Over the years, private audiences enjoyed performances by Dame Joan Sutherland, the Robert Pikler Chamber Orchestra, Music Aviva Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet and the Israel Philharmonic Septet.
World famous pianists Karl Schnabel, Richard Bonynge and Hephzibah Menuhin, violinist John Harding and cellist Nathan Waks, were also among those who performed at Chalwin Castle.
“The Rolls Royce of the music industry played there in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” says Warwick Ross, from the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.
“We used Chalwin Castle for rehearsals on Sunday afternoons. It was very luxuriously decorated,” Warwick recalls.
“You went there for the pleasure of playing. The feeling and atmosphere in the audience was something you don’t see now. It was intimate and open, and you felt like it was your family sitting there,” he says.