The Mitchell Conservatorium and Mayfield Garden partnered on Saturday afternoon to bring the Spring Sound Festival to an appreciative audience.

Due to the welcome but persistent rain which fell all day Saturday, the Hawkins family opened up their private chapel to host the event. This was an absolute honour for all attending, as well as for musicians and singers performing.

Approximately 60 people were welcomed and enthralled by the abundant talent exhibited during the afternoon, which included a brass ensemble, violinists, sopranos, duets, special guest performers and a jazz trio named JT3.

Top picks for me included the three sopranos, Michelle Griffin, Julia Boag and Bethany Carter, to whom I could have listened all afternoon.

Sarah Walls (violinist) was also a standout. I loved hearing her at Mayfield’s Cool Climate Wine Festival, and it was fabulous to hear her play again on Saturday.

Whilst this was a concert for the Mitchell Conservatorium, I may suggest for future performances a more balanced program could focus more on the extraordinary talents of students and teaching staff at MitCon.

Overall however, this was a most special afternoon and thanks to all who had a hand in organising, serving and performing.

1. Meet and greet – Adam Deusian, Victoria Erskine, James Whalan and Lauren Plenderleith.
2. Cindy Fox (violin) and Paul Smith (cello)
3. Brass Ensemble
4. Violins
5. The Three Sopranos – Michelle Griffin, Julia Boag and Bethany Carter
6. JT3 (Jason Thornton’s Jazz Band)
7. Stephen O’Connell
8. Sarah Walls