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Adam Chamber Music Festival May Newsletter

Adam Chamber Music Festival

Warm Memories

It doesn't seem right that four months have passed since the final notes of the 2013 Adam Chamber Music Festival faded away into a warm summer's night outside the Cathedral in Nelson. 

Our next Festival is scheduled for January/February 2015 and so between now and the lead up to that Festival we'll just send out occasional newsletter to keep you informed of any developments.

We'll also let you know about any other chamber music events that may be of interest to you.

Tempting Winter Sojourn

Our friends at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music have announced their programme offering a tempting temperate winter sojourn of beautiful music in Townsville. This from their festival

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music offers 10 days of leading international musicians and unique programming in a seductive tropical North Queensland setting. This year’s line-up include

Michael Collins, Zuill Bailey, Nicholas Daniel, Giovanni Guzzo, Philip Dukes,  the Goldner String Quartet, the Australian Brass Quintet and more. Bach, Britten, Hindemith, Dowland, Ledger, Brahms, Verdi and Schubert…they’ll all be there. You should be too

10 days, 40 musicians, over 30 concerts and special events

Take advantage of a Festival Holiday Package AND SAVE! Choose from four exciting new packages including Opening Weekend, Closing Weekend, Sunset Spectacular and Music on Magnetic

Each package offers 3 or 4 nights accommodation and tickets to some of the best concerts. Plus, with preferential seating for holiday packages AND discounted ticket prices, you will enjoy the best seats for less

Prices start from just $384 per person twin share.*

Call our Festival Package Hotline now on 1300 799 342 or visit
here for festival packages

Tickets on sale now. Visit
here for more information or call 07 4771 4144

26 July to 3 August, Townsville, North Queensland.

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is a wonderful event and this year Festival Artistic Director Helene Pohl is serving on the international panel of judges. This from the competition organisers:

Chamber music features prominently in the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition, recognised as one of the finest in the world.  Eighteen exceptional young violinists will collaborate with pianists Sarah Watkins and Diedre Irons in Queenstown for Rounds I and II performing the pearls of the violin and piano sonata repertoire.  The top six competitors will advance to Round III in Auckland to perform piano trios by Beethoven, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Brahms with  Michael Houstoun and Ashley Brown prior to the top three finalists in concerto performances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Amongst the prize package, valued at over $100,000, is the 4th prize donated by Verna and Denis Adam, awarded to the competitor with the finest approach to performing chamber music.  Artistic Director of the Adam Chamber Music Festival Helene Pohl will be serving for the first time on the illustrious international panel of judges along with Christian Altenburger, James Ehnes, Ning Feng, Ida Kafavian (formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio), Dene Olding (of the Goldner Quartet), Ning Feng, and Dimtry Sitkovetsky

Dates are 31 May – 3 June in Queenstown and 5-8 June in Auckland.  Information is available

Troubadour Success!

One of the great successes of our 2013 Festival was out Community Outreach Programme where we engaged four young musicians to perform in the community during the Festival. The Troubadour Quartet and went on to perform to great acclaim.

Following their success in the Festival and an invitation from the Penderecki String Quartet to travel to Canada, Jonathan, Annabel, Alice and Sophie have decided to continue performing together and have changed their named to Quadrivium (where four roads meet - nice name!).

We wish them every success in their endeavour. 

You can follow their progress (and read about their exploits during the Festival) Here

Creative NZ Music Review

Creative New Zealand are currently undertaking a review of their funding to the music sector in New Zealand.

We invite you as a supporter of the Festival to review our paper on this matter here and to make a submission in support of the Festival if so moved. All details, including how to make an online submission are given at the above link.

Submissions close 17th May.

Grace Notes.....

New Zealand String Quartet first violinist and Adam Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Helene Pohl is recovering from a serious finger injury incurred after being 'doored' off her bike. You can read about the progress here. We most certainly wish you well Helene.

Many thanks to everyone who filled out our survey form. The information is currently being collated and we'll include the economic impact statistics in future funding applications.

We also like.....

NZTrio - Are mid way through a tour of New Zealand produced by Chamber Music New Zealand and recently played in Nelson. You can read more about their tour here.

Lots of exciting concerts coming up from Chamber Music New Zealand which you can read about here.


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