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Welcome to the second Annual Albury Chamber Music Festival! This exciting new event aims to bring Australia’s finest performers to the Border for a series of seven wonderful recitals over three days. Come along to see performances by one of Australia’s most exciting young tenors, Shanul Sharma, multi-award winning pianist Caroline Almonte, renowned Australian clarinetist David Griffiths, cellist from Ensemble Liaison Svetlana Bogosavljevic, and Melbourne-based oboist Ben Opie, to name a few!

There will be 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 am delighted to participate as pianist in the Ensemble in Residence, Albury & Castlemaine-based group, The Orpheus Piano Trio.

We have an exciting and varied program to kick start the festival with works from a huge variety of composers and styles (see Program link for full details). Highlights for me include the divine Brahms Clarinet Trio performed by David, Svetlana and Caroline in the Opening Concert at Adamshurst. The Chamber Ensembles concert on the Friday evening features everything from Piano Trio (Orpheus Piano Trio), String Quartet (Acacia) through to Clarinet Quintet. The glorious Mozart Clarinet Quintet performed by David Griffiths and Acacia is another definite highlight of the festival.

For lovers of the many and varied styles of French twentieth century repertoire, it will be hard to beat the French Masterpieces Concert on Saturday afternoon. The amazing Caroline Almonte performs the fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit for solo piano, one of my all-time favourite works in the repertoire. Alongside Messiaen’s ecstatic Quartet for the End of Time performed by David Griffiths and Orpheus Piano Trio, this promises to be a very exciting performance, especially with local artist Alison Percy providing visual art representations of each of the 8 movements of this epic modern work. A feast for the senses!

Saturday evening is sure to be a sell-out with Albury’s favourite tenor Shanul Sharma, presenting a delightful program of operatic arias and Neapolitan songs. He will be joined by Caroline on piano, and a very special guest appearance from local talent Caleb Murray on cello.

And last but certainly not least is the very exciting final concert, featuring the Ben Opie Oboe Quartet. This concert will be held at the Albury Club, and we are very excited to be collaborating with such an iconic and beautiful local venue. The highlight of this concert would have to be the world premiere of a new Oboe Quartet by Johannes Luebbers.

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 our second Festival this November 17-19!

Helena Kernaghan, Artistic Director


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


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 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 is to be held from 11-13 November 2016 and its Founding Director is the Rector of St Matthew’s and Archdeacon of the Hume, Fr Peter McLeod-Miller.  The Founding Artistic Director is Helena Kernaghan, a highly respected local musician; member of the Orpheus Piano Trio; and music teacher.

The venues for the concerts are a selection of Albury’s iconic locations, including St Matthew’s Church (in Kiewa Street), The Adamshurst Ballroom (in David Street).  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.

Dr Allan Beavis OAM (Festival Advisor)

Concert venues



Adamshurst - Ballroom

Adamshurst – Ballroom

St Matthew's Church

St Matthew’s Church

The Albury Club

Festival committee

Director of the Festival – Fr Peter MacLeod-Miller
Artistic Director – Helena Kernaghan
Events Manager Amanda Giblin
Programme notes – Dr Robin Riley
Festival Advisor – Dr Allan Beavis OAM
Treasurer – Mark Carden,
Committee Members – Vicki Chick and Kaye Kennedy
Honorary Patron – Nance Grant AM



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