NEWS: Bendigo Chamber Music Competition, 3 – 7 February, 2021


Following the profitable and bought out inaugural Bendigo Chamber Music Competition, co-directors Chris Howlett and Howard Penny welcome us to get pleasure from a incredible five-day celebration of Australian classical musicians in 15 recitals in historic Bendigo, re-establishing this annual February occasion as a really particular celebration of chamber music. This lengthy awaited return of bigger performing ensembles to Bendigo’s cultural venues, with stay audiences for extremely esteemed soloists and star-studded groups, is immensely thrilling for audiences, musicians and regional central Victoria alike.

Opening the atmospheric Capital Theatre for stay music once more is itself a celebration, and the scheduling and number of musical masterpieces is assured to make this second Competition a rewarding and memorable expertise for all. Extremely welcome is a Competition Cross, with single tickets additionally accessible, permitting flexibility for ticket choice and attendance. Additionally incredible is the information that every one live shows might be broadcast stay around the globe by the brilliantly profitable Melbourne Digital Live performance Corridor staff, providing a 9 Live performance Digital Competition Cross overlaying all competition performances from the Capital Theatre.

Concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto and Sophie Rowell lead a shocking line-up of string gamers together with Matthew Tomkins, Robin Wilson, Chris Moore and Tobias Breider, who naturally staff up with co-directors and cellists Chris and Howard.

As public performances work to new pointers, good planning this yr will enable versatile groups of musicians to work collectively in a wide range of occasions with vibrant summer time signposts.

The Summer time Evening Collection contains the Opening Gala Live performance that includes David Griffiths (clarinet), Sophie Rowell and pianist Ben Martin in Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in C, (Soloist TBA) Bartok’s Contrasts, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No 3. A second program provides us the Beethoven’s Piano Trio in Bb and Suk’s Piano Quartet, whereas the third guarantees the Rathdowne Quartet with Fantasias by Purcell and Schumann’s stunning Piano Quintet in Eb. The Mayor’s Gala brings a full chamber orchestra to the stage for Bach, Schubert and Mendelssohn’s great Bb Octet for strings.

Three Nightfall Live shows will present a extra intimate chamber music expertise for Competition Cross ticket holders. Featured works are String Trios by Albrechtsberger and Beethoven, Oboe Quartet in F by Mozart, Weber’s fabulous Clarinet Quintet with David Griffiths, and Beethoven’s Trio in Bbwith pianist Ben Martin.

The Morning Recital Collection is to not be missed because it showcases the proficient up and about effective ANAM musicians of the Rathdowne Quartet within the Uniting Church, and standard pianist Daniel de Borah bringing us repertoire by Bach and Schumann in his recital. A jewel within the Competition crown will definitely be Australia Opera star Jacqueline Porter, who groups with Daniel for his or her recital of works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Grieg.

Festivals do great issues for Regional cities as they supply ongoing music instructional occasions, connections and alternatives for visiting artists to mentor college students and neighborhood music teams. Though native choirs and orchestras have been unable to take part this yr, instructional interactions will proceed by way of 2021. This yr’s Group Live shows embody a superb program of Bach’s music within the Sacred Coronary heart Cathedral by notable organist and composer Calvin Bowman. Musica Viva can be including its assist with the Group Live performance Strike a Chord, that includes the winners of the Nationwide Chamber Music Competitors.

In two Dialog Live shows, the spectacular power, dedication and management of Competition co-directors continues with Chris Howlett main one presentation on the style of The String Trio, and Howard Penny focussing on The World of Schumann’s piano quartet, particularly his Piano Quintet in Eb.

A Farewell Live performance closes the five-day Competition with a 12-piece ensemble performing works by Handel, Gershwin, Schubert and Suk.

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