Charity through nature and song

Founder of Sacred Stage Jacqui Rutten (right) is running the concert to raise money for charity. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

By Parker McKenzie

Artists are raising money for relief services through nature and song in a concert in Belgrave.

Sacred Stage is running a charity concert to raise funds for the Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service at the Dandenong Ranges Music Council on Sunday 5 December at 2pm.

Sacred Stage founder Jacqui Rutten said the event will feature talented local artists.

“There is a lot of talented performers at the concert, including a Melbourne university singing student I am excited to hear,” she said.

“Other artists include exceptional soloists, young and old chamber music groups and sacred music.”

The theme of the event is song as a sacred pathway into nature and features unplugged and acoustic local musicians.

2022 is the 15th anniversary of Sacred Stage and Ms Rutten said she is excited to continue running the concerts for a good cause.

“The hall was chosen because of its wonderful grand piano,” she said.

“The theme song as a sacred pathway into nature will be apparent through the music.”

The concert is supported by Yarra Ranges Council and is the fourth in a series of charity concerts run by Ms Rutten.

The following artists will be performing at the concert:

Kelsy De Prada (flute)

Sam Derrick (singing and piano)

John Lynch (piano)

Jacqui Rutten (singing) with Claire Ransome (violin) and Jenny Rowlands (cello)

Edward Willoughby (piano)

Danielle Zuccala (singing) with Jo-Anne Mileto (piano)

Interested attendees can book at or email and make a donation at door.