Adam Chamber Music Festival Jan 26- Feb 10
Adam Chamber Music Festival Jan 26- Feb 10 Media Release
Discovering the Adam Chamber Music Festival, set in Nelson's acoustically perfect School of Music, the lofty Nelson Cathedral and in charming churches and vineyards around Nelson and Marlborough, is like stumbling on a fabulous little restaurant that you are almost reluctant to talk about for fear it will be overrun and lose its character. But with this year's programme (January 26th - February 10th) causing gasps among the chamber music cognoscenti (and bookings to all 19 concerts from some major fans) we feel it is only fair to put the word out about this gem of a festival.
Festival manager Ro Cambridge says, now in its ninth season, there are several factors that come together to make the Adam festival special. "The setting in Nelson with its sunshine and wine attracts people and the overseas musicians love this festival as a break from the northern winter - they stay in an enclave of heritage cottages and the festival now has a reputation that draws top international talent."
This year includes one of the world's best viola players, Nobuko Imai; Canadian clarinet player James Campbell - a classical musician who's also a jazz player; the New Zealand String Quartet, the New Zealand String Trio, the Michelangelo String Quartet, pianists Dierdre Irons and Peter Nagy from Hungary. The six international musicians join 21 New Zealand musicians and play together in a variety of ensembles.
Ms Cambridge said there are some other treats that are not strictly Œchamber' music. "Deborah Wai Kapohe is singing her own compositions for voice and guitar, there is a bit of fun with the Musical Island Boys - the Wellington group that won the collegiate section of the International Barbershop Convention last year in the US and Saxcess a four piece jazz-classical crossover ensemble." Ms Cambridge said the Adam Chamber Music Festival drew over half of its concert goers from out of town and helped to put Nelson on the map as a cultural centre.
"The festival has an accessible style that makes
it a great way to discover both the classic and the
contemporary on the chamber music spectrum," she said. "The
programme offers 19 concerts and 4 master classes. One
concert is already sold out and others are nearing
capacity." Programmes available at usual outlets or at