The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival has announced its return in 2021, after having to cancel last year’s festival due to COVID-19.

The popular, boutique event, which was launched in 2017, will be staged in charming historic venues in Tasmania’s northern midlands this October. What’s more, to cope with social distancing, it will present two consecutive programs.

The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will perform in Westbury for the first time in 2021, with lunch on the Westbury Village Green (above) on the second day of the festivalThe Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will perform in Westbury for the first time in 2021, with lunch on the Westbury Village Green (above) on the second day of the festival

Director of the TCMF, Allanah Dopson, said it was wonderful to be able to return after an extremely challenging year for the performing arts. “When we made the difficult decision to call last year’s festival off, we vowed to return more special than ever in 2021.”

“The magic of the festival lies in intimate performances held in stunning, character-filled venues. Social distancing rules are still very much in place and as a consequence, each venue can only take a limited number of patrons. Because of this, it has been decided to run back-to-back festivals with 150 festival passes available to each festival to ensure the intimacy of performances is not compromised,” she said.

“We’re also excited to bring the festival to Westbury for the very first time, showcasing more of the beauty of northern Tasmania with its stunning historic venues, renowned food and wine and picturesque rolling countryside, all tied together with world class chamber music,” added Dopson.

The TCMF will present its first program from 20 to 22 October, and then repeat it from 22 to 24 October.

The first performance will feature the Goldner String Quartet at Falls Pavilion in Evandale in a concert featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 132, Schubert’s String Quartet in C Minor, D.703 (‘Quartettsatz’), Australian composer Christine Pan’s 2020 work Chronicles of the Ego, and Goldner Variations featuring variations on Beethoven’s Ode to Joy by a number of Australian composers.

David Greco and Erin Helyard are among the musicians who will perform at this year's TCMFDavid Greco and Erin Helyard are among the musicians who will perform at this year’s TCMF. Photograph @Ken Leanfore, courtesy of ABC Classic

The subsequent five performances will feature percussionist Claire Edwardes at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westbury; Goldner String Quartet at Uniting Church, Westbury; harpist Genevieve Lang at Anglican Church, Westbury; The Idea of North at Longford Town Hall; and baritone David Greco, accompanied on piano by Erin Helyard, performing Schubert at Longford Town Hall.

The festival will also include lunch and supper at various venues including Westbury Village Green and the picturesque Culzean Gardens in Westbury.

“With experiences of this type extremely hard to come by over the past 12 months, we’re expecting demand to be particularly high this year and I would encourage everyone to get in quickly to avoid disappointment,” said Dopson.


Festival passes are now on sale via the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival website, or by calling the Theatre North box office on 03 6331 0052

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