The Sapphire Coast Music Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to showcasing classical music of outstanding quality to members and supporters living in and around the beautiful Bega Valley. The society presents a number of concerts during the year featuring artists from Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and international artists who include the Bega Valley and Narooma in their performing schedules. The Society, in conjunction with Co-Opera from Adelaide, presents a yearly opera. The SCMS in conjunction with the Bega Valley Regional Library offers a number of complimentary Twilight recitals.

The SCMS is very happy welcome Dimitri Ashkenazy back to the Bega Valley. This will be Dimitri’s fourth visit and he brings with him two fine artists – Thomas Azoury playing clarinet and Leigh Harrold on piano.

Dimitri Ashkenazy, whose playing has been described as what might be the most human sound a clarinet can make, has a large solo repertoire, is a highly appreciated chamber musician and – a rarity among the latter – occasionally fills in with orchestras enabling him to stay close to the symphonic repertoire he loves.

In addition to his concert activity, Dimitri has recorded numerous CDs for a variety of labels, made television recordings, and been invited to give master classes in Australia, Iceland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the U.S.

Thomas Azoury enjoys a varied portfolio of orchestral, chamber and solo musical engagements, and has performed with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Canberra International Music Festival, been a two time finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod’s Musica Viva Chamber Music Competitions, and Doctor’s Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship, as well as having participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Hobart.

Leigh Harrold has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras. In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski. In 2015 he gave a lecture-tour of England, promoting and performing Australian piano music at Trinity College and the University of London.

Dimitri Ashkanazy
Leigh Harrold
Thomas Azoury

September 16, 2:30 PM
Wolumla Hall


Dimitri & Friends have selected a program featuring works by Mendelssohn and Debussy and then after the intermission, some more modern works by Bernstein, Richard Rodney Bennett and George Palmer.

We hope you will join us on Sunday week for what will be a splendid afternoon of classical and modern music performed by artists of world renown. You are also invited to join us for afternoon tea after the performance and, as it is our final concert for the year, we will be serving a glass of sherry prior to the start of the concert. Make sure you get there a little earlier than normal so you can join us.

Tickets for the Wolumla performance can be purchased at
Magpie Music (Bega),
Brief Affairs Lingerie Boutique (Merimbula),
Hair Lamartine (Eden), or at the door.
Tickets are $25 and students are admitted free.
0436 458 756


SCMS concerts are hosted at Wolumla Memorial Hall, Wolumla-Candelo Rd., Wolumlla, NSW. All tickets are $25. There is no charge for children under16 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the concert, or from:

The Subscription price for any four concerts is $80 for adults ($20per ticket). Co-opera concert, $70 (Not included in yearly subscription, no concessions) For further details contact Jacqui Jaffrey (tel. 02 6496 1224)

​Twilight Series concerts are free of charge but 'retiring donations' are most welcome. These concerts are a joint effort of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and the Sapphire Coast Music Society. Bega Cheese Factory are the major sponsors for these concerts.​

Twilight Series concerts are held at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery. For more details contact Nan Anderson on 02 6495 9934

All Sunday concerts begin at 2.30 pm. Co-Opera and Conservatorium concerts begin at 6.30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes before start time