Six very different ticketed concerts, including fine jazz (Wilson, Zwartz, Dewhurst, Stuart
) and traditional Oud with Joseph Tawadros
. As always, the Bellingen Youth Orchestra
perform the opening concert along with the Acacia Quartet
who will again perform compositions by local HSC Music students. David Helfgott
performs on Saturday night and will be joined by Suzanne Sherrington
and Lachlan Wilkins
. Ensemble Q, Acacia Quartet
and The Academy
complete the classical music line up.
There’s a great fringe program including workshops with the Gumbaynggirr language Gunganbuwala Singers
and with classical guitarist Karin Braidwood
. Enjoy classical busking in the streets, more jazz with the Bellingen Big Band
and performances by two recently formed chamber music ensembles, food and wine ... all in the wonderful atmosphere of beautiful Bellingen. You can have a ‘tasting’ of one of the new ensembles, Waterfall Winds
, on September 15th
at Sunday Bites at the Nexus Community Gallery. Details below.
Two new developments this year are the combining of four local choirs for a grand Chorus of Choirs
and a free concert in the Maam Gaduying (Meeting Place) Park on the Saturday afternoon to celebrate not only our 10th
anniversary but also the wonderful achievements of ‘alumni’ of the Festival’s Music-by-Youth Project
who have gone on to study music elsewhere.
Help raise funds for the Bellingen Youth Orchestra by coming along to the pre-concert supper smorgasbord from 6.00 pm on the Friday and Saturday evenings at the Senior Citizen’s Centre in Maam Gaduying (Meeting Place) Park opposite the Bellingen Memorial Hall. Enjoy chamber music in the park as well.
For full program details and to buy tickets for all Festival events go to the website bellingenmusicfestival.com.au
, buy tickets at the Waterfall Way Visitors Centre in Bellingen, or during the Festival at the Bellingen Memorial Hall.
Concert tickets are selling really fast. Remember that children 12 and under are free. Fringe events are (mostly) entry by donation. Check the website for workshop registration details.
SEE YOU THERE