Bellingen Music Festival
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
"Without music, life would be a mistake"
The Bellingen Music Festival proudly supports the Bellingen Community Arts Council's Music By Youth Project.
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e-newsletter no 2. May 2014

From the 19th to 21st September 2014 Bellingen will again become alive with superb classical music performances. Australian and local artists will explode into the valley, performing a mixed program of newly commissioned Australian music, recently composed music, and works from the early music, romantic, and 20th century repertoire.

The excitingly diverse program of seven events across the three days, compiled by innovative artistic director, Andrew Batt-Rawden, will expose audiences to familiar and new music. Opening the Festival is the Acacia Quartet, whose performances have been reviewed with high praise for their versatile and inventive programs. These four young musicians with an infectious passion for chamber music have built a great following for their ‘exciting music, excitingly played’.

Synergy Percussion will burst into performance at the very first concert also. This Australian internationally acclaimed ensemble is now forty years old. Their many local and overseas performances attract very high acclaim. Synergy will perform Xenakis’ impressive work Pleiades, said to be the most ambitious work for percussion ensemble ever written. Synergy’s passion and energy promise to make for a truly memorable experience.

Soprano Alison Morgan, co-director of Halcyon, is one of Australia's foremost interpreters of contemporary vocal music. With audiences recalling ‘an evening in absolute nirvana… a positive feast of vocal artistry’, Halcyon presents stunning performances of vocal chamber music from around the world. For the Bellingen Music Festival, soprano Alison Morgan and noted Australian pianist Josephine Allan bring together a delicious collection of songs for you to revel in, from Ravel's intensely beautiful Five Greek Folksongs to the completely modern and irresistible The Domestic Sublime by Melbourne composer Katy Abbott.

Unique this year is the educational component. Composer Andrew Batt-Rawden will be in Bellingen numerous times ahead of the Festival to work with local year 11 and 12 students. He will workshop a new work with the much-loved Bellingen Youth Orchestra, to be premiered at the Festival.

Innovative recorder player Alicia Crossley with Synergy percussionist Josh Hill, performing as Duo Blockstix, will play pieces ranging from the 15th century to 2012. Gifted local classical guitarists Karin Braidwood and Kari Winer, performing as Duo Minerva, make up that concert. The recently formed Blackwattle Trio completes our exciting line-up of performers. We are also delighted to announce that instrumentalists can get up close with the Acacia Quartet, as they lead a strings workshop on Saturday Sept. 20th on rehearsal and performance techniques and give an insight into the team-dynamics of playing together as a quartet. Singers will enjoy a fabulous energising workshop of breathing, moving, singing and laughing with Alison Morgan of Halcyon as she coaxes beautiful vowels and a supported tone out of your body. Alison believes that with a bit of guidance, every voice can find its own unique 'sweet spot'.

The 2014 Bellingen Music Festival will deliver a festival like none other. Youth, new music, and vibrant performances throughout promise an experience not to be missed. Explore the website for details of all the festival events including the opening night welcome party in Maam Gaduying (Meeting Place) Park opposite the Bellingen Memorial Hall. Weekend Passes, providing entry to all five concerts and a workshop, and single concert tickets are on sale now via our secure online server on our Buy Tickets page, from the Nexus Community Gallery Bellingen and Park Beach HiFi, Coffs Harbour or EMAIL

The Festival organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of Camp Creative and Limelight Magazine in making this festival possible.
September 20~22nd 2013
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