The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival – which takes place in Northern Tasmania, in and around the Georgian village of Evandale – is now in its second year, and according to Director Allanah Dopson, it’s bigger than ever, and indeed several events have already sold out. “There’s a large appetite for chamber music in Tasmania,” Dopson tells Limelight. “But I think there’s an even larger appetite for interstate people to come to our wonderful island and discover the countryside and some lovely venues to hear this great chamber music in.”

For harpsichordist Erin Helyard, who performed at the inaugural festival and will be back this year to play concerts of Bach and Handel, it’s not just musical appetites the event sates. “It’s a really lovely atmosphere Allanah’s set up down there: complements of good food, craft gin and really good music, and that’s a really nice mix to have and it’s a really nice part of Tasmania – so I’m looking forward to going back.”

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival Director Allanah Dopson. Photo supplied

The success of the festival last year has meant Dopson has had to look at larger...