Nillumbik U3A Bulletin

February Bulletin

Dear <<First Name>>,

The making of a string quartet - presented by Zoe Knighton on Thursday, 16th March

Zoe Knighton, the founding cellist of the highly acclaimed Flinders Quartet, will explore the intimate and often mysterious world of chamber music and will reveal everything you have ever wanted to know about the string quartet, from the composer to the concert stage. The session will provide an historical overview from Haydn to Sculthorpe, exploring the great composers who used the string quartet as their most personal medium. Why is the string quartet such a perfect vehicle for a composer's most intimate voice? Zoe will use music from Haydn (1732-1809) to the present day to give an overview of the string quartet, while using anecdotes of groups past and present and sharing some industry secrets. She will also delve into what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century.

Flinders Quartet (FQ) is one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. A quartet for the twenty-first century, FQ continues its second decade with musical skill and maturity. Since their inception in 2000, FQ has toured nationally and internationally, released three acclaimed CDs on the ABC classics label and commissioned and premiered numerous Australian works.

Zoe Knighton has played numerous concertos with Melbourne orchestras and, with pianist Amir Farid, debuted at the Melbourne Recital Centre to great critical acclaim in 2009. Their partnership continues with recordings for ABC, concerts throughout Australia and the release of five CDs on the MOVE label. She has been praised for her "thrilling tenor sound" (Limelight Magazine), "sublime phrasing", and "many great technical demands which Knighton carried off with ease."

When: Thursday, 16th March, 10.45am-12.15pm.
Where: Hurstbridge Hub.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email

Reminders re 2017 membership and enrolments

Term 1 classes are starting next week (i.e. on 6th February)!

If you haven't paid your 2017 membership fee, it is $45.
Bank Deposit: Bendigo Bank,
BSB: 633000,
Account Number: 135510063,
Reference: your member name and number.

If you haven't yet enroled in your 2017 Term 1 classes, you can do so online on our website. Click here and choose 'apply to join a class'.

Alternatively, you can pay your membership in person, or enrol in classes, by going to the Office on a Monday or Thursday, 10am-midday. Note that the Office is open this Thursday, 2nd February.

If, at any time, you want to find out your current enrolment(s) or subscription status, you can do this online (on the same page as the online enrolments) by choosing 'request a status report'. You will need to enter your member number and registered email address.

Office hours

Monday and Thursday during term times, 10am-midday. Also, this Thursday, 2nd February. At the Old Eltham Courthouse.

You can also contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email.

Positions vacant(!)

Kitchen duties at Old Eltham Courthouse. One or two members are required to supervise the following:

  • Checking and maintaining supplies.
  • Checking donation money.
  • Ensuring the kitchen is clean and tidy.

Promoting and maintaining the Book Swap at Old Eltham Courthouse. This job could suit a keen reader and involves such tasks as:

  • Sorting the books already on the shelves.
  • Sourcing more books in good condition.
  • Advising members of books available in Bulletin.
  • Creating an exchange policy.
If you feel you can help in this way, please contact the Office by phone (0468 300764 and leave a voice message if no answer) or email for a more detailed description of what is involved.

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Office: Old Eltham Courthouse
Cnr Main Rd & Brougham St, Eltham
Tel: 0468 300 764
Mail: PO Box 852 Eltham 3095

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