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Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music

The Country Arts Support Program is an Arts NSW devolved funding program, administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government. This project was funded by CASP.

With the backdrop of Mount Warning and the magnificent scenery of the surrounds, the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music will ring unique and beautiful music through the Tweed Valley this September.

The Festival began in 1991 when concert violinists Carmel Kaine and John Willison fell under the acoustic spell of the Tyalgum Literary Institute. Since then, the 1908 Hall has attracted acclaimed musicians from around the world. It received funding from a Regional Arts NSW CASP grant which provided money for DoubleMask Youth Theatre Co.  to develop performances, prop creation and lighting installations which will be part of the spectacular.

Featuring established and emerging Australian classical musicians, the festival program is unique and diverse. This year, it includes performances of new work commissioned by the festival, including a brand new play, and three world premieres.

Jenni Hibbard, Artistic Director, says, “Flute, oboes, strings both wild and sublime, a feast of guitars, passion, beauty, danger, fun, harps, didgeridoo, an Indigenous blessing, children’s choirs, a hairy bush band, harpsichord, bassoon, french horn, song – it is all there with heady indulgence.”

Nearby, the Green Cauldron is a site of historical and environmental significance and is where a vibrant fringe program highlighting music, art and nature takes place. In keeping with the festival’s heritage where new works are commissioned which create unusual collaborations between artists and sounds, a major concert will take place on Saturday titled The Green Cauldron. Inspired by the richly diverse ecology of the area, this piece brings together the talents of one of Australia’s leading classical guitarists, Bradley Kunda (composer), with William Barton who is a didgeridoo performer equally at home with the London Symphony Orchestra as he is on the Tyalgum stage, and internationally acclaimed cellist,  Teije Hylkema. The radical combination of steel and nylon stringed guitars, with these other sounds is sure to be an unforgettable world premiere.

The Green Cauldron is a vivid evocation of the Tweed Valley’s luscious landscape,” says Kunda. “A potent brew of didgeridoo, cello and nylon and steel string guitars, creates a richly-coloured atmosphere of intrigue, stunning beauty, and at times, wild abandon.”

A showcase of young performers from the area is also part of the busy program, and is billed as part of the Bright Sparks concerts.



WHEN:  Sept 6 – 8, 2013

WHERE: Tyalgum Community Hall


PH: 02 6679 2244


Image: Photograph by Jimmy Walsh (2013) Matt Withers (classical guitarist) and Bradley Kunda (guitarist and composer of The Green Cauldron)