The Major Bruce Sessions

Helen's Hill Estate
Sat 5th March 2016
16 Ingram Road, Coldstream, VIC

Celebrated for its handcrafted boutique wines, Helen’s Hill Estate is renowned for thinking outside the box. That innovative thinking has led to a new collaboration with an unlikely partner - the maverick theatre making ensemble Present Tense. Together they present The Major Bruce Sessions on March 5, an evening spectacular at the award-winning estate.

“People have asked us to stage something on our beautiful lawn for as long as I can remember. But you could say we think differently: grape grazing is a thing of the past and the mass-produced winery type events would never fit our company culture. Instead, we wanted a bespoke event, hand-made with love, reflecting what we do with our wine,” says winery owner Allan Nalder.

Enter Nathan Gilkes & Bryce Ives. Known for their glorious vocal arrangements, their eclectic mixture of rock with opera, and their energetic and passionate live performances, Alan knew he had found the perfect collaborators for his unique vision.

Featuring tantalising music from Present Tense artists including the internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Mikelangelo, star of the musical Once Jane Patterson, Present Tense favourite Laura Burzacott, music legend Rosie Westbrook, and a swinging rock band led by Nathan Gilkes.

“The artists assembled are fabulously funny and charismatic. They will reimagine an epic array of artists from Neil Diamond to Nick Cave, Madonna to Sia, Tina Turner to ACDC. Part game-show, part concert, and part interactive musical; we promise an uplifting, intimate, and inspiring occasion,” says Mikelangelo.