A world premiere by Jessica Wells, alongside works by Alice Chance , Ella Macens, Holly Harrison, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir,Vivian Fung, Ned McGowanand Ross Edwards sounds like the repertoire for some grungy, inner-city new music festival. Perhaps in a car park, or a reclaimed sewage treatment facility. But in fact it is a snapshot of the program for the 2022 Bowral Autumn Music Festival, in the idyllic surrounds of NSW’s Southern Highlands.

Bowral Autumn Music Festival

Myee Clohessy, perhaps best known as a violinist in  Acacia Quartet, is preparing her seventh festival as Artistic Director. And although she says she would be programming new Australian music regardless, she is absolutely thrilled by how enthusiastically the audiences at the festival have embraced her programming from day one.

“I was quite adamant at the beginning that I must include Australian music, and contemporary music,” says Clohessy. “At that stage Acacia Quartet were working with so many fantastic Australian composers, and that was where my heart...