In these family friendly concerts, Acacia Quartet perform a range of pieces suitable for people of all ages. There are two presenters – Inspector Emily and Detective Dean – who go on an adventure to solve a musical mystery. As they explore, the presenters interact with the audience and quartet to discover different aspects of music. In this entertaining and educational performance, audiences will get to experience an exciting adventure story, while listening to and watching the quartet play.



Inspector Emily and Detective Dean have a locked treasure chest…  with no key! They team up with the Acacia Agents in this family-friendly concert to search high and low for the missing key and have to overcome many obstacles on the way. As they adventure they learn all about different aspects of music. Come along to this fun and educational performance to help them find out what the treasure is!


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emily Mcknight

Emily McKnight is a Sydney based actor who is passionate about music, education and children’s entertainment.

After completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts and English at Macquarie University, she studied acting at the Actors Centre Australia. During her studies she performed in numerous plays in theatres around Sydney.

Emily regularly appears in the children’s television show Jay’s Jungle on channel 7Two. She writes and presents the annual Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra’s Kids Proms concerts. In 2017 she travelled to schools around Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong as part of Poetry In Action. Performing works based around poetry and speeches.

Emily is also a musician. She plays and teaches the flute, and loves learning singing and guitar. She is currently writing her own children’s songs, which will be released later this year.

To download a PDF of Emily's biography please click here

dean Gray

Dean Gray is a Sydney based musician and guitar teacher, who lives for music – studying, teaching, performing and listening.

A musical chameleon, he has studied jazz, classical and rock guitar. Dean was heavily involved in the experimental/noise scene in Sydney in the 1990's. He later became interested in studying jazz harmony, and was a member of the Narrabeen Swingers, a 16 piece swing band based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. His trio, the Antikis, specialised in Hawaiian Lounge Jazz. He was the pedal steel guitarist for the Northern Beaches Country Music Club. He currently plays guitar in Triple Standard Jazz Trio alongside Acacia Quartet cellist Anna Martin-Scrase and double bassist Jason Smith. He is rehearsing a new hillbilly-surf-jazz trio called Dean Gray and the Hipster Baristas.

He studied Historically Informed Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium and had an 18 year career in the NSW fire brigade.

Dean is an adult beginner violinist and is writing a book about learning new skills in middle-age and beyond.

To download a PDF of Dean's biography please click here