Camerata, the Lyrebird trio, Andrew Goodwin and Louise King are just some of the artists coming to the festival this year.

I’ve co-directed Tyalgum Music Festival since 2014, each year trying to create a balance of high calibre ticketed concerts with great Australian classical performers as well as exciting outdoor community events, sound installations, music-making all over town, a mix of musical genres and building on a classical music festival that has run for 26 years. Over the last couple of years we’ve had street closures and musical happenings with iconic musician, Jon Rose, involving the Song Company and many others, a large scale community music event with composer Cathy Milliken and Ensemble Offspring that brought many stories from the region to musical life. Composer Damian Barbeler brought his light and music activated Sound Bubble to the main street of Tyalgum and composer/performer Cor Fuhler set up a large sound installation on the main oval all weekend.

Anna McMichael, Co-Artistic Director of Tyalgum Music Festival

Tyalgum itself is situated in northern NSW in a vibrant and stunning caldera of a volcano with mountain views in all directions. There is a protected and secluded atmosphere to the area and each year I leave the weekend once more amazed at what a hidden and stunning part of the world it is and that once more I didn’t find quite enough time to take it all in with all the busy festival activities.

This year’s Tyalgum Music Festival 2017 welcomes festival favourites Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Camerata, the Lyrebird trio, tenor Andrew Goodwin, the Australian Brass Quintet, pianist Daniel de Borah, cellist Louise King and viola da gambist, Laura Vaughan. Other events include a Shooting Stars concert for young artists from the gifted stream of Queensland Conservatorium, percussionist Michael Askill’s meditative installation all weekend Gongs in the Caldera that passers-by can immerse themselves in and percussion extravaganza Vibrations in a Landscape directed by Vanessa Tomlinson and Eric Griswold on the oval facing Tyalgum Community hall and involving 15 percussion students from Queensland Conservatorium.

This year we were awarded a grant through Festivals Australia to explore improvising in classical music. We want to explore the long history of classical improvising and have a number of workshops arranged running alongside the festival programme with many local schools and Northern Rivers Conservatorium involved. Cellist Louise King and viola da gambist Laura Vaughan can give insights into improvising historically and today for classical musicians. The Australian Brass Quintet are also giving workshops for local brass school groups.

The creative ambience of the village by day is highlighted with a number of art exhibitions by local artists, and the Saturday village market and finishes with late night music and wood-fired pizza.

The vision of the festival is to bring a range of approaches to music making: early music, many top Australian classical performers, experimental Australian music, community music events, pop-up local groups and vibrant music making all around town. The town itself brings something special to the weekend and many local shops and cafes are involved. We even have 12 “glamping” tents set up just across from the main hall for festival visitors to have the full festival immersive experience! Hope to see you there this year…


Tyalgum Music Festival is in Tyalgum, NSW, September 8 – 10.

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