Geoffrey McFerran Young Victorian Piano Competition
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August, 2024
@ Wodonga Senior Secondary College Performing Arts Centre

Murray River Fine Music is delighted to partner with the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association (VMTA), to present the 2024 Geoffrey McFerran Young Victorian Piano Competition.

The  Geoffrey McFerran Young Victorian Piano Competition REGIONAL Prize is awarded annually by the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association.

The prize has been established in 2024 by the McFerran family in honour of Geoffrey, who was a highly accomplished and generous pianist, teacher and clinician. Geoffrey championed the pursuit of musical excellence in piano across Victoria.

The 2024 competition is open to piano students who reside in regional Victoria and those in Albury. 

Audience members are welcome. Please visit the VMTA website for more information.

Piazolla and Tango

With vocalist Ayse Göknur Shanal and pianist Helena Kernaghan

Saturday 26th October 2024, 7pm

@The Cube, Wodonga

Photos of pianist Helena Kernaghan and vocalist Ayse Göknur Shanal

A tango feast you don’t want to miss! 

Vocalist Ayşe Göknur Shanal and pianist Helena Kernaghan will share a ravishing evening of music and Argentine tango by Piazzolla and other South American masters. 

Border audiences are in for a memorable treat – this critically acclaimed concert has been a crowd favourite at the Sydney Opera House with many sold out performances.  

Treat yourself to an $18 single serve antipasto platter from Ploughmans. Add yours to the cart at checkout when you purchase your tickets.

Tickets are available for purchase via the link below or by pasting the following link into your internet browser:

Tickets may be purchased in person at The Cub box office located at 118 Hovell St, Wodonga.

The Cube box office is open Monday – Friday 10 am to 4pm.

Phone: (02) 6022 9311


Past Events

The Genius of Shostakovich
25th May 2024
@ The Cube, Wodonga

In May 2024 Murray River Fine Music Artistic Director and pianist Helena Kernaghan and her fellow musicians from Orpheus Trio Kaori Sparks (violin) and Sam Goble (cello); joined with Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Markiyan Melnychenko (violin) and Simon Oswell (viola), to bring to life the chamber and vocal work of Dmitri Shostakovich.

His music was subversive, characterised by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque and ambivalent tonality. On the other side was his quirky humour, making him a man of great contrasts. 

The program included the Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op.8, the Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok Op. 127 and the Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57.

A photo of members of the Orpheus Trio and Merlyn Quaife, Markiyan Melnychenko and Simon Oswell.

Grigoryan Brothers
23rd March 2024
@ Jindera Pioneer Museum

In March 2024 Murray River Fine Music (MRFM) was pleased to partner with the Jindera Pioneer Museum to present the Grigoryan Brothers.

Acclaimed guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan presented their suite ‘This is Us’, inspired by objects personally selected from the National Museum of Australia’s vast collection tracing Australia’s diverse and complex history.
The evocative nature of each of the 18 compositions was heightened by the projection of a high-definition 3D video of the objects. 

Flinders Quartet
28th October 2023
@ Bonegilla Migrant Experience

In October 2023 Murray River Fine Music (MRFM) was delighted to collaborate with the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, to present the Flinders Quartet and their ‘Musical Portraits’ concert.
The program included Shostakovich’s powerful String Quartet No. 8, officially dedicated ‘to the memory of the victims of fascism and war’ but there is much to suggest that Shostakovich meant it as a musical self-portrait.
Smetana’s String Quartet No.1 ‘From My Life’ was a different type of musical portrait, taking us on a vivid, programmatic journey through young love, and the devastation of tinnitus. In discussing these works, Flinders Quartet began to be curious about how a composer would capture their essence and commissioned Tasmanian composer Maria Grenfell to paint them in sound. 

Orpheus Trio
2nd September 2023
@ The Cube, Wodonga

In September 2023 Murray River Fine Music (MRFM) was delighted to present the Orpheus Trio with their program Mendelssohn & More.

The trio presented a program combining rarely heard discoveries alongside well-known masterworks of the piano trio repertoire. The magnificent Mendelssohn D minor is the centrepiece of this concert, which is often praised as one of his finest works. 

Benjamin Martin Masterclass
7th May 2023
@ Peregrines

As part of the May 2023 weekend of music, Benjamin Martin facilitated a masterclass with local piano students. 

The performers were (pictured clockwise from top left) Abbey Quinlan, Carla Vogelsang, Bianca Blackberry and Banruo Zhu. 

Benjamin Martin
7th May 2023
@ Peregrines

As part of our Autumn 2023 weekend of music, Murray River Fine Music was thrilled to present one of Australia’s finest pianists, Benjamin Martin.

In the stunning setting of Peregrines Function Centre, local audiences were treated to a recital of piano favourites from across the years, with a focus on Romantic era works by Brahms, Liszt and Chopin.

Inventi Ensemble
6th May 2023
@ The Cube, Wodonga

In May 2023 Murray River Fine Music partnered with Music in the Regions to present Melbourne-based Inventi Ensemble.

The ensemble delighted audiences with their program ‘The Enchanted Forest’, consisting of works inspired by nature.

The program included Beethoven’s famous ‘Pastoral’ Symphony in a stunning new version for seven players. 

The ‘Pastoral’ Symphony reflects Beethoven’s feelings of being surrounded by nature, while Debussy’s shimmering Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun evokes an encounter with forest spirits. Inventi also presented a stunning new work by Australian composer Melody Eötvös, The Baron in the Trees.

Inventi Ensemble
6th May 2023
@ Albury Public School

On 6th May 2023, Murray River Fine Music (MRFM) was delighted to have the Inventi Ensemble deliver their exciting ‘Fauns and Forests’ workshop for kids. 

The workshop was held at Albury Public School and involved active participation, with the kids learning about different aspects of the music and the instruments. 

Thank you to Albury City Council and Regional Arts New South Wales for their support of this initiative.

Wendy Rule
18th March 2023
@ The Cube, Wodonga

In March 2023 Border audiences were treated to a mesmerising performance by the amazing touring artist Wendy Rule, accompanied by our very own Murray River Fine Music Ensemble; Helena Kernaghan (piano/percussion), Naomi Wileman (cello), Amanda Giblin (vocals/percussion) and Grace Kernaghan (vocals/guitar).

75th Anniversary celebrations
26th November 2022
@ Bonegilla Migrant Experience

In November 2022 Murray River Fine Music (MRFM) delivered a specially curated program of music for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Bonegilla Migrant Experience. MRFM were honoured to curate the musical performances for this special occasion, and audience members were amazed by the talent and variety of music on offer.

Markiyan Melnychenko (violin) and Benjamin Martin (piano) performed ‘Postcards from Europe’ in the Tudor Hall; Cosimo Ciccone (baritone), Marie Tabone (soprano) & Helena Kernaghan (piano) performed ‘Italian Favourites’ in the Tudor Hall; and The Lost Clog presented Lithuanian songs of love, war, harvest, drinking and revenge on the outdoor stage.

Orpheus Trio
19th November 2022
@ The Jazz Basement, Wodonga

In November 2022 Murray River Fine Music (MRFM) was delighted to present the Orpheus Trio in concert at the Jazz Basement in Wodonga.

The program included works by Arbos, Dvorak and local composer Gordon Kerry.

Our Mission

Murray River Fine Music aims to make the live performance of top-level Classical music accessible to regional country communities. We are open to incorporating artists who perform in contemporary and or jazz styles, as well as Classical.

Our goals is to providing a quality experience for regional audiences that would normally only be the privilege of city dwellers.

Our Curatorial Philosophy

We engage the best performers and allow them the freedom to present programs that they are comfortable with, and can deliver with passion and enthusiasm.  We also aim to continue the security of a new and vibrant Classical music scene in Australia, through our programming, providing student opportunities and delivering new work commissions.

Apart from promoting and engaging the best performers and musicians, we also strive to include interactive educational opportunities for up and coming local musicians through masterclasses and workshops hosted by the featured performers.

Our hope is to feature at least one world premiere by an Australian composer each year.


Key people

Helena Kernaghan – Artistic Director/CEO

Click here to see Helena’s biography

Gordon Kerry – Consultant

Click here to see Gordon’s biography

Kerryn Beatty – Producer

Peter Stewart – Treasurer