Tyalgum Music Festival, 2016 – Extol Sweet Sounds of Spring

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Anna McMichael

Co-director 25th Annual Tyalgum Music Festival, Anna McMichael

Tyalgum a rural village in north eastern New South Wales, with easy access to the Wollumbin and Mebbin National Parks, as well as historic Murwillimbah, is a delightful spot situated within the picturesque heart of the Tweed Valley a popular tourist destination in Australia.

Annually 300 or so locals play host to the Tyalgum Music Festival when world-class artists under the co-direction of musician colleagues Anna McMichael and Eve Newsome, present both ‘diverse and engaging programs’.

The festival under the patronage of pianist Margot Anthony AM, provides a social profit for all who attend.

Now in its 25th year, the festival will be held September 9 – 11, 2016, offering something for everyone to enjoy, including children, young families, young adults, parents and grandparents.

Tyalgum’s beautiful surrounding environment, which is close to Brisbane, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, means that you can also plan to enjoy an ongoing adventure too.

Once again the historic Tyalgum Community Hall will no doubt host the usually sold out festive opening gala concert, as well as a wonderfully diverse program allowing musicians to showcase their virtuoso skills.

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The Community Hall hosts marvellous musical experiences for the Tyalgum Music Festival

Booking early has an advantage, because from NOW until July 1, you can purchase an ‘early bird’ Festival Gold Pass to obtain a considerable discount on all six concerts planned for the Tyalgum Community Hall.

The Tyalgum Village Markets where ‘everything old is new again’ is always very popular, and they will be showcasing the region throughout the festival weekend, presenting local produce and arts and crafts.

The themed Caldera Art show will honour the music of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839 – 1881) whose visit to an art exhibition inspired his work in ten movements, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Organisers are developing a selection of artworks to illustrate each movement of the Mussorgsky composition.

The music itself will be a highlight of the festival’s closing Gala, in an arrangement presented by the Lunaire Collective, a versatile chamber ensemble resident at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Mussorgsky originally composed a fiendishly difficult suite for solo piano as a memorial to his friend Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, who had died in 1873 aged only 39 years. It wasn’t however published until after his own death, when his friend and colleague composer, teacher and editor Nikolay Rimsky – Korsakov (1844-1908) brought it to print in 1886.

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Gyuto Monks of Tibet, guests at 25th Annual Tyalgum Music Festival, 2016

The well thought out program promises splendid experiences with special guests the Gyuto Monks of Tibet creating a sand mandala, meditating and giving harmonic singing workshops. They have been coming annually to Australia since 1994 to share their ‘cultural human values of kindness and compassion’, while offering an insight into their strong tradition and history

Then there is the simply splendid Camerata of St John’s from Brisbane whose reputation for excellence achieved since it went professional in 2005, has come about under the direction of much acclaimed orchestra leader and virtuoso violinist Brendan Joyce.

The Ensemble Offspring, led by percussionist Claire Edwardes has produced over 100 new works, dedicated as it is to presenting innovative new music. It is all set to perform rarely heard works for percussion and clarinet

They will be performing alongside the Lunaire Collective, whose members will perform the Diabelli Variations, composed by Germany’s favourite son Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827).

Often described as a transcendental experience related to the composer’s own spirituality as he explored his musical past, it is unparalleled in its inventiveness and creativity.

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Internationall acclaimed tenor Andrew Goodwin

Internationally acclaimed Australian born London based Tenor Andrew Goodwin accompanied by pianist Stephen Emmerson will perform Lyrical Gems, including works from German composer Robert Schumann’s stunning and best known song cycle, Dichterliebe (A Poet’s love).

Schumann composed his glorious love songs in 1840 when separated from his wife Clara.

They are set to 16 poems by Heinrich Heine, published three years earlier.

The most famous song ‘Ich grolle nicht’, number seven in the sequence says “I am going to bear this grief”… as Schumann undoubtedly reflects wistfully on happy times past.

He had been in a dark place when he wrote to Clara in February, 1840

‘Oh my Clara, what bliss it is to write songs. I can’t tell you how easy it has become for me…it is music of an entirely different kind which doesn’t have to pass through the fingers…I should like to sing myself to death, like a nightingale!’

On this program are also works for solo piano by Beethoven and acclaimed contemporary Australian composer Andrew Schultz (b.1960-) whose music for all ‘eternity’ covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works.

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The Lyrebird trio, l – r, Simon Cobcroft cello, Angela Turner piano, Glenn Christensen violin

The award winning Lyrebird Trio, features experienced musicians Glenn Christensen on violin, Simon Cobcroft, cello and Angela Turner on piano,

Neal Peres da Costa, harpsichord and fortepiano specialist and Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, regularly performs with Australia’s leading ensembles.

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Neal Peres da Costa and his fortepiano

He’s bringing his foretepiano, the instrument Mozart played on and composed for, from Sydney.

This includes Ironwood with which he is undertaking cutting-edge research in the field of late-nineteenth-century performance.

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Ironwood Chamber Ensemble

Their program Mozart’s Fantasy will feature da Costa on fortepiano, together with Anna McMichael on violin, Nicole Forsyth on viola and Daniel Yeadon on Cello.

This will be chamber music for strings and keyboard at its finest, as Ironwood presents the Fantasie K.397 for keyboard by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven’s first movement of his G major String trio Op. 9 no 1 and the Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K478

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Taraf Tambal trio

The terrific Taraf Tambal, a trio emerging from the renowned gypsy band Doch, will play late night music at Flutterbuck’s Café and Restaurant. Mike Patterson on violin, Will Eager on cimbalom and Sam Vincvent on bass will play traditional folk music of the Balkans, fast, lively and virtuosic – ole!

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The beauty of the music created at the Tyalgum Music Festival from Bach to Beethoven, from Schumann to Mozart, will ensure that you will enjoy making stirring memories of music imaginatively created by many of the world’s greatest composers, as well as the recollections of the locals as they tell their unique Tyalgum stories.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016

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