‘There is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require’ – Edward Elgar

The last 12 months have encouraged us to cherish the ‘joie de vivre’ in the simpler things in life, and music is definitely one of those things. Music, in its full technicolour glory has the fundamental ability to unleash a multidimensional mix of emotions that transcend the spoken word. Music radiates inexhaustible joie de vivre with its vitalizing energy and strange indescribable undercurrent of nostalgia. These mysterious powers seem to epitomise the phrase ‘joie de vivre’ with its intoxicating qualities and pure joy of loving life with all its complexities.

This year’s program embraces the expressive power of music and the many sides of ‘joie de vivre’ from the beauty of simplicity to playful frivolity and nostalgic memories of love or loss.

We welcome back a dear friend, Jayson Gillham who is now one of Australia’s leading international piano soloists and meet a new friend as the award-winning New Zealand soprano, Isabella Moore makes her debut at the festival. We are also very excited to announce that the Orava Quartet are commencing a 3-year residency with the Bangalow Music Festival as our Quartet in Residence, which offers some wonderful collaboration opportunities this year and into the future.

SXS are joined by gest French Horn player Nick Mooney, guest cellist Richard Narroway and guest pianist Gladys Chua.

SXS Artist in Residence didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams joins us for a newly revised Maps and Journeys program that explores Australia’s First Nation’s 65,000 years of astronomical traditions alongside violinist/dancer Eric Avery and actor/writer Paula Narzarski.

Zentveld’s Coffee Concert returns at the Zentveld’s lush coffee plantation in Newrybar for a beautiful Friday morning concert with gourmet coffee and fascinating conversation, and this year we are introducing a new initiative: BMF Bitesize. BMF Bitesize will be short pop-up concerts and informative talks in and around the township of Bangalow including Ninbella Gallery, Bangalow Uniting Church and Bangalow Antiques, so drop in for a lovely bitesize 10–15 minutes of fascinating music.

We are so looking forward to returning to the gorgeous township of Bangalow this August and we hope you can join us for what promises to be a weekend of beautiful music, wonderful friends and a few relaxing days of ‘joie de vivre’. 

Tania Frazer

Artistic Director

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"Joy is the fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow”

– Helen Keller