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Welcome to the third 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 some of Australia’s most exciting performers – to be announced soon, watch this space!

Our 2017 festival featured 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!

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 am delighted to participate as pianist in the 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 2018 Festival this November 16-18!

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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 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.

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Dr Allan Beavis OAM (Festival Advisor)

Concert venues

Adamshurst

Adamshurst

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

Sponsors

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