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Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival

  • Kangaroo Valley Hall Kangaroo Valley, NSW, 2577 Australia (map)

The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet with Jillian O’Dowd & the Acacia Quartet

2:30 - 3:30pm Sunday 5 May 2019

$60 per adult, Free for children 7 to12 years. 

This family concert takes place as a mock live broadcast from the Kangaroo Valley Hall.


The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet is an epic and very humorous poem by Australian playwright, the late Nicholas Enright. It tells the story of the formation of an amateur string quartet in the New South Wales Hunter Valley town of Maitland in the early 1950s.  It relates in witty verses the rise, the demise and rise again of this intrepid group of musicians. Underlying the text is a strongly delivered message about the value of music in society. Maitland could just as easily be Kangaroo Valley, or any other town. The message is the same: music-making is good for everyone in a community.


The story is narrated by Jillian O'Dowd and accompanied by the Acacia Quartet.  

Suitable for children over 6 years old.  Children from 7 to 12 years may enter for free if accompanied by a ticket holding adult.  (Limited places for children available)  

Earlier Event: May 4
Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival
Later Event: May 17
Hume Conservatorium