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Welcome to the fourth Annual Albury Chamber Music Festival! This event, which is fast becoming a highly anticipated staple in the regional arts calendar, attracts Australia’s finest performers to the Border for a series of seven wonderful recitals over three days. Come along to see performances by some of Australia’s most exciting performers – check the Program tab for full details.

Highlights for the 2019 festival include exciting performances by many of Australia’s leading Chamber Music ensembles. Full details for the Festival programme and the line up for the final concert will be announced at the very first of our 2019 concert series, which features celebrated Australian cellist Zoe Knighton, to be held at St. Matthews on the 28th of April, 2:00 pm.

Every festival will include a free to the public masterclass workshop for local up-and-coming performers, featuring local students receiving expert tuition from artists at the festival. I look forward to participating as pianist for our Ensemble in Residence, Albury & Castlemaine-based group, The Orpheus Piano Trio.

It has been an absolute delight to participate in a project that has gained so much momentum of its own accord – proof that the Albury-Wodonga region has been waiting for an event like this! We hope to see you at the 2019 Festival this November 15-17!

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Helena Kernaghan, Artistic Director

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One of Australia’s “Great Voices” to be Festival Patron

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Nance Grant AM, one of the great Australian voices of the twentieth century, has agreed to be the Patron of the Albury Chamber Music festival.  Described as being one of the “elite” Australian sopranos, along with Dame Nellie Melba, Florence Austral, Marjorie Lawrence and Dame Joan Sutherland, Nance Grant brings great credibility and distinction to the Festival.  Having attained the highest accolades as an Opera performer, she epitomizes what the Festival is striving to achieve — quality and distinction.

After retirement from Opera, Nance Grant taught with Dame Joan Hammond at the Victorian College of the Arts.

The Albury Chamber Music Festival is honoured to have her patronage.

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The Albury Chamber Music Festival is an initiative of the St Matthew’s Music Association Inc. The Festival’s goal is to bring quality chamber music, performed by some of Australia’s leading chamber musicians, to the City of Albury and the wider Border region.  It is our hope that this will not only give much pleasure to classical music lovers, but also encourage and inspire young musicians to aspire to quality performances.

The inaugural Festival was held in 2016 hosted by the Rector of St Matthew’s, Fr Peter McLeod-Miller.  The Festival’s Artistic Director, Helena Kernaghan, is a highly respected local musician; a member of the Orpheus Piano Trio; and a music teacher.

The venues for the concerts are some of Albury’s iconic locations, including St Matthew’s Church (in Kiewa Street) and the Adamshurst Ballroom (in David Street). Concerts have also been held in MAMA and the Albury Club.  Each of these venues has quality musical instruments including St Matthew’s very fine Letourneau Pipe Organ.

For hundreds of years, the Church has been in the forefront of encouraging the production and performance of quality music in Western Culture.  And many of our leading Western composers have produced their music under the patronage of the Church (e.g. Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart to mention but a few.)  The Church has also sponsored music festivals such as England’s “Three Choirs Festival”, Europe’s oldest existing Music Festival.  This Festival was founded in 1715 to bring together the Choirs of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester Cathedrals.  Today it runs for eight days and has an extensive program that attracts visitor from all over the globe.

While the Albury Chamber Music Festival is a more modest event and will present chamber music concerts over a mere three days, it is our hope that it too will still be around in 300 years, and that it will have flourished and developed to attract visitors to Albury not only from within Australia but also from more distant shores.

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Dr Allan Beavis OAM (Chair of the Committee)

Concert venues

Adamshurst

Adamshurst

Adamshurst - Ballroom

Adamshurst – Ballroom

St Matthew's Church

St Matthew’s Church

The Albury Club


Festival committee

President of St Matthew’s Music Association – Fr Peter MacLeod-Miller
Artistic Director – Helena Kernaghan
Executive Officer & Events Manager Kerryn Beatty
Concert Series Manager – Claire Higgins
Print and Digital Media Coordinator – Sally Morris
Chair of the Committee – Dr Allan Beavis OAM
Secretary of the Committee – Corinne Massang
Marketing Manager – Pamela Furnell
Honorary Treasurer – Mark Carden
Honorary Patron – Nance Grant AM

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