FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
As the saying goes, the third time’s a charm and after two difficult years of cancellations, we are really looking forward to presenting the 19th Bangalow Music Festival in August 2022. Having visited Bangalow just a few weeks ago to meet all our wonderful friends and supporters in Northern NSW (who we have missed so much these past two years), I absolutely can’t wait to perform there again in August.
Life has been so uncertain these past two years, but there are definitely two things that I can promise 100%: the magical little township of Bangalow is still as enchanting as ever, and few things in life are more uplifting than listening to a beautiful piece of music.
This year’s festival program is overflowing with sublime music and awe-inspiring soloists that are guaranteed to delight and thrill. We are also celebrating the Northern NSW community and the sense of belonging that reflects why Bangalow is so special and unique.
We are excited to have many brilliant new soloists debuting at this year’s festival, alongside some familiar faces. British violin soloist and Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony (TSO), Emma McGrath makes her debut at the festival alongside TSO Principal Cello, Jonathan Békés. We also welcome two incredible and highly acclaimed piano soloists this year: Maxwell Foster and Vatche Jambazian.
We welcome back our dear friend, international coloratura soprano, Alexandra Flood alongside American Baritone Alexander York, who will also be making his debut at the festival this August. The Orava Quartet returns for their 3-year residency with the Bangalow Music Festival and SXS Artist in Residence didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams, violinist/dancer Eric Avery and actor/writer Paula Narzarski join us for Maps and Journeys to explore our First Nation’s 65000 years of astronomical traditions.
Zentveld’s Coffee Concert returns to their lush coffee plantation in Newrybar for a beautiful Friday morning concert with gourmet coffee and fascinating conversation, and we extend the music into the main street of Bangalow this year with three short BMF Bitesize events on Saturday 13 August. Two of these will be held at the gorgeous Ninbella Gallery featuring the artists of Maps and Journeys and the other will feature SXS viola superstar, James Wannan in a late-night ‘Bach by Candlelight’, held in Bangalow’s picturesque Uniting Church.
We hope that you can join us in the gorgeous township of Bangalow this August to savour the best experiences life offers: beautiful music, stunning scenery, fine food, wonderful friends, and the chance to unwind and sit back for a few relaxing days of ‘joie de vivre’.