This Mother’s Day, families in Surry Hills can choose a different option as they show their appreciation to the family Matriarch. After the traditional lunch, they can come to St Peter’s Church for a violin concert.

Jacqui Carías is an orchestral violinist who has performed all over the world, including Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, the UK and Germany. Jacqui has also toured through China and this Mother’s Day; she’ll be treating patrons to an in-house concert at St Peter’s Church on Devonshire Street.

Jacqui always had a passion for music from a young age, watching the Vienna Orchestra broadcast every year on SBS from the age of three. Jacqui says: “I would always say to my mum and dad, ‘I want to play the violin, just like they are, in an orchestra’… In 2009 I had the opportunity to play in Vienna in an orchestra.”

Early in her career she was given the opportunity to travel from her hometown of Adelaide to Port Macquarie for three years to work with regional students, who didn’t previously have access to a good musician to teach them.

It was here that Jacqui found her love for teaching music. She now currently teaches at the Inner West School of Music and Ascham and is completing a Master of Teaching.

Since moving to Sydney for education and work, Jacqui has become a regular at St Peter’s Parish in Surry Hills. She says: “St Peter’s is my church and I’ve seen how that hall there, the 1880, has a really special aura to it. I just knew it would be a really great place to put on a music concert.”

“From an artistic point of view, I think that it would be a very beautiful experience to create our mothers, the ones who go above and beyond for us. To have a really nice event where we can chill out and listen to some great music played by a professional chamber musician and paired with some exquisite high tea” says Jacqui.

The Mother’s Day concert at St Peter’s Parish will include works by famous Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, including The Royal Fireworks and Water Music.

The Mother’s Day High Tea Concert will be held at St Peter’s Catholic Church Surry Hills on Sunday May 9th at 2pm. Ticket prices range from $60-$80. For more information and to book go to: