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Canberra International Music Festival


Canberra International Music Festival

  • Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019 to Sunday, 12 May 2019
  • Venue: Fitters' Workshop — Wentworth Avenue, Next to Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, ACT
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 6230 5880

Event Details

No need to go to Leipzig. The music of J.S. Bach is alive in Australia’s cool little capital. The essential and the unexpected collide in glorious counterpoint, with artists from around the world amongst Canberra’s natural and cultural treasures. With a host of concerts and events from breakfast to bedtime, the 2019 Festival shows Bach – and the capital – in a new light.

The 25th Canberra International Music Festival revels in the ever-deepening artistry of baroque specialists from Australia and Europe, including Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia directed by Madeleine Easton and rising star Korneel Bernolet. International heavyweights such as Brodsky Quartet, Quatuor Voce and Vyacheslav Gryaznov join forces with some of Australia’s most charismatic artists: Kristian Winther, Andrew Goodwin, Natalie Peluso and many more. The majesty of Bach’s musical architecture continues to inspire new and unexpected pathways. Enter the Ntaria Ladies Choir, ‘keepers of song’, and intrepid musicians like Dan Tepfer, sonic.art saxophone quartet and Trio SR9.

Bach is alive in Canberra. And so is the 2019 composers’ collective-in-residence: Jess Green, Bree van Reyk and Nick Wales. Along with Moya Henderson, Ella Macens, Chris Sainsbury and Michael Dooley, they create new work for our 25th Anniversary.


Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6230 5880 or by email to info@cimf.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Bach Remix by Nick Wales, Jess Green and Bree van Reyk — World premiere
Bark o’ the ‘Bidgee by Christopher Sainsbury — World premiere
G'day Africa I : Kwel'intaba, for clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello and piano (1990) by Moya Henderson
G'day Africa II (quartets: clarinet, piano, viola, cello) (1995) by Moya Henderson
G'day Africa III (quartets: clarinet, piano, viola, cello) (1995) by Moya Henderson
G'Day Africa IV (sextets: clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello) by Moya Henderson — World premiere
— performed by Edward Neeman, Penny Quartet and Jason Noble
Harbour dark by Nick Wales — World premiere
Peg by Bree van Reyk — World premiere
The children's Bach, op. 74 : opera (2008) by Glenn Perry and Andrew Schultz
 Shimmer, shimmer by Jess Green — World premiere
 The Heavens Declare by Michael Dooley — World premiere

Featured artists

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