Tyalgum Music Festival will be held September 8 – 10, 2017, featuring a plethora of musical talent rarely seen in one place together, let alone in the tiny picturesque village located in north-eastern New South Wales. Everything old becomes new again, especially as the classically inspired musically inclined tourists arrive.
Musician Anna McMichael relayed she is “..excited to announce that joining her team for the first time are the virtuosic Australian Brass Quintet, the award winning pianist Daniel de Borah and flamboyant cellist Louise King”.
They include “…special new events not to be missed this year, which include a Shooting Stars concert for young artists, Michael Askill’s meditative installation ‘Gongs in the Caldera’ and percussion extravaganza ‘Vibrations in a Landscape’ directed by Vanessa Tomlinson and Eric Griswold” Anna said.
Everyone it seems wants to attend the concerts held in the acoustically splendid Tyalgum Community Hall. It seems our forefathers when building such rural gems really did get something right.
Prior to World War II they were designing buildings to rules laid down for ‘sacred’ architecture, ensuring harmony and beauty would always prevail. Throughout the weekend there will be many free events happening, as well as the delightful programs of music in specific locations.
It’s time to grab an Early Bird Festival Gold Pass, which is only available until July 15, giving you a discount on all concerts.
Works by Caldera Art will be on display; the village market will be brimming over with wonderful wares, operating in a garden setting.
A new venue The Buttery Gallery, opposite the Tyalgum Hotel, is where Louise King acclaimed cellist will play a free concert, surrounded by paintings and illustrations by local artist Patricia Maria Fair.
The Festival Opening Gala in the fabulous Tyalgum Community Hall will showcase a diverse group of artists playing music first designed for a ‘chamber’, an intimate space where you can apart from enjoying the musical offerings, enjoy a téte a téte with your glass of champers.
Afterwards, on the same night, if you’re feeling peckish well you can adjourn to the Flutterbuck’s Coffee Bar and Pizzeria nearby for late night music from the heart with your wood fired snack.
There will be a number of young Bright Sparks around at 9am on Saturday morning also at Flutterbuck’s, where you will be able to break your fast with the sound of glorious music. Back at the hall at 10:30 am you can stamp your feet and clap your hands as those bringing you a program of Russian song raise your level of enthusiasm.
Tenor Andrew Goodwin accompanied by pianist Daniel de Borah will ensure you are definitely in the mood for love, presenting music from the great romantic Russian composers Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) and Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943).
Then there is the haunting setting of verses given the title The Poet’s Echo, by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) from the Russian poet, playwright and novelist of the romantic era, Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). He composed it during a holiday visit to the Soviet Union giving voice to six poems by the Russian giant of literature.
At lunchtime a group of talented vocalists and instrumentalists from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University will have you shooting for the stars.
Mid afternoon back on the ground, the Lyrebird Trio will return on demand to perform the so-called Dumky trio (Piano Trio No 4 in E Minor, Op 90 B.166) by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) for piano, violin and cello and Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly’s spectacular duo for Violin and Cello.
The Camerata (Queensland Chamber Orchestra) led by artistic director Brendan Joyce, which has a reputation for innovation and adventurous programming, will head up an evening of marvellous music that will take you on a passionate pursuit of beauty and power.
Late night if you are a cello fan, as indeed I am, then you can return to Flutterbuck’s as that lovely lady with a wealth of international experience, cellist Louise King, presents Bach to Bush to Blues.
Sunday 10th September starts at 10am with Robert Schumann’s piano solo Kreisleriana, followed by duos by Schumann and nineteenth century giant Franz Liszt, with Anna McMichael on Violin.
The Closing Gala will be held at 2:30 pm on the Sunday.
Everyone will have time to return home, no doubt filled with the joy of life and with beautiful music ringing in their ears.
The program is both varied and virtuosic, with singing Lieder; songs by composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), a highlight.
Tyalgum Music Festival organisers and artists performing want to create a local buzz around all the events happening.
They want to create an atmosphere where diversity can come to be appreciated by those who have not encountered such sweet sounds before.
The Tyalgum Music Festival is held in a place renowned as a beautiful and an expansive environment, well then, with the fantastic atmosphere created, a great deal of enjoyment will be had by all.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017
September 8 – 10, 2017
New South Wales