Kathleen McLennan (Clarinet), Helen Spurgeon (Obeo), Margaret Stewart (Flute) and Tania Frazer (Obeo), Creative Director of the Bangalow Music Festival
Kathleen McLennan (Clarinet), Helen Spurgeon (Obeo), Margaret Stewart (Flute) and Tania Frazer (Obeo), Creative Director of the Bangalow Music Festival Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Tchaikovsky and Beethoven set the tone for music festival

THE sounds of champagne flutes clinking and musicians performing Tchaikovsky and Beethoven wafted over the streets of Bangalow yesterday as the town launched the line-up for its annual classical music festival held in August.

Perth Tenor Alexander Lewis, who is a Young Artist at the prestigious New York Metropolitan Opera and has been mentored by the likes of Placido Domingo, was announced as one of the featured acts at the 12th Bangalow Music Festival.

Australian-born London based pianist Jayson Gillham who has won many major awards including the Commonwealth Musician of the Year, will also be at the event which last year sold more than 2,500 tickets.

The Silver-Garbung Piano duo, whose busy international performance schedule includes Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre along with violinist virtuoso Qian Zhou, soprano Felicitas Fuchs from Germany along with flutist Emma Shall will also be performing during the three day event.

Tania Frazer, festival creative director and a member of the Southern Cross Soloists who co-organise and also perform at the event, told the crowd who turned out at the Bangalow Hotel that the line-up was centred around a new generation of musicians who were on the cusp of big international careers.

Ms Frazer said the top drawer talent the festival continued to attract despite being based in a small country town was amazing.

"A lot of festivals like this run six to seven years and run out of steam, but I think we're picking up steam," Ms Frazer said.

The festival will be staged from August 15-18.

To see the full artist line-up and purchase tickets visit southernxsoloists.com


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