Discover: Rachelle Durkin and Jonathan Paget (Musica Viva)

Event details

  • Monday | November 29, 2021
  • 5:00 pm
  • Online or at Cullen's Winery


Discover: Rachelle Durkin (soprano) and Jonathan Paget (guitar)

5.00pm (WA time), Monday 29th November

Cullen’s Wines, 4323 Caves Road Wilyabrup

Performed by: Rachelle Durkin (soprano) and Jonathan Paget (guitar)

Classical guitar and voice step into the spotlight for this Discover online concert on 29 November, a pairing still too little seen on stages despite its hypnotic power. With tickets starting from just $5, give yourself over to the immersive sound worlds conjured up by guitarist Jonathan Paget and soprano Rachelle Durkin, who will fill homes with music drawn from different folk traditions around the world.

The livestreamed concert begins with Britten’s Folk Songs for Voice and Guitar, the vocal model for which was Peter Pears, Britten’s partner in life and music. The composer’s characteristic gift for word setting and vocal writing is on full display here, and many of the songs are a poignant exploration of life and its brevity. These works are followed by an excerpt from British composer David Braid’s song cycle Songs of Contrasting Subjects, which sets texts by Shakespeare and Bunyan.

Other highlights include Villa-Lobos’ aria from his series of suites, Bachianas Brasileiras, a haunting meditation on the evening sky, Brouwer’s ‘Balada de la Doncella Enamorada’ from El Decamerón Negro, which tells the story of a warrior who wishes to be a musician; and De Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas, a setting of seven folk songs from different regions of Spain.

Discover Musica Viva

This concert is part of our Discover Musica Viva series – a collection of concerts, webinars, podcast episodes and more.

We want our Discover collection to be inclusive and accessible for all, we understand that not everyone can afford the full cost of a ticket right now. Artists appearing in the series are supported by donations from our Artists’ Fund which allows us to offer flexible pricing from $5 to $25.

Want to join our studio audience?

We’re offering live in-person studio audience tickets to a Discover concert. While you can still purchase a ticket to enjoy a high-quality livestreamed Discover concert from the comfort of your home, we’re also offering those in WA the unique opportunity to join us in person at Cullen Wines and be part of a small studio audience. Tickets are extremely limited so don’t miss the chance to gain an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at one of our livestreamed concerts!

This experience is completed with a variety of Cullen’s award-winning biodynamic, carbon positive wines for you to enjoy, complimented by delights from Cullen Biodynamic Wineroom’s Head chef Charlie Chen’s Spring / Kambarang menu.

Please note that for the live studio audience, you will need to be at the venue and seated by 5pm local time.


Cullen Wines
4323 Caves Road
Western Australia 6280

Buy Tickets (choice of online or live): Musica Viva Australia – Discover: Rachelle Durkin and Jonathan Paget