Acacia Quartet to perform at Hunters Hill Music Concert

Three lucky TWT readers can win double passes to Hunters Hill Music’s next concert this Sunday September 23 featuring the Acacia Quartet in Hunters Hill Town Hall, Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill at 2.30pm.

In eight years the Acacia Quartet has won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs.

They’ve recorded six albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’.

Acacia made their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in 2016 and the following year were invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed concerts in Berlin and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael for the Genuin record label.

Two further CDs will be released in 2018 in collaboration with recorder player Alicia Crossley and guitarist Matt Withers.

Acacia Quartet is proud to be Ensemble in Residence at the Australian Institute of Music.

Tickets $40 adults, $10 students and children under 12 FREE.

More information at or phone Lynn Trainor 9817 6803 or Geoffrey Chard 9816-4078.

TO WIN go to our website – – and click on the WIN with TWT tab and fill out the entry form.

Entries close 9am Monday September 17 and winners to be notified.

WIN with TWT: Beecroft Orchestra in Concert

Two TWT readers can win double passes to The Beecroft Orchestra’s L’Affaire Francaise concert on Sunday September 16 in St Alban’s Anglican Church, Pembroke Street, Epping at 2.30pm.

The Orchestra will present a concert featuring Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor, the Belgian composer’s only symphony, as its main item.

Concert also includes the popular Suite Pastorale by Emmanuel Chabrier and concerto for harp and orchestra by Gabriel Pierne.

Soloist is Sydney based and internationally experienced harpist Emily Granger (pictured).

Emily has studied extensively in her native United States and now enjoys a busy professional life.

Conductor is the orchestra’s musical director Joanna Drimatis.

Tickets $25/$20 at door or online

For more information contact president Lisa Pont 0421 932941.

TO WIN go to our website – – and click on the WIN with TWT tab and fill out the entry form; or write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to TWT Beecroft Orchestra, PO Box 123, Ryde 1680. Entries close 9am Monday September 10 and winners published September 12.

Werner Filipich captures the beauty of beautiful locations

WERNER FILIPICH paintings will be among the outstanding works of art to be presented at the Hunters Hill Romantics exhibition this weekend.

The exhibition opens at the Hunters Hill Town Hall this Friday night from 5pm and will be open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

Event co-ordinator Adrian Black described Werner’s works as traditionalist painting mainly in oils, specialising in rural and coastal scenes. 

“His popular and unique style is admired by many,” Mr Black said.

“A Filipich painting has space and a freedom, expressing seemingly effortlessly the beauty of the Australian landscape.

“His works are sold the world over with many paintings adorning countless walls.”

Mr Filipich says he’s inspired by impressionist painters Heyson, Roberts, McCubbin, Condor and Streeton.

“Their handling of light and contrasting colour is depicted in their impressions of the never changing hues of the Australian scenery,” he said.

“It changes minute by minute and whilst on site I must capture and transform as quickly as possible the scene onto my blank canvas.

“Being a professional artist is an exciting journey and is a never ending learning experience.”

Mr Filipich’s paintings include landscapes and seascapes as well as French provincial scenes. Like other paintings at the exhibition, his paintings will be on sale.

“This Exhibition represents a great opportunity to experience a highly diverse collection of art from five of Australia’s premier painters,” Mr Black said.

“On display will be a range of paintings and high quality giclée editions. From affordable miniatures to major works The Romantics Exhibition has something for everyone.”

An important aim of the exhibition is to raise money and awareness of the Chris O’Brien Life House.

“The Romantics Art Exhibition supports the Chris O’Brien Life House in the never ending task of finding a cure for Cancer, a disease that we have all encountered at sometime within our wonderful families or very close friends,” Mr Black said.

“This is a mammoth battle of adversity with many challenges for both the patient and the dedicated team at Life House, led by the inspiration of Gail O’Brien and her team.”

Other artists include Ian Hansen, Ramon Ward-Thompson, James Hough and Max Mannix.

“As a veteran sailor Ian has a love and respect for the power and beauty of the ocean,” Mr Black said.

“When viewing a Hansen you at once lose yourself and find yourself, set adrift in the wilds of creation.”

Ramon Ward-Thompson is a true romantic impressionistic painter who over the decades has refined the skill of interpreting a scene, “capturing the inner memory of place with an almost dream-like quality,” Mr Black said.

Hough’s paintings, he said, showcased a variety of native Australian birds and animals, with his art ever-evolving and focused more recently on wildlife at home for which he has travelled extensively throughout Australia in search of the most untouched habitat to capture its natural beauty and purity.

Mannix – featured in a recent edition of The Weekly Times – “captures life in the outback like no other artist”, according to Mr Black,  painting vibrant stories, often larrikin tales of living in the bush with his unique style and palette screaming of the quintessential vernacular unique to Australia. 


TO THE POINT with IAN HANSEN: The Romantics Art Show is for lovers of traditional art

A FINE mix of traditional art work can be viewed at The Romantics Art Show Exhibition which opens this Friday September 7 in Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill at 5pm.

For the ninth consecutive year The Romantics Art Show will be held in the Hunters Hill Town Hall and will run until this Sunday September 9.

The Romantics are a group of five traditional professional artists whose friendships go back to the early 1970s.

It was a love of traditional art and an admiration for the works of the old master painters that first brought us five artists together over 30 years ago.

Today our work is well known, highly sought after and hangs in many collections both here and overseas and on exhibit this weekend will be our latest collection of impressionist oil paintings depicting marine art from a bygone era, fine Australian landscape and rural scenes, street scenes from Paris and detailed colourful wildlife.

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YOURS truly has been a full time artist for 44 years and I specialise in marine subjects.

I enlisted in the Navy at the age of 15 as an apprentice Shipwright and served 12 years before becoming a professional artist.

Since then I’ve been working mainly on commissions and have been most fortunate to have my paintings go all over the world.

As a dedicated artist, I’ve also had the privilege of winning several International Art Awards which has given me enormous satisfaction.

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OTHER members of The Romantics include Max Mannix, who started his working life as a stockman in cattle stations in outback Queensland after growing up in Victorian country towns.

This life style and many characters he came across provided Max with plenty of inspiration to capture the outback humour and insight into the old Aussie way of life with his popular paintings.

Artist Ramon Ward Thompson came from New Zealand in the 1960s and worked as a professional fisherman and crocodile hunter in the Northern Territory and Queensland waters before turning to art.

He has had many successful exhibitions in the last 40 years and travels extensively throughout Europe and Britain collecting reference for his sought after paintings.

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ARTIST Werner Filipich initially trained as a hairdresser, winning an Australian Championship before the strong pull of painting took over.

His traditional landscape and figurative paintings are influenced by the Heildberg School and he often ‘goes bush’ seeking reference and painting the Australian bush.

James Hough is an international award winning artist that had a surveying background and his years of tramping through the bush had him observing a host of wildlife especially birds that would become his favourite subject matter for his very popular paintings.

All of the artists will be in attendance during the show and will be happy to discuss their paintings and art with you.

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TO DATE The Romantics have raised over $40,000 for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse facility at Camperdown and this fund raising will continue again this year.

As in previous years, we’ll be donating a percentage of all painting sales as well as proceeds from the raffle of an original painting to this non-profit organisation that relies totally on donations from the wider community to bring hope and care to cancer sufferers, their families and carers.

This is an opportunity to view and perhaps purchase some excellent traditional art, to meet the artists behind the paintings and to support a very worthwhile charity.

Entry is free and Max Mannix has donated one of his paintings for the raffle prize. The Art Exhibition continues this Saturday September 8 with opening hours from 10am to 5pm and this Sunday September 9 from 10am to 4pm.

For further details check website:

IAN HANSEN is an an international award winning marine artist.

Ryde Eisteddfod Success

Ryde’s 30th Annual and most successful Eisteddfod concludes this weekend after nine weeks of non stop competition with over 5000 entrants.

Eisteddfod founder and chairman former Ryde mayor Edna Wilde OAM extends an invitation to everyone to attend the last few days of competitions to experience the quality of the contests.

Final day is this Saturday September 8 at Cox’s Road North Ryde Community Hall also known as the North Ryde School of Arts Centre with Speech and Drama Scholarships from 1pm and Piano Scholarships from 7pm.

Edna instigated the Eisteddfod over thirty years ago and it has grown from just a handful of entries to one of Australia’s largest and most successful today.

She has been able to enlist, cajole and encourage volunteer support over the years and is always on the lookout for extras.  So if you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact Edna and offer to help. Call 9888 1072.

Edna has had tremendous support fro Ryde Council and many wonderful sponsors from an army of dedicated volunteers and from professional musicians of the highest calibre.

Edna is pictured with noted author Ann Howard who has been  commissioned to write the forthcoming book, Ryde Eisteddfod – the First Amazing 30 Years.

TWT Winners: KIN movie passes

Five more TWT readers have won double passes to the American science fiction action film Kin now screening in cinemas nationally courtesy of independent film distributors Studio Canal.

Winners are: Lauren Illingworth, Melrose Park; Adam Wilson, Lane Cove West; Cindy Elbourne-Binns, Marsfield; Rania Steel, Ermington and Kerry Law of Hunters Hill.

Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of other worldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

Kin stars Dennis Quaid as Hal Solinski, Myles Truitt as Eli Solinski and Jack Reynor as Jimmy Solinski, Zoe Kravitz as Milly and James Franco as Taylor Balik.


WIN with TWT: Ryde Eastwood Music Concert

Five TWT readers can win double passes to Ryde Eastwood District Music Club’s next concert on Wednesday September 12 in the School of Arts Hall, 201 Cox’s Road, North Ryde at 8pm.

The Beecroft Orchestra will perform a French theme which includes Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D Minor and Pierne’s Concerto for Harp featuring Emily Grainger.

Accomplished Emily has performed as principal harp with Chicago, Sydney, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Australia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Chicago Philharmonic and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Her most notable performances have included recitals at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Centre’s Millennium Stage, Curtis Institute of Music and Lyon & Healy Hall.

Tickets available at door for $20 and there is no reserved seating. All students admitted FREE.

This concert will be repeated on Sunday September 16 in St Alban’s Church Hall, Pembroke Street, Epping at 2:30pm.

TO WIN go to our website – – and click on the WIN with TWT tab and fill out the entry form; or write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to TWT Ryde Eastwood Music, PO Box 123, Ryde 1680. Entries close 9am Monday September 10 and winners to be notified.

WIN with TWT: Children’s Family Concert

Three TWT readers can win Family Passes of two adults and two children to Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Family Concert on Sunday September 16 at North Ryde Community Centre, 201 Cox’s Road, North Ryde at 3pm.

This children’s concert will feature conductor Ian Cox, Concertmaster Naomi Warr and soloist David Berry (pictured).

Conductor Ian says that children instead of playing in a sandpit or with mobile phones can spend an afternoon in a “symphonic sound pit” at North Ryde.

“Come along sing, play and dance with the orchestra” he says.

Tickets are $15 adults, $5 children and Family ticket for two adults and two children $35.

TO WIN a Family Pass go to our website and click on the WIN with TWT tab and fill in the entry form or write your name and address with phone number on the back of an envelope and post it to: TWT Concert, PO Box 123 Ryde 1680.

Entries close September 10 and winners will be notified.

WIN with TWT: Comedy shows at the Bayview Hotel

Gladesville’s Bayview Hotel is hosting two special nights of comedy in the coming days.

TWT readers can win one of four tickets to a Comedy Night with Merrick Watts next Wednesday while two TWT readers can get their hands on a ticket to Women Like Us, returning by popular demand on Tuesday September 11 at 8pm.

Women Like Us is “the comedy Show that took the Gladesville locals by storm” starring Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan – two straight-talking independent women who shoot straight from the lip and keep the stories coming. They’re the kind of sparkly, charismatic women who, if you met at a dinner party you would be enthralled, chin in hands as they deliver one funny, entertaining tale after the other.

Merrick Watt, the August 29 Comedy Night’s headline act is, of course, one half of the Merrick and Ross show on Triple J, heard also on NOVA and Triple M Sydney while also getting his fair share of TV action on Thank God You’re Here, The Hollowmen, Underbelly and Have You Been Paying Attention? The lineup for the night also includes Billy D’Arcy, Lizzy Hoo, with Rebecca De Unamuno  on MC duties.

TO WIN go to TWT’s website, click on the WIN with TWT tab and fill in the entry form, on which you’ll also find a drop-down menu where you can select which ticket giveaway you’d like to enter. Or write your name and address with telephone number on the back of an envelope and send to “TWT Merrick” or “TWT Women Like Us”, PO Box 123, Ryde  NSW 1680.

Hunters Hill Romantics exhibition captures landscapes and seascapes

The Ninth Annual Romantics Art Exhibition will be held at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from Friday, September 7 until Sunday, September 9.

The exhibition opens of Friday night from 5pm and continues on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

It features an outstanding display of Romantic paintings from Werner Filipich, Ian Hansen, James Hough, Max Mannix and Ramon Ward-Thompson

Exhibition coordinator Adrian Black said it has something from everyone with affordable miniatures to major works.

“Ian Hansen’s paintings take you on a intimate journey into the majesty of the sea,” he said.

“As a veteran sailor Ian has a love and respect for the power and beauty of the ocean.

“When viewing a Hansen you at once lose yourself and find yourself, set adrift in the wilds of creation.”

Mr Black said James Hough has successfully combined both a passion for wildlife and his life long interests in Fine Art, while

Max Mannix captures life in the outback.

“Max’s paintings are vibrant stories, often larrikin tales of living in the bush,” he said.

“His unique style and palette screams of the quintessential vernacular that is at the heart of Australian life.”

Ramon Ward-Thompson is a true romantic impressionistic painter capturing the beauty of Australia and Europe with his deliberately limited palette.

“Over the decades of painting Ramon has refined a skill that interprets a scene, that captures the inner memory of place with an almost dream like quality.”

Werner Filipich is a dedicated traditionalist painting mainly in oils and specialising in rural and coastal scenes.

“A Filipich painting has space and a freedom, expressing seemingly effortlessly the beauty of the Australian landscape. Werner’s works are sold the world over with many paintings adorning countless walls,” he said.