Kepler Ensemble to share classical music for free

SHARING MUSIC: Kepler Ensemble musical director Wayne Madden, playing his 1928 violin, hopes to make classical music more inclusive for people. Picture: Neil Richardson
SHARING MUSIC: Kepler Ensemble musical director Wayne Madden, playing his 1928 violin, hopes to make classical music more inclusive for people. Picture: Neil Richardson

Wayne Madden was about 10 years-old when he challenged himself to play the violin.

“I decided to give it a try as it’s a really difficult instrument, but very expressive,” Madden said.

“I really enjoyed music.”

Now, he is sharing his love of music with Northern Tasmania as the Kepler Ensemble musical director and a violinist in the group.

The Kepler Ensemble is a Tasmanian classical chamber music group , which performs free concerts as “a community service”.

“I decided to give it (the violin) a try as it’s a really difficult instrument, but very expressive.”

Kepler Ensemble musical director Wayne Madden

Started 36 years ago, the ensemble aimed to help share classical music with people who might enjoy the music, but not be able to afford to go to classical concerts, Madden said.

Madden is joined by his wife and ensemble founder Jacqueline Madden, Hetty Binns and Jane Fleming.

The Ensemble will perform an array of “approachable” pieces by Schubert, Gilbert and Sullivan alongside other composers at the concert.

The musicians, who have tertiary qualifications in music, perform about three free concerts each year.

The free concert will take place at Heather Hall at 64 Robin Street in Newstead from 7:30pm on Saturday on October 21.