Tyalgum Music Festival

Of all the many rural music venues across NSW, it is the acoustically splendid Tyalgum Community Hall that proves to be the most heralded. And understandably, it was the acoustics of this hall that inspired Carmel Kaine and John Willison 26 years ago to start the creative and successful Tyalgum Music Festival.

Fast forward to 2017 and the respected program of high callibre classical musicians now includes the diverse additions such as local art exhibitions, Saturday markets, pub music, free events, outdoor sound installations, late night venues and a Shooting Stars concert for young artists.

When ANR caught up with Anna McMichael, Co-artistic Director and musician, we asked her about her impulse in regards to programming the 2017 festival and if she has to rely heavily on personal connections to get musicians for the program?

Anna replied: ‘It is very much about artists that we come across and hear performing. Also, a question of finding a balance over the weekend. There is a lot of thought that goes into making it a festival with something for everybody and its own strong aesthetic. The outdoor events and free activities play a strong part and we have added workshops around the festival now that don’t appear in the program but allow a number of young people to be involved in interacting with the musicians and performing around town themselves. It will be a busy weekend of everything in the brochure plus a lot more!  The Gong’s in the Caldera installation should be great for people to experience outside. I’ve been involved for the last 4 festivals and I think we have been gradually getting a sense of the potential of the festival and our audience numbers growth seems to reflect that people really enjoy the whole immersive weekend.’

ANR: What sort of audience member do you hope to attract to the festival?

Anna: ‘I think someone with a broad love of music and its many shapes will want to come to the festival. We offer top classical performers, early music, the top classical brass band in Australia, classical improvisation, chamber orchestras, late night music, a classical piano recital, one of Australia’s finest tenors, sound installations, community events, experimental outdoor music events, pop-up concerts, art exhibitions, a village market, Bright Spark local talented kids and the top performing students from Queensland Conservatorium. So, really, people of all ages who are keen to see high quality music over a number of genres!’

Tyalgum Music Festival will be held 8 – 10 September, 2017 in the tiny picturesque village of Tyalgum located in north-eastern New South Wales. Accommodation information HERE.

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Images courtesy of Tyalgum Music Festival | Lyrebird Trio | Louise King | Tyalgum shop | Andrew Goodwin