We are thrilled to launch this important new addition to the Victorian arts calendar, supported by the City of Greater Bendigo . This new festival will bring world class chamber musicians from around the world and Australia to Bendigo for 14 concerts between February 5th and 9th in 2020.
We are especially proud, in an Australian first, that members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe will be its artists in residence, unquestionably one of the world’s leading orchestras.
Bendigo will host this group of fabulous European artists who not only play in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe but also hold principal or guest principal positions with some of Europe’s best known orchestras. They are joined by top-flight Australia-based artists including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Sophie Rowell, SSO principal viola Tobias Breider, alongside stellar pianists Daniel de Borah and Stefan Cassomenos. Sought-after tenor Andrew Goodwin, renowned local soprano Merlyn Quaife, and young ANAM alumna Lily Higson-Spence (now establishing an excellent European career), round out a truly exciting lineup.
The festival will be divided into four concert series throughout the 5 days – an 11am “Morning Recital” series, a 2pm “Inside and Out Conversations Series” , a 5pm “Dusk Series” and an evening “Summer Nights Gala” series.
Throughout the program we will present extraordinary masterworks such as Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven’s Second Symphony, and Schubert’s “Trout” piano quintet. They will stand alongside some remarkable lesser known gems and works that showcase the dynamic and benchmark COE interpretative style, honed over decades of collaboration with artists such as Abbado, Harnoncourt, Sandor Vegh, Haitink and Andras Schiff.
BCMF will also welcome Camberwell Choral, Adelaide Harmony and Bendigo Choir to the festival, who will feature alongside Merlyn Quaife and the COE musicians at the Saturday afternoon concert. There are also free events to be enjoyed by the whole community including masterclasses and cushion concerts.
We look forward to welcoming you to the inaugural festival as we showcase this extraordinary art-focused city, alongside some of the world’s leading musicians.