The inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival features some of Australia's finest musicians in a weekend of spectacular concerts.
Please explore the program, and we hope to see you in July for joyous music making, friends and fun!
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57 Wood Street, Mackay, Queensland, Australia
0424 937 499
Glenn Christensen
Glenn was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours...

Glenn ChristensenArtistic Director, Violin

Caroline Hopson
Caroline Hopson is a freelance violinist based in Sydney, and performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra...

Caroline HopsonViolin

Simon Cobcroft
Simon Cobcroft is a prolific and versatile performer of solo, orchestral and chamber music in Australia and further afield. Since 2014 he has been Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and has also held the positions of Associate Principal Cello with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2012-2014), and Sub-Principal Cello with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (2003-2011)...

Simon CobcroftCello

Tom Higham
Tom Higham began his musical studies on the piano when he was five, before taking up the viola aged nine in Western Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2010. Tom moved to Melbourne to continue his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from 2011-2013, under the tutelage of Caroline Henbest and Chris Moore...

Tom HighamViola

Stewart Kelly
Stewart Kelly is one of Australia’s most eclectic pianists, performing regularly as soloist, duo partner, vocal accompanist and chamber musician. He is also a pedagogue, piano importer and broadcaster. In 2017 he joins the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School as associate artist and curates his sixth season as artistic director of the Con Brio concert series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast...

Stewart KellyPiano

Edward King
Berlin-based New Zealander Edward King began to play the cello at the age of three, and is now a graduate of the University of Waikato, the Leopold Mozart Center (Augsburg), and the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he studied under James Tennant, Julius Berger, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt respectively. Regularly invited to perform as a chamber musician and as soloist in his home country - including with the New Zealand Symphony, Opus Chamber and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras...

Edward KingCello

Lyrebird Trio
The Lyrebird Trio is comprised of Australian musicians Glenn Christensen (violin), Simon Cobcroft (cello) and Angela Turner (piano), all distinguished graduates of the Queensland Conservatorium. Formed in early 2013, the trio takes their name after the remarkable Australian native lyrebird, also an important emblem of their alma mater for much of its history.

Lyrebird TrioPiano Trio

Angela Turner
Angela Turner enjoys a multifaceted career as pianist and lecturer. Broadcast on Australian radio as soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed extensively throughout Australia, and the UK, Canada and Taiwan. In recent years, highlights have included recordings and performances in the 4MBS Festival of Classics, Kawai Keyboard Series, Australian Piano Duo Festival, QSO Chamber Series, for Musica Viva (QLD and NSW), and broadcasts on ABC Classic-FM, 3MBS, 4MBS and 5MBS...

Angela TurnerPiano

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