JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
12-15 April 2018

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

March 21, 2011

Sweets of May Concert in historic Church

Dear Friends of the Jane Austen Festival

We have obtained permission to hold a special concert in the Church at
St Johns during the Jane Austen Festival. If you already hold a season
or Sunday day-ticket and wish to attend we need you to book a free
ticket using the discount code we will be emailing to ticket holders .
Those just wanting to attend the concert may purchase a concert ticket
at http://jafa2011tickets.eventbrite.com/. Refreshments will
be served after the concert.

MEDIA RELEASE

The Sweets of May: Jane Austen’s Music in the Garden

Gardens, flowers, trees and country life feature prominently in many songs of
the late 18th and early 19th century, and soprano Gillian Dooley has devised a
program of music on these themes from Jane Austen’s family music collections.
She will be accompanied by Fiona McCauley on piano, and with guest artists
Charlotte Fletcher (Canberra) and Chris Rawlinson (Adelaide) on violin.

The concert will take place at 2pm on Sunday 17 April in St John’s Church, Reid,
as part of the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra in April. Tickets can
be purchased from http://jafa2011tickets.eventbrite.com/

Most of this music is rarely heard today. Alongside music by better known
composers such as Handel and Thomas Arne, there are rousing comic songs by
Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), and folksongs, parlour songs and theatrical songs,
by composers including Stephen Storace, William Field and James Hook. The
instrumental pieces include popular dances and melodies of the day.

Gillian Dooley has been organizing and performing in concerts of this repertoire
since 2007. She presented concerts at the Canberra Jane Austen Festival in
2009 and 2010, and in the Adelaide Fringe in 2008 and 2010. In September
2010 she travelled to England to research the Austen music collections held in
Chawton and Winchester, and performed at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and
the Jane Austen Conference in Harrogate.

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