CONCERTS

We have a spectacular lineup of artists this year for our six main concerts.  Buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.


Youth and Exuberance

Presented by Camp Creative

Bellingen Youth Orchestra

Combined Junior String Players of Bellingen

Acacia Quartet

Karin Schaupp

A magical night of music highlighting the talent of young local musicians.

Friday 28 September
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

The BELLINGEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA is opening the Festival this year with a big surprise, the first Festival performance by BYOSS: the BYO String School’s young musicians with Vortex.

Further on the program:

  • The 1st movement from Schubert, Symphony No.8 the Unfinished,
  • Acacia Quartet performing student compositions.
  • BYO joined by Karin Schaupp with 2 movements from Nigel Westlake’s Antarctica, Suite for Guitar and Orchestra
  • Penguin Circus for percussion ensemble also by Nigel Westlake
  • Gustav Holst, from The Planets Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  • and more

 

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Karin Schaupp in Concert with the Acacia Quartet

Presented in association with Musica Viva

Karin Schaupp

German-born Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene.  Apart from many solo performances and recordings, Karin has played with orchestras from around the world and often collaborates with other musicians.  Taught mostly by her mother Isolde Schaupp, Karin is now Head of Classical Guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

 

 

 

Acacia Quartet

Well known to the Bellingen Fine Music Festival audience, Acacia have been part of the last four Festivals. Since their foundation in 2010, the group is known for their versatile and inventive programs which often couple established repertoire with the unorthodox..

 

Saturday 29 September
2:00 – 3:45 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

  • Antonin Dvorák, String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 ‘American’
  • Phillip HoughtonIn Amber: for guitar and string quartet
  • solo works for guitar by Scarlatti, Granados, Tarrega and Albeniz

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Taikoz Quartet

Presented by Bellingen Shire Council

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From the most delicate melodies of the shakuhachi to the thunderous impact of the odaiko, Taikoz is at once meditative and free-spirited, primal and dramatic.

Without a doubt, this will be a thrilling and captivating evening.

Saturday 29 September
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

TAIKOZ brings a program of works written  by members of the quartet, for specific drums or a combination of drums with evoking titles like:

  • Wave
  • Of the Fields
  • Recollections 
  • Like a Ripple
  • Oku Shirane,  a work inspired by a classic Haiku,
  • and more

 

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Arcadia Winds

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Formed in 2013 at the Australian National Academy of Music, Arcadia Winds is fast becoming a fixture in the Australian musical scene, known for their energetic, joyful and spontaneous performances, advocacy for wind instruments, commitment to Australian music, and making music accessible to all.

Sunday 30 September
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

  • Malcolm Arnold, Three Sea Shanties
  • Claude Debussy, Petite Suite 
  • Carl Nielsen, Wind Quintet Op. 43
  • Lachlan Skipworth, Echoes and Lines
  • Jean Françaix, Wind Quintet No. 1

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Blush Opera and The Academy

Blush Opera

Refreshing, surprising, comedic, Blush Opera is a boutique opera company that melds the aesthetic of classical opera with cabaret, musical theatre and other genre. Their performances of new compositions and productions reflect contemporary culture and life.

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The Academy is a chamber music program for talented music students in the greater Coffs Harbour region. This unique concept allows higher level instrumental students to experience chamber music and performance techniques that would otherwise only be available to them during tertiary music studies.

 

Sunday 30 September
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

Accompanied by THE ACADEMY, BLUSH OPERA  brings charming chamber opera for the whole family.  Come and enjoy:

  • The Spider Maiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom, an enchanting tale of suspense, riddles and the power of music.

 

After interval, Blush Opera will perform popular and well known arias from:

  • Delibes, Flower Duet from Lakme
  • Dvorak Song to the Moon, Rusalka
  • Puccini, Scuoti quella fronda ciliegio, Madama Butterfly
  • Rossini, Una Voce Poco Fa, Il Barbiere di Sivilgia
  • Mozart, Sull’aria, Le Nozze di Figaro
  • and more…

Adults: $25    Students: $15

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Sandy Evans Trio

Presented by Planet Lighting

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Renown saxophonist Sandy Evans teams up with percussionist Toby Hall and bassist Brett Hirst as the Sandy Evans Trio.  They perform regularly in Australian and have twice toured Europe, earning them the reputation as one of the finest bands in the country.

 

 

Sunday 30 September
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Program

The program will include new works The Big Merino, Invasion Day at the Beach and Back Roads, as well as excerpts from Sandy’s suite: ‘Celebrating Bernie McGann’, a tribute to Australian alto saxophone legend, Bernie McGann.

Adults: $25 Students: $15

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