When I was growing up in Mackay I was fortunate to be given so many wonderful opportunities and great support by the community. As a way of thanks, I’m now so excited to give back to the community a festival that they can enjoy, feel a part of, and of which they can be proud.
The inaugural Mackay Chamber Music Festival takes place from the 20th-22nd July 2018 and is based in my beloved hometown. This festival has been a long-standing dream of mine, and was formed with the idea of bringing to the region great quality chamber music played by great friends, who also happen to be some of Australia’s finest musicians.
The festival features artists who are members of, or regularly appear with ensembles such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Lyrebird Trio, as well as all of the major Australian symphony orchestras. All of the festival artists also regularly play at numerous festivals nationally and internationally.
Over the weekend, the festival will feature a series of four concerts, held at the beautiful heritage listed Masonic Temple right in the City Heart of Mackay, just a few steps away from great cafes and dining. As well as breathtaking chamber music performances, the festival also gives local students, teachers and ensembles the opportunity to be involved in educational activities, such as masterclasses and professional development events, lead by the festival artists.
Through bringing chamber music out of the concert hall and into more intimate performance spaces, the Mackay Chamber Music Festival aims to foster and develop a feeling of community, friendship and fun, and showcase the vibrant arts scene in the stunning Mackay region.
I invite you to come and enjoy the weekend and immerse yourself in some brilliant music making, friends and fun.