01-11 January, 2015  

In just a few weeks we’ll be launching our new-look Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

The full 2015 program will be launched on Friday 31 October in Mornington.

The first thing you’ll notice, our 2015 Festival now begins on New Year’s Day, making the most of the weather, high visitation to the Peninsula, and showcasing Australian artists who live overseas returning home at Christmas.

This Festival we’ll be featuring the guitar, with three amazing performances showcasing very different styles, and a line-up of over 70 world-class Australian and International musicians giving intimate performances in some of the Peninsula’s most unique places.

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to our e-newsletter to be one of the first to receive the full program.

With performances ranging from the finest classical and early chamber music, to jazz, cabaret and world music, we hope you will join us for our best Festival yet!

Our 7th festival drew to a close on Sunday evening with Twilight Jazz at Montalto, with the rain mercifully passing in time for a shower-free (if brisk!) evening.

This year’s Festival broke all previous attendance records, with many sold-out performances over the ten days. Artistically the program was our broadest yet, ranging from Claire Edwardes’ thoughtfully expressive performance of contemporary percussion at Hummingbird Eco-Retreat to BT Baldwin and co’s swinging inter-war jazz at Willow Creek Vineyard, from Viennese fancies at Main Ridge Estate to an illuminating exploration of Erik Satie’s life and works at Port Phillip Estate.

Without doubt the biggest achievement of the Festival was the Academy’s performance of Dido and Aeneas under the direction of internationally-renowned conductor Kenneth Weiss, and featuring mezzo Fiona Campbell alongside the Academy Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra, and gorgeous staging by James Browne.

As always I extend my deepest gratitude to our sponsors, donors, supporters and venues,  and to our artists, audiences, volunteers, drivers, production crew and management team without whom this Festival quite simply would not be possible.

Julia Fredersdorff
Artistic Director


Check out these great shots by Festival supporters Love the Pen! Head on over to to check out some of the fabulous photography – such as this shot featuring Festival Academy violinist Emma Williams amongst the bushland at Hummingbird Eco-Retreat.

Reviews from the 2013 Peninsula Summer Music Festival:

Cantatas by Candlelight – The Age

Combattimento - The Age

Cantatas by Candlelight, Blue Silence, Baroque Trio Sonatas – Vulture Magazine

New Year’s Serenade, Hair of the Dog – Love the Pen

After Hours: Alwan – Love the Pen