Concerts

Friday 27 September


Youth and Exuberance Concert Bellingen Youth Orchestra

Presented by Camp Creative

‘Abounding in vitality; extremely joyful and vigorous’ – the definition of exuberance so applicable to the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. The orchestra, under the baton of Ann Phelan, is preparing a wonderful program especially for the Festival and will be joined by the BYO String School for some works.

The Bellingen Youth Orchestra String School (BYOSS), was formed in early 2018, to advance promising and committed young players who are preparing to enter the Bellingen Youth Orchestra.

The Acacia Quartet is well known to the Bellingen Fine Music Festival audience, as they have been part of the Festival since 2014.  This year it will again record graduating music students’ compositions in Sydney and perform these short works in the ‘Youth and Exuberance’ concert on opening night.

Friday 27 September

7:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Note that this concert usually sells out so buying in advance is advised

Saturday 28 September


Acacia Quartet and The Academy

World Premiere at the Bellingen Fine Music Festival!

The performance of young composer Alice Chance’s brand-new work A Sundried String Quartet, includes the world premiere of the third movement, titled Tomatoes: “If eating tomatoes had a soundtrack, it would be this movement. Imagine shaking a plant and hundreds of cherry tomatoes falling off. Bursting, fast passages, of scuttling semiquavers are interspersed with spiky and sweet motifs.”

The Acacia Quartet is well known to the Bellingen Fine Music Festival audience, as they have been part of the last five Festivals, and to Bellingen’s young string players for their energetic and inspiring workshops. Apart from performing Alice Chance’s work, they will entice the audience with Mozart, String Quartet no. 15 in D minor, K. 421.

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Launched in 2014, The Academy is a chamber music program at Coffs Harbour Conservatorium for talented music students across the Coffs Harbour region. The Academy is a unique concept that allows higher-level instrumental students to experience chamber music and performance techniques that would otherwise only be available to them in a university or professional musical environment.

Saturday 28 September

10:00 – 11:00 am
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Adults: $25 Students: $10

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Ensemble Q

Ensemble Q is an Australian collective ensemble, performing the finest chamber music and creating pathways for Australia’s most talented young musicians. Ensemble Q is the Ensemble in Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and is run by co-Artistic Directors Paul Dean and Trish O’Brien.

Embarking on their 3rd year in 2019, Ensemble Q is known for their dynamic programming and exceptionally high standard of playing.

Their concert at the Festival is an exciting program including Mozart’s G Minor Piano Quartet, Schubert’s Impromptu No 3, Strauss’ Metamorphosen, and the wonderful Clarinet Quintet by Jean Francaix.

Saturday 28 September

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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David Helfgott, Suzanne Sherrington, Lachlan Wilkins

Presented by IGA Bellingen

David Helfgott performed at the inaugural festival in 2010 and The Festival is proud to welcome him back at the tenth anniversary. David will perform Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky and he and Lachlan also will perform together just like ten years ago when the Festival was first launched.

The Festival welcomes back two of many former Bellingen music students, rising stars, who are succeeding in the professional Australian music scene.

Last year Suzanne Sherrington and Lachlan Wilkins were briefly back in Bellingen to participate in the 10th anniversary concert of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra.  This year they help celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Festival with solo performances in the first half of the Saturday evening concert.

Saturday 28 September

7:30 – 9:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Sunday 29 September


Joseph Tawadros (with James Tawadros)

Presented by Bellingen Shire Council

Joseph Tawadros is one of Australian music’s most impressive and charismatic figures: a composer, improviser, storyteller and brilliant exponent of the oud: the Egyptian lute.

Classically trained on this king of Middle Eastern instruments, Tawadros’s virtuoso technique and curiosity have brought him into contact with the worlds of jazz, classical and world traditions to create music that transcends labels and shatters borders.

The almost telepathic rapport with his brother James playing percussion on the Req – an Egyptian tambourine and the Bendir – a frame-drum, often leads to moments of joyous spontaneous invention, making their performances true musical events.

Past collaborations have ranged from the Australian Chamber Orchestra to Zakir Hussain, from Neil Finn and Katie Noonan to Jack DeJohnette and Bela Fleck.

Music critic in the SMH, John Shand wrote of a recent performance: ‘Tawadros is not averse to showmanship … but that tendency was completely overridden by his profound instinct for making music that is a mirror of truth; a bridge between his heart and mind and those of his listeners. …each time he returned to the oud he produced … solos of thrilling intensity, spectacular beauty and unnerving emotion’.

Sunday 29 September

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Adults: $35 Students: $15

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Wilson Zwartz Dewhurst Stuart

Presented by Planet Lighting

Wilson Zwartz Dewhust Stuart is a ‘Stellar’ group put together by Jonathan Zwartz specially for the Festival:

Julien Wilson
“A tenor saxophone making gentle, sensuous jazz is a grand tradition, like paddle-steamers cruising on wide, slow rivers… music where the horn’s sound seems to melt in your ears, becoming creamy, viscous and rather sly.” (John Shand – SMH)

Jonathan Zwartz
“In a world of instant gratification, and record labels churning out predictable one hit wonders, Jonathan’s music is a tonic for the soul.”
(Australian Cultural Foundation)

Carl Dewhurst
“…he is such a pure, intuitive improviser… Like a liquid, Dewhurst fills any context, but never blandly so.”(SMH)

Hamish Stuart
One of the most sought-after, respected and loved drummers in Australia. “He puts air around the beat, eschews cliché, and brings to bear beautifully-tuned drums, the sound of which always fits the context like a glove.” (John Shand SMH)

Sunday 29 September

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bellingen Memorial Hall

Adults: $25 Students: $10

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