and rolling hills beyond. Long, long before the nagging intrusions of television, the internet and mobile phones.

Such images were evoked last Sunday afternoon, September 3rd, in the piano room at Coriole Winery, where we gathered on a wintry cold day to enjoy a beautiful concert from Samantha Rubenhold and her husband Robert England, with Penelope Cashman at the baby grand.

The program of solos and duets included many favourites and some lesser known works - Leoncavello, Wagner, Duparc, Verdi, Loesser, Delibes, Schumann, Puccini, Rossini and Gerschwin.

Before singing each piece Samantha or Robert gave a short introduction, not about the song itself but rather about the emotions and feelings behind it. This was a new idea that they wished to try and we agreed at the end that it was very interesting and most successful.

A goodly sum was raised at the event. This goes as part of our STARS contribution to the Musica Viva project at Aldinga Primary School.

Many thanks to Libby Raupach and Mark Lloyd for offering us the facilities at Coriole and to Liz Elder and others who helped with the organisation and management of the event.

Part of the audience

Robert, solo

Samantha, solo

Nancy Weisbrodt and Peter Cave, among others, in rapt attention

The duet from Porgy and Bess

Thanks and flowers. A beautiful performance.