We are thrilled to present the Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022, entitled “The Year of the Voice”. From 4-6 November, Albury will be transformed into Australia’s classical musical capital. Your three-day festival pass will give exclusive access to 10 extraordinary concerts and also include a delicious three-course dinner (plus a complimentary drink on arrival) as part of our Opening Gala celebrations.
Come and experience a unique festival of exceptional music-making in our beautiful locations: the intriguing ballroom at Adamshurst, the iconic St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, and the exclusive Albury Club. Please join us for this exciting event and hear some of Australia’s finest music-makers including Andrew Goodwin, Sally-Anne Russell, Andrea Lam, Yi Wang, David Drury, Mario Dobernig and John Bolton-Wood.
See you in Albury,
Sally-Anne and Mario
President of SMMA
Chair of the Committee
Digital Media Coordinator
Fr Peter MacLeod-Miller
Sally-Anne Russell & Mario Dobernig
Dr Allan Beavis OAM
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.
The Albury Chamber Music Festival is honoured to have her patronage.
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 with the very talented Helena Kernaghan at the helm serving as our first Artistic Director. In 2020 the baton was passed to the ‘dynamic duo’ – multi-award-winning operatic mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell, in partnership with talented and sparklingly gregarious artistic director, conductor and percussionist Mario Dobernig. 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 is lucky to boast musical instruments of excellent quality, in particular, 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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